Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

How to Get a Meeting with Anyone: An Interview with Stu Heinecke

If you knew you would be 100% successful at getting an appointment with your ideal customer, what would that do for you? One meeting can change everything. What if you could to that 100 times, with 100% effectiveness? How long would it take for your business to be where you want it to be? If I told you that there […]

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The Emotions of a Salesperson

“When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four.” Those are the words of a children’s song, sung by Daniel Tiger. He’s the main character in a show produced by the Fred Rogers Corporation. Mr. Rogers believed that if we teach children what to do with their feelings—in other words, how […]

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Celebration, Not Just Confrontation

If you tell yourself, “Accountability is really uncomfortable for me. I just don’t like doing it,” then you probably don’t understand what accountability is. Many sales managers they think that accountability is synonymous with confrontation. They think that what it means to hold someone accountable is to get in that person’s grill, to call them out about something, or to […]

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From Personal Chit-Chat to the Sale

The following question was recently asked of me: “How do you move from ‘personal chit-chat’ into your sales presentation?” That’s a good question. My advice: don’t start a sales meeting with “personal chit-chat.” What? Have I lost my mind?!? This is how everyone does it! Yes, but is everyone a Top Producer? Here is how the Top Producers do it: […]

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How to Lead from Anywhere: Interview with Jim Stryker

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you win big? One small victory at a time. Jim Stryker, who is in the elite club as far as production and leadership, breaks down high achievement into a mindset and small “base hits” that add up to big results. Jim says that victory begins with the bed—it’s […]

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Are You Guilty of “Drive-by Management?”

After we had been coaching together for a few months, Ted (a managing director in the insurance business) told me: “Before working together, I was guilty of drive-by management.” Ted, like so many managers, would do his rounds in the morning. He would pop his head in the door and ask: “How are you? Anything I can help with?” That was […]

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Confront Head On

Sometimes people don’t do what they say they will do. Sometimes the people that we lead are clearly acting out of bounds. These are times when they need to be confronted. As leaders, we may want to run from these conversations, but we need to run face first into these situations. The longer we put off having these tough conversations, […]

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Are You a Manager or a Great Leader?

One of my favorite pieces of leadership advice when running a 1,000+ team was: “You can’t do for one what you can’t do for 100.” Think about that. Think about your business and what you are doing for your team members today. Write out that list and now put on your thinking cap. What can you do to systematize this […]

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Stop Doing it For Them!

Often, we as leaders, feel that we get our value from doing everything for our team members. Oh! I’ll go to that meeting and close that sale for you. Oh! Ask me any question you have about how to do something and I’ll answer it right away. I know how it is. We feel that this is the reason we […]

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Both Feet In

Have you ever been at a point in your business or your personal life where you weren’t quite satisfied with how things were going, so you started complaining about issues within your company/relationship, and started looking around for where the grass might be greener? Yeah, a lot of people get there. Many of us stay there for months, years, and […]

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How this Southwestern Consulting Client Has Had Massive Success in Both Sales and Lead

Today, I get to bring you Chad Blanton with Simplicity Financial Marketing. I believe he is a top leader in the world of sales. I have enjoyed watching him succeed at a high level no matter what role he is in, whether sales or leadership. I asked Chad what he can attribute his success to and to give me his […]

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Pick your squad with purpose

Your squad is your small group of people. They are the ones you trust and choose to hang with. They are the people in your inner circle who are loyal to you despite your failings. However, there needs to be some kind of quality control within the squad. Who you pick for your squad should have some bare minimums. Remember: […]

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How to Maximize Your Sales Recruiting Results (Part 4 of 4)

Are you killing your momentum during your “Golden Hours” of recruiting by allowing distractions? While sometimes we want to celebrate a sales victory or take a call from an outside source, we want to make the most out of our scheduled recruiting hours. We are rounding out the series today on the four things that you can be doing as […]

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How to Maximize Your Sales Recruiting Results (Part 3 of 4)

To elevate your energy level during your prospecting phone calls, STAND UP! I have done both a standard sitting desk and then also one that stands, and the difference in energy levels is astronomical. Today is my third out of four tips for maximizing your golden hours. If you’re a sales manager and you are making recruiting calls, and you […]

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The 12th Income Producing Activity of Sales Leaders (Part 12 of 12)

My final tip in my series of income producing activities for sales leaders is to self-generate potential recruiting leads every single month. If you want to build your “Dream Team” you need to always be on the lookout for people with the “it” factor!  These are people that you come across in everyday life and in business settings.  Make a […]

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The Eleventh Income Producing Activity of Sales Leaders (Part 11 of 12)

Do you implement and enforce your performance recovery plan (PRP)? The 11th income producing activity of sales managers is to have a solid PRP in your arsenal when you have a team member get off track. Many times, we find that managers either do not have one or it is filed away and is not used. With regards to a […]

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The Tenth Income Producing Activity of Sales Leaders (Part 10 of 12)

Shadow your team members on a REGULAR basis. A day in the field is worth a hundred personal conferences or meetings. Today, the 10th income-producing activity is to shadow each of your team members in the field on a regular basis. At Southwestern Consulting we believe that spending some shoulder to shoulder quality time in the area with your team […]

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God doesn’t call the capable. He calls the available.

God made us all capable, but are we really available?   We were made to be ambassadors though service to His Kingdom and communication of His message. As such, we are all capable. I wonder though… where are the many who are called but do not answer?   To be capable is the ability to achieve. It’s the competency and proficiency […]

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