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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

One Thing You Can Do to Become a Better Leader

become a better leaderWhat if your greatest opportunity to grow as a leader was right in front of you every day? Your team may hold the key to unlocking new opportunities for your professional development, and there is one simple thing you can do to make sure you don’t miss out on information that could make you better. Ask for feedback.

The best leaders feel there is always an opportunity to grow, so they consistently ask for feedback on their performance. A study of more than 50,000 executives done by leadership development consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, found that "Leaders who ranked at the top 10% in asking for feedback were rated, on average, at the 86th percentile in overall leadership effectiveness." Bottom line – asking for feedback can help you become a better leader.

Topics: Talent sales management Management

What Do Your Salespeople Think of You as a Sales Manager?

sales manager coaching sales teamDo other people really see you for who you are? Are you maximizing your natural strengths in your work? It’s often hard to know!

I recently worked with a sales manager in our Executive Coaching program and helped him get to the bottom of how he was perceived by his sales team. It was an incredible discovery, and I think you will find the story both interesting and useful.

Topics: Talent sales management

Management Secret: You Can Change the Behaviors of Others by Simply Changing Your Own

sales management secret - change behaviors of teamWouldn't it be great if you could snap your fingers and change the behaviors of those you manage? Well... maybe... but you can't. Since you can’t directly change the behaviors of others, it is vital that you concentrate on changing your own behaviors. This will make the biggest difference in your relationships with others and will help propel them to success. 

This isn’t some top-secret tip that we've been hiding all this time, but it is an important one to keep at the forefront as you move into a new year and evaluate your management style. Think about this, "Are you conscious of your own behavior and how it's perceived by those you manage?"

Topics: Talent sales management Management coaching

Top Articles of 2018: Talent

best blog posts on talentWe believe that talent + training + tactics = performance, and today we are bringing you a recap of the most popular blog posts we've published in 2018 on all things talent.

Providing quality content that helps our clients and visitors improve their sales performance is a goal of ours, and we hope this blog has brought you insight, education, and tips to get you on the path to success. We've searched for the most popular blog posts of 2018, and we've curated these lists that will publish each day this week to bring you some of the most informative content from the year. Check out these top articles on talent from 2018, and let them kickstart your 2019 sales strategy.

Topics: Talent

Sales Performance Happens When Everyone is Maximizing Their Strengths - Including the Manager

sales performance maximize strengthsCoaching is a hot topic! Makes sense... people who use their strengths every day are 12.5% more productive in their work. Any strong manager knows they need to coach their people to maximize their strengths, so they can benefit from that natural lift in performance.   

Topics: Talent sales management developing strengths Management

Talent is Not Enough for Sales Performance

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It’s not enough to just have talent. You have to practice and use your talents in order to improve and make a positive impact on the people around you.

Professional athletes spend countless hours practicing and training in order to improve their performance. What if you could spend more time on your talents?

One of my favorite ways to help managers turn their talent into performance is through our executive coaching program, Talent Insight. During this program, I get the chance to help sales managers identify their unique talents, better understand how their talents are coming across to others, and determine action steps they can take to use their strengths and improve their performance.

Topics: Talent sales management

7 Sales Coaching Statistics All Sales Leaders Need to See

sales coaching statisticsSales coaching is not about telling your sales team what to do. There's so much more to it. Sales coaching helps sales leaders equip their teams to reach their maximum potential, and gives them the tools and knowledge to make better decisions in their sales process, which leads to overall improved sales performance for themselves, the team, and you.

A good sales coaching program helps improve results, while no coaching (or bad coaching), can have negative effects on your overall performance. Here are some eye-opening sales coaching stats to support a good sales coaching program:

Topics: coaching sales management Talent sales performance

5 Tactics to Activate Talent and Improve Sales Performance

activate sales talent improve sales perfomanceOver the years I’ve written posts about my favorite NFL team, the Cleveland Browns. Most of my previous posts reflected on their losing ways and focused on “what not to do” as a manager.

This post is different. This post sheds a positive light on the Browns related to activating talent and tells a nice story about how a new leader transformed the same players from losers to winners by changing five things. 

Imagine that: The same players being coached (managed) differently producing significantly different results!

Topics: Talent sales performance sales management coaching sales training

Show, Don’t Tell: 5 Effective Ways to Coach Your Sales Team

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on Salesandmarketing.com.

If you’re a sales manager, you know this to be true: Having that tough conversation with a salesperson who isn’t meeting goals is never fun. Telling people they’re not meeting expectations and inspiring them to turn things around isn’t easy. In fact, most of the time, it’s downright uncomfortable. Alas, it is absolutely essential.

What does it take to transform this dreaded responsibility into a positive, fulfilling part of your day? It’s all about dialing down “telling” and ramping up “showing.”

Topics: sales management coaching Talent

8 Things You Should Do To Turn Talent Into Performance

turn talent into performanceAfter an interesting talent feedback call, I had spoken with a sales manager who was dealing with a challenge that most managers deal with at some point in their career. Can you identify with the following situation – and can you learn from this story?

The good news: The salesperson he is managing is highly talented. She has a lot of natural ability, and when she is engaged, she’s one of her company’s top performers.

The bad news: She is not that engaged. She is occupied with other things outside of work and seems to lack the desire and drive to succeed in her job. 

We talk a lot at The Center for Sales Strategy about putting the right people in the right jobs and we believe that when you do that, they naturally soar with their strengths. Throw a fish in the water and it swims. Put Taylor Swift on stage and she belts it out. Hire someone who is born to sell, and they sell.

Except when they don’t.  

Topics: Talent coaching sales performance