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The Perfect Salesforce: The 6 Best Practices of the World's Best Sales Teams

Derek Gatehouse

How any company can build an incredibly effective salesforce by learning from the best in the world Despite billions spent every year on personality profiling, sales training, motivational experts, coaches, and incentives, theres never been a proven formula for building a salesforce of top performers.

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Book Information

Publisher: Portfolio
Publish Date: 11/30/2007
Pages: 274
ISBN-13: 9781591841784
ISBN-10: 159184178X
Language: English

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How any company can build an incredibly effective salesforce by learning from the best in the world Despite billions spent every year on personality profiling, sales training, motivational experts, coaches, and incentives, theres never been a proven formula for building a salesforce of top performers. Finding such a holy grail of sales has been Derek Gatehouses obsession for decades. To identify what makes a top-producing salespersonthe kind who sells four times more than everyone elseand why some sales teams have a high percentage of top producers, he interviewed more than two thousand executives in many different industries. His findings challenge the conventional wisdom about hiring, training, managing, and rewarding a sales team. Gatehouse has tested virtually every personality assessment tool, sales process, training methodology, and management system available, only to conclude that the vast majority of those systems dont raise performance in a lasting way. Instead, the worlds greatest sales teams share six simple but critical practices. For instance, they all: Hire for talent, not skill or even experience Blend positive and negative motivators Measure results instead of micromanaging process The book features dozens of anecdotes and clear lessons for any company seeking dramatic improvement in its sales performance.

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