Rapid growth of business frequently means improved selling behavior of your salesforce. Some leaders I encounter are aware there are issues in their salesforce, but often don’t have complete visibility into specific behaviors that ought to be changed. Below are five of the most common behaviors of salespeople I have encountered and what I advised.
Good employees are responsive to customers. Great employees innovate ways to build relationships. In a world where outstanding customer service is frequently the norm, it is customer relationships that count.
Empowering people can be motivating and serve as a boon to your business’s results, but only if you do it right. However, nothing engenders cynicism more than pro forma exercises in prima facie empowerment. Too frequently, I find ham-fisted attempts of managers at making people feel empowered, often at the behest of some kind of edict issued by HR managers who are oblivious to the damage they cause.
There is no percentage in fear of the hypothetical, no matter how reasonable a hypothesis might sound. Anyone can prognosticate doom about anything someone doesn’t like for whatever reasons. The impossible is only something no one has done yet.
Having outstanding products is rarely enough on its own if you do not have outstanding processes that accompany them. Watch this video and learn how much difference great processes can make in your business.
I define empowerment as an employee’s ability to effect a business outcome through his or her individual work—and having the will to do so. In the video below, I explain what you need to make empowerment a reality in your business. No theory. No slogans. No HR-esque platitudes. Just practical advice based on actual experience for a business leader like you.
CEOs I know often tell me they have been warned against ending a dealer relationship that no longer serves the business or otherwise customers will abandon them and their companies will be blacklisted in Japan. Yet I have never seen such prognostications of doom actually happen in practice. In this video, I explain why you won’t either.