Proactively Managing Your Team’s Talent | Sales Strategies

Far too many sales teams underperform because they have underperforming sales reps in the team. These sales reps need to be replaced. Additionally, another reason for a sales team’s poor performance is that one of the top sales performers left, resulting in a drastic loss. Both of those are issues that sales leaders have to address on a proactive basis.

Succession Planning for Territories 

You should have the leaders in your organization get together to evaluate the talent landscape. Who are you likely going to get rid of because they are just not bringing their performance up? Who is a likely risk for leaving? Maybe they’re retiring, looking for other opportunities, or their personality suggests they are on the brink of leaving? Who are all of these people in the organization and, should they leave unexpectedly, where would you find the talent to put in their place? More importantly, as you know, when that territory stays open for a long time, you run the risk of not just eroding sales in that particular territory, but you also lose them completely to a competitor.

Look at Other Departments

Are there people in other positions within the company who might be able to backfill into those sales roles quickly and effectively? Look for staff in departments such as customer service, marketing, account management, business development, or other staff who have experience managing customers. For some of my clients, they have been able to utilize delivery drivers, installers, or the consulting team who are looking for sales opportunities.

Always Recruit

Network, build relationships with sales reps on LinkedIn, and talk to customers to see who else they buy from that they really love as a seller. When you are doing those on a regular basis, you’ll never be caught unaware and, if someone leaves you unexpectedly, you would have done the research and recruiting to backfill those positions quickly.

4 responses to “Proactively Managing Your Team’s Talent | Sales Strategies

  1. […] and finance. Businesses and business reps that have a long history in the market have been successful because of relationships. When you spend 30 years in your territory selling to the same customers […]

  2. Thanks, wonderful insights. Succession planning at territory level is the least focused area . As a sales leader , one has to be updated on the talent availability but simultaneously, it does not envisage that existing talent should be neglected .

  3. […] leaders need to encourage their team to take time off. When they do take that time off, sales leaders need to set the example by not […]

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