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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

How to Know if You’re in the Right Job

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Recently I read an article by James Altucher, author of The Power of No in which he explained, “I’m going to be dead for about 9 or 10 trillion years. And only alive for the next 40 or so.” Pretty depressing stuff there, Mr. Altucher, but actually a little inspiring too. It puts things into perspective, right? We have a short window of time to make our mark on this world while at the same time, finding happiness.

I have a sure-fire way to help people maximize that time and I’m going to share it here with you. Don’t laugh at me for being simple. Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas and solutions that are the very best! So, here goes. If there is one thing I have learned over the last decade or so as a Talent Analyst, it is this: If you spend your time doing what you are naturally good at, you will be more productive and happier. On the flip-side, if you try to force yourself into a role that isn’t just right, it’s only a matter of time before you stop growing and find yourself overwhelmingly frustrated.

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Topics: hiring salespeople, employee retention

To Keep New Hires Happy That They Chose Your Company, Have a Plan for Day 1

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We have all been there. You walk into your new office. You’re excited, maybe a little nervous, but ready to take on this new challenge. And…no one is expecting you. The receptionist says, “Oh, was that today?? No one told me. I’m not sure where to have you start…” Bad first impression, sure, but what’s the big deal?

The big deal is that in today’s market, qualified job seekers have choices. Chances are that from the time you agree to hire them to the time they walk in your door, they have had multiple other requests for interviews and maybe job offers. You spent time finding and qualifying just the right person for this position. Do you want your new employee to walk away on that first day, thinking about finding a better job?

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Topics: hiring salespeople, sales management, Talent

3 Ways to Reduce Your Sales Staff Turnover

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Sales staff turnover may be the most expensive and frustrating thing a sales manager has to deal with these days. You know the cost of making the wrong hire extends far beyond their salary and commissions, but did you know that their compensation probably only accounts for about 28% of your total loss? A recent study determined that managers waste about 150 hours of time on each wrong hire on top of the additional costs from soured client relationships, additional disruptions, and opportunity costs. Your mis-hire could cost you as much as 15 times their annual income!

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Topics: hiring salespeople, Management, Talent

5 Things Every Great Sales Manager Should Do to Turn Talented Salespeople into Performers

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I recently had the opportunity to be a part of our Talent Focused Management workshop, which is designed to help managers develop and coach their sales teams by identifying individual talents, providing guidance and developing coaching based on the defined talent and proven tactics to increase overall performance.

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Topics: hiring salespeople, Management, Sales

3 Important Considerations When Your Sales Team Grows

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Today we have a guest post from Danny Wong. Danny is a marketing consultant, sales strategist and writer. He does marketing at Tenfold, a seamless click-to-dial solution for high-performance sales teams. Connect with him on Twitter @dannywong1190.


Growth is good — it means that goals are being met and revenue is up. But hiring new team members brings challenges. The responsibilities of a sales manager change drastically as your sales team expands. Managing a modest team of five to 10 reps is easy when compared to overseeing a department with 30, 40, or 50 salespeople.

Here are three things you must keep in mind as a sales manager as your team begins to grow from small to large:

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Topics: hiring salespeople, sales management, Talent

How to Get the Most from a Sales Candidate Interview

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Do you ever tell horror stories about the worst hire you ever made? These bad experiences tend to stand out, don’t they?

High turnover is a big problem for many sales organizations and hiring the wrong people for the job can be a big contributor to that turnover. It’s extremely important that you hire people with the right talents for the position.

Do your due diligence before you hire someone so you are not surprised by mediocre performance later. Perfecting your interview process will help you to put the right people in the right positions.

Here are some tips on how to get the most from a candidate interview:

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Topics: hiring salespeople, Talent, Sales

Are You Set Up to Recruit Top Talent?

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I’m in the midst of touring colleges with my son. There are so many choices and great things about all the schools. There are the big SEC football schools, schools in college towns and big cities, large campuses and small. So how will he choose? Finding the right fit when you are a senior in high school seems like such a concrete and monstrous decision.

The same can be true when graduating from college and looking for a job. What do millennials look for when searching for their “perfect” job? Many articles have been written about what they are searching for—collaborative work environments, recognition, opportunities for growth, flexible hours and a purpose to name a few. How does your company stand out to this group?

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Topics: hiring salespeople, Talent, Sales

Why Did I Hire This Person?

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Sales leaders, like teachers and other influencers, have the power to develop or destroy, to mentor or marginalize, to coach or to crush.

That’s a significant impact on a business and the drivers of that business's success, its people. That power can be used to foster positivity or negativity.

Sales Leaders Can Make Or Break Their Organizations

Many sales leaders who have direct reports, such as a sales department, may be in their positions not based on their talents for coaching or developing and contributing to the bottom line, but rather because of relationships and quid pro quos. Or the hiring manager may have succumbed to the “Halo Effect” during the interview. The Neilson Norman Group describes this in this way: The Halo Effect is when one trait of a person or thing is used make an overall judgment of that person or thing. It supports rapid decisions. It’s based on subjectivity vs. objectivity. It’s a decision that can wreak havoc once that hire enters the building. If you have regrets over hiring the wrong person for a sales leader role please read on.

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Topics: hiring salespeople, Talent, Sales