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The Sales Leader’s Secret Weapon: The Feedback Loop

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 a moment, it makes sense to ask: Is the problem really with “them?” Or could at least part of the problem be with us?

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

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?

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

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 the “cost of goods sold,” they mean the same thing as everyone else on the accounting team.

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Are your Sales Hires Willing and Able?

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.

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

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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SALES COACH OR SALES MANAGER?

It's common for people to mistake sales management for sales coaching. In fact, these are two very different roles. The table highlights some of the most notable differences.

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Leaders: Three Questions You Should Ask About Technology Before You Commit to It.

When it comes to the technology we can use to make our day easier, we live in an era of astonishing, intimidating variety. Sometimes it seems there are just way too many options! It’s easy to become infatuated with a new, cutting-edge application… but we should think twice before we make a permanent commitment to a new piece of technology.

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The Leadership Blind Spot That Keeps You From Building a Bulletproof Business

I’m often asked to identify a single “blind spot” that keeps leaders from growing their businesses aggressively. There are actually a number of these … but one that’s particularly common is the failure to collect best practices and assemble them in a regularly updated “playbook.”

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Three Ways to Improve Your Time Management When Leading a Large Team

At many of the organizations we work with, the size of the average sales team has increased over the past decade. Given that there are a limited number of working hours, and given that sales leaders now find themselves responsible for supervising, training, mentoring, and coaching larger teams, what best practices should they embrace when it comes to time management? Here are three to consider.

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Takeaways from the 2019 Sandler Sales and Leadership Summit

The 2019 Sandler Summit, which took place at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, Florida, was the best-attended Summit yet, both in-person and online. We covered a lot of ground, but I’d like to share with you two takeaways, in particular, from this year’s Summit.

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