With any transformation project initially the focus is on the strategy and implementation. So when everything is in place to drive positive change how do you ensure you realise the benefits?
How do you keep the momentum going?
According to a 2011 report by ES Research Group, 90% of all sales training programs have no long-term impact beyond 120 days, which means that only 10% of programs do. One way of ensuring that your training investment is one of the 10% is by making training and coaching a regular event instead of a one off. Making it part of business as usual allows for the learning to be absorbed, put into practice, readjustments made and then reviewed and strengthened at the next session.
Thinking about who is best placed to provide that on going coaching and leadership try asking yourself who:
Often it’s your Sales Managers who are best placed to embed the learning from a position of expertise and credibility and then keep it dynamic with regular interactions. However, we often see them focussing on the administrative complexity of the sales operation rather than their team’s development. When we work with Sales Managers we focus on three key areas for a measurable and continuous improvement in performance:
The other advantage of this type of approach is that your own people are driving and sustaining the change in behaviour and performance. Helping you to realise the full benefit of your transformation programme in a cost effective and sustainable way.
If you want to hear more about using your Sales Managers to keep things dynamic and about helping them to become sales leaders please contact Cathy on 01189 526993 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll be summarising the approaches we’ve been discussing to get people to do things differently in the final article in this series designed to leave you with a plan to take your sales transformation from paper to practice.
Other articles in the series: