Can Your Team Become Challenger Types?

Can Your Team Become Challenger Types?

Ever since CEB (now Gartner) published The Challenger Sale in 2011, the book has attracted much publicity. It provides five different profiles (detailed here) based on research of 6,000 individuals. They are:

Challenger
Lone Wolf
Hard Worker
Problem Solver
Relationship Builder

The research in the book indicates that individuals with a Challenger profile will outperform all other profile types. Good so far.

Constructing Tension

The book also presents the concept of Challengers building “constructive tension” using three elements:

Teach – Offers unique perspective and maintains two-way communication
Tailor – Knows customer value drivers and identifies economic drivers
Take Control – Is comfortable discussing money and can pressure the customer

The premise is […]

Read more »
Sales Manager Clean Slate Checklist for the New Year

Sales Manager Clean Slate Checklist for the New Year

It’s a new year! One filled with hope and promise – a clean slate – and, yes, new sales goals. Hopefully, you experienced a good year last year and got to celebrate a little or even a lot. Now, it’s time to move on to attacking the goals for this year.

Here is a quick checklist for sales managers to make sure you have everyone focused correctly.

Each individual salesperson must know what’s expected of them regarding sales. This includes where the sales need to come from – will it be from new clients, an expansion of existing clients, or some combination […]

Read more »
Six Simple Steps to Pipeline Predictability

Six Simple Steps to Pipeline Predictability

It’s very common for companies we work with to have a pipeline management and review process in place. It’s also very common for us to find that the process is broken. It’s important that management keeps salespeople focused on the right activities to move deals through the pipeline. Here are some good ideas to help.

Some Facts:

I reviewed data on 417,000 salespeople from the OMG (Objective Management Group) database, and discovered that 41% of these salespeople are not following a predictive sales process! And only 54% are adequately CRM savvy!

Just following a process and using CRM isn’t enough, of course. […]

Read more »
The REAL Future of Sales

The REAL Future of Sales

Recently, I posted about what sales would be like in 2020, looking at how technologies like artificial intelligence will impact selling in the future. But what will sales be like in 2020 from a human perspective? How will the years ahead impact you and your salespeople?

I am taking this journey at the request of the Vistage research team. They recently wrote an excellent eBook, that I contributed to, entitled Customer Growth: Decisions for the SMB CEO. It looks at the future state of the SMB market.

Humans in Future Sales

So, let’s delve into the human side of the future of sales. […]

Read more »
Our Sales Future – Are You Ready?

Our Sales Future – Are You Ready?

What will it be like to sell in 2020? Perhaps you are thinking that far ahead, but more likely you’re worried about getting results now. Recently, I did have the chance to ponder this exact question.

Going deep on details

I was approached by Vistage Research to consider what selling would be like over the next three years and provide my insights for an eBook they are soon publishing on the future of sales called, Customer Growth: Decisions for the SMB CEO.

There’s a great deal I can say on the topic, but for the eBook I was limited to 200 words. Since […]

Read more »
A New Insight into Motivation and How to Inspire Your Salespeople

A New Insight into Motivation and How to Inspire Your Salespeople

I’ve been talking about it for years: The ways we measure salespeople’s motivation levels and why. By understanding what motivates salespeople, sales managers can tap into an individual’s type to help him or her succeed.

Historically, when we’ve analyzed the motivation type of salespeople and candidates alike, we’ve found two main categories: Extrinsic and Intrinsic.

Latest development

Well, thanks to Objective Management Group’s never-ending quest for improvement and precision predicting success in a changing world, a new insight has been discovered. There’s now a third category: Altruistic motivation and we’ve been evaluating the impact of this new type.

The three motivation types:

Extrinsic – Salespeople […]

Read more »
The Mind of a Champion

The Mind of a Champion

I was watching the final round of the 2017 British Open this weekend with my college-age son. We both were truly impressed by, the winner, Jordan Spieth’s incredible come back from, as my son put it, “a not great start.”

An unbelievable save

If you missed it, Spieth hit his final round tee shot 100 yards right of the fairway on 13. The ball landed in a terrible spot, and Spieth had to take relief for the unplayable lie. Amazingly, he only bogeyed the hole, but it took him out of the tournament lead by a stroke. I apologize if you’re not […]

Read more »
Finding “Elite” Entry-level Salespeople

Finding “Elite” Entry-level Salespeople

Hiring entry-level sales people is something we’ve been working hard on lately for many of our clients. Our goal is to teach them a process to improve their sales talent acquisition effectiveness through use of the #1 rated Objective Management Group Sales Assessments.

While doing this, we’ve noticed that far more candidates are not recommended for entry level positions than the number not recommended for more experienced sales positions. So, I decided to do some analysis and see if I could find any insights into why this was occurring.

Drilling down the data

The OMG Assessments uses a variety of components to provide […]

Read more »
First Comes Vacation – Then Comes Sales Slump. NOT!!!

First Comes Vacation – Then Comes Sales Slump. NOT!!!

Memorial Day is right around the corner. While the seriousness of this holiday recognizing the men and women who serve in the United States armed forces, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, should not be taken lightly, the weekend has also come to unofficially mark the start of summer.

Readying for retreat

Depending on what part of the country you live in, Memorial Day also signals that the school year is either over or will wrap up in a few weeks and vacation season will get into full swing. For those of us in sales, vacations lead to prospects vanishing […]

Read more »
Sales and The Need to Purge

Sales and The Need to Purge

When was the last time you did some purging in your professional life, or personal life for that matter? There’s a reason I wonder. Recently, I helped both my mother and mother-in-law move. Each had accumulated over the years both great personal treasures and a lot of junk. Faced with helping them get rid of what they no longer needed (or perhaps ever needed), I reflected deeply both about the value of things, and eliminating things. And while I carried boxes, packed treasures and discarded junk, I realized that the process was completely applicable to the world of sales and […]

Read more »