A blog for sales leaders, with topics including hiring salespeople, determining compensation, managing sales teams, performance evaluations, and more.

12 Things Top Sales Performers Share

I’ve come across plenty of top sales performers in my travels as a sales trainer. I’ve also learned a lot from these top producers. Perhaps the best lesson is that truly successful top sales performers share best practices with their teams. Top Sales Performers Here are 12 things I’ve discovered they all have in common. [...]

By | 2017-02-23T09:37:05+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Sales Leaders, Sales Success|1 Comment

4 Tips to Create a Productive and Healthy Culture

Creating a productive and healthy culture is so important. So much so that we've spent most of this month focusing on it. We hope you like what you've read so far! Today's article was written by Drew Austin, co-founder of Augmate and Entrepreneur.com contributor. His take on healthy culture is fantastic. Enjoy! 4 Tips to [...]

By | 2017-02-21T16:40:08+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Sales Leaders|0 Comments

Is Your Company Culture Hurting Sales?

If your sales are struggling, it can be hard to determine the problem. You might look at the process, your team’s skills, or individual salespeople or managers. One factor that often gets overlooked is company culture. So how can your company culture hurt sales? Whether it affects salespeople or customers directly, company culture can drive [...]

By | 2017-01-31T16:11:52+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Sales Leaders|0 Comments

Business Advice from a Seasoned Sales VP

As a sales manager, you’ve likely discovered that business advice is not hard to come by. The value of that business advice, however, is a whole other ballgame. Some advice stinks, some is great. Some sticks, some doesn’t. Here at CFS, we are practitioners of discovery-based learning. This means that we’re always open to learning [...]

By | 2017-02-16T09:47:52+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Sales Leaders, Sales Success|0 Comments

3 Exercises to Improve Teamwork in Sales

Looking to improve teamwork in your sales department? Great! You've come to the right place. Because let's be honest--it's easy for salespeople to forget about the team when they're hyper-focused on achieving individual goals. But the truth is, improving teamwork means improvement for everyone. After all, we call them sales teams for a reason. Teams [...]

By | 2017-02-14T12:16:25+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Sales Leaders|2 Comments

Use the PLAYBACK Tool to Coach Sales

If you’re a sales leader, my advice for you to coach sales effectively is to respect the salesperson’s perspective before you begin. They might say to themselves: “it’s hard to be coached by my boss because she doesn’t respect what I have to say, especially since I haven’t invited her to coach me in the [...]

By | 2017-02-08T11:28:59+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Sales Leaders|0 Comments

Do You Have a Micromanagement Problem?

Do you have a micromanagement problem? I know, I know... no one wants to admit they have a micromanagement problem. But facts are what they are, and the truth will set you free! Check out what Muriel Maignan Wilkins, co-founder and managing partner of Paravis Partners, had to say about micromanagement in her article on [...]

By | 2017-02-06T16:34:44+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Sales Leaders|0 Comments

Sales Team Development – What Stage Are You?

Sales team development can be a difficult thing to measure. How mature is your team? Are they operating at their best level? Using Bruce Tuckman’s stages of group development, you can evaluate the stage of development your team is functioning in and, if necessary, work to move to a more effective and productive state. Tuckman’s [...]

By | 2017-01-26T14:14:15+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Sales Leaders|0 Comments

How to Recognize You’re a BAD Manager [and What to Do About It]

Let’s face it: there’s nothing glamorous about being known as a bad manager. In fact, it’s probably the last thing you’d ever want to hear from one of your salespeople. The truth is, however, that we hear a lot more horror stories about bad managers than we do about good ones. That’s not to say [...]

By | 2017-02-02T10:37:52+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Sales Leaders|2 Comments

Growing Sales After the Holiday Slump

Finding more leads for growing sales can be one of the most frustrating parts of a job for sales managers and salespeople. Many salespeople feel confident closing new business, but can’t find or nurture leads well enough to develop a steady pipeline of new opportunities. In some companies, leads are provided by the marketing department, [...]

By | 2017-01-30T11:55:45+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Sales Leaders, Sales Success|3 Comments