Category Archives: Sales Leadership

The Disastrous Under-development of Sales Managers

By Kevin F. Davis I have two simple questions for you: In your professional career, how many days of sales training do you think you received? How many days of sales management training have you received? (I don’t mean courses on … Continue reading

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How to Create More Accurate Sales Forecasts

By Rowan Tonkin All business leaders live in the future to some extent. They make forward-looking decisions based on market share projections, educated guesses about competitor strategies, and analysis of customer trends. Sales forecasts are a huge factor in decisions about … Continue reading

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New Survey Shows How to Develop Excellent Sales Managers

By Norman Behar When speaking to clients, I often make the point that sales success is highly correlated to the effectiveness of their frontline sales managers – those who have day-to-day responsibility for managing the sales teams. These responsibilities typically include … Continue reading

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Seven Things All Good Sales Leaders Must Do

By Jim Cathcart People love to follow leaders who know where they are going and who care about their followers. Even those who consider themselves to be leaders are usually willing to follow others who seem focused and collaborative. What … Continue reading

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How to Raise the Performance of Your Sales Managers

By Kevin F. Davis First, a disclaimer: I was a sales manager myself for many years, and think it is one of the most critical jobs in any company. It is also one of the most demanding. And having consulted … Continue reading

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Four Reasons You Need Account Planning for Sales Success

By Mark Donnolo Mike Barnes, executive vice president with Andrews Distributing – one of the largest beer distributors in the United States – knows the value of account planning. In April 2013, the company began following a structured account planning process. … Continue reading

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How to Really Measure Your Sales Team’s Call Activity

By Eric Esfahanian The Pareto Principle – or the 80/20 Rule – is the concept that 80 percent of your effects are obtained by 20 percent of your causes. Your sales force probably proves out the concept as well: about … Continue reading

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Should Sales Leaders Swoop in to Save the Deal?

By Sherri Sklar Recently I received the following email from a VP of sales, asking for advice about how to bring out the best in his people: Dear Sherri: We have a relatively new team and I am noticing that the … Continue reading

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Improve Your Sales Performance with These Team-Building Activities

By Luke Talbot-Male Common practices and sales pitches nowadays are becoming ineffective because consumers have been overexposed to them over the years. To help the company achieve their sales goals, revising sales strategies sounds like a great plan – but … Continue reading

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Sales Leadership in The Age of Anxiety

By Adrian Davis Sales leaders are conducting business in a unique environment of rapid change and immense risk. We face complex national and international challenges. Predictability provides peace of mind, whereas uncertainty creates anxiety – and ours is an uncertain … Continue reading

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