Sales management is meant to provide direction, tools, and resources to help sellers succeed in their role, but there’s such a thing as too much support. Successful sales forces have both a high level of support from sales management and sales reps with a high level of independence.
If your sales reps are in constant need of support from sales management, your sales force may be suffering from a culture of dependency on sales management. If you are seeing signs of dependency among your sellers, consider the following five tips to foster more independence within your sales force.
1) Delay Responding
Don’t respond to every email or phone call from your reps immediately. Give them time to think through a problem on their own. Experienced sales managers typically wait an hour before responding to non-urgent requests. It’s amazing how many problems get resolved in the hour it takes to respond.
2) Ask for Solutions
Resist the desire to take shortcuts by immediately solving seller issues. When sellers come to you with a problem, ask them what they’ve already tried, and what else they are considering. If they don’t have a plan, ask them to come back with a few possible … Read the rest