The Territory Optimization Revolution

OpenSymmetry

A critical element that is relatively new is territory optimization and we will examine the case for this in this article. The territory optimization and alignment element of salesforce effectiveness is vital for three reasons. New Concepts Driving Greater Performance .

Managers With Personal Territories

Partners in Excellence

Are you a Front Line Sales Manager? Do you still have a personal territory with a quota for that territory? Unfortunately, too many managers are in this position–it’s untenable. Choose the day/time blocks where you will manage your own territory.

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Uncover the Blind Spots in Your Territory

Sales Benchmark Index

When your territory is changed, it opens a lot of questions for Sales Reps. Good Managers can provide answers, but typically from the “big picture” perspective. But can you, the Sales Rep, make a living in this new patch? Why Territories Change.

Sales Management World Class Best Practices around Territory.

Sales Benchmark Index

The #1 Reason Why New Sales Managers Fail

Steven Rosen

Why New Sales Managers Fail. Are you a new sales manager , or have you just been promoted into a sales manager role? I am going to share the number one reason why new sales managers fail. For new sales managers, things got worse in 2016.

Sales Manager Or Sales Person?

Partners in Excellence

Sales manager, or sales person—-choose, you can only be one! While it seems so obvious, too many managers make the wrong choice–that is they try to be both. There are several devastating scenarios: Sales manager as super sales person.

Hacking Sales Management

Partners in Excellence

As with the prior articles, I get huge numbers of requests from sales manager to help Hack their jobs. “What are the short cuts?” ” “How do I manage my time better?” Having said that, here’s a few of my favorite hacks to sales management.

Sales Managers Only Have One Real Goal!

Partners in Excellence

There’s a lot of stuff written about what sales managers have to do and their key job responsibilities. There lots of ways we see managers behaving. Some seem to think they have to be super sales people–the person that comes in to close the deal.

Hiring a Sales Manager - External or Internal?

Sales Benchmark Index

"Should we hire an external Sales Manager or promote from within?". Open Sales Management positions are bad for sales organizations. Having the wrong Sales Manager (SM) is worse. Hanna has two candidates to help Sales decide between: Iris and Eddie.

Sales Enablement Versus The Front Line Sales Manager

Partners in Excellence

Mike Kunkle is leading an important discussion about a new trend in Sales Enablement. Mike identifies the issue: “I’ve been reading Sales Enablement leadership job descriptions lately. But isn’t that what front line sales managers are supposed to do?

Why You Can't Fill Your Open Sales Manager Positions

Sales Benchmark Index

A post for Sales and HR Leaders to find root causes of Sales Manager (SM) vacancies. The Sales Manager position is the fulcrum between sales leadership strategy and sales force execution. Weak sales strategy. Poor territory.

Sales managers and the story of the “super salesperson syndrome”

Sales Training Connection

Sales Manager. Well, a sales manager with the “super salesperson syndrome ” will probably exhibited some of these 6 characteristics : Sell rather than coach. When push comes to shove, S 3 sales managers will spend their time selling rather than sales coaching.

You Just Got Promoted to Sales Manager – Now What?

Sales Benchmark Index

Most organizations believe that their most successful sales people will make great sales managers. A recent study showed that only 11% of organizations train their sales managers. If you are a new manager, you are asking, “What do I do now?”.

3 Emerging Metrics for Today’s Sales Manager

Sales Benchmark Index

Buyers are more self-directed and demand a different sales person. And this requires a different sales manager. CEOs that have terminated Sales VPs recently state performance is only part of the reason. A’ player Sales Mgrs. They must rely on their Sales Mgrs.

Sales Management Review Cadence

Partners in Excellence

I’m not sure anyone looks forward to the Sales Management Review (sometimes these are called QBR’s, but there are other reviews). It’s unfortunate, because there’s a huge amount of value in the review process–both for sales people and managers.

Sales managers – it’s time to assess your performance and adapt!

Sales Training Connection

Sales managers. A few years ago we published a blog on the importance of sales managers assessing their prior year’s performance and incorporating the results of that self-assessment into their plans for the new year. If you believe front-line sales managers are still the key to a team’s sales success, as we do, then the points raised in that post are as important today as when they were first posted and are worthy of another look.

Sales managers – 6 tips when transitioning to a new sales team

Sales Training Connection

Sales manager with a new sales team. As most in sales leadership would share – the front-line sales manager is the pivotal job for building and sustaining sales success. Drill down and learn about the territory and the sales team.

New sales managers – starting off on the right foot

Sales Training Connection

New Sales Managers. Customers now want sales reps who are trusted advisors not product facilitators. All this means that in order for a sales team to be successful in the years ahead, front-line managers need be highly skilled. Talk with senior management.

Sales Manager—Business Manager Or Coach?

Partners in Excellence

The responsibilities of a sales manager are very broad. Frontline managers have to work to make sure each person on the team is performing at the highest levels possible. At the same time, there’s the “business management” aspect of the job: Are we going to make our numbers? Are we managing our budgets effectively? Too many sales managers spend too much time focusing on the business management aspects of their jobs.

The Sales Manager New Year’s Resolution: 3 Do’s & 3 Don'ts

Sales Benchmark Index

Each recommendation addresses the biggest obstacles every sales manager faces to making the number: Not enough ‘A’ players on the team. Every sales manager is time starved. Sales Managers should be spending 75% of their time coaching their team.

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Sales person to sales manager transition – A STC Classic

Sales Training Connection

A Sales Training Connection Classic. Sales people often are promoted into sales manager positions – primarily based on their sales success. Just because a sales people excelled at face-to-face selling doesn’t mean they will excel as a sales manager.

Sales Managers, More Important than the Head of Sales?

A Sales Guy

They spend more time with your sales people than anyone else in the company. They manage to the quotas. They resolve territory disputes. They sit next to, talk with and are closer to the sales people than any other person (role) in the company. Sales is a tough business.

Sales Manager, How Are You Performing?

Partners in Excellence

I want to have a heart to heart with Sales Managers/Executives. Sales people and others can listen in if you want. After all, the data on sales management turnover is pretty disturbing—the average longevity in the job is 20 months.

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CRM’s Big Blind Spot: Measuring Sales Managers

Sales and Marketing

For most organizations, the answer is to gain visibility into the activities of individual sales reps. If leaders can’t see what salespeople are doing, they can’t manage what their reps are doing. Nor can they make smart investments in improving sales capability.

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Sales managers – it’s time to assess your performance last year and adapt!

Sales Training Connection

Sales managers. A year ago, we published a post on the importance of sales managers to assess their prior year’s performance and to incorporate the results of that self-assessment into their plans for the new year. Sales coaching – who to and not to coach.

7 responsibilities sales managers must own

Sales and Marketing

If you want to thrive in this new era of sales, it is now up to you as a sales manager to view territories, customers and products as if assessing a financial portfolio that you are responsible for investing. Issue Date: 2015-03-16. Author: Tom Searcy.

Sales person to sales manager – making the transition

Sales Training Connection

Sales people often are promoted into sales manager positions – primarily based on their sales success. Sales Coaching. Just because a sales people excelled at face-to-face selling doesn’t mean they will excel as a sales manager.

Sales Management is not Cloning – Sales eXecution 266

The Pipeline

There has been lots written about the common mistake companies make in selecting new sales managers; specifically the habit of promoting some of their best sales people to the management ranks, whether they are suitable or not. Sales Execution Sales Success Tibor Shanto

Sales Manager Survival Guide – Book Review

The Pipeline

One of the great things in what I do is the opportunity to meet a range of thinkers and doers involved in sales and helping others sell better. Brock writes a book on a critical subject like sales management, it is an opportunity to learn and share with others in my circle.

Key Sales Management Actions to Prepare for 2015

Fill the Funnel

If you lead a sales team or are in a senior level role at your company, you are probably actively engaged in the planning process to ensure you have a successful 2015. You get the idea -these are key sales management actions to be thinking about.

Announcing Our 3rd Annual Guide to the Best Sales Acceleration Tools #TopSalesTools

Smart Selling Tools

If you’re seeking smart tools to drive sales performance, I’ve got great news for you. We’ve just released our 3rd annual Top Sales Tools of the Year Guide. Find the best sales tools to: Help salespeople convert more calls into appointments. Sales Enablement.

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What’s it Like in “Me Only Territory?”

Jonathan Farrington

The very best consultative sales professionals operate exclusively in “me only territory” and that demands an explanation, so let’s begin by examining the traditional sales environment …. These people are all operating exclusively in “me-too territory”.

Sales managers – assess your performance last year and adapt!

Sales Training Connection

High Performing Sales Manager Puzzle. Sales managers are starting the new year, making plans to meet (and hopefully exceed) sales goals and reviewing their territory for sales opportunities. Sales coaching – who to and not to coach.

Grab The Right End of the Problem For Effective Sales Management

Anthony Cole Training

However, once I got into sales, sales management, sales training and became a president of a company, I think I finally understood. Not Hiring – We are not hiring better sales people AND we don’t have replacements, therefore we feel trapped in a bad situation. “I’m

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Sales Management Software: Don’t Forget CPQ!

Cincom Smart Selling

Sales management software tools cover a vast amount of functional territory. The sales management process involves many things that are not directly tied to selling. Complex organizations often require sales managers to oversee many mundane tasks and processes that support the organization itself but offer little in return in the form of increased sales, shorter closing times or happier customers. After-sale support.

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Sales Managers Don’t Produce Revenue, Sales People Do!

Partners in Excellence

Unless you are a sales manager with your own territory (which is an untenable position), you don’t produce revenue. It’s an important point that too many in sales management don’t understand. It’s their jobs to find the deals, qualify them, and manage them to closure. It’s their jobs to develop and execute winning sales strategies. Undoubtedly, as a top sales performer, you made your numbers.

Sales management – pitfalls and perils of power

Sales Training Connection

Sales Management. The implications of these findings are evident for most managers – but are there some unique implications for front-line sales managers? The account a sales manager used to know and the one that exists today probably isn’t the same.

How to Retain Your Top Performers

Sales Benchmark Index

It’s every Sales Manager’s worst nightmare. The impact reverberates across the sales team. Your boss questions your ability to manage. Their Territory – Is their patch well-defined? If you place them in an impossible territory, you will lose them.

Missing on the "Secrets to Developing Successful Sales Managers"

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan An interesting article, Secrets to Developing Successful Sales Managers , by Xactly's CEO, Christopher Cabrera, was posted on Selling Power's 2/19/13 blog. It's one thing if the sales manager doesn't have salespeople reporting to him/her yet, but if we expect the sales manager to inherit a group of veteran salespeople, that's not the ideal scenario for on-the-job training!

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7 Leadership Interview Questions to Ask a Sales Manager Candidate

Hubspot Sales

The jump from salesperson to sales manager is extremely challenging. A manager has an entirely different job: Leading, inspiring, coaching, and training a team. Some managers are hands off. It’s detailed, authentic, and foreshadows how she’d act as a manager.

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