Success equals accountability

Just had a great pre-SKO meeting with the sales management team from a successful start-up. One of the topics that came up was holding sales reps accountable. Whether you manage SDR teams, Inside Sales Teams, Customer Success, or Field Sales Teams this is one of the most important topics in sales management. Truthfully, it's equally important in all aspects of business leadership. And ultimately if you want to be successful at anything in life, in any career, being accountable will be the most determining factor. So we decided to discuss, "how to make sales reps more accountable"? For me, as a Gen-Xer, one of the most insightful parts of this conversation was the fact this [...]

Success equals accountability2018-12-07T20:33:24+00:00

What it really means to be a special snowflake

Whether you are a #millennial that grew up with loving parents encouraging every moment or a #GenXer like me who grew up as a latch-key kid and a part of the "slacker" generation, it doesn't really matter. There is -- and always will be -- a certain level of selfishness that is required to be successful and happy. But there is another part too. It's the selfless part of you. What I have recently learned through reading a few books and engaging in mediation is so easy to understand, yet it seems to escape many of us due to the "hustling" and "side-gigging" we are focusing on. Specifically, it's not about all my use cases, [...]

What it really means to be a special snowflake2018-12-07T20:34:37+00:00

Top 3 Sales Problems To Watch Out For in 2016

AES CAN’T UPSELL THERE ARE NO GOOD SALES MANAGERS AND SDRs ARE A GATEWAY DRUG Given our experienc in working with start-ups and inside sales teams, we were recently asked by Brisk.io to do a couple of blog posts. This one was originally posted on their blog site butwe  wanted to post here for our readers as well in case you haven’t yet heard of Brisk.io (Check them out though, awesome value prop!) Richard Harris has been training salespeople for a long time via his consultancy The Harris Consulting Group. He’s also The Director of Sales Training and Consulting Services at Sales Hacker. Harris sees the same sales problems come up again and again, especially in early stage [...]

Top 3 Sales Problems To Watch Out For in 20162018-12-07T20:39:51+00:00

What Star Wars Taught Us About Sales Scripts

If you haven’t seen Star Wars, The Force Awakens I can assure you there is a high chance you will be very, very satisfied. After running our consulting business, The Harris Consulting Group, and being the Director of Sales Training and Consulting at Sales Hacker it dawned on us one of the most important lessons we have been teaching our clients over the last several years. The value of a sales script. More often than not the word “script” is considered blasphemy and a 4-letter world in the inside sales team vocabulary. We’ve noticed it tends to come from newer sales people such as SDR (Sales Development Reps) or Lead Gen Teams. When pressed as to [...]

What Star Wars Taught Us About Sales Scripts2018-12-07T20:40:43+00:00