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Willing & Able

By Dave Mattson / October 10, 2019

What kind of salesperson should you always be on the lookout for? What specific traits does the ideal sales hire always possess, no matter what industry you’re in, and no matter what your market looks like?

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Three Ways Sales Professionals Can Stay Relevant

By Dave Mattson / October 8, 2019

Selling for a living in the twenty-first century requires coming to terms with a dizzying array of interconnected, hard-to-anticipate changes in the areas of technology, marketplace trends, and client agendas. Falling behind in any one of these areas means losing relevance and with it, your competitive edge.

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Three Steps to Implement a Culture of Growth

By Dave Mattson / September 17, 2019

In our book THE SUCCESS CADENCE, Tom Schodorf, Bart Fanelli and I ask these questions: How can leaders scale aggressive sales growth consistently? How can they achieve rapid, dramatic growth in their company? How can they sustain that growth over time? The aggressive, sustainable growth so many company leaders seek, but few can actually point to,…

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Five Ways to Improve Communication with Current Customers

By Dave Mattson / September 10, 2019

As sales professionals, we sometimes run the risk of over-focusing on the close. By that I mean we secure the first agreement to do business, but then lose track of how important it is to maintain a strong ongoing relationship with current customers – a relationship with honest, continuous two-way communication as its foundation. Here are five…

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In Search of the Scalable Sales Team

By Dave Mattson / July 16, 2019

The internal revolution that delivers a predictable, rapid growth curve requires a scalable sales team. This revolution always starts with the sales leader; it is always launched, modelled, promoted and defended by that leader, in close collaboration with the senior leadership of the company; and it always expands outward. In this revolution, the sales organization’s…

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The Sales Leader’s Secret Weapon: The Feedback Loop

By Dave Mattson / July 2, 2019

Very often, managers who lead sales teams find themselves saying something like the following: “I have told them how to do X a hundred times, and it never seems to stick. I just don’t know what their problem is.” Or these managers may find themselves thinking, “Maybe I just hired the wrong person.” At such…

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How to Distinguish Yourself from Your Competitors in the Market… Instantly

By Dave Mattson / June 25, 2019

How effective are you at distinguishing your company from those you are competing against in the marketplace? Here’s a quick reality check. Suppose you were talking to your number one prospect. And suppose that person looked you in the eye and asked you, “Why should I buy from you?” What would you say? Would you…

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Leaders: Why You Need a Common Sales Language and a Common Process

By Dave Mattson / June 18, 2019

If you are a leader in your organization, it’s a pretty good bet that you count on the members of, say, your accounting team to use the same terms and the same methodologies when they are collaborating to complete their work. For instance: You assume that when one person on the accounting team refers to…

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Are your Sales Hires Willing and Able?

By Dave Mattson / June 4, 2019

As sales leaders, we need to accept that we will ultimately be judged on our ability to hire and retain people who are both willing and able to do the job of selling. If either of those elements is missing in a sales hire that happens on our watch, we’re not doing our job. All too often, we fall prey to…

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Five Things to Cover During One-on-One Sales Meetings

By Dave Mattson / May 21, 2019

Many managers are surprised to hear us suggest that it’s important to meet one-on-one with every salesperson on staff at least every other week. Some even say it’s impossible! But it’s not. If you keep the meetings brief  … if you think of these interactions as check-ins rather than as opportunities to “fix” people ……

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