Sales Requires A Process
You cannot effectively sell without a process.
I no longer use Solution Selling (I went through a few other methods, like Strategic Selling, CustomerCentric Selling, and SPIN Selling) and I have come to the conclusion that selling methods are great for motivating sales people and for educating management about the benefits of consultative selling techniques. And then, darnit, you actually have to implement the stuff!
Most organizations fail when it comes to executing successful sales programs. They don’t have the resources or discipline to implement highly complex, process-based methodologies. And to some degree, all of these methodologies under-emphasize what a Sales Manager must implement to manage sales people using their method. You have to implement a “plan to implement your plan”!
That’s why I created MBA4Sales. Since I have had the benefit of successfully implementing these programs on several occasions, I understand that Sales Managers need to be better educated about the process of managing sales people. You, the Sales Manager, need a disciplined plan and approach so that you can execute and take advantage of process-based consultative selling techniques. That’s because even if you were a great sales executive (I was) that doesn’t mean you know how to set up to manage a sales team (I didn’t). If you follow the principles I outline in the MBA4Sales process, you will be more successful at organizing and managing your team.
For those sales executives reading this post, there’s a lot of benefits and opportunities for you as well. Understanding how sales cycles are organized, how probability helps you manage your pipeline, and how you create “pipeline velocity” will be very useful to your your ability to execute.
In upcoming posts, I plan to cover many topics that are critical to organizing and managing a sucessful sales team. I look forward to your comments and to sharing ideas about sales management.
Thanks for visiting and I look forward to a great dialogue!