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The Resilient Entrepreneur: When Life Hands You Lemons, Open a Lemonade Stand

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:

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Hiring a Salesperson? Start with a Better Sales Job Description

Hiring a Salesperson? Start with a Better Sales Job Description

Great sales results start with great salespeople; so, when your organization needs to recruit and hire a top-quality salesperson, it pays to start with a hiring process that includes a strategically targeted salesperson job description.

Dangers of Making a Bad Hiring Decision

How important is the hiring process? Leadership and Success guru Peter Drucker once noted that “One third [of hiring decisions] are outright failures.” And yet, too many organizations take shortcuts and hope for the best while ignoring the risks of a bad hire:

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Why I Left a Successful Career in Sales Leadership

Anyone who has spent time in sales knows how challenging it can be. Few other careers publicly monitor your progress so closely — your value and worth are only calculated in dollar signs. That sort of scrutiny can wear anybody down, and it’s one of the many reasons why I stepped away from a successful corporate career in the field.

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Appreciating and Retaining Millennial Employees

Appreciating and Retaining Millennial Employees

Millennials (those people born between 1980 and 1996) are as important as they are different. They are important to American businesses because this group is the largest and fastest growing generation within the workforce. Moreover, as Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) retire and exit the workforce, an employee shortage will be created in the United States that will continue to grow for at least the next 15 years.

So what can a company do to retain this important group of workers in their organization? 

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Why Sales Leadership Consultants Often Thrive During Hard Economic Times

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:

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You CAN Make Your Professional Dreams Come True (If You Have These Five Fundamentals)

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?

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5 Sales Compensation Plan Mistakes that Damage Morale and Ruin Revenue

5 Sales Compensation Plan Mistakes that Damage Morale and Ruin Revenue

A well-designed sales compensation plan motivates superior sales rep performance and maximizes revenue. It empowers your reps to thrive when your company thrives, but also holds them accountable when personal objectives and measures of success fall short. As important as it is, mistakes in how to develop a sales compensation plan are common.

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Hiring Sales Reps: 3 Tips for Better, Faster & More Profitable Sales Hires

What’s your approach when hiring sales reps?

Companies often hire sales reps who have knowledge of, or even a passion for, the brand’s product or industry — which is great because it gives you a team of “walking brochures” who can spout off all the benefits of your product.

There are drawbacks, though.

While you can teach people about your product, you can’t teach them how to sell.

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Improving Sales Success Starts with Your Sales Executive Hiring Process

Improving Sales Success Starts with Your Sales Executive Hiring Process
Do you have a revolving door of sales executives? Are your sales reps behind plan? Employee retention and immediate performance are among the top concerns that hiring managers may have about new sales hires. But by making a few simple changes to your hiring and onboarding processes, you can greatly improve your team’s overall success in these areas.