It was the mid 80’s and back in the day where our diaries were bound in A5 black leather and imprinted in silver writing in the lower right-hand corner of that embossed cover were the words ‘Rank Xerox’.
This mini ring-binder was filled with double facing, customised pages, eagerly waiting for each salesperson to write out their daily activities before tallying the numbers and submitting the weeks activities at our Friday afternoon sales meeting.
The details on those pages were then collated by our manager and used for forecasting purposes, analysing ratios and holding us accountable to the following:
🎯 Activity – what new clients were we contacting for lead generation and how many?
🎯 Activity – who were we seeing and how often were we meeting clients or new prospects?
🎯 Activity – how many demonstrations did we do and with whom?
🎯 Activity – who were we giving proposals to and how many did we deliver?
🎯 Activity – how many orders did we sign?
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 – 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐬!
Times have changed and whilst we don’t have those paper diaries anymore and our managers don’t manually collate our ratios, the concept is still super important.
Yet access to activity can still be a tricky topic.
🧐 Should my manager have access to my calendar and for what purpose?
🧐 Or how do I get access to my salesperson’s calendar without them thinking I’m micro-managing?
Unbelievably, I have heard both questions asked, and the discussion served neither.
Monitoring the activity of the sales team is a key responsibility of any sales manager’s role and whilst some salespeople need more monitoring than others, those that resist transparency, regardless of how experienced they are or how long they have been in the job, are the ones who have something to hide – a lack of activity!
Measuring results at the end of the month, high-fiving the achievers whilst performance managing the underachievers, can be a complete waste of time if you aren’t measuring the key performance activities that lead to those outcomes.
And without transparency through the simple and basic practice of calendar access [something so many leaders and salespeople take for granted as a given], then the manager who hesitates to do so, or the salesperson or debates this level of accountability, will certainly sabotage their potential for future growth and success.
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The writing’s clearly on the wall…
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