My new Forbes post is up. Like most of my posts, the ones I think are just OK, do really well, and the ones I think are homeruns, fizzle and die a painful death in obscurity. This post has been fairly popular. I knew it was an important topic, but I didn’t realize how much it would resonate with sales leaders and sales people alike. Enjoy and let me know what you think. The One
We all wanna get big. We all want to grow up and be the big girls or boys on the block, right? Growth is what it’s all about in the world of business, especially in SaaS and technology. Take one look at TechCrunch, Mashable, and every other tech publication, and it’s clear. Growth is the goal. But there ain’t no growth without a highly functioning sales team. This series is gonna break down how to
Problem finders are everywhere. Finding a problem is easy. Your car won’t start. Yup, you found a problem. Revenue is down, yup another problem. Your advertising isn’t working, yup you found another problem. It doesn’t take much work to find problems; they are easy to spot because they make us uncomfortable and scare us. Problems are easy to find because of the emotional impact they have on our safety and comfort. We feel unsafe or
It happens almost every summer. Families go on vacations. The client’s workforce decreases by 20%. Budgets are adjusted. Making your number for July and August is next to impossible. Though you have adjusted your personal workload during this time, the reality is that YOUR family wants to go on vacation and have that Honey-Do-List knocked out. Your kids are in sports and they expect you to make it to the games. All of these demands
Sales people are not leveraging the benefits of good sales data. Don’e believe me? Off the top of your head, can you tell me your exact close rate? Can you tell me how much is in your pipeline right now? How much is scheduled to close by month for the next 3 months? Can you tell me where you are to quota for the month, how about the quarter? Can you tell me where you
If you’re like most people, you’ve set goals for 2015. And if you haven’t set any, your boss, your company, somebody set some for you. If you have a job of any significance, you have 2015 goals. I know all sales people do. And if we don’t have work goals, many of us have personal goals, you know like losing weight. But there is a problem with goals. Almost all goals are missing something critical.
I’ve talked about the importance of creativity on this blog a bazillion times. Creativity is the killer differentiator. It’s what separates the average from the bad ass. In many cases being creative however takes guts most people don’t have. Could you do this if you were a flight attendant? A better question, would your company let you do this? Would you let your employees do this? For most people who are honest with themselves, the answer is