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High Performing Coaches in Athletics and Business

Posted by Will Kloefkorn

January 13, 2017

One of the EcSell Institute’s most renowned summit speakers, sports psychologist Dr. Peter Jensen, has often spoke about how athletics are the best laboratory for sales and sales management. He should know considering he is a coach for the Canadian Olympic team as well as a top-rated instructor in seven programs at the Queen's Smith School of Business, where he helped design the Queen's Executive Leadership Program. I thought about Peter this past Monday when preparing to watch the rematch of last year’s College Football Playoff Championship between Clemson and Alabama.

Allow me to state the obvious, effective coaching and leadership mean everything when it comes to high performing teams at all levels of athletics and business. Growing up and residing still in Lincoln Nebraska, Husker fans have been in search of a great head football coach since Tom Osborne retired many, many moons ago.

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Topics: Sales Manager Motivation, High performance coach, High performing coaches, High performing teams

What Was Learned and Affirmed in 2016

Posted by Bill Eckstrom

December 19, 2016

Another year almost in the books and another review of the past 12 months. At my age (which I’ve alluded to in other blogs, articles, etc.) it’s amazing how much I continue to learn. Yes, I say this every year, but I’m hopeful the journey continues.

So without further ado, below is a sampling of my 2016 thoughts, affirmations and lessons. 

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Topics: sales coaching, sales motivation, Sales Manager Motivation

What Sales Managers Actually Want For Christmas

Posted by Anna Schott

December 13, 2016

This blog is a follow up to a blog I wrote last year at this time called “What Sales Reps Actually Want For Christmas” which was inspired by one of our newest findings from our research about the impact managers have when applying positive pressure. 

The blog essentially boils down to the one thing that sales reps want for Christmas: coaching. Sales reps want and crave coaching from their managers. It drives motivation and productivity and ultimately more sales.  

In that "spirit", I though I’d share some of the responses we received from our recent survey asking managers what their manager/leader could improve on regarding his or her sales coaching skills.

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Topics: sales manager coaching, sales coaching, sales rep motivation, Sales Manager Motivation

Sales Coaching 101: Be Curious

Posted by Anna Schott

November 2, 2015

I’ve come to the conclusion there are two types of people in this world: those who are curious and those who are not. For instance, 42% of the total percentage of college students will never read another book after they graduate ("Statistic Brain"). As I did more research around this topic I came to the realization that our clients have to be the curious type to work with us. EcSell's clients seem to be the most curious about these three areas:

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Topics: sales coaching, Sales Manager Motivation, Sales Coaching 101

Let Them Play: Using Unstructured Time to Drive Innovation and Growth for Your Sales Team

Posted by Sarah Wirth

June 22, 2015

As many of our children are now on summer vacation – whether from kindergarten, college or somewhere in between – I’m reminded of the importance of “play time” for rejuvenating energy levels and encouraging new ways of thinking. Of course, our children may see the summer as simply a time for ball games, swim parties and flashlight tag, but in reality, having this unstructured time helps them develop in ways that a more structured environment like school does not.  

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Topics: growing sales, sales rep motivation, Sales Manager Motivation

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