To Fire or Not to Fire? How a Virtual Termination Oracle Can Help

Ever fired someone? It’s a hell of a lot harder than it seems. And oddly, with more experience leading people, making that decision becomes even more difficult. At least for me it has.  At this stage in my career I better understand the overall impact to all involved than the first time I let someone go.

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How to Deal With the "Trump Effect" in Sales Hiring

There was a time when it was understood that in order to be considered for a job, you had to have direct experience. That all changed November 8th when Donald Trump was elected.

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Improving Sales Performance of the 60% Just Got Easier...

You can always count on your top 10-20% of sales reps to deliver, and your bottom 20% to disappoint. The real risk - and reward - lies in the 60% of your sales reps that fall somewhere between the heroes and the hopeless of your sales team.

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Do Smarter People Sell Better? The Answer May Surprise You...

While there is no doubt that intelligent people have an easier time processing and retaining information- does that really make them a “smarter” choice than a candidate who is their intellectual junior? Not necessarily.

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Know This? Then You Know If They Will Make Quota

Would you lend a total stranger $114,000 based solely on a few brief meetings and chats with connections of their choosing? Of course not. However, if you are in sales management- you have probably done just that.

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Is Your Sales Coaching to Blame- Or Is It Really The Rep?

When you pour your time and energy into a rep and their mediocre level of sales performance won’t budge- do negative thoughts about your own ability to sales coach effectively creep in? Those negative thoughts might have a valid point- or they may need to be banished from your mind.

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How to Leave the Perfect Sales Voicemail

Voicemail is vexing. What should you say? Are they purposefully ignoring you? Do they even check it anyway? Here are 6 tips to leaving voicemails that your customers will return:

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3 Biggest Takeaways From IBM's 100+ Years of Sales Leadership

Few companies have had the long success story of IBM. And there’s a reason for that. You may think of IBM as a technology company, and that’s not wrong. However what is key to their 100+ years of success is the company’s approach to sales training, incentives and focus on the sales organization as an integral part of the organization as a whole.

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It’s Too Late. I Hired a Product Pusher.

Gartner conducted a survey of executive buyers to discover what they really want to hear from salespeople. It turns out that what buyers are hearing from reps, isn’t necessarily what they want or need to hear in order to make a purchasing decision.

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How New Hires Can Reach Quota Sooner

How can you increase the likelihood that your newly hired salesperson will succeed? How to onboard new sales reps faster is an issue that is becoming more and more urgent. Global management firm the Hay Group predicts that the sales rep turnover rate will grow an average salesforce turnover rate of 20.6% to 23.4% in the coming years.

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