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True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well. —Bill Owens

Leadership is critical to success, whether self-leadership or organizational leadership. Too often, we confuse leadership and management. Both have their place, but leadership enables organizations to achieve.

We provide a variety of programs to support the development of leaders. Whether it is their role in the organization and how to perform. Developing/implementing strategies, setting performance goals and dealing with performance challenges. Or managing performance and maximizing engagement. Or coaching and developing people in their teams.

Our programs and consulting can be offered at the organizational level, working with people in developing a strong leadership capability within the organization.

We also work at the individual level, serving as coaches or mentors to individuals, maximizing their ability to lead and helping them to move forward in their careers.

Leadership Posts

The Tenure Crisis……

Preface:  My apologies, this is very long.  But it needs to be.  The tenure crisis is not a simple issue.  The impact of the tenure crisis robs all of us of opportunity.  There is so much potential–both revenue growth, organizational and individual growth.  We need to pay attention to, not adopt “work arounds.” We have […]

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The Way Things Are, The Way Things Might Be (Seduced By The Sounds Of Our Own Voices)

Every day I think we have reached bottom with the level of stupid advice I see in my social feeds. Every day, I’m surprised that we can find new depths of stupidity. Sadly, too much of this is from smart people who should know better. Yet, somehow they are seduced by the sounds of their […]

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How Much Time Are You Spending In The Field, With Your People?

It’s SKO time of the year. In the meetings, I’ve been doing an informal survey of leaders, at all levels. I’ve been asking, “How much time are you spending in the field working with your people?” The answers, while not surprising are disappointing. So far, it looks like the average is somewhere around 15-20%. I […]

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The Power Of “Ad Hoc” Coaching

As leaders, we know our job is to maximize the performance of our people. We know that coaching is one of the highest leverage methods of maximizing their performance. We know we should schedule reviews with our people, integrating coaching into those reviews. Whether it’s a deal review, account review, pipeline, prospecting forecast, territory, or […]

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Performance Plans And Performance Planning

Perhaps I’ve not been paying attention. Recently, in conversations with clients and other groups, I’ve been stunned at how few have performance plans in place for their people. Having been raised in organizations that valued performance planning, I had assumed these were common place. Starting my selling career in IBM, we all had them. Much […]

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“I Don’t Have The Time To Coach!!”

I spend a lot of time with sales managers, at all levels. Too often, I hear the lament, “I don’t have the time to coach!” I ask to look at their calendars. As you might expect, the calendars are packed with meeting after meeting–on all sorts of things. Endless forecast and pipeline discussions–usually between managers […]

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“I Can Do It Better Myself!”

One of the biggest mistakes I see sales managers, particularly new managers, make is the view, “I can do it better myself!” It’s easy to understand this. They were probably top performers as sellers. They probably have deep experience and great capability. That’s part of the reason they’ve been moved into a leadership role. Many […]

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Trust And Trustworthiness In An AI Dominated World

We know trust and trustworthiness are critical in our ability to engage prospects and customers. It’s a foundation of our ability to develop and maintain relationships. We know what happens when, inadvertently or purposefully, we betray that trust. There are other concepts intermingled with trust and trustworthiness. Integrity, consistency, meeting commitments, knowledge, honesty, values and […]

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We Thrive Because We Are Cooperative

I read a fascinating editorial by David Brooks, People Are More Generous Than You May Think. A line stood out, “Humanity hasn’t thrived all these centuries because we’re ruthlessly selfish; we’ve thrived because we’re really good at cooperation.” I had to re-read the article a few times, but it gradually sunk in. As I reflect […]

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The Joy Of Selling……

With smaller groups or one on one’s, I frequently talk about “The Joy of Selling….” To some this concept may seem a little too soft and abstract. Some react, “Dave, we’ve got to focus on hitting the numbers, achieving our growth goals! It’s tough work and sellers need to be tough minded!” Increasingly, I don’t […]

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Leadership Testimonials

"After reading the Sales Manager Survival Guide and being impressed with David’s expert understanding of sales and relevance to our industry, we engaged David directly for a Sales Manager coaching program. The content was excellent and David’s engagement with our managers was outstanding. I highly recommend David and Partners In Excellence if you want to take your sales to the next level. " Brad Colledge, Executive General Manager

“I was asked to take the role of managing a sales organization. Having no prior sales experience, the task seemed quite daunting. Thankfully, David Brock was there to give me direction and encouragement. Yes, David helped me understand the sales process; however, more importantly, David provided me with firm, but supportive critique that has proved invaluable to me. David never soft-pedaled his approach with me. Instead, he spoke to me as an executive, and expected me to live up to the call. In addition to direction, David provided me with the encouraging words that I needed to believe in myself, and that I could be successful in my new role. “ Scott Dixon, Managing Director

“Dave sets himself apart in the industry with his ruthless focus on preparation and sales discipline. Dave's mentorship and coaching is designed to ensure I focus on the most qualified opportunities, bring exceptional value to each customer interaction, and win more deals. He has been an indispensable mentor and transformational influence.” Mary Grogan Strain, Business Development Manager

“Dave Brock literally wrote the book on sales management! Dave provides critical insights that are thought-provoking and directional. Better yet, Dave not only provides a different perspective, but he also has the ability to work with clients to build solutions that positively impacts sellers and coaches alike.” Jim Wood, Vice President of Sales

One of the greatest gifts a coach can give to a coachee is to help them think more accurately about themselves, about their challenges, and about the various ways they go about solving those challenges. But Dave’s gift is something more. So much so that Dave’s helped me to fundamentally shift the way I think to begin with. This process has resulted not only in increased performance, but in a continual learning process that hasn’t stopped since our first coaching session. It’s an honor to call him my coach and a privilege to continually learn from him, even on the days between our coaching sessions! - Nate Tutas

When I was about to move into my first sales management role I reached out to Dave after I had read his book that really resonated with me. It was fantastic to have Dave as a coach and sounding board during those first months and it really put me on the right track to succeed in the sales management role and also set the foundation for me to progress from that. Didrik Moe, EMEA General Manager

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