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  • Blog Post: Vince Lombardi as a Sales Manager

    Vince Lombardi as a Sales Manager I promised myself I would not do a blog on a Super Bowl theme, I promised.  But since I grew up in a small town in western Wisconsin, that actually had a “packing house” or to everyone else a meat plant and lived through the early glory years of the Green Bay Packers...
  • Blog Post: The Importance of Sales Management in a Recovering Economy

    The Importance of Sales Management in a Recovering Economy During the past two weeks I have been in Miami, Phoenix and this weekend I have been speaking in San Antonio.  We have met with Sales Leaders from around the world, lead workshops, presented keynotes and developed new long term relationships...
  • Blog Post: Sales Management: The Need for Creativity

    Sales Management: The need for creativity! This past week I had opportunity to work with a great client at their worldwide sales conference in Miami. During the two days, I spent several hours with their sales management team and four hours with their salespeople, they have a great sales culture and...
  • Blog Post: Sales Leadership: What? All my numbers are back to zero?

    Sales Leadership: What?  All my numbers are back to zero? Yes, that is the reality of every sales organization at this time of year, even with sales backlogs, recurring revenues and hopefully a pipeline of opportunity-this is a psychological issue that you, as sales leaders must address. There are...
  • Blog Post: Zen and the Art of Snow Shoveling

    Zen and the Art of Snow Shoveling What does that title have to do with Sales Management? After spending 20 years growing up in Wisconsin and another 30 years in Minneapolis, I finally connected the dots after waking up this morning in East TN and having to shovel my driveway!  At 22 degrees, and enough...
  • Blog Post: Traits of Successful Companies-rate yours

    During the past 13  years of working  consulting we have developed a list of traits and values that characterize successful companies:   Corporate culture is deep and consistent Business strategies come first Business development effectiveness is essential   The best practices are consistent...
  • Blog Post: No Regrets: Your Recipe For Personal/Professional Success

    No Regrets: Finding Your Recipe for Personal and Professional Success  (This is an excerpt from my upcoming book: Success Simplified with Stephen Covey Wright: Ken, tell me about your idea of no regrets, finding your recipe for personal and professional success? Thoreson  It began in my professional...
  • Blog Post: The Mental Side of Sales and Leadership

    The Mental Side of Sales and Leadership   I read a quote once supposedly by Jack Nicklaus: “golf is 80% above the shoulders” and as a bogey golfer I have come to totally appreciate that comment and admittedly it is a problem for me.  I asked Jim West, our Director of Golf what his recommendation would...
  • Blog Post: And Then Some….

    No Regrets, a Do-Over Recipe for Success  This weekend I was working on my next book and the ending of my chapter described  my keynote program: “No Regrets, a Do-over Recipe for Success”.  I thought I would share this with you as we move into the dog days of Summer.  This is what a No Regrets, Do...