I’m constantly amazed conversations I have with otherwise smart people.
Usually, they start with some sort of challenge they are having:
- We aren’t growing at the rate we need to grow.
- We aren’t hitting out numbers.
- The markets have changed dramatically.
- Our competition has changed.
- Our customers are changing.
- Our budgets are smaller, we don’t have the resources we used to.
There are number of issues people identify. Once they have done that, I ask, “What are you doing about those things?”
Usually, there’s a long pause in the conversation. Sometimes people say:
- We’ve upped the pressure on our people to work harder.
- We’ve increased activity levels.
- We are introducing new technologies and tools to get our people to be more productive.
- We’re doing more training, building the skills of the people.
- We’ve asked marketing to do a lot more.
Usually, these responses all have the same thing in common, they are doing more of what they have always done, hoping for a different outcome. Whether it’s more volume, higher velocity, more intensity, the focus is always on doing more of what they have always done, better.
At some point that breaks down. The things we have always done, perhaps the things that have become habits, no longer serve us. They are no longer as effective as they used to be.
I’m constantly amazed, while everything around them is changing, while what sales professionals do is drive their customers to change; too many sales people and leaders are doing the same things and not recognizing the need to change.
When what we do no longer seems to be working or isn’t effective, isn’t it time to change?