Assessing for Top Sales Skills and Gaps: Technology & Services

Assessing for Top Sales Skills and Gaps

Identifying the Top Money Making Sales Skills and Gaps

Client Case Study

Assessing for Top Sales Skills and Gaps at a Technology & Services Firm

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, sales tools, and sales 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 with the greatest potential impact
    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. Analyzed and Benchmarked
    Correlated high and low proficiency levels to % attainment of quota and then 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:

  • 39% difference in % Attainment of Quota
    between high and low proficiency levels across the 12 key skills
  • Identified top three major strength areas to reinforce
    • Sales Team Alignment
    • Qualifying
    • Technical Knowledge
  • Identified bottom four weak sales skills areas to develop
    • Sales Negotiations
    • Financial Acumen
    • Positioning and Presenting
    • 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)
    • Setting clear annual goals, performance standards, and personal objectives (64.1% of the time).

Assessing for Top Sales Skills and Gaps: Technology & Services – Client Impact

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