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The Opportunity to Slow Down and Straighten Everything Out

Posted by Chris Young

Apr 22, 2020 3:16:00 AM

How do you buy your milk?

Thanks to the COVID-19 crisis, we no longer buy our milk in a grocery store.

Entering a grocery store represents an unnecessary risk.

Call me old school. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, I had a bit of a mental block when it came to buying groceries online. 

Thanks to the COVID-19 crisis, we were forced to use the online option and we LOVE it!

No exposure.

Huge time savings.

How many other sacred habits will my family and I sacrifice next?

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Topics: Sales Culture, Sales Strategy

Are you credible, candid, confident, a believer and a hustler?

Posted by Chris Young

Apr 14, 2020 6:59:14 AM

Definition of a Sales Wolf.

A Sales Wolf has the capacity - the experience, background, education and MINDSET to consistently perform in the top 20th percentile of all salespeople in your industry. 

Sales Wolves bring in 80 percent of the results. Think Pareto Principle.


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Topics: Sales Wolf Mindset

Action Defeats Victim Thinking

Posted by Chris Young

Apr 9, 2020 3:16:00 AM

No better high and (sometimes) no worse low.

The sales profession is a mental "grind" filled with rejection, setback and disappointment.

Winning is the ultimate mindset recovery - followed by rest, weekends and encouragement. 

I am passionate about this profession.

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Topics: Sales Wolf Mindset

Black Swan Events Require Bold Action

Posted by Chris Young

Apr 7, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Welcome to your Black Swan Event.

According to Investopedia

A black swan is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation and has potentially severe consequences. Black swan events are characterized by their extreme rarity, their severe impact, and the widespread insistence they were obvious in hindsight.


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Topics: Sales Wolf Mindset

The Fifth Essential Competency Every Sales Wolf Must Master

Posted by Chris Young

May 9, 2019 6:40:00 AM

Time and Priority Management.

Time and Priority Management is the fifth essential competency every Sales Wolf must master.

After grad school and a stint as a commodity trader, I worked in economic development for the State of North Dakota (1998-2000). It was a beautiful sales grind. 

Imagine selling the impossible.

Immediately after being hired, I set out to accomplish two things.

  • I minimized attending nonsense meetings.
  • I put into place a strategy to essentially multiple my sales efforts. I identified the best site selection consultants and flew out to meet and develop relationships with them.

I was maximizing my time.

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Topics: Sales Training

When salespeople fail to live up to the culture code

Posted by Chris Young - The Rainmaker

Apr 24, 2019 8:53:00 AM

How would you define your company culture? Your sales culture?

Often, a company’s culture consists of a carefully-contrived paragraph of corporate speak that does not actually say much. Think of most company’s vision or mission statements.

Companies frequently believe they can similarly “set” their culture and, well, that’s that. The resulting, carefully-curated “culture” most certainly does not accurately represent the day-to-day relationships and tone of the organization.

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Topics: Sales Management, Sales Culture

Types of Sales Wolves: The Hunter Sales Wolf and the Farmer Sales Wolf

Posted by Chris Young - The Rainmaker

Apr 16, 2019 9:01:00 AM

The level of quality within your sales talent is one of the only factors that can dramatically alter the success of your organization. Use a hiring scorecard and strategic recruiting to find, attract, and retain Sales Wolves. Surround them with Sales Wolf Managers.

Then everything is easy from there, right?

Not so fast.

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Topics: Sales Performance, Sales Strategy

Why sales coaching is ineffective and what to do about it

Posted by Chris Young - The Rainmaker

Apr 10, 2019 8:50:00 AM

Depending on the length of your sales career to date (as well as your title), you have probably either initiated or solicited sales coaching. Most typically, sales coaching occurs when a salesperson (or team) demonstrates clear deficiency in sales activity or performance.

Sales coaching is typically a reactive step, rather than proactive. More often than not, organizations solicit sales coaching as a futile attempt to turn around a low-performing salesperson or team.

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Topics: Sales Culture, Sales Training

What Sales Wolves Deliver

Posted by Chris Young - The Rainmaker

Apr 4, 2019 8:45:00 AM

The quality of your sales talent is one of few elements to profoundly impact the long-term success of your business.

Yet, few organizations have the recruiting structure in place to attract, identify, and ultimately hire Sales Wolves -- high achievers.

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Topics: Sales Selection

Is the ideal sales team comprised of all Sales Wolves?

Posted by Chris Young - The Rainmaker

Feb 26, 2019 7:59:00 AM

I spend a great deal of time writing about Sales Wolves.  What defines a Sales Wolf. How many organizations lack them or once they have them, fail to nurture and retain their Wolves.

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Topics: Sales Selection

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