We read about yet more school shootings, abductions, madmen dictators’ plans to rule the world, and any of the other recurring events that must be the work of pure evil. Do you get to the point where you say to yourself, “The world is going crazy!”? I do. I also think the sales world is going a bit crazy too.
I’m a baseball lover, die-hard Red Sox fan, and proud father of a 12-year-old baseball star. Having founded Kurlan & Associates in 1985 and Objective Management Group in 1990, the only surprise should be that it took so long to combine the two passions and write Baseline Selling – How to Become a Sales Superstar by Using What You Already Know about the Game of Baseball, in 2005.
Dave Kurlan is a top-rated keynote speaker, best-selling author, sales thought leader and expert on all things sales and selling. It doesn’t matter who the sales trainer is. It doesn’t matter what the content is. It doesn’t matter what the subject is, but let’s choose making cold calls for appointments. It doesn’t matter which sales […]
When a room full of sales leaders arrive for two days of intensive training, there are many things that can and do happen. Here are ten of them:
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Yesterday, I met with a long-time client who, in his previous company, used OMG’s Assessments to identify what needed to change in order to double revenue from $30 million to $60 million. In his new company, which is already about 12x that size, he wants to double revenue again. He said, “I just wasted two years with the _____ Assessment.” The assessment to which he referred was a personality assessment marketed as a sales assessment. It could have referred to any personality or behavioral-styles assessment.
So you have your sales force evaluated and in addition to learning why you are getting the results you are getting, and what you can do to significantly improve those results, you are surprised by some of the individual findings on some of your salespeople. One of the findings that generates the most push-back is Lack of Commitment to sales success.
A recent article in Columbus Business First discussed background checks and use of personality tests. The most important line in the article read, “Personality often is the best insight into whether a person is a good cultural fit for a specific company.”
This kind of story doesn’t happen every day.
One of Objective Management Group’s (OMG) most successful partners had an opportunity to work with young business leaders that had never sold. They were assessed with OMG’s tools, and assembled into 5 teams, all selling the exact same product. They had to go door-to-door, sell an overpriced luxury item, in the same market, over a 3-day period.
Some news stories just don’t go away. Today those stories include Ferguson, Bill Cosby, ISIS and The NFL’s Domestic Abuse Problem. There is also Obamacare, Immigration and Ebola. They remain in the news more because the media continues to milk these stories then readers demand to know more.