New Hire Sales On-Boarding in EMEA: Technology

Increasing Speed to Quota for Sales Reps in EMEA at a Fast Growing Technology Company

Client Case Study

Situation

This high-growth global technology and services firm delivers customer-proven solutions that accelerate IT by reducing complexity and enabling more flexible, agile service delivery.

With more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners, this high tech leader develops solutions help organizations of all sizes lower costs, increase business agility and ensure freedom of choice.

With accelerated hiring forecasts of 30-50% employee growth per quarter, the company wanted to:

  • Decrease Time to Quota
  • Increase Average Deal Size
  • Diversify Portfolio Mix

Complications

  • Unclear Metrics: Activity and output success metrics are not agreed upon by role and region.  They are also not aligned with compensation and performance management systems.
  • Legacy: Where it makes sense, current on-boarding content, processes, and feedback (i.e. probation, start time, buddy process and meeting with Sr. Management) needs to be incorporated into the new process so that we do not reinvent the wheel
  • Skills and Tools: Deal collaboration, Account Planning, cross and channel selling skills and tools should be incorporated into the skill building and process design
  • Hiring: The timing of the new process should align with hiring forecasts and the company should improve behavioral interviewing skills and processes to make sure that the right people are being hired before on-boarding them
  • Sales Enablement Expectations: Expectations should be set regarding what additional sales enablement support can be provided so that teams do not have to “build their own stuff.”

Compelling Design Features

  • 28 performance tests on a weekly and monthly basis to measure and monitor proficiency across 10 key skill, knowledge and coaching areas.
  • Shadow sales and performance coaching were used to ease new hires into complex sales situations.
  • Online support tools and virtual coaching used to support multiple languages and geographies.
  • Integrated with current sales process and methodologies.

Approach

  1. Assess & Design: Custom designed 6-month experiential new employee orientation program (from acceptance to 6 months on the job) focused on:
    • Manager Coaching and 90-Day Plans to drive consistent performance coaching from sales managers combined with 90-day plans.
    • Individual Accountability to track key performance metrics at the individual level.
    • Designed Reinforcement including the alignment of incentives, consequences, recognition, processes, and systems to support objectives.
    • Continuous Improvement: The design approach is iterative and will continuously evolve with changing business needs and strategic growth.
    • Tailored to Roles: Foundational design for all with tailored tracks by role.
  2. Pilot: Piloted sessions in France, Spain, Russia, the UK and Germany.
  3. Continuous Improvement: Incorporated feedback and lessons learned into design and delivery.

Results

  • 27% increase in speed to quota
  • €1,005,516 of new business directly attributed to the new process
  • 100% new hire and hiring manager satisfaction
  • 99% rated the 90-day tools as “practical” and “very practical”

Related Information

We engaged LSA to design and deliver a 6-month custom executive coaching program for a group of our key leaders. The focus of the program was to help a core group of senior leaders to leverage previous investments in management training, to ensure the engagement and retention of key employees, and to push critical strategic initiatives forward. Even with the high expectations of our senior people, LSA has completely exceeded our expectations. I would recommend them to anyone looking to create and implement a custom coaching methodology using proven tools to drive true change.

Ivan Fukumoto
Senior HR Manager - Staffing, Training, & Development

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed working with LSA on the design and delivery of the experiential new employee on-boarding training. I’ve been getting tons of positive unsolicited feedback. You truly exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Steven Gray
US Enterprise Services

A key to performance improvement is strongly linked to cultivating the proper type of motivation. Since the performance management training, I have been much more focused on identifying and discussing how our actions in Engineering create value to IGT’s success. So far, the feedback has been positive. The group appears to be more accountable for their actions, and victim loop reactions are less frequent. The value proposition for me and those groups we work with is better teamwork, higher spirits, and a better outlook for things to come in the future (renewed enthusiasm).

Stewart Thoeni
Mechanical, HW Engineering Director

The action-learning leadership project has been very beneficial to me, our leadership team, and the entire organization. The balance of development and results has been excellent. We have made huge progress, and I was also able to identify 2-3 high potentials while having the extra benefit of people stepping up to carry strategic projects forward. The Staff is very appreciative and has become very comfortable with both the program and the process. It is still going better than anticipated, and I have been very pleased.

Heather Feltman
President & CEO

LSS

LSA Global has provided our Employee Engagement Survey for the past 3 years. Their ability to administer the survey, help us sort through complex organizational changes that impact reporting, and provide flexible, customized report formats gives a high level of comfort and confidence in the work. The survey results have helped us identify and take actions to address the concerns of our Gen Y workforce. In all, LSA provides us with great value, and I would highly recommend them.

Mike Normant
Senior Director, Training & Development

Service Source

We turned to LSA Global to help take our behavioral interviewing process to the next level in terms of both efficiency and effectiveness. LSA quickly understood our unique culture and challenging requirements.  They immediately helped us to improve our ability to continue to hire top talent that fits our culture and talent management strategy as we rapidly scale.

Julie Pearl
Technical Program Manager

Google

LSA’s Employee Engagement Consulting and Survey work has provided critical visibility into: how well our people are holding up under the general economic environment, as well as, the specific challenges that face biotechnology companies in their efforts to discover and develop new medicines; their level of alignment and commitment to XOMA’s Vision and mission critical strategies; how leadership practices and management systems support an environment that engender commitment, and the specific actions that our leaders can take to improve on areas that are important to our people. I highly recommend LSA’s employee engagement solutions.

Chris Wells
Vice President, HR and IT

Having a training outsourcing partner like LSA to support our talent management needs has been a real blessing. In an emerging company where typically you can’t afford the infrastructure necessary to provide a full range of offerings to meet the changing needs of an organization, having an external partner who understands our business and our culture and offers everything from a wide range of open enrollment programs to customized organizational development consulting is almost as good (and in some cases better than) having your own internal Training and Organizational Development function.

Chris Wells
Vice President, HR and IT

We have had a very beneficial partnership with LSA for over 2 years. The recent Leadership Development Program that they designed and customized with us to help us identify, develop, and retain top leaders in the organization was a huge success. It was instrumental in helping take our company and our key people to the next level. I would recommend their training and consulting services to anyone looking to develop and retain top talent.

Steve Janowsky
Vice President of Operations

Proxicom

LSA Global’s consultant brought a fresh perspective to our behavioral based interviewing strategy for two key executive positions we needed to fill, and their consultant helped us develop questions that produced a much deeper understanding of candidates’ capabilities. I am confident that the two new executives joining our organization have the right skills to add significant value. Throughout the process LSA was also very responsive in dealing with short lead time requests.

Because of the unique nature of our business, Excel is a core application in our accounting organization. After three attempts to find an Excel consultant who is capable of helping our finance team integrate advanced applications into our work processes we found LSA and Alex. He was not only a “Real” Excel expert but was masterful in helping us identify where to use Excel applications in our processes to increase our group’s efficiency.

SPO Partners & Co
Kim Silva, CFO

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 experiential New Employee Orientation was an incredible success for over 2500 new hires in four years across the globe. They partnered with us to create an innovative solution on very short notice, and added a huge amount of value that isn’t reflected in their cost. We could never have done it without their unmatched combination of expertise, professionalism, and creativity that aligned everything with our unique culture. Even our experienced hires were blown away!

Brenda Wagner
Founder and President

Proxicom

I consistently look to LSA Global when I need custom programs put together for my client groups. I can always count on LSA to do a thorough needs analysis and to put together spectacular programs that are well received. Their management development and performance management expertise and professionalism make them one of my top-rated learning and development partners.

Stephanie Webb
HR Program Manager

Rambus

LSA brought a very effective training design, and implementation approach to help us create a common language around our corporate training. As a fast growing company with a geographically dispersed workforce, their expertise in this area was invaluable to us in driving consistency, creating a sense of belonging for our employees, and developing a common language for all of us to use.

Binod Taterway
CEO

Blue Canopy

We held our 1st Year Academy for our new associates last week, and the segment that LSA helped us redesign went exceptionally well. Their instructional design skills made it more relevant, more interactive, and more engaging. We greatly appreciate what LSA did to help us greatly improve a key component of our program!

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Senior Manager, Training & Professional Development

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