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Three Key Considerations When Promoting a Sales Person to a Leadership Role

Posted by Craig Palmer on April 26, 2022.

Over the past month we have had a number of conversations with sales managers. As we come out of the pandemic, they are expanding their sales force to meet increased demand, which in turn, requires increasing the number of sales managers. Focusing on the sales manager component, many companies would prefer to promote from within. […]

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Hiring the Best Sales Talent: Self-Awareness is a Key Skill

Posted by Craig Palmer on September 27, 2021.

I have been a sales leader for over 30 years with the goal of hiring the best, most talented sales people. It has become apparent to me that a key must-have skill that determines high performance is self-awareness. A quote from a 2014 Harvard Business Review article by Muriel Wilkens really captures the essence of […]

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Critical Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring or Building a Sales Team

Posted by Craig Palmer on August 24, 2021.

Sales is the lifeblood of any business. The magnitude of an organization’s success has a direct correlation to the execution of quality sales. Therefore, you want sales to be scalable and predictable. Often you hear sales referred to as an “art form”, but art is not scalable or predictable. Here are 2 key mistakes we […]

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How to Recruit Consultative Salespeople using the PXT Select Sales Assessment

Posted by Craig Palmer on February 16, 2021.

In a recent Harvard Business Review article titled “7 Reasons Salespeople Don’t Close the Deal”, a survey conducted produced some interesting findings. The top reasons given for not buying was a lack of trust and they did not respect the salesperson. Also, in this survey the following data was discovered: 12% of salespeople are excellent […]

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Using Profiles PXT Select and Thinking Style to Understand Emotional IQ

Posted by Craig Palmer on January 15, 2021.

I was having a conversation with one of our client VP of Sales recently. He was in the process of hiring two new region managers and ten new territory managers. He had four candidates that were a very good fit with their region manager Profiles Performance Model and a number of talented industry experienced territory […]

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Recruiting “Its Game Day”

Posted by Nancy Ness on June 29, 2018.

Well, it is “Game Day” on many fronts.  The Final 4 basketball event truly served up a fantastic dose of March Madness, the baseball season is off and running, the Minnesota Wild are in the Stanley Cup playoffs and The Masters golf tournament are all indicative of the traditional passage to the “Right of Spring.” […]

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Do You Remember Milli Vanilli?

Posted by Nancy Ness on February 28, 2018.

Do you remember Milli Vanilli? I know, blast from the past. They were a pop-artist group from the late 80’s and early 90’s with popular songs like “Blame it on the Rain” and “Girl, You Know it’s True”. They were not only made famous by those songs, but by a much more powerful fact: they […]

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Innovation: The Magic Behind Disney’s Sales Success

Posted by Nancy Ness on January 9, 2018.

Mickey Mouse and Disney’s successful ventures are known worldwide. Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons, said “I went to Bali, and I was in a small village, and somebody who was with me showed a woman a little figurine of Bart and asked: ‘Do you know who this is?’ And she said: ‘Mickey Mouse.’” That’s […]

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What Do Your Customers Really Want?

Posted by Nancy Ness on October 16, 2017.

The answer to this question is simple: what customers want is a product or service. It’s inherent in the very nature of the definition of “customer”—“one that purchases a commodity or service.” So it’s a perfect set-up, right? You have a product, so you must have customers. No? You say you don’t have customers? Well, […]

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How to Execute with Any Audience with Energy Level

Posted by Craig Palmer on May 3, 2017.

We hope you’re enjoying this blog series on How to Execute with ANY Audience where we show a real world example of a Profiles Sales Assessment Concurrent Performance Model Overview and offer our consulting advice to team members on how each other might view certain situations. We looked at the Sociability, Attitude, Independence, Manageability and […]

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How to Execute With ANY Audience With Attitude

Posted by Craig Palmer on January 27, 2017.

Last month, we discussed how to utilize the data from our Profile Leadership tools to OPTIMIZE your interactions with employees, people you’re interviewing, your sales team, etc. We gave examples of ways to interpret the results of the Sociability Behavior section of the Profiles Sales Assessment Concurrent Performance Model Overview in order to create a […]

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How to Execute with ANY Audience with Independence

Posted by Craig Palmer on January 7, 2017.

In this series of blog posts, we are showing real life examples of how to utilize the data from our Assessments to gain a better perspective on how you and your team might view certain situations and areas of conflict. We looked at the Sociability & Attitude Behavior sections of the Profiles Sales Assessment Concurrent […]

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How to Execute With ANY Audience

Posted by Craig Palmer on November 19, 2016.

No, we are not here today to discuss how to “eliminate” those hard to reach audiences. Quite the contrary! We want to give you a taste of how to utilize the data from our Profile Leadership tools to OPTIMIZE your interactions with those audiences such as employees, people you’re interviewing or your sales team. This is […]

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