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Stop Selling and Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen

Stop Selling and Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen

James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner, Deb Calvert

ISBN: 978-1-119-44628-6

Mar 2018

224 pages

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$25.00

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Make extraordinary sales happen! 

In the Age of the Customer, sales effectiveness depends mightily on the buyer experience. Despite nearly-universal agreement on the need for creating value in every step of the buyer’s journey, sellers continue to struggle with how to create that value and connect meaningfully with buyers. New research bridges the gap and reveals the behavioral blueprint for sellers that makes buyers more likely to meet with them — and more likely to buy from them.

In Stop Selling & Start Leading, you’ll discover that the very same behaviors that make leaders more effective also work to make sellers more effective, too. This critical shift in the selling mindset, and in the sales role itself, is the key to boosting your overall sales effectiveness.

•          Inspire, challenge, and enable buyers
•          Change your behavior to build trust and increase sales
•          Step into your leadership potential
•          See yourself the way your buyers do
•          Feel good about selling again

When you’re aiming for quota attainment and real connections with buyers, this book gives you the confidence and skills you need.

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INTRODUCTION:

HOW YOU MAKE EXTRAORDINARY SALES HAPPEN 1

WHAT IF SELLERS BEHAVED AS LEADERS? 7

CHAPTER ONE: WHEN SELLERS ARE AT THEIR BEST 9

Redefining the B2B Buyer Experience 10

More of the Same Behaviors Results in More of the Same Reactions 10

Something Different, but What? 10

Lessons from the B2C Customer Experience 13

Meeting the Preferences of Today’s Buyers 14

Research Provides a Behavioral Blueprint 15

Findings and Implications 16

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership 17

Model the Way 18

Inspire a Shared Vision 19

Challenge the Process 20

Enable Others to Act 20

Encourage the Heart 21

It’s Time for Real Change 22

CHAPTER TWO: CREDIBILITY IS THE FOUNDATION OF BOTH LEADERSHIP AND MAKING THE SALE 23

Stereotypical Sales Behaviors Diminish Seller Credibility 24

Credibility Makes a Difference 25

The Prescription for Strengthening Your Personal Credibility 28

PRACTICE 1: MODEL THE WAY 31

CHAPTER THREE: CLARIFY VALUES 33

Find Your Voice 34

Affirm Shared Values 38

Take Action: Clarify Values 44

CHAPTER FOUR: SET THE EXAMPLE 45

Live the Shared Values 47

Teach Others to Model the Values 52

Take Action: Set the Example 57

PRACTICE 2: INSPIRE A SHARED VISION 59

CHAPTER FIVE: ENVISION THE FUTURE 61

Imagine the Possibilities 63

Find a Common Purpose 68

Take Action: Envision the Future 72

CHAPTER SIX: ENLIST OTHERS 73

Appeal to Common Ideals 75

Animate the Vision 79

Take Action: Enlist Others 84

PRACTICE 3: CHALLENGE THE PROCESS 85

CHAPTER SEVEN: SEARCH FOR OPPORTUNITIES 87

Seize the Initiative 90

Exercise Outsight 93

Take Action: Search for Opportunities 99

CHAPTER EIGHT: EXPERIMENT AND TAKE RISKS 101

Generate Small Wins 103

Learn from Experience 107

Take Action: Experiment and Take Risks 112

PRACTICE 4: ENABLE OTHERS TO ACT 113

CHAPTER NINE: FOSTER COLLABORATION 115

Create a Climate of Trust 118

Facilitate Relationships 124

Take Action: Foster Collaboration 128

CHAPTER TEN: STRENGTHEN OTHERS 129

Develop Competence and Confidence 133

Take Action: Strengthen Others 139

PRACTICE 5: ENCOURAGE THE HEART 141

CHAPTER ELEVEN: RECOGNIZE CONTRIBUTIONS 143

Expect the Best 145

Personalize Recognition 150

Take Action: Recognize Contributions 155

CHAPTER TWELVE: CELEBRATE THE VALUES AND VICTORIES 157

Create a Spirit of Community 160

Be Personally Involved 164

Take Action: Celebrate the Values and the Victories 169

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: LEADERSHIP IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS 171

SOURCES AND NOTES 179

Introduction: How You Make Extraordinary Sales Happen 179

Chapter 1: When Sellers Are at Their Best 179

Chapter 2: Credibility Is the Foundation of Both Leadership and Making the Sale 180

Chapter 3: Clarify Values 181

Chapter 4: Set the Example 181

Chapter 5: Envision the Future 182

Chapter 6: Enlist Others 182

Chapter 7: Search for Opportunities 183

Chapter 8: Experiment and Take Risks 183

Chapter 9: Foster Collaboration 184

Chapter 10: Strengthen Others 185

Chapter 11: Recognize Contributions 186

Chapter 12: Celebrate the Values and Victories 186

Chapter 13: Leadership Is Everyone’s Business 188

Acknowledgments 189

About the Authors 191

Index 197