Forty years ago, my grandfather worked for Abbott Laboratories as one of New England's Top Pharmaceutical Sales Professionals. Although I never personally knew my grandfather (he died when I was just a baby) his memory was kept alive by the many stories told about his unforgettable character. The stories painted a picture of a man "that could and would talk to anyone," "a gifted influencer", "a keen listener", and "a man whose charisma walked through the door before he did". The consistent theme in these descriptions was that my grandfather was incredibly likable and had the ability to make an impact when he was in front of people. Many said, "the man was born to sell."
Treeline, being a sales recruiting firm known for building best in class sales organizations, is a leading indicator in today's market and is quickly becoming a benchmark on the market. Therefore, we have a window to the new world and over the past 12 months we have indicated that traditional sales methodologies are quickly becoming obsolete. Thus, in order for your sales organization to be successful in today's selling environment you need to adapt to the new landscape and change your selling techniques from the classic model.
We tell stories every week about the candidates that we are working with. Here is a story about one named Charlie that I recently spoke with about his experience in the job search. "I worked at UPS for over 6 years and did incredibly well while I was there." At Treeline we have a huge network of sales professionals. Many of these sales professionals choose to join our network to stay in the know. Our network of sales professionals want to be constantly educated on new opportunities and new sales strategies. Whether you are hiring a sales person or selectively considering new opportunities the network is invaluable.
As many of you may have seen, Kimberly Collins, one of our top producing Division Manager's, was featured on Animal Planet's new show, SuperFetch. In SuperFetch Zak George shows pet parents how to train their dog to do unbelievable tricks. With Zak's help, Kimberly trained her Bernese mountain dog, Bear Collins, how to put down the toilet seat and flush the toilet.
<p>How many times have you been faced with a task that seems impossible to finish or given a goal that appears unachievable or been in a situation that you just plain don't like and start to think that the grass may be greener on the other side? If you let your mind wander you could think of a million reasons why being somewhere else, being with someone else or doing something different would solve all your problems. "I'd be happier. I'd be richer. I'd be less stressed," etc. Quickly you convince yourself that you need to make a change and you need to make it fast. </p>
<p align=left><b>By Kenneth J. Rossetti, Esq.</b></p> Many readers of this blog are either sales professionals bound by non-competition agreements ("noncompetes"), or employers of sales professionals who require their personnel to execute and comply with noncompetes both as a requirement of employment and as a post-employment condition intended to protect the business' confidential information, trade secrets, and good will (for a discussion of noncompetes in Massachusetts, please see this author's 6/9/09 article on this blog, entitled, "The ABCs of Noncompetes in Massachusetts").
I was recently invited to attend the annual President's Forum by The Entrepreneurship Institute in Boston. Although originally skeptical, I found the one day event to be extremely informative and enjoyable. Attending the event were roughly 100 CEO's from many successful organizations throughout New England and three guest lecturers that have experienced a significant amount of accomplishment in their careers. The format of the event was open forum and allowed the attendees to discuss challenges and seek advice amongst peers from all industries.