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

We value the relationship we have had with LSA over the years. LSA has delivered top quality solutions when we needed them. They pay special attention to ensuring the content fits our current needs and that the facilitators are familiar with our business and culture. I would recommend them to anyone looking to greatly improve the skills of their sales force.

Carol M. Harbin
Manager, Worldwide Sales L&D

AMD

ServiceSource has relied on LSA Global’s expertise for a variety of core initiatives, from strategy design and implementation, to business sales skills, to sales coaching. We recently engaged LSA Global to create a competency matrix for our inside sales team that will serve as our roadmap for employee on-boarding, development, succession planning, and retention. This project had a tight timeline with high visibility. LSA Global completed the deliverable ahead of schedule and surpassed our expectations.

PMO and Outside Sales Operations
Senior Vice President

Service Source

LSA was instrumental in making our worldwide sales meeting a success. They saved me a ton of time by recommending ‘best in class’ vendors to meet our business objectives. Whenever I’m in a pinch, I can count on LSA’s dynamic team of sales trainers and consultants to really go the extra mile. They truly understand the meaning of customer delight.

Amy Walker
Manager

Seagate

We needed a way to improve training with our customers. We had to reach a disparate group of people in a very short period time. LSA gave us a new training methodology and a way to go to market with our training that improved our customer touch. LSA delivered what we needed in the time we required.

Hinda Chalew
Vice President of Marketing

Seagate has always found LSA to be a valuable resource. LSA delivers top quality solutions when we need them with just one call. The recent business sales training programs they’ve delivered for Seagate University have been the right solution, highest of quality and customized to our business and culture. I would highly recommend LSA to any company interested in offering top notch learning solutions.

Tammy Dujmovich
Sales, Marketing & Customer Service

Seagate

LSA Global has been a great partner in helping us move toward being “the leading developer of talent in the service performance management industry.” I have engaged LSA to help develop best-in-class programs in the areas of: Executive On-boarding, Manager Training, Sales Training, Employee Engagement and Instructional Design. They have consistently met or exceeded my (very) high expectations and are always responsive to my needs.

Mike Normant
Senior Director, Training & Development

Service Source

For the past 5 years LSA has consistently delivered top notch value to Seagate’s Corporate University Program. The level of facilitator involvement and continuous program evolution has kept the sales negotiation training content and lessons engaging and relevant. We look forward to working with LSA in the future.

Geoff Purnell
Sales Executive, Seagate Data Recovery Services

Seagate

We engaged with LSA Global to deliver a sales territory planning and management workshop. LSA Global had a unique ability to quickly understand our business and needs. This keen understanding allowed for tailoring of content that was specific and impactful, which created a new awareness of how one’s role and how and with whom one spends their time, can directly influence sales success. Their facilitators were well prepared and ingrained themselves to become one of us. We’ve come to see LSA Global as a partner.

Pratiksha Patel
Assistant Vice President Talent

L'Oreal

We recently hired LSA Global to help take our sales team to the next level. Specifically we focused on targeting the ideal client, differentiating our solutions, getting more qualified leads, and closing a higher percentage of our pipeline through a proven referral selling methodology.

So far, the results from the business sales training have been great. We were pleasantly surprised with the results-oriented approach and thoughtful follow-through plan to ensure that the new sales practices “stick.” We look forward to a long-term relationship, and I would recommend LSA to anyone looking to increase the effectiveness of their sales force.

Patrick Arnold
President

Filice

We originally engaged with LSA Global to help our subcontract administrators and buyers develop better negotiations skills. As manufacturers of satellites, we have many sole source companies to procure the required parts.

Our teams must be able to interact effectively with international companies. This environment uniquely challenges our team in their ability to create equitable contracts, while preserving and strengthening our supplier relationships.

LSA Global not only provided our team with the skills to negotiate effectively and consistently, but we further expanded our relationship to include consulting around our negotiations’ process, measurement of our negotiations, and one-on-one coaching for our team members. We are very pleased with the result of our partnership with LSA Global.

Vivian Mackintosh
Vice President of Materiel

Space Systems Loral

LSA is an excellent training outsource partner! They listen to our needs, are responsive and work at a pace that keeps up with ours. We have found LSA to bring strategic and innovative solutions to meet our business problems by partnering effectively with our staff. I consider them to be an external extension of our team.

Wendy Chinn
Sr. Director, Global Sales Enablement

LSA’s customized Effective Presentation Skills program has helped me elevate my presentation skills to the next level. I now have a much greater self-awareness of my presentation skills and can leverage off of my strengths while working to improve upon other areas. I would definitely recommend this solution to anyone for whom business presentations are an integral part of their job.

Jim Elliott
Senior Marketing Manager

Samsung

We recently hired LSA to help us take our client delivery methodology to the next level as we continue to grow and help our clients succeed. The custom strategy and design session exceeded our expectations. They really understood our business and delivered within tight time frames.  They were the best I have seen for this type of complex, visible, and strategic work. LSA’s ability to get a group of 20+ executives from around the globe on the same page, push their thinking to new heights, and ensure an executable plan was excellent. I would recommend LSA to anyone looking to take their strategy and strategic execution to the next level.

Rob Sturgeon
EVP Client Delivery

Service Source

The sales negotiations training program was awesome. The facilitator was excellent. We are immediately able to see the relevance and apply it to specific needs at Blackhawk. The preparation and energy was very apparent. The facilitator did a great job keeping the class engaged for the entire day and focused on what mattered most to our success. I am very pleased with the results and like the very relevant and applicable sales negotiations tools. Great job.

Jack Lord
Vice President of Sales

Blackhawk Network

We turned to LSA Global to help us take our executive selling and solution selling skills to the next level. Their ability to formally assess our situation, identify key sales skill gaps, develop a plan to measure the results, and fully implement a key sales initiative – has been outstanding. LSA delivers the full solution; not just sales training.  I recommend them to any organization looking to transform its sales force the “right way” to sell higher and wider.

Daniel Heckman
Director of Sales-Enterprise Accounts

Avid

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