Sales leadership training is clearly important to effective sales leadership; but is it just as important to earn sales leadership training certification? Are there real benefits (and real return on investment) from sales leadership certification programs? And are there risks associated with neglecting sales leadership accreditation? From my perspective, the answers are yes, yes, and yes! Read on to see why – and to learn what you should demand from a sales leadership certification program:
Have you considered outsourcing your sales function, in particular your sales management? If you’ve wondered about the benefits of outsourcing sales operations and how outsourced sales management works, read on. You might discover that sales outsourcing can take your business to new levels of success.
Prolific management guru Peter Drucker once stated that “the best way to predict the future is to create it.” Easier said than done, perhaps. But one way to predictably create a more purposeful future is by applying the hard-earned lessons that have shaped your experience, your expertise and your wisdom. Taken together, these are the talents and capabilities you leverage every day. They are your gifts. And they are valuable not just for your continuing success today, but for tomorrow’s accomplishments and professional fulfillment as well. So, what’s the problem?
Every business has its challenges. But when your sales cycle is seasonal, it introduces a host of unique issues that can threaten a company’s bottom-line sustainability and inhibit future growth. When you have uneven periods of sales and annual revenue depends on a narrow window of opportunity, planning carries a higher risk of being off-target and misdirecting cash flow. The reality is that if your season doesn’t go well, the whole year can be lost.
As you set your sales team strategy for the upcoming year, it’s important to keep the current year in context. After all, when you’re driving to a vacation destination, you can’t plan how far you want to drive tomorrow if you don’t know where you will end up today.
It seems simple: Effective leaders lead effectively. For the sales leader, that typically demands getting top performance and superior results from sales team members. While leadership style matters — according to Daniel Goleman, a manager’s leadership style can be responsible for up to 30% of a company’s profitability — common traps often undermine sales success.
Acquiring new customers is a good thing, but growing your business is easier and more cost effective when you increase sales to existing customers.
In order to start the New Year with a well-defined sales plan, you must first know three things: where you are, where you want to go, and the best route to get there.
Knowledge and open communication are highly correlated to business performance. Having hands-on and personal real-time knowledge of what’s going on in your business is a challenge and having the confidence and willingness to do something about what you’ve learned is another.
Effective sales leadership and sales management are crucial to sales team performance and bottom-line results. Surprisingly, while a recent Sales Xceleration survey revealed that 96% of Sales Managers recognize the need for sales leadership training, only 1 in 5 organizations budget for it. Why does this sales leadership training gap persist? Three primary reasons: Ignoring the…