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Lessons from my mentor, Chris Dale - Sales Management Powerhouse

Everyone stands on the shoulders of the people around them that have shared their wisdom, guidance, and care as we develop. 

I’m no different, and neither is my mentor, Chris Dale, a man who has built and scaled dozens of successful sales teams in the IT staffing world. In this article, I’m going to share the principles and tactics I learned from Chris about

    •    How to quickly identify the intangibles in a sales hire
    •    A trick to find out if your sales candidate is motivated or not
    •    The difference between motivation and inspiration and why you should never motivate people
    •    How to define and understand your job as a sales manager
    •    When to part ways with a struggling salesperson
    •    Perseverance and mindset over matter
    •    How to get out of a personal slump
 

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Has the “One on One” Officially Died?

When I was a young sales person I met face to face with my Sales Manager every single Monday morning. We talked about my sales metrics from the previous week, he double checked my documentation in the CRM, we talked about this week’s plan, and he gave me feedback on where I can improve. Most importantly, he asked me where I needed help.

Because I knew Monday morning was coming and good old Kirby (that was my first manager’s name) was going to be in my kitchen, it really helped give me that extra accountability I needed to make sure I did all of the little things. I didn’t cut corners, because I didn’t want Kirby to find out and be disappointed. Eventually, I started just doing the little things right because I started seeing the results and those “little things,” all of a sudden had a ton of value to me.

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