Improving Performance

Working with Sales Managers in a global engineering company to improve sustainable sales practices and drive business growth.

The Challenge

It’s easy to make sales management complicated. Because they face both long term and short term goals, sales managers are constantly in conflict between urgent and important tasks. In general any one month’s target should be almost achievable, but only with persistent direct effort. This can lead sales managers to pursue short term targets rather than building a sales team that delivers long term business results.

Without a clear time and effectiveness strategy sales managers focus on low value internal admin work or meetings with management, rather than investing their effort in improving the capability and performance of the sales team.


Forecast Accuracy

Sales managers’ predictions have an error margin of over 50%

No Growth

Sales managers are often busy working on administrative compliance tasks rather than dramatic sales growth.

Faster Profit Impact

Sales Managers often focus on profit at the deal level. By shifting to a revenue focused growth strategy net profits rise at a greater rate.

  • Improving Performance
  • Increasing Engagement
  • Business Growth
  • Leadership Growth
  • Accelerating Development
  • Commercial Innovation
  • Optimising Effectiveness
  • Catalysing Change

How we helped

Our research conducted over 18 months showed sales managers in our client organisation used broadly two strategies.

Strategy 1

Disciplined routine following

Strategy 2

Opportunistic deal chasing

Each strategy has its merits. But strategy two has scalability drawbacks. Fine for a short effort with a few people. Difficult for sustained effort. Our client’s business goal was consistent growth in performance. We trialed three different salesmanagement development approaches, and then scaled the most successful. The output was a programme targeting strategy 1 which was implemented on three continents.

We put together a three and a half day workshop built around a bespoke online/offline simulation modelling their company dashboard. This included keynote masterclasses on best practice. Feedback was provided to assist sales managers in making optimal choices about how to invest their time and effort. Participants reported back on sales revenue results at 50, 100 and 200 days after the workshop.

The Results


$2.3M extra revenue in a single branch


Growth in sales revenue YTD*

*Branch example: Six month time frame static market, same team, same pricing.


Return on investment

Improved morale amongst sales staff

Improved effectiveness of sales managers

Forecast accuracy error rates reduced to less than 10%

An increase in consistency of approach between sales managers

Post-completion of pilot our client immediately committed to phase two of the project for another 40 branches

Sales Revenue Six Months

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