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Categories: sales challenges

What We Tell Clients Who Say They Can "Do it Themselves"

It's a conversation that can be uncomfortable. When we are talking to sales leaders and executives, we are most often dealing with very smart people. They know how to lead, how to sell, what's needed to be successful and perhaps more importantly, what's not.

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Categories: Sales Leadership  |  Sales Transformation  |  sales challenges

Key Ways to Gain Executive Buy-in and More Budget for Your Sales Initiative

You know your sales organization needs some help. You're seeing the negative consequences of too many bad habits. Things like too much discounting, an inability to accurately forecast revenue and reps pushing for too many product demos that don't demonstrate value and differentiation to the buyer.

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Categories: Sales Productivity  |  Sales Transformation  |  sales challenges

Your Next Sales Career Opportunity: A Conversation on Mistakes to Avoid

Chad Peets is a Managing Director of Sutter Hill Ventures. He is responsible for GTM hiring globally and has placed more than 2500 software sales executives. Chad shared his recent conversation with John McMahon with The Command Center blog.  McMahon is a Force Management customer, a sales veteran and an adviser to some of the world's most successful software companies.  This post is part two of the conversation. Read part one here.  In the last conversation with John, we discussed components to consider when picking your next sales career opportunity. We reviewed the "3 Why’s" and five critical factors that should help you analyze if the company is going to be the right one for your next move. In this post, we discuss the mistakes people make when deciding on their next move. John provides some good food for thought as you consider your next opportunity. 

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Categories: Sales Productivity  |  Sales Transformation  |  sales challenges

Your Next Sales Career Opportunity: A Conversation For Sales Professionals

Chad Peets is a Managing Director of Sutter Hill Ventures. He is responsible for GTM hiring globally and has placed more than 2500 software sales executives. Chad shared his recent conversation with John McMahon with The Command Center blog. McMahon is a Force Management customer, a sales veteran and an adviser to some of the world's most successful software companies.  Throughout my 20-year career of recruiting for and building software/SaaS sales organizations, no one has taught me more about my craft than John McMahon. The incredible part of my statement is that John has never been a recruiter. I believe that John is one of the most successful and influential people in the SaaS Industry. For instance, John helped develop Adam Aarons (former CRO of OKTA), Dali Rajic (CRO of AppDynamics), Chris Degnan (CRO of Snowflake), Dan Fougere (CRO of Datadog), Cedric Pech (CRO of MongoDB) and even John Kaplan and Grant Wilson of Force Management.

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Categories: B2B Buyer  |  Sales Negotiation  |  sales challenges

Six Truths About Professional Buyers That Will Help Your Sales Team Negotiate Great Deals

Despite what many of your sellers may believe, procurement is not where good sales deals go to die. A shift in your team’s mindset about when and how to communicate with professional buyers can increase opportunities and create great deals.  As a sales leader, your negotiation strategy should help your sellers communicate the value of your offering and mitigate risk for the buyer. These six truths can help your sellers demystify the professional buyer and understand how to successfully work with procurement to negotiate winning deals:

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Categories: Sales Transformation  |  sales challenges

Seven Secrets to Summer Sales Meeting Success

It’s early June. You missed your Q1 number and Q2 isn’t looking so good. You’re worried. And you should be. More than 60% of sales leaders who trail through Q2 don’t make their annual number. Like a lot of your peers, you’re probably thinking about your upcoming mid-year sales meeting and wondering what you’ll do differently.

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