Working with so many different clients across a variety of industries really opens your eyes to new ideas, strategies, and insights. I’m always open to embracing fresh new thinking!
With that in mind, I want to share with you an important point which I believe is currently eluding many sales leaders and executives when it comes to building, growing, and managing their sales team. And in turn, it’s hurting their overall sales results.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
This quote is crucial to your continued success as a sales leader.
When you’re dealing with issues and problems with your sales results, are you trying anything new? Are you trying to find fresh perspectives, thinking, and solutions to the issues? Or, are you using the same kind of approach which may have lead to the problems in the first place?
Now, I’m not implying you completely abandon ship and throw your current strategies out the window, but I am suggesting you create and grow your team with diversity in mind.
Each of the clients I’ve worked with over the last few months have told me that their markets are changing. Their industries are evolving and many of these leaders are finding it tough to keep up. This shouldn’t at all be a surprise. Every year, there seems to be a new “big player” in the social media world and a new “revolutionary product” in the technology sector. And with the globally connected world we live in, the constant flow of innovations and growth has numerous implications on virtually every industry and market.
Yet, some of the same leaders who recognize and acknowledge these changes still insist on hiring based on industry “expertise,” experience, or a rolodex. How useful is experience if yesterday’s methods are no longer used or relevant?
I’m not discounting having proven people on your team who can deliver results. But, I am suggesting that you mix things up a little bit. If you want change and growth in your business, bring in new thinking, new blood, and new relationships into the fold. Don’t discount a seller because they’re not a “traditional” hire in your company. A non-traditional approach could be exactly what your business needs to take it to the next level.
Diversity will mean different things to different businesses and industries. Never underestimate the power of a fresh perspective.
Let me know in the comments below. What’s one way you can add diversity to your team?
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