Having worked with hundreds of organisations during my career, where I have helped, supported, and developed sales leaders, I am aware that many of those sales leaders were promoted into their role because they were top performing sales people. Yet, the role of sales person and sales leader has so many differences, which frequently result in the newly promoted sales leader feeling out of their depth and overwhelmed by their newly acquired responsibilities.
In 2004, a significant piece of research was conducted involving 2663 organisations: The report highlighted the fact that a major barrier to sales success was a failure to select and develop a sales leadership team capable of nurturing and fully developing their sales people's potential.
The majority of sales leaders, new and experienced alike, say they do not have sufficient time or the resources to train and develop their sales teams. They are so focused on sales results, and so accustomed to achieving success through their personal pursuit of those results, that they overlook their greatest potential source of power - the power to achieve optimum performance levels from their teams.
I believe that the future trend for producing world-class standards in sales leadership will be achieved not by traditional classroom-based training alone. Until sales leaders are equipped with the resources, competence and motivation to want to accept the mantle of developing their own sales teams, any training is likely to be a tactical 'one-off' fix, born out of desperation to 'hit that target' rather than a sustainable planned approach that can be weaved seamlessly into the sales leader's role.
Sustainable shifts in behaviour will only ever be realised when sales leaders have the skills and capabilities to provide coaching 'in the moment'. The greatest value will be created by investing in building coaching capability and providing resources for support rather than endless programmes that rarely have impact longer than a three-month period.
As the whole sales profession continues to evolve, methods of the past become old-fashioned and redundant, overtaken by new exciting ways to boost sales in today's global competitive marketplace. Yet, this in turn can be confusing and costly because how can a sales leader choose a method from the thousands of methods available with complete peace of mind?
Sales leaders are busy people with a huge variety of development requirements which means that the option to source development and knowledge based on what each individual wants, when they want it, can best be provided through a type of online sales library, where learning is categorised into key areas for speed of reference and provided in bite-sized chunks for easier implementation.
This is why we are adding a brand new dedicated section to the Resource Area at The JF Consultancy in October
The Zone will be a place where sales leaders can 'pick and mix' what they want, according to their own requirements. From sales team development sessions and sales team health checks to online sales leader competency profiling and essential techniques for sales leaders, It can be likened to a sales leadership encyclopaedia - it is an absolute "must go to" for time-strapped sales leaders everywhere and it will be FREE!
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Very interesting post from Dave Stein, which confirms much of what I have been evangelising about for the past two years - certainly a wake-up call for "traditional" sales trainers: "iPhones And (Sales) Education"
Tomorrow: Fellow Top Sales Expert, Linda Richardson is my guest, which is timely as I am currently reading her latest book - "Perfect Selling - Open The Door, Close The Deal" - and I will be reviewing it for you in a couple of weeks.
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