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Fundamentals of Sales Management: For the Newly Appointed Sales Manager

Book Description

Newly-appointed sales managers have their work cut out for them. They have to master the art of management—no small feat in itself—while also leading a sales team to victory.

Fundamentals of Sales Management for the Newly Appointed Sales Manager gives readers everything they need to immediately excel at their new responsibilities, from communicating better, to training and much more.

The book contains the must-have information and guidance new sales managers need to make a smooth transition without missing a beat.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Transitioning to Sales Management: New Responsibilities and Expectations
    1. Going from “Selling” to “Managing”
    2. Understanding the Current Sales Culture
    3. Understanding Who Is on the Current Team
    4. The Challenges of Being on Two Teams at Once
    5. Embracing Change
    6. The Big Picture—Short- and Long-Term
    7. What’s Next?
  4. It’s All About Communication
    1. Listening Skills
    2. The Theory Behind Communication Styles
    3. The Origins of DISC Theory
    4. The Four-Quadrant System
    5. How Roles and Situations Affect Your Style
    6. Working with People with Different Styles
    7. Strategies for Improving Communications
    8. Running an Effective Meeting
    9. Presentation Skills
  5. Sales Planning: Setting the Direction for the Sales Team
    1. Aligning the Corporate Strategy with the Sales Team
    2. Where Sales Fits in the Corporate Structure
    3. The Customer-Centric Organization
    4. Marketing’s Relationship to Sales
    5. Creating a Plan
    6. Characteristics of a Good Plan
    7. Continuous Planning
    8. Assessing the Business
  6. Time Management, Territory Planning, and Sales Forecasting
    1. Time Management
    2. The Art of Delegating
    3. Sales Territory Planning
  7. Recruiting, Interviewing, and Hiring the Very Best
    1. Enhancing Your Current Team
    2. Developing Specific Criteria for the Selection Process
    3. Optimal Sources for Recruiting
    4. The Number One Rule in Recruiting: Constantly Recruit
    5. Ensuring a Positive Interview Process
    6. The Written Offer
    7. Firing Is Inevitable
  8. Building the Environment for Motivation: Compensation Plans, Recognition, and Rewards
    1. Classical Motivation Theory
    2. Sales Compensation and Incentives Planning
    3. Benefits and the Total Compensation Package
    4. Nonfinancial Incentives—Rewards and Recognition
  9. Training, Coaching, and Counseling: When and How to Apply Each
    1. Methods of Training Based on Learning Styles
    2. The Core Concepts of Reinforcement
    3. The Development of Winners
    4. Coaching and Counseling
    5. Goal-Setting Sessions
  10. Stepping Up to Be a True Leader
    1. The Characteristics of a Team
    2. Matching Your Team with Your Customer’s Team
    3. The Evolution of a Team
    4. Time to Lead
  11. Index