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The Remediation Myth and How to Coach for Real Improvement

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Most of us got to where we are by being pretty good at solving problems. So, when we eventually ascend into the management ranks, that problem-solving behavior naturally stays with us. The problem is, when it comes to people, you can’t really fix most weaknesses using those same skills.

The traditional model most managers follow is to assess what people are not doing well and give them training so they can do it better—the competency model. While skill training does certainly have value (it’s a big part of what our company sells), it only works well when you are teaching skills that match a person’s natural strengths (their innate talents).

For example, you probably know by now whether you can sing or not. If you’re like most people, the answer is not. Do you believe you could be on American Idol if you took enough voice lessons?

We both know the answer, don’t we?

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Topics: Management

Two Unexpected Traits of Leaders Whose Teams Experience Success

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There are myriad ideas and theories out there about what makes a great leader, and many are useful. They give some insight into those characteristics that define effective leaders—strategic thinking, strong focus, a sense of mission, passion for customers, innovation, hard work—the list goes on. But there is one trait strong leaders often exhibit that is not often discussed. It is the innate ability to build powerful relationships with the people who work for them. It’s critical, and it correlates to long-term success for the leader for several reasons:

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Topics: Management, leadership

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

Increase Sales Performance With a Pat on the Back – Not a Kick in the Pants!

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I’m sure those of you who are parents can relate to my recent struggle to get my 8-year-old to clean her room. A messy bedroom is often a bone of contention between parents and children. I tried numerous tactics to get my daughter to clean her room, and I heard every excuse for why she couldn’t clean up including, “I can’t because my hands are tired.”

Then, it dawned on me! Why am I threatening her with unpleasant consequences like timeout or no TV time, when I know a little encouragement works like a charm?

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Topics: Management, Talent

Five Ways to Help New Salespeople Pick the Best Prospects

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For those of us who are parents, we know that while we try to help our children avoid mistakes, we also want to give them some leeway to have
 learning moments of their own. Of course there is a time and a place for learning moments. The same goes for our teams when they are prospecting for new business. We shouldn't allow our newer salespeople as much leeway (like our younger children) as we do our more seasoned veterans (our older children) especially when it comes to prospecting. 

Here are 5 tips to help newer sellers determine their best prospects:

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Topics: Management