Creating a High Performance Sales Culture

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Is your sales culture helping or hindering sales performance?

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A High Performance Sales Culture Matters

“Thank you for a unique and great approach to building a high performance sales culture. The facilitator was brilliant. It will help us to create even higher sales performance now that we all know what matters most.

It really opened our eyes about a different way to lead.”
Simon Jefferson | Managing Director | AKQA

“The high performance sales culture approach combined with the sales strategy and executive sales coaching work helped us to grow revenue by 48%, increase profits by 10%, and close more than 50% of our deals over the last 12 months.

Aligning our sales strategy, culture, and talent is making all the difference. Thank you LSA!”
Laurie Sewell | President & CEO | Servicon Systems

Given your unique sales strategy and competition, how can you get the most out of your sales force in a way that makes sense for your business and for your sales team?

According to the McKinsey Quarterly, a top quartile performing salesperson is 14 times more productive than an average performer.

Unfortunately, many still mistake sales culture as soft or abstract. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our organizational alignment research found that sales culture accounts for 40% of the difference between high and low performing sales teams in terms of:

  • Revenue growth and profitability
  • Sales leadership effectiveness and sales team engagement
  • Customer satisfaction and loyalty

We define sales culture as how and why things truly get done in an organization to attract, win, and serve target clients.

The good news is that sales culture can be measured and shaped by understanding the way people think, behave, and work. The bad news is that if your sales culture is unhealthy or misaligned with your people or business strategies, you will not perform at your peak.  Experienced sales leaders know that their sales strategy must go through sales culture to be successfully implemented.

Sales culture exists by design or by default. Regardless of origin, strong sales cultures can help leaders perform, or strong sales cultures can hurt performance. With so many options for sales leaders who want to improve the performance of their sales teams, it is not surprising that so many get lost in and frustrated by impractical theories and expensive consultants trying to make sense of it all.

Our clients tell us that our research-backed, practical, and action-oriented approach to assessing and aligning sales  culture provides clarity, structure, and measurable results for leaders who want to significantly lift sales performance.

Typically clients turn to High Performance Sales Culture Assessment, Consulting, and Training to:

  • Ensure that their sales culture is healthy enough to raise, clarify, and align sales performance expectations
  • Remove cultural barriers that are hindering sales strategy execution
  • Design a sales culture that aligns with their business and talent strategies
  • Identify how sales leaders can reach aggressive targets without creating resentment or disengagement
  • Increase accountability for sales improvement
  • Motivate their sales teams to perform at their peak

Once your sales strategy is clear enough to act, our approach typically involves four main steps customized to each unique situation:

1.  Assess Your Current Sales Culture
Assessing your current culture allows sales leaders to accurately pinpoint strengths to leverage and weaknesses to address regarding how and why work currently gets done. Typical outcomes include identifying:

  • Levels of sales health
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the current sales culture
  • Areas of cultural alignment and misalignment vis-à-vis your sales strategy
  • Likely accelerators and inhibitors to sales performance
  • Benchmark comparisons

2.  Identify the Key Cultural Actions to Improve Sales Performance
Review the assessment results and agree on the critical few cultural actions required to create a healthy, high performing, and aligned sales culture.

3.  Execute the Key Cultural Actions
Implement the top cultural shifts in a way that makes sense for your sales strategy and unique marketplace circumstances.

4.  Measure Improvement and Agree Upon Next Steps
Monitor progress and continuously improve.

If you would like to learn how building a high performance sales culture at work has helped leading sales organizations perform at their peak, please contact us.

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