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29 Oct 2018

When You Should Promote a Sales Rep to Sales Manager

By: Nick Kane

Last time, we discussed why, contrary to popular belief, top sales reps can at times, make not so great sales managers. Which naturally raises the subsequent question, “When should we make a sales rep a manager?”. That you’re asking this question is smart policy – after all, internal promotions can..

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19 Oct 2018

When You Shouldn't Promote a Top Sales Rep to Sales Manager

By: Nick Kane

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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02 Oct 2018

How Paying Attention to Sales Types Results in Better Hiring Decisions and Job Hunt Success

By: Nick Kane

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..

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08 Aug 2018

5 Tips To Win Over Sales Reps Who Don’t Want To Be Coached

By: Nick Kane

As a sales training and consulting company, we’ve seen numerous instances of sales reps who fight coaching. Whether they’re tenured, proven reps or simply don’t see the need to change, they shut down when the sales manager tries to coach them. It’s a tricky situation, but it’s one that can be..

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09 Jul 2018

When is it Time to Cut Ties with an Underperforming Sales Rep?

By: Nick Kane

Letting someone go is one of the worst parts of being a manager. It’s never a pleasant experience, but sometimes it’s necessary for the good of your organization, and, paradoxically enough, the sales rep you’re letting go. Knowing how and when to fire someone is also a key skillset to learn – yet ..

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12 Jun 2018

President’s Club or Short Sales Contests: Which Is Best?

By: Nick Kane

President’s Club. STAR Club. Summit. The 100% Club. The Winner’s Circle. The Chairman’s Circle. It goes by many different names, but it all denotes one thing – the best of the best; the top annual sales performers in your organization. It conjures up visions of fat bonuses, expensive and luxurious..

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09 May 2018

How to be a More Effective Sales Coach in the Retail Sector

By: Nick Kane

In recent years, numerous alarm bells have sounded and obituaries have been written in the media and elsewhere about the death of brick and mortar retail, a decline heralded by the explosion of online sales via monolithic giants such as Amazon. But the reality is far different from these..

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07 May 2018

The Unrealized Value of Introverted Sales Reps

By: Justin Zappulla

When most people think of a sales rep, they envision an enthusiastic, energetic whirlwind of an extrovert, full of charm and conversation. And while it’s true that many sales professionals are extroverted, there’s also a surprising number of introverts among the ranks. What’s even more stunning –..

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01 May 2018

Helping Sales Reps Recover From a Confidence Crash

By: Nick Kane

We all go through it – whether we’re a world-class athlete or a top-performing sales rep, invariably we’ll hit a slump. Heck, even Michael Jordan (arguably the greatest athlete of all time) went 29-of-74 (39 percent) shooting over three games in his 1992 season. Sometimes it’s a matter of just..

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25 Apr 2018

Are Your Sales Reps in Their Best Roles?

By: Justin Zappulla

The NFL draft takes place this weekend, and a lot of the discussion and analysis you’ll hear about the players as they’re picked is whether not they have a proper role and fit within their new team’s system. It’s something that has an underutilized but critical parallel in sales. Although we talk a..

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