Have you ever wondered why a great strategy - even with the action plan - still doesn't get done? We found the answer. Execution gets "held up" in old, non-productive habits and unclear communication.
We discovered that you sometimes need to address individual or team habits of success to drive the desired results and attain performance objectives. These may include addressing habits within leadership, staff management, team dynamics, relationship selling or customer loyalty. If you think about it, we promote individuals to higher levels of authority because of their individual contributions and just expect them to pick up these skills along the way. And, there are often few role models to observe.
Yes, this is the hard part - changing the way people think and behave. Sometimes, it takes individual and group development to change non-productive behaviors (habits) and adjust attitudes (towards leadership, other staff, clients) to create the internal habits of success required to achieve the plan. It all starts with a clear understanding of the strategic Action Plan and each individual's role in it. This is why communication is so important to ensure the organization knows how to act for results.
Strategic Leadership Development
Leadership skills are not easy to come-by. Ever wonder why? So many employees are placed in leadership roles and provided little or no understanding of what it means to be effective at driving results. We believe result-oriented leadership skills can be developed so that you can expand your ability to get more things done in support of the strategic goals.
Effective Team Behaviors
Why are teams sometimes so hard to create, manage and derive results? That's a good question, and it depends on the team and sometimes individual personalities. At the same time, we put teams together to drive an outcome that is bigger than any individual in the group or to share responsibility for an outcome. They are incredibly important to an organization. Understanding how to get things done through others is a valuable skill that benefits the organization in many ways - not just the team.
Customer Loyalty & Retention Strategies
We like to say that customer satisfaction is a great strategy for going out of business! Satisfaction is no guarantee they will buy more or refer you. What's more important is if they are loyal - that is, willing to stay with you for the long term and refer you to others. Customers are an alternative sales force. How fast would your business grow if each customer gave you three referrals? Any individual who deals with a client either reinforces or detracts from the relationship you've already created. Everyone who touches the client should understand the methods of developing customer loyalty and asking for referrals. Use this alternative sales force to your advantage - after all, they already like you, know your product, and know others who can use it.
All-hands on BD
Great revenue predictability makes all things possible within an organization. Yet, we maintain that selling has changed quite a bit over the last 10 years, and is harder today than ever. Think about it. It's much easier to find what you need and compete price via the internet. At the same time, we still want to buy from people we know and trust - even when we buy a commodity product. How do you know if your sales staff develop trusted relationships that extend to the organization? Do they have trouble closing deals within 3-6 months? Is the funnel full - that is, will 25% of it drop to the bottom line in the next quarter? How do you know your sales function is working for you at the most optimal level possible? In today's environment, sales proficiency is a key differentiator.