Negative organizational sales stigma is a real thing, one that should not be ignored. Quota bearing, commission based sales easily comes with preconceived generalized character; used car salesman, slimy, greasy, out to make a buck, sales monkey, etc. I can tell you, from experience that this is actually a thing, but I didn’t believe it until I made the transition from a salary role to a quota carrying, commission based role. When I was actually living the reality of it, I was surprised, but also disappointed.
I shared an article by Peter Smith on my LinkedIn profile several months ago: “Why do we hate (our own) sales people?” One of the best pieces of content I’ve ever read on this topic, including his Part II and Part III expansions. As a continuation of my Transformational Leadership in the Sales World series, I want to talk about this topic in the coming posts and specifically focus on 2 areas when it comes to the cause and effect from cultures of a negative sales stigma:
- The responsibility of the organization and business
- The responsibility of the sales force and sales leaders
In the meantime, check out Peter’s articles, process what he’s saying and we’ll go from there.
Happy Reading, for now!