Transform Your Organization
“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday's logic.” Peter Drucker.
Everything today seems to be about transformation, business transformation, digital transformation, sales, customer, market, organizational. Work is transforming, moving from in the office to virtual to hybrid. Tools and technology enable us to do things differently or to do new things.
But what does transformation really mean? What does it entail? How do we transform? How do we successfully implement and manage change?
Partners in EXCELLENCE has worked with organizations in transformation since it’s founding. Whether it’s working on turnarounds, helping high performing organizations continue to change, helping start ups to scale and grow.
We have a series of workshops, programs, processes and tools to help our clients identify their transformation strategies. Most importantly, we work with those clients in the implementation of their transformation efforts, keeping them on track or adjusting them to drive greater success.
Our Perspectives Limit What/How We See….
In March, 1976, one of the most famous covers of the New Yorker Magazine appeared. It was Saul Steinberg’s, “View Of The World From 9th Avenue.” It represented “New Yorkers’,” more accurately, a “Manhattanites’” view of the world. The cover was a smash hit, posters were published, I think every office in Manhattan had a […]Read More
Connections Or Connection?
Daily, I get connection requests from all sorts of people. There are those that promise to bring us 100s of qualified leads if we connect, then buy. There are those that say we have common businesses and interests, but nothing in their profile shows me where that commonality is–and they have never bothered to look […]Read More
I have to confess my lack of patience with an attitude I see permeating much of our world today. Recently, I find myself having more conversations with colleagues similarly impatient. We are disappointed, we struggle to understand what we see going on–particularly in much of business and selling. We wonder, “Do we have unrealistic expectations? […]Read More
Finding The Pain
For decades, sellers have been instructed to “find the pain!” We’ve been trained, almost like doctors, to diagnose our customers’ pains; “Does it hurt here? What about when I do this? How often do you experience it? Is it most severe after a poor earnings report? Once we and the customers have diagnosed the pain, […]Read More
Discovering And Qualifying Is Not Just For Sellers
Discovery and qualifying are critical to sellers. We use discovery to understand the customer’s needs, problems, requirements. We use discovery to understand the capabilities they seek in looking at solutions. We use discovery to understand their budgets, the alternatives they are considering, their knowledge of and interest in us, how they will make the decision, […]Read More
“Foreign Language” Training Must Be Mandatory For Sellers!!
A lot of you might be scratching your heads, “What is Dave talking about, all our customers speak Mandarin, or English, or Spanish, or Japanese, or Australian (Yeah, I still struggle with Australian)?” I struggle with French and German, usually beginning conversations with “Parlez vous Anglais?” “Sprichst du Englisch?” I’m relieved when they say “Yes…” […]Read More
Reimagining The “Corporate Deck”
We’ve all done it—we’ve victimized our prospects and customers with the “Corporate Deck.” And we’ve be been victims of sellers pitching us their versions of the deck. We know how these “glamor” pieces work. They are all about corporate vanity and follow almost the same format: The first few slides tell the customer who we […]Read More
BHAGs And Radical Simplification
BHAGs are “Big Hairy Audacious Goals.” The term was, apparently, developed by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. I first became familiar with it from TJ Rodgers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductor. What I find fascinating about BHAGs is to achieve them, you are forced to rethink everything you do. Doing more of what you currently do, […]Read More
Reflections And An Apology
Recently, a very close friend referred to me as “David Downer,” referring to the SNL character Debbie Downer. While I suspect the comment was largely made in jest, with every joke there is a certain element of truth. It caused me to reflect, am I being too negative? I’m often very critical of how we, […]Read More
Partners in Excellence has been my strategic partner for sales and business transformations. Always bring the ability to understand my challenges and translate into pragmatic strategy, design, and execution. David Brock is my first call when needing a fresh perspective for solving my most difficult challenges! Kevin Johnston, COO
“Our Commercial Leadership engaged Partners in EXCELLENCE supporting formalization of our commercial process, as well as validation of pipeline integrity. While the methodology presented the opportunity to think outside the box, driving commercial cultural change, the foundation for sustainable growth has been established. Our Business and Global Commercial Team now have a process and roadmap driving our performance into the foreseeable future.” Eric Shelton, Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales
“There is so much flying around every day about what's right for sales, who has the best way of succeeding, what is the impact of tenuous programs, and every other sales topic you can imagine. And then there's Dave Brock. He cuts through the cacophony of noise. He nets the important data flying around. He grounds that data in reality. When I want a real grasp of what is happening in the sales world, I get the really good nuggets from Dave.” Sheevaun Thatcher, Vice President, Global Sales Enablement.
“I have worked with Dave at three companies over the past 10 years or so. That alone is a testament to the value he brings. More specifically, Dave brings analytical tools and a ton of knowledge that allows you to move quickly from data analysis to action plans that drive meaningful results. You might be able to figure all this out on your own; Dave will figure it out much faster. And you don’t have time to wait.” Pete Tapley, Vice President of Global Sales