If finding star sales reps seems difficult, finding stellar sales managers can be even more challenging. Many companies engage in short-sighted thinking, promoting top reps to manager roles under the misguided notion that their success will automatically translate into more of the same in their new..
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There’s been increasing attention given to the need to train sales reps in a business environment that features customers who are far more informed than ever before. This is certainly true. And yet, lost in that emphasis and focus is the other crucial element – the need to train sales managers in..
One of the side effects of today’s more informed buyer is an increase in customer cynicism – even to the point where they’ll, at times, reject purchases that are to their benefit. Therefore, sales reps need to be aware of this built-in skepticism and work to overcome it.
When Richard Thaler and John Balz of the University of Chicago and Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School coined the phrase choice architecture in 2008, they clarified how decision makers make choices. More importantly, they illuminated how choice architects, such as sales people, can use choice..
One of the sales skills we think deserves more attention and conversation than it currently gets is empathy. It’s a vital trait to develop in work and in life, allowing you to develop your emotional intelligence to a high level. It’s also perhaps the most difficult skill to develop in sales.
It’s a common complaint – there just aren’t enough good sales reps out there. Or so hiring managers, business owners, and HR departments think. Conversely, even in an economy that’s allegedly strong, there’s still a lot of people struggling to find work, especially the long-term unemployed. One of..
Although the 80/20 rule was first popularized in the business world by Richard Koch’s 1997 book, The 80/20 Principle, the concept itself was devised a hundred years earlier (1896) by Italian economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto at the University of Lausanne in his work, Cours d’economie..
We here at Janek Performance Group were recently searching for a vendor for a specialized service. What we found was shocking – despite research showing that the response time to inbound leads should be an hour or less, the average response time was around 72 hours – 3 days after our initial..
Revenue leakage, or the loss of income from customers spending less than expected over the lifetime of the relationship, is a subtle but significant negative influence on gross income, with most studies showing a 1 to 5% decrease in gross income due to revenue leakage. It’s a problem that falls..
You know that always cheerful, chipper coworker whom you wish somedays would turn down the sunbeam while you’re grumpily reaching for your coffee and mulling over the giant pile of paperwork on your desk? It turns out, Sunny Sunshine may have the right idea. That’s the general consensus from..