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There are literally thousands of books on selling, coaching, and leadership, but what about the particulars of managing a sales force. Where are the frameworks, metrics, and best practices to help you succeed?

Based on extensive research into how world-class companies measure and manage their sales forces, Cracking the Sales Management Code is the first operating manual for sales management. In it you will discover:
  • The 5 critical processes that drive sales performance
  • How to choose the right processes for your own team
  • The 3 levels of sales metrics you must collect
  • Which metrics you can 'manage' and which you can't
  • How to prioritize conflicting sales objectives
  • How to align seller activities with business results
  • How to use CRM to improve the impact of coaching
As Neil Rackham writes in the foreword: "There's an acute shortage of good books on the specifics of sales management. Cracking the Sales Management Code is about the practical specifics of sales management in the new era, and it fills a void."

Cracking the Sales Management Code fills that void by providing foundational knowledge about how the sales force works.  It reveals the gears and levers that actually control sales results. It will add clarity to things that you intuitively know and provide insight into things that you don't. It will change the way you manage your sellers from day to day, as well as the results you get from year to year.

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"There's an acute shortage of good books on the specifics of sales management.  Cracking the Sales Management Code is about the practical specifics of sales management in the new era, and it fills a void."
 From the Foreword by Neil Rackham
 
 "Sales may be an art, but sales management is a science. Cracking the Sales Management Code reveals that science and gives practical steps to identify the metrics you must measure to manage toward success."
Arthur Dorfman, National Vice President, SAP
 
"There are things that can be managed in a sales force, and there are things that cannot.  Too often sales management doesn't see the difference. This book is invaluable because it reveals the manageable activities that actually drive sales results."
John Davis, Vice President, St. Jude Medical
 
"The authors correctly assert that the proliferation of management reporting has created a false sense of control for sales executives. Real control is derived from clear direction to the field, and this book tells how do to that in an easy-to understand, actionable manner."
Michael R. Jenkins, Signature Client Vice President, AT&T Global Enterprise Solutions

"When it comes to sales management, there is very little innovative thinking on the topic.  Cracking the Sales Management Code is a must-read for anyone wanting to bring their sales management team into the 21st century."
Mike Nathe, Senior Vice President, Essilor Laboratories of America
 
"Cracking the Sales Management Code is one of the most important resources available on effective sales management. Its clear, credible, and reasoned insights provide a compelling blueprint for sales force improvement, and should be required reading for every sales leader." 
Bob Kelly, Chairman, The Sales Management Association
 
"Sales management too often equates measuring sales performance with managing it.  This book cleverly pulls the two apart and illustrates how to manage the activities that lead to desired outcomes. The result is a must-read for managers who want to focus their attention to have a greater impact on sales force performance."
James Lattin, Robert A. Magowan Professor of Marketing, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071765735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071765732
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read a lot of books. It used to be about 50 a year, but now I read a lot more summaries and fewer full books, cover to cover. I especially read books about business, sales, training, organization development and performance improvement. I say that as a precursor to my statement that Jason Jordan and Michelle Vazzana's book, "Cracking The Sales Management Code" is one I read cover to cover recently and it is currently one of my top three choices for books on sales management and sales performance improvement. Frankly, I wish I had written it.

I could cite endless examples why, and will share a few, but the primary reason is the message they deliver about the under-developed yet critical sales function ("under-developed" is my term, meaning that the management model and business practices haven't evolved and matured to the degree that other disciplines have), and the largely overlooked and mismanaged role of frontline sales manager. It mirrors much of my own experiences over the past 25 years and I often found myself nodding my head or cheering to myself at many parts of the book.

Think those are some strong statements? Ask yourself these questions:
- What criteria is used in most organizations for promotion from sales rep to sales manager? (Most often, it's great sales results with the very best sales reps being promoted into roles for which they don't have the competencies.)
- How often do sales managers receive practical, helpful training and reinforcement on how to be a great sales manager?
- What training do most sales managers receive on interpreting selection assessments, conducting behavioral interviews, running and judging sales simulations, or utilizing other great hiring/selection methods?
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The authors make a comment on the last page that they find some people don't make it to the end of a management book because the key concepts can be gleamed from the first few chapters. And I have certainly found that to be the case with other sales and management books. They are also often hard to read and easy to put down and then you move on.

Cracking the Sales Management Code was not like that and I suppose the main reason I kept reading was it was putting into words the nagging feeling I had about managing sales people but never really found the time to analyse. The authors then provided a solid and well thought through structure to use when managing a sales team in a well worded easy to read manner with lots of good examples of their theory in practice.

It's a well written book and definitely worth the read for Sales Managers and Company Executives. The only people I won't recommend it to are my competitors!
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Step 1: Carefully define the Business Results you want to achieve. Typically:
a. Revenue
b. Value of weighted pipeline
c. Customer satisfaction

Step 2: Choose the sales process(es) and associated Sales Objectives most likely to help salespeople in distinct selling roles achieve their desired business results.
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This book gets down the nitty gritty of sales management, and that might make you uncomfortable. This is not a lightweight sales book, it is a process orientated book that may take a couple of reads before it sinks in. I plan on revisiting it in a few weeks but there were enough pearls of wisdom to justify your time/money and I recommend this to a intermediate/advanced sales management student.
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This book is incredibly useful and thorough. Alas, it's also repetitive and often self-congratulatory. Yes, it was interesting to hear about the authors' discovery process for their "sales management code," and there's lots of very useful, detailed, and insightful material here.

But if the book were edited down to about 50% of its length, it would earn much more enthusiastic praise, and five stars.

I did go ahead and buy a second copy of the book for my boss, so that's certainly a strong endorsement.
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