Leadership: Why Trying To Be Liked Can Kill Happiness and Success

(SalesWise)

Do you want to be liked?

Most of us do. But wanting to be liked by everyone can have a chilling effect on your happiness and success.

As an example, I don’t believe leaders need to behave like arrogant jerks to be SJPsuccessful. But many are so afraid of being disliked that they err on the opposite end, unwilling to make unpopular decisions or have difficult conversations.

When the need to be liked trumps your best efforts as a leader, you’re not doing anyone any favors.

Sales training coach Nicki Weiss, of SalesWise.com shares two common fears that hold leaders back.

Changing the Sales Conversation: Connect, Collaborate, and Close

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Changing the Sales Conversation: Connect, Collaborate, and Close
By Linda Richardson

CREATE BETTER, MORE EFFECTIVE CONVERSATIONS IN TODAY’S HYPER-DIGITAL SJPWORLD

In this era of iPads, iPhones, and apps, sales communications may be growing, but sales conversations are dying–and so are too many sales. Globalization, the explosion in competition, the slow economy, and fast-emerging technologies all have changed buying habits. Salespeople can no longer rely on the traditional sales methodologies. They must change the conversation.

A visionary of the consultative sales movement, Linda Richardson has again moved selling forward by reengineering the sales conversation. Purchasing has become a core competency for clients. They evaluate their options against checklists they carefully develop. Richardson helps you understand what is on their checklists and align your solutions with their business and personal priorities to help you win.

Clients today are focused on business outcomes. They are interested in reducing risk. They turn to peers and social networks to self-educate before turning to salespeople. To engage them you must demonstrate that you know their world and that you are prepared with insights and ideas to add to what they already know. Richardson gives you five clear strategies and tools to help you do just that. You will create and shape opportunities, prepare and probe in an entirely new way, gain client consensus, and use sales process and tools to guide and accelerate closing. You will learn:

  • Futuring to prepare for and anticipate customer needs
  • Heat-mapping to use insights to focus and engage customers
  • Value-tracking to connect your solutions to business outcomes and ROI
  • Phasing to use sales process to forecast accurately and close
  • Linking to reassert heart and trust into your sales conversations

 

Linda Richardson was named Sales Thought Leader for 2013 and this book shows why as she helps you sometimes tweak but more often change how you sell. She builds on your foundation to take your selling to a new elevation and bring your sales results along with it.

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Why You Must Have More Than One Contact at an Account

By Mark Hunter (The Sales Hunter)

Why do we allow ourselves to risk all of our business with an account based on the relationship of a single person?

It’s sad, but that is what happens with far too many account management/selling relationships. SJP

It starts with the salesperson finding a little bit of success with their contact at the account and it never moves beyond that single contact.

Unfortunately, I’ve watched it too many times with the companies I’ve worked with and yes, I’m occasionally guilty of doing the same thing.

Challenge is in seeing the need to expand the relationships when everything is going good.  Strategy I recommend and the one we use in our own company is making sure that with each account, we have at least two contacts.

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Why You Should Hire Salespeople Outside Your Industry

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Why You Should Hire Salespeople Outside Your IndustryToo many hiring managers and sales executives believe the most cost-effective and efficient way to find top talent is to hire from within their industry. The idea of less ramp up time, industry knowledge, and predictability are all valid reasons to consider industry reps, but it may also cost you more time, effort and money in the future. Before you hire your next sales rep, consider the advantages of hiring outside your industry first.

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Anticipatory Selling: Tips to Stay One Step Ahead of Your Buyer

By  (KITEDESK INSIGHTS)

(This post originally appeared on www.customerthink.com)

These days it appears that B2B buyers are firmly in the driver’s seat. Equipped with Google search, online forums and easy access to trusted thought leaders and peers, they favor discovering answers themselves, completing some 60 to 70 percent of their decision process before contacting a single vendor.

Sales leaders are being held back by the belief that they have to react to technological change in order to keep up with the buyer. But it’s not about reacting– it’s about anticipating. To take a page from Wayne Gretzky’s playbook: good salespeople meet their buyers where they are; great salespeople meet their buyers where they are going to be.SJP

Salespeople must have better data about their buyer than their buyer has about them. This enables a seller to anticipate a buyer’s next move, and engage that buyer around value-added data or content that will influence their decision making process as they move forward.

Prospects in the very early stages tend not to respond well to a sales offer, but as Heinz Marketing president Matt Heinz explains, “They will respond to advice. Help. A link to a best practice article. Someone who helps them discover and self-educate. The source of that information has a leg-up in a sales process that hasn’t begun, but where the prospect is already becoming qualified and establishing solution preferences.”

I call this anticipatory selling.

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Ways To Be Highly Organized In Sales

By (Tactical Sales Training Blog)

How do you become incredibly successful in Sales? You get highly organized to the point you are obsessed with it. Being organized means you know where you are going, how you’re getting there and when you plan to do it. Are you organized?

Endless scribbles and note taking mixed in with an “I’ll update the CRM later” attitude and you’ve got a recipe for Sales disaster. The last thing you need is your Sales Team being clueless as to who they’re speaking with or why they are speaking to them.

If you’re a Sales Manager, emphasize the need to be highly organized, even paranoid of failure if it means everyone adopts the need to be organized.

Play out the worst case scenario to the team and see who starts to question or double check their approach, chances are most will but it’ll save a lot of embarrassment and wasted time with the customer.

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Here are 12 ways to become highly organized

Deepak Chopra Shares 7 Insights to Double Sales Productivity

By  (Salesforce Blog)

Perhaps, you start early, work late, and check email on weekends – but still don’t have the level of results you planned to achieve.  It may not be your work ethic that’s holding you back. It could be your state of well-being.

SJPAt last year’s DreamforceDeepak Chopra revealed key insights on the past, present and future of well-being and its relationship to performance.

Here are seven teachings from the talk and his books plus ways to leverage these learnings to increase sales productivity.