Your company has been under the pressure of competitors and market changes for several years. You have made the usual moves of cutting costs, changing suppliers, looked for innovation in products and services, and the pressure is still building. There is one frontier that remains untouched, and it is time to look seriously at what is happening in sales. Is it time for a sales transformation? Companies fear looking at changes or improvements to their sales forces for a good reason; sales are the engine that drives revenue.
The sales team is providing feedback on their challenges in the market and the reasons why they cannot deliver the results. They have exhausted all their ideas, and their manager is at his/her wit’s end to make it happen. They are convinced it is the price, lead times, and new products that are required to sell.
You have looked at how the sales operation is working, and you have concerns over the lack of systems adherence, the CRM is not being used, and the sales team seem flat. The sales leader has attempted to address the issues with no success, and in some instances may be seen as the problem, not the solution. The sales leader may have departed, or a recent restructure has occurred, nevertheless, the circumstances have prompted the requirement for a sales transformation.
According to 2008 research from IBM, the need to lead change is growing, but our ability to do it is shrinking. Moreover, when changes fail, people often become cynical. They start to mutter under their breath, “Here we go again…” or “Here comes another flavour of the month…” or “We are lying low until this fad blows over.”? If your sales organisation has already attempted even minor changes, you may be confronted with these barriers.
New projects, especially change management can be viewed as exciting opportunities. Often people see change as an opportunity to do something different, gain a higher position, make their mark, and potentially earn a pay rise. Naively, many expect that all that is required is ‘to manage the people’, and ‘have them focus on the tasks’ Right?
Unfortunately, this simple approach demonstrates why over 70% of change projects fail. Often people believe change is about systems. Sales transformations are about people and having those people use new systems. This is potentially why many change projects fail. The people component is underestimated. It is not a predictable and step by step process.
Before a sales transformation or change programme commences there are a number of flawed assumptions according to Ray Williams, author of Breaking Bad Habits and The Leadership Edge. Those assumptions include:
- Change can be managed. This assumption is predicated on the belief that the external world is orderly, stable, and predictable. That is no longer possible. Unpredictability and uncertainty are a constant feature of our world;
- Leaders and change managers are objective. That’s not possible. They bring their biases, preferences and personal perspectives to the change process, whether they realise that or not;
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