Regardless of the time of year, it’s always good to focus on positives and reflect on your blessings. If you’re like me and have enjoyed a long career in sales leadership, you’ve got much to be thankful for. But even if you are at a point in your professional life where you are beginning to…
Just as there are seasons in each year, there are also seasons in a person’s life. Spring might relate to infancy and growth, for example. Active youth and the nurturing of experience can be associated with summer. Maturity and influence bring color to the autumn of a person’s life, while winter is often a time…
A crisis can take many forms for a small to mid-sized business, but it is normally an economic crisis that threatens not only the business’s success, but its very survival. And when an economic crisis occurs quickly and without forecast – such as when the COVID-19 pandemic struck – business owners are left reeling. They…
Wouldn’t it have been nice if you could have had a success formula to guide you throughout your sales career? One that would have helped you make all the right moves and avoid the inevitable pitfalls and missteps? Maybe, but then again, those pitfalls and missteps were probably essential to your professional development as a…
How Your Sales Leadership Track Record Can Help You Set New Track Records as a Consultant
If you’ve ever followed qualifications for the Indianapolis 500, you know that IndyCar drivers try not only to “make the race” but also to “set the pace” and win the pole position for race day. You know that they typically make dozens of practice runs in the days and weeks leading up to qualifications, taking lap times and making small adjustments, fine-tuning their machine in search of excellence and that all-important goal: being the best when it counts – during qualifications and during the race.
And, if you’ve followed the history of qualifications for the Indy 500, you probably know about legendary broadcaster and Indianapolis Motor Speedway track announcer Tom Carnegie. In his six decades as the “Voice of the Speedway,” Carnegie became famous for two signature phrases: “Heeeeee’s on it!” and “It’s a new track record!” What do these phrases have to do with sales leadership consulting? Read on:
Post-Pandemic Sales Consulting Opportunities are Here and Now (and Here to Stay)
You’ve probably heard the motivational saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Often attributed to football coaches in the early 1950s, it has entered the American lexicon not only as a pep talk in sports but in business, too. During the COVID-19 global pandemic, the going is most certainly tough. Beyond the critical health crisis, economic hardship is also widespread.
But if there’s one thing we’ve learned at Sales Xceleration, it’s this: Opportunity is always present – if you know where to look and take the steps necessary to pursue it. That’s what we are seeing as the pandemic plays out; and it’s a situation we believe will continue to exist in the “new normal” of the post-pandemic sales environment.
So, just what is this opportunity? And what is it about tough economic conditions that makes it so appealing?
The Resilient Entrepreneur: When Life Hands You Lemons, Open a Lemonade Stand
In tough economic times, when life hands you lemons, the pessimist makes a sour face. The optimist makes lemonade. The entrepreneur goes a step farther and opens a lemonade stand. And the entrepreneur who is also a sales leadership consultant uses that stand to help others make more sales. Simplistic? Perhaps, but I think it draws an important distinction between personality types – and highlights the opportunity that awaits those who are entrepreneurs at heart, even in tough economic times. Here’s what I mean:
Why Sales Leadership Consultants Often Thrive During Hard Economic Times
Sales are essential to the survival of virtually any business. Never is this truer than during an economic downturn. And when hard times hit quickly and unexpectedly, cash flow gets disrupted, revenue projections turn bleak, and business owners often become desperate for answers. That’s when owners of small to mid-sized businesses often turn to sales leadership consultants – and that’s also when these respected, trusted, and valued sales management consulting resources find themselves in higher demand than normal.
Why do sales leadership consultants often succeed during a period of economic crisis? Here are just a few critical reasons:
You CAN Make Your Professional Dreams Come True (If You Have These Five Fundamentals)
No matter your age and no matter how much success you’ve enjoyed in your professional sales career, you can still reach higher, achieve more, and help others do the same. For many career sales managers and sales executives, success at the upper levels of the corporate world may seem like the highest rung on the ladder. For others, however, reaching the level of VP of Sales eventually seems like a hollow achievement. Why? Because many of us reach a point where we want to work with a sense of purpose and the knowledge that we are making a more significant difference within the organizations we serve. With a fast-growing network of sales leadership consultants nationwide and in international markets, we’ve seen how that purpose-filled professional dream can come true. All it takes are five fundamentals. Do you have these five essentials for success as a sales leadership consultant?
Home is Where the Heart Is (and Where the Consulting Clients Are)
Home. More than merely a house, home is a state of mind. For many of us, it’s a place to relax, to be ourselves, to kick back and spend precious time with the ones we love. It’s a magnet that draws us back to our longing. It’s a haven.
Home is family. Friends. Community.
And if you look closely enough in the area where you live, home can also be where you’ll find an abundance of customers in an underserved market. It’s where your business as a sales leadership consultant can take root and grow to new heights – without having to board a plane or spend several nights each week in hotels.
Yes, as Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.”