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Preparing, Redefining and Cultivating Sales Managers During Crisis

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This is the time when ordinary Sales Managers must become Extraordinary Leaders. People at all levels are looking for direction, strength, comfort and hope. This is particularly critical in sales. Sales Force is critical to the success of any organisation, they will continue to remain the powerful drivers of revenue and the most important asset to build and strengthen customer relationships. Salespeople must be confident, determined and energised.

Sales Managers have perhaps the toughest job in this crisis. With the pressure to produce high, the sense of urgency to “do something” is intense.  Sales Managers will continue to play a great role driving sales force success. However, they will require a different form of leadership and role than most have practiced before.  

Many Sales Managers are unaware of what they need to do well to maximise impact during unprecedented uncertainty. Hence the 3 key challenges for business leaders are:

 

1.     How do we assess Sales Manager preparedness to lead during crisis?

2.     How do we help Sales Managers to identify what they need to learn to support their teams  effectively?

3.     How do they prepare to make a meaningful difference to their Sales Team.

Join Deep Bhandari this Friday 12th June at 5 PM to discuss the most effective solutions.

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Digital Excellence Pharma Academy

18 Jun 2020 15:14 Pinned

Our next session, moderated by Salil Kallianpur, airs tomorrow at 5 pm. You can join here: https://www.credoweb.in/discussion/473/the-importance-of-customer-journeys-in-digital-marketing

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Digital Excellence Pharma Academy

17 Jun 2020 16:11 Pinned

Live Q&A with Anup Soans and Deep Bhandari starts in one hour. Stay tuned and share your questions and comments in the discussion board.

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Digital Excellence Pharma Academy

11 Jun 2020 20:00 Pinned

How are Sales Managers preparing self and their Sales teams in the current crisis COVID 19 scenario?
47 Votes
Providing clear direction to focus on what’s important.
2%
Helping and supporting the sales team to learn how to deliver what’s important.
9%
Supporting sales teams by providing comfort, hope and motivation to deal with the crisis.
19%
Clearly defining objectives and goals and strategies to achieve success.
4%
All of the above
62%
None of the above
4%
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TARUN KUMAR ADHIKARI

12 Jun 2020 18:21

Excellent Sir, What I understood from here that Sales Managers should behave like the Head of the Family who remains stable during Crisis & never perculate that crisis to his Family members, Rather he helped each members to perform their role with more diligently.

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Deep Bhandari

12 Jun 2020 23:18

Thanks Tarun for your comment, one of the hallmark of sales leadership is being authentic and as you commented stable during crisis. Powerful emotions often lead to poor decisions and practices when it comes to leadership of the sales organisation. Thanks again Tarun !! truly appreciate.

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Krishna Prasad

20 Jun 2020 23:28

Sir,Thanks for these learnings. How to encourage a senior colleague who Don't want to change in this situation & blames Covid19 for his non performance from last 3 mths?

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Deep Bhandari

21 Jun 2020 21:39

Thanks Krishna Prasad, I can understand it's difficult time for everyone, in my experience engaging team in one-on-one conversation, listening with intend and asking insightful questions may help genuinely resolve such situation. Though every situation is different

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Prasad Mahadevan -

17 Jun 2020 21:54

It was an enlightening discussion, you have made a valid point that the second line managers need to drive the front line managers and work on them to develop as future managers, but currently the second line managers are themselves confused, dejected about current crisis and don't have clue how to move ahead, In such cases how the company should play its part for the second line manager to ove... See more

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Deep Bhandari

17 Jun 2020 23:38

Thanks Prasad I am glad you liked the webinar, Usually strategies are unique and organisational leadership need to develop in consultation with sales leaders including second line managers as they are quite senior in terms of experience and competencies, also, they are in touch with field realties. There are some good example in the webinar how to prepare sales managers using assessments to ide... See more

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Sayeeduddin Mohammed

17 Jun 2020 11:48

Thank U so much Sir

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Surendra Padmakar Chandratre

16 Jun 2020 21:48

I liked the entire Webinar. Take away points I noted are as follows : (1) Talk positive with Team (2) Define New Goal & New expectations for the Team & communicate clearly downline (3) Discuss these objectives one on one & follow up (4) Find the gap in Skills at various level & utilize this time to address the same (5) Find new ways to reach Customers,could digital one. (6) Last 4 years there i... See more

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Anup Soans

16 Jun 2020 22:39

Good to hear that Surendra. Great recap of learning.

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Deep Bhandari

17 Jun 2020 23:22

Thanks Surendra for summarising most relevant points comprehensively. I am glad you find these point useful.  

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Prashant Mahadev Bhat

12 Jun 2020 22:23

Thank you Mr. Bhandari for a most "Relevant to the times" topic for the Sales Managers. This is indeed a crisis never seen by anyone of us. Even the most experienced ones have not seen such unprecedented times....and that is why What the Sales Manager Does NOT know is what it's all about. I really think that the traditional Coach-Guide-Motivate model has to be the basis of handling the presen... See more

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Deep Bhandari

12 Jun 2020 23:24

Thanks Prashant for your insights, about two third 77% (19+58) of our audience polled that Sales Managers need to prepare for supporting sales teams by providing comfort, hope and motivation to deal with the crisis.

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Neeraj Rawat

12 Jun 2020 20:46

I don't know is a great possibility. For every one.

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Deep Bhandari

12 Jun 2020 23:25

Thanks Neeraj

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Sandeep Dutta

12 Jun 2020 20:31

Sir, Very Insightful information and lot of Learnings which can be taken from the session.


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Deep Bhandari

12 Jun 2020 23:27

Thanks Sandeep I am glad you liked it, hope you will able to use some learnings.

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Pravin Patel

12 Jun 2020 18:49

Deep sir, After a long time glade to learn your both days Very well covered topic with insight. your flow of thought process and deep knowledge of profession have always been new learning, guidence and motivation for us. today topic insight is eye opening for many companies and looking job role from other perspective in this pandemic time. this is time to redefining short term sales process at... See more

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Deep Bhandari

12 Jun 2020 23:32

Thanks Pravin, truly appreciate and kind of you to say such nice things. I have noticed in few cases when Sales leaders are scared, they frequently turn up the volume on sales activity. The logic is that more calls with customers will equal more sales. Unfortunately this may backfire, therefore resist the urge to increase sales call activity.

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TARUN KUMAR ADHIKARI

12 Jun 2020 18:05

Algorithm of Managing people during crisis is excellent

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Deep Bhandari

12 Jun 2020 18:09

Thanks Tarun I am glad you liked !!

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Kamini Sharma

12 Jun 2020 17:55

Excellent session Sir . I agree with you that sales leaders need to Learn new Skill , improve their own competencies and they also need to encourage their team members acquire new skills as per the expectations of the customers . The most important is to be available for team members and keep them motivated . Goals need to redefined and action should be taken keeping in mind not only the need ... See more

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Deep Bhandari

12 Jun 2020 18:01

Thanks Kamini for your comment and excellent insights you have very well articulated what is needed, truly appreciate.