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How to Turn Around a Sales Team

Posted by Chris Young

Dec 19, 2018 7:02:00 AM

Is your mindset one that is reactive or proactive?

For most CEOs and sales leaders, turning around a sales team is a reactive, futile effort that occurs ONLY when the sales team is floundering or dragging the company under. In most reactive sales team turnaround instances, the effort is futile because the mindset that got them to floundering / dragging the company under is what ultimately keeps the doomed company on track to destruction.

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Topics: Sales Management, Sales Culture, Sales Strategy

Building a Sales Team From Scratch

Posted by Chris Young

Dec 5, 2018 9:10:00 AM

You only have one chance to do this the right way.

Building your sales team will define the short- and long-term success of your business. You only get one shot. When your company is founded or when a new business unit is first set up, assembling a team of Sales Wolves is critical.

But here is the sobering truth: Few organizations do it well.

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Topics: Sales Management, Sales Culture, Sales Strategy

5 Signs your Sales Culture is a Dumpster Fire

Posted by Joe Jones

Mar 9, 2018 3:01:00 PM

Merriam Webster formally added "dumpster fire" to their online dictionary this week.  

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Topics: Sales Culture

Make 2018 The Year of Proper Form

Posted by Chris Young

Jan 9, 2018 5:00:00 AM

The 2018 sales sprint begins!

Is your mindset ready? How about the mindset of your sales team?

Are you and your sales team taking the necessary actions that will crush 2018?

Are you and your sales team using proper form?

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Topics: Sales Culture

Your Sales Team Has a Failure Problem

Posted by Chris Young - The Rainmaker

Apr 20, 2017 12:30:00 PM

"Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan." - Count Galeazzo Ciano (1903-1944), The Ciano Diaries, 1939-1943, Vol. 2.

Long story short.  

Everyone loves winning but few are willing to embrace the journey that includes the requisite failures necessary to win.


There are four failure problems in sales:

  • The right kind of failure is not tolerated.
  • The right kind of failure does not occur frequently enough.
  • The wrong kind of failure is tolerated.
  • The wrong kind of failure occurs too often.

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Topics: Sales Culture

Five Reasons Why Sales Wolves Hate Your Culture.

Posted by Chris Young - The Rainmaker

Jan 26, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Is your sales culture worthy?

Is your sales culture worthy of the love from the best-of-the-best sales professional, the Sales Wolf?

Not so fast...  Don't assume you have a Sales Wolf on your team because it is possible but unlikely.

Reality check - A salesperson who outsells everyone on your sales team is not necessarily a Sales Wolf.

Sales Wolves are rare.

Most everyone wants to win at some level.

What separates Sales Wolves from everyone else is the level they will push themselves to win.

Sales Wolves are absolutely relentless.

When a Sales Wolf loses (which isn't often), they quickly look in the mirror at the cause of their lost sale. They autopsy to see where they can improve. They then make improvements and repeat.

Sales Wolves abhor excuses. They hate posers. They hate wasting time.

Sales Wolves LOVE the hunt and they LOVE results.

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Topics: Sales Culture

Wells Fargo Just Set the Sales Profession Back 20 Years

Posted by Chris Young - The Rainmaker

Sep 20, 2016 12:00:00 PM

"I would do anything for love, but I won't do that..."

As a young entrepreneur I loved to hustle. I delivered newspapers, babysat, mowed lawns and painted houses. 

I never, ever called myself a salesman. If someone asked me what I did, I used the task to describe what I did.

It really wasn't cool to be a salesman back then. In fact, the mental imagery I had in my head regarding the sales profession at the time was of a pushy, arrogant, scheming used car salesman.

Movies like Glengarry Glenn Ross (1992), Used Cars (1980) and Boiler Room (2000) embodied the general mindset about sales at the time. 

 

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Topics: Sales Culture

Get Rid of Your Backup Plan

Posted by Chris Young - The Rainmaker

Aug 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Cortés began his impossible conquest by burning the boats. 

For more than 600 years conquerors had unsuccessfuly attempted to colonize the Yucatan Peninsula.

What seemingly made the difference was mindset.

In 1519 Cortés took away the only backup plan he and some 600 Spaniards and 16 or so horses had. He ordered the boats to be burned.

Burn your boats.

Get rid of your backup plan. 

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Topics: Sales Culture, Sales Management

Are You A Competitor From Hell?

Posted by Chris Young - The Rainmaker

Jun 2, 2016 6:00:00 AM


I recently invested in a new vehicle.

It was our fifth from the same dealership in 15 years.

They do business the way I would if I ran a dealership. They are very fair and do not use heavy sales tactics. Their service during and after the sale is exemplary. Clearly there is something in the water at the dealership.

We have had the same salesperson for our last two purchases from this dealership. Since our first purchase with him three years ago he has received a promotion to management. Yet he worked with us through the negotiation, ordering and delivery.

This salesperson clearly loves the vehicles he sells. 

 

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Topics: Sales Culture

What the Best Salespeople Have In Common With Carson Wentz

Posted by Chris Young - The Rainmaker

Apr 28, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Today is a proud day for my fellow North Dakotan's and North Dakota State University Alumni (Go Bison!).

Carson Wentz just became the number two 2016 NFL draft pick.

Congratulations to my fellow Bismarck, North Dakota native, Carson Wentz for being drafted to the Philadelphia Eagles!

Carson Wentz has the makings to be not just a fantastic quarterback, but also an epic role model.

As a precursor to reading my article, I highly-recommend checking out Carson Wentz's, "How We Play Football In North Dakota".  In it, he shared essential traits that I believe are essential to winning the game of sales.

 

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Topics: Sales Culture

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