Category Archives: Corporate Executive Board

January 10th, 2014

Maintaining the Sales Machine

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Maintaining the Sales Machine

In their November 2013 Harvard Business Review article Dismantling the Sales Machine Brent Adamson, Matthew Dixon, and Nicholas Toman of the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) assert that “Leaders must abandon their fixation on (sales) process compliance.”  In place of “disciplined sales process” they favor a flexible approach to sales in which salespeople rely on their own insight and judgment.  That they find sales process  discipline and a sales force capable of insight and judgment incompatible seems untenable. 

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November 8th, 2013

Creating the Skill and the Will to Unlock Sales Manager Coaching Power

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Creating the Skill and the Will to Unlock Sales Manager Coaching Power

Sales managers are the force multipliers of productivity and key players for supporting change in your frontline sales force. Research from the Corporate Executive Board indicates that when training is complemented by in-field coaching and reinforcement, productivity is quadrupled from 22% to 88%. However, many sales managers are promoted based on their ability to sell, and the characteristics that contribute to a sales manager’s success as an individual contributor run counter to their role as a developer of others. Some sales managers lack coaching know-how and skill, while others don’t make time to coach.

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