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Why Poor Enablement Leads To Sales People Failing?

There has been much written and discussed on how sales people fail themselves. Totally agree. But then there is another side to the story.

Poor sales enablement by the company!

Yes! Sales people fail because their company fails them. It happens all the time. The only difference between when sales people fail themselves vs when sales people fail because of their company — the company rarely gets blamed.

Often times there is no revenue strategy that drives go to market plans, product, marketing and sales function.

I have seen these situations a lot around me. When it happens and it’s a crying shame.

Sales people are only part of a two part system to drive sales. Sales people are the tip of the spear, they are the executors and if they aren’t doing the right things, nothing is getting done. With that said, the company has a job too, and if they aren’t doing their job, it doesn’t matter how good sales is, ain’t nothing gonna happen.

Sales people fail because they company fails them and when the company fails them the isn’t doing some or all of these things;

  1. There is no solid revenue strategy and a ‘Go to Market’ plan

  2. The business model no longer fits the market

  3. Poor territory development

  4. Poor sales process and review mechanisms

  5. They don’t provide a good competitive product. In 2018, it’s all about providing business outcomes.

  6. They aren’t providing solid sales support (enablement)

  7. They don’t have a solid on boarding process

  8. They have unrealistic quotas

  9. They don’t provide adequate training

  10. The have horrible hiring practices

  11. They don’t have a sales culture through out the entire company

  12. They lack sales leadership

  13. They don’t listen to the sales people

  14. No lead development

  15. Weak sales messaging

  16. Lack of market understanding

  17. Slow product upgrades, improvements

  18. High prices

  19. Weak marketing department

  20. They micro manage

  21. No room for failure

  22. Too much room for failure (never make quota, and still have a job)

  23. Bad talent management

  24. No coaching

  25. Poor communication

  26. It’s political and bureaucratic

  27. Over zealous legal

  28. Unrealistic expectations

  29. Can’t deliver product, they can’t implement

  30. Crappy customer service

  31. Poor customer retention

  32. Not enough tools (salesforce automation, CRM’s, etc.)

  33. Don’t embrace social media

  34. Don’t recognize it’s 2018 NOT 2002!

This is one long list of ways sales people fail, because of their company.

It’s too easy to blame the sales person or the sales team for falling revenue, for poor sales results, but before we do, we need to take a good long look at the company. Is it providing the sales team with what it needs to crush it? Often times, the answer is no.

It’s time companies become accountable for sales success and failure as much as the sales individuals.

How does your company stack up?

If you want a top-notch sales organization, hire top-notch sales people AND then give them everything they need to be successful, which starts with avoiding EVERYTHING on this list.

Yes, companies CAN be the reason sales people fail.

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