"Great sales people" are performing at over 120% of target level.
They are skilled, knowledgeable and active,
they have good attitude to their customers,
their company and their products.
Given, that this is your definition too,
then the first Management Job is NOT to de-motivate them,
avoid getting in the way,
do not attempt to 'manage' their Performance!
Taking Top Performers even higher is the most difficult of Sales Management Tasks;
it requires the highest levels of Leadership and Coaching skills.
These are both "Interactive skills" that is;
We DO Coaching WITH others,
We do NOT DO Coaching TO others.
The Sales Manager,
Coaching extraordinary performance from Top Performers
needs EXTRAORDINARY Diagnostic skills,
if you want to coach Tiger Woods (or any Tour Golf Pro)
you need to know more about some aspects of golf then they do!
Then it is:
Rehearse New behaviour,
Apply and review.
It is a JOINT effort,
a Sales Person performing at 120% does not HAVE to improve they are already succeeding.
Therefore, the Leadership style should be Delegating/Supporting their work.
Moving them to “Coaching” requires THEIR agreement.
YOU do not have the 'management right' to Coach a Top Performer;
you may only Coach them with their consent.
When I review, why Top Performers 'go-off -the-boil' and start losing their ‘edge’,
in 90% of cases it is through mismanagement.
Distractions, defocus, or simply treating them the same as the rest of the team
sheep dip training, accompanied sales calls where the Sales Manager interferes,
random changes of Accounts and new Product ‘drives’.
Never do anything without their agreement, or at least their acquiescence
Maintain their Performance by Delegation and Supportive Leadership
Coach by a "Know thyself" process by clear measurement and simple feed back
Rehearse in Realistic Simulations
Thoroughly OBJECTIVELY review any live sales call in great detail
Five rules for Developing Top Performers
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