Six Simple Steps to Pipeline Predictability

Six Simple Steps to Pipeline Predictability

It’s very common for companies we work with to have a pipeline management and review process in place. It’s also very common for us to find that the process is broken. It’s important that management keeps salespeople focused on the right activities to move deals through the pipeline. Here are some good ideas to help.

Some Facts:

I reviewed data on 417,000 salespeople from the OMG (Objective Management Group) database, and discovered that 41% of these salespeople are not following a predictive sales process! And only 54% are adequately CRM savvy!

Just following a process and using CRM isn’t enough, of course. […]

Is Your Pipeline a Pipe Dream? How to Tame Your Sales Pipeline

Is Your Pipeline a Pipe Dream? How to Tame Your Sales Pipeline

I facilitated a Sales Swap Meet™ this week with a collection of business owners.* If you aren’t familiar with a Sales Swap Meet, it is where business owners and CEOs bring their questions, concerns, and problems regarding their sales organization and swap them for ideas, suggestions and answers.

The topic we spent the most time on was what to measure and how to measure it. I thought I would recap for you what we discussed since it is of high importance for any business. What I heard was that the majority of the folks keep track of a pipeline and some […]

Five Mistakes to Avoid in Building Your Sales Force: Fourth in a Five Part Series

In my experience as a sales performance expert, I have learned that mistakes are better teachers than successes.  With that in mind, it is my hope that there will be some valuable lessons for you as we review some of the most common mistakes to building a successful sales force:

Mistake #4:  There is no sales process in place. 

Very few companies have defined what differentiates a closable opportunity from a prospect, or understand how to move the prospect along to becoming closable.  They may not have defined whether or not to produce a proposal.  Frequently there is confusion as to the […]

Should You Restage Your Sales Pipeline?

Here at Braveheart Sales Performance we use the tools provided by Objective Management Group in evaluating existing sales teams and also in helping client companies hire salespeople more efficiently and effectively.  The founder of Objective Management Group, Dave Kurlan, wrote a tremendous article on the sales pipeline and I would like to share it with you.

Should You Restage Your Sales Pipeline?

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