I haven’t had a professional haircut in more than 5 years. (My wife says, “You don’t need to tell anyone that, it’s quite obvious”.) A few years ago I was looking at some old high school pictures and thought it would be cool to grow my hair long again.
So I did.
Barely big enough for a family of 2
My wife and I have moved 11 times. This included relocating from Pittsburgh to Florida & back twice, from Florida to Raleigh & back once, and 5 more times to different cities.
The first time we moved from Pittsburgh to Florida, we needed an entire 18 wheel tractor trailer to transport our belongings – and it was just 2 of us!
For our most recent move from Raleigh back to Florida, we needed less than 1/3 of a tractor trailer to haul our stuff.
Between our first move and our last move (I really hope it’s our last move!), we learned a few practical lessons: Continue reading
Photo by Roman Mager via Unsplash
Meaningful sales metrics will deliver an accurate assessment of how Sales is performing at any point in time and will identify what needs to be done to stay on track (or reverse course). They also provide a high-level perspective for the executive team, a mid-level perspective for the sales managers and a tactical perspective for the reps.
Poorly developed metrics deliver an inaccurate reflection of sales that results in misinformation, misdirection, and ill advised sales tactics.
This post will cover the lessons I’ve learned using both.
Lilly is forecasting her landing spot. Where will you land this quarter?
Forecasting & pipeline management are so critical to effective Inside Sales that one of the first things I teach my Inside Sales team is Perfect Forecasting*.
The key to teaching sales reps Perfect Forecasting is having a straightforward, well-defined process that is followed by everyone on the team.
Before making changes to the way my team forecasts, I meet 1:1 with every rep for a pipeline deep dive. Unless there is a solid standard forecasting methodology used across the team, we’ll make changes. (In nearly 20 years, I have yet to inherit a sales team that had a consistent forecasting and pipeline management processes.) Continue reading