The role of a sales professional evolved slowly over many years. We went from being "order takers" to “vendors” to “sales consultants” to “trusted advisors.” The last couple years however have ushered in change at a manic pace! We find it both fascinating and challenging for those attempting to keep pace. We’ve read about The End of Solution Selling in Harvard Business Review and most recently The End of Competitive Advantage by Columbia Professor Rita McGrath. Professor McGrath argues that due to a constant change of your value, as well as that of competitive alternatives, sustainable competitive advantage is being replaced by a series of short term transient advantages. We see that many support systems for sales enablement have not evolved to keep up with the speed of the current market. We’ve also heard about the B2B Digital Revolution (Google/CEB).
Traditional sales training, CRM and marketing support have not kept pace with what salespeople really need to compete in hyper speed.Read More