A simple, but CRITICAL, truth…

Maybe it’s just me, but lately I’ve been seeing a TON of craziness in business. Clearly, with the year winding down and the holiday season ramping up, many people are experiencing the insanity stress of making massive changes to a long-term strategy that simply isn’t working or needs to be rethought. But there’s more toContinue reading “A simple, but CRITICAL, truth…”

Killing High-Performance Teams, Part Two (AKA the priority problem)

In my last blog post, I tackled the effect that a lack of clarity has on high-performing teaming. The short summary of it is this: take away clear goals and clear roles and you will only get broken processes, poor performance, and a ton of unnecessary stress. In this follow-up to that post, I wantContinue reading “Killing High-Performance Teams, Part Two (AKA the priority problem)”

Killing High-Performance Teams, Part One (AKA the clarity problem)

If you or your team struggle with stress, you have a clarity problem. If you or your team struggle with conflict, you have a clarity problem. If you or your team struggle with broken processes, you have a clarity problem. If you or your team struggle with consistent underperformance, you have a clarity problem. Why do I say theseContinue reading “Killing High-Performance Teams, Part One (AKA the clarity problem)”

The 4 EASIEST Ways to De-Motivate People

I just spent a couple of weeks with some great sales folks and their managers. And, as is often the case, I got into a side conversation about one of THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS of driving high performance: motivation. It’s classic, right? If you are the leader of a group of people – especially inContinue reading “The 4 EASIEST Ways to De-Motivate People”

Managing Motivation

If you are someone who is responsible for a high-performing team, check out the full podcast I recorded with Lynn Hidy (@UpYourTeleSales) and Babette Ten Haken (@BabetteTenHaken) – plus some extra thoughts from Babette on her blog about motivation in general. Here are some highlights from our conversation: What is the definition of motivation? It’s what drivesContinue reading “Managing Motivation”

Podcast: The MOST Important Elements of High Performance Teaming

This Thursday at 1p NY Time, listen in on a great conversation I had with Lynn Hidy (@UpYourTeleSales) and Babette Ten Haken (@BabetteTenHaken): Sales Coffee Klatch Chat. We talked about the MOST important elements of high performance teaming – Goal clarity and role clarity (with a bonus on DE- motivation) http://tiny.cc/UYTSRadio‪ #‎Listen2Lynn‬

Is Your Sales Manager Worthless?

In a recent study, Gallup published a statistic that literally jarred me. According to their 2015 State of the American Manager, only 10% of all managers are what you could call “great.” Okay, fair enough. A truly great manager is rare. Makes sense – even if it seems kinda cynical. But here is where IContinue reading “Is Your Sales Manager Worthless?”

Special Contribution: Motivate Your Sales Team

I was honored to be included in this article from NextGen Leads – Eight Experts Reveal How To Boost Morale On Your Sales Team. If you are trying to motivate your team, you definitely want to read this article. The other experts included: Jill Konrath Barbara Giamanco John Barrows Steven Rosen Mark Hunter Elinor Stutz KenContinue reading “Special Contribution: Motivate Your Sales Team”

When Leaders Resist Change

I recently saw this quote from Laszlo Bock, the head of HR at Google (@LaszloBock2718): “Most organizations are designed to resist change and enfeeble employees.” Wow. That comment just struck me. I mean, seriously? MOST organizations? I have worked with a bunch of organizations, from profit to non-profit, from tiny to Fortune #1. And IContinue reading “When Leaders Resist Change”

How to Deal with DIFFICULT Prospects/Clients

For the second week in a row, I have been a guest on a great podcast. This time, it was “The Word: A Jolt of Sales 411” with top sales blogger (and buddy) Jim Keenan (@Keenan). BONUS: another friend and top sales expert, Anthony Iannarino (@Iannarino), was our partner in crime. Tune into this VERYContinue reading “How to Deal with DIFFICULT Prospects/Clients”