Monthly Archives: July 2012
In most organizations, reviewing every won or lost opportunity is impossible. While there is so much information about each sales opportunity in your funnel readily available, there is a point of diminishing returns. As the process owner or executive sponsor, you need to determine what’s most important and how much is “too much.”
The only certainty in life is change, and this is especially true in sales. Sales organizations are in a constant state of flux. By many estimates, the average tenure of a sales leader is somewhere between 19 and 24 months (which is comparable to CEO tenure). This churn at the top brings with it new ideas and hopes and the need to do things differently to hit your numbers. Every year brings new quotas and comp plans, new goals and expectations, reassignment of accounts, new products and solutions, new technologies, new competitors, and any number of changes and complications. You sometimes wonder how an organization continues to function.
In our work with leading sales organizations, we have certainly seen a change in the buying landscape. Today’s buyers are more sophisticated, have more data available, and often have already defined a solution before ever involving a salesperson. This has created a real challenge for sales organizations and reps. Techniques and methodologies that worked twenty years ago do not necessarily work now. As buyers change, sellers too must change — but how?
Fewer than 10% of organizations properly translate sales strategy into action, and many make no attempt at all to do this. Some people refer to this as the ability to close the “knowing-doing gap.” I know what I’m supposed to do, but I don’t know how or lack the discipline to change.
The financial services industry has faced incredible challenges over the past few years. All in all, the nation’s banks are getting healthier, and the worst seems to be behind them — but they’re all struggling to find new sources of revenue amid a tougher regulatory environment.