Assessing for Top Sales Skills and Gaps: Technology & Services

Identifying the Top Money Making Sales Skills and Gaps

Client Case Study

Situation

This global Fortune 500 technology and services company wanted to identify the top “money making” sales skills required to execute their new go-to-market strategy so that they could invest wisely in the training and development of their 250+ person sales force.

The company wanted to:

  1. Get sales leadership aligned with the most critical skills
  2. Identify the specific core skills that are differentiating high from low performers

Complications

  • Varied sales processes, tools and methodologies
  • Moving from “taking orders” to selling more complex holistic solutions to more executive buyers

Approach

  1. Identified key metric to move: % Attainment of Quota
  2. Identified target audience: 253 sales reps
  3. Created a customized Leader Assess Survey for executives and leaders to prioritize the key skills required to succeed both now and in the future
  4. Created and administered a customized Team Assess Survey to identify the proficiency levels of the sales force
  5. Correlated high and low proficiency levels to % attainment of quota
  6. Benchmarked sales performance coaching activities against AT&T, DELL, Ernst & Young, FedEx, IBM and Xerox.

Results

  • 88% response rate
  • 12 key consultative sales skills agreed to by leadership out of a list of 150 behavioral-based sales competencies: Consultative Selling (78%), Developing Insight (78%), Influencing (69%), Qualifying (63%), Calling High (62%), Presentation Skills (60%), Technical Knowledge (56%), Prospecting (54%), Financial Acumen (50%), Manager Coaching (49%), Customer Objections (46%) and Negotiations (44%)
  • 39% difference in % Attainment of Quota between high and low proficiency levels across the 12 key skills
  • Identified Top three major skill areas to reinforce: Team Alignment, Qualifying, and Technical Knowledge
  • Identified bottom four skills areas to develop: Negotiations, Financial Acumen, Positioning and Presenting, and Consultative Selling
  • Identified a lack of Sales Performance Coaching as a foundational limiting factor in the areas of Sales Managers: Debriefing meetings and presentations (52.1% of the time), Helping to prep for meetings and presentations (52.2% of the time), Sharing concerns of ability or progress (52.4% of the time), Modeling how to deal with customers (58.3% of the time), and Setting clear annual goals, performance standards, and personal objectives (64.1% of the time)

Related Information

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