- June 13, 2012
- Posted by: Dave Kurlan
- Category: Understanding the Sales Force
CEO’s are much more likely than Sales Leaders to pay companies in the sales development space for help, yet Sales Leaders are much more likely than CEO’s to attend workshops, seminars and briefings. =
Why is that?
CEO’s typically want the help – right now – while Sales Leaders want to learn what they need to do and then do it themselves. Sales Leaders haven’t been trained to provide sales force evaluations and sales and sales management training, develop sales methodologies, selling models, custom sales processes, etc. They don’t usually have the skills to effectively do this work and it shouldn’t be in their job descriptions, yet many attempt it just the same.
Homeowner landscaping is a good analogy. Many homeowners take care of their own lawns, plant their own shrubs, trees, and flowers, and maintain their beds and trees. They get it done and it looks OK, but if you compare their properties to one professionally maintained by a full-service landscaping company (as opposed to a guy who just happens to have a truck and a tractor), you can see the difference.
Consider this algebraic formula:
Sales Leaders are to Homeowners as Sales Development Experts are to Professional Landscaping Companies.
Both can do it, but one does it much more effectively, efficiently, with more resources, better results and you can see the difference. With property, it improves curb appeal and increases the resale value of the home or building. In the case of the sales force, it improves performance, increases revenue, and you can see the impact on EBITDA. It increases the value of the company.