Frontline sales teams might have one or two A-Players who consistently make their number. Meanwhile, the rest of the team struggles to keep up—delivering only sub-par, inconsistent results.
Some newer reps get frustrated by how long it takes to ramp and build a pipeline. As a result, they fail to get on the scoreboard early, get frustrated, stop believing, start doubting, lose confidence, and either quit or get managed out of the business.
This puts FLMs in a vicious downward pressure cycle where they’re constantly struggling to balance recruiting, ramping new hires, all of the internal distractions and demands of their time—all the while chasing deals and scrambling to make the number each quarter.
With minimal bandwidth, it leaves little time to connect with their team on a human-to-human (EQ) level, which leads to a lack of employee engagement and attrition.
The situation is exacerbated by the fact that reps are constantly trying to conceal deficiencies in deals and their pipelines making the business difficult to scale and impossible to accurately forecast—leaving them, the business, and senior leadership massively exposed.
On a personal level, this never-ending, vicious cycle inflicts a lot of pain and anxiety on these sales managers / leaders’ lives causing them to feel exhausted, overworked, overwhelmed, frustrated, burned out, and stressed out wondering… when-will-it-ever-end?!
If this sounds familiar, I want you to understand something very important: IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.
Because the way the industry has conditioned us to see the problem—is the problem!
In other words, despite what the industry has been telling us for decades, when it comes to frontline execution the fundamental problem is less of an IC skillset issue, technology issue, data issue, or even a GTM Strategy issue. . .
And more of a MANAGEMENT APPROACH and SYSTEMS ISSUE.
As the father of the Total Quality Management Movement W. Edwards Deming put it: “Any time the majority of people behave in a certain way, the problem is not the people. The problem is the system and the leader needs to own that.”