The following case studies describe just a few of the problems we have helped our clients solve. Each sales and management solution had a significant and measurable return on investment.
Unable to handle change?
NEW SKILL REQUIRED. WHICH ONE?
Client: Leading global business journal
Problem: Needed to replace salespeople; changes in media industry required new skill set
Insights: Client was struggling because there had never been a clear set of performance expectations; wasn’t sure how to identify performance standards that would assist them with hiring, developing and retaining good people
Solution: Developed a customized roadmap for hiring and developing account executives; a Success Profile that detailed the skills and practices new account executives would need immediately and well into the future; managers trained on how to use the Profile for professional development and for hiring
Results: Because the Success Profile is centered on development, not evaluation, able to remove the stigma often associated with competency analysis; managers appreciated how easy the tools were to use; still in use as core of hiring and development efforts
Ineffective sales leadership?
DO AS WE SAY...LEADING THROUGH CHANGE
Client: Largest media and marketing organization serving the advertising specialty industry
Problem: Facing new competition, major upheaval was required; people were slow to adopt even
Insights: Despite massive reorganization efforts, people were getting mixed messages from management;
there were no negative consequences for poor performance; change was viewed as optional
Solution: Developed and facilitated 360° feedback process that included entire management group
Results: Several previously unknown issues surfaced; management took necessary quality control measures; desired changes started to take place immediately
Inefficient sales process?
NEW SALES PROCESS YIELDS MEASURABLE RESULTS
Client: Global distributor of electrical supplies to builders and contractors
Problem: Flat sales, eroding margins and dwindling market share
Insights: Perception gaps between management, sales team and customers; managers needed
to be much more “hands-on” in monitoring and coaching
Solution: Self-guided learning to train managers and reps on consistent, customer-focused sales
process; managers trained to implement new skills among their teams
Results: Overall sales revenues up 20% over the previous year; margins rose from 9% to 16%; overall profitability increased by $38 million; customers happier; those trained outperformed those who opted out