Sales Growth: Five Proven Strategies from the World's Sales Leaders

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The challenges facing today's sales executives and their organizations continue to grow, but so do the expectations that they will find ways to overcome them and drive consistent sales growth.

There are no simple solutions to this situation, but in this thoroughly updated Second Edition of Sales Growth, experts from McKinsey & Company build on their practical blueprint for achieving this goal and explore what world-class sales executives are doing right now to find growth and capture it—as well as how they are creating the capabilities to keep growing in the future.

Based on discussions with more than 200 of today's most successful global sales leaders from a wide array of organizations and industries, Sales Growth puts the experiences of these professionals in perspective and offers real-life examples of how they've overcome the challenges encountered in the quest for growth.

The book, broken down into five overarching strategies for successful sales growth, shares valuable lessons on everything from how to beat the competition by looking forward, to turning deep insights into simple messages for the front line. Page by page, you'll learn how sales executives are digging deeper than ever to find untapped growth, maximizing emerging markets opportunities, and powering growth through digital sales. You'll also discover what it takes to find big growth in big data, develop the right "sales DNA" in your organization, and improve channel performance. Three new chapters look at why presales deserve more attention, how to get the most out of marketing, and how technology and outsourcing could entirely reshape the sales function.

Twenty new standalone interviews have been added to those from the first edition, so there are now in-depth insights from sales leaders at Adidas, Alcoa, Allianz, American Express, BMW, Cargill, Caterpillar, Cisco, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Deutsche Bank, EMC, Essent, Google, Grainger, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intesa Sanpaolo, Itaú Unibanco, Lattice Engines, Mars, Merck, Nissan, P&G, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Salesforce, Samsung, Schneider Electric, Siemens, SWIFT, UPS, VimpelCom, Vodafone, and Würth. Their stories, as well as numerous case studies, touch on some of the most essential elements of sales, from adapting channels to meet changing customer needs to optimizing sales operations and technology, developing sales talent and capabilities, and effectively leading the way to sales growth.

Engaging and informative, this timely book details proven approaches to tangible top-line growth and an improved bottom line. Created specifically for sales executives, it will put you in a better position to drive sales growth in today's competitive market.

 

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Contents

Strategy 2 Sell the Way Your Customers Want
51
Strategy 3 Supercharge Your Sales Engine
145
Strategy 4 Focus on Your People
211
Strategy 5 Lead Sales Growth
241
About the Authors
289
Acknowledgments
291
Index
293
EULA
298
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THOMAS BAUMGARTNER is a senior partner in McKinsey & Company's Vienna office. He co-leads McKinsey's work on sales and channels globally. Thomas advises clients in industries including high-tech, electronics, transportation, basic materials, telecommunications, and consumer goods—where he helps them outline and drive large-scale, top-line growth programs.

HOMAYOUN HATAMI is a senior partner in the Paris office of McKinsey & Company. He leads the firm's Marketing & Sales Practice in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Homayoun has a broad range of experience working with clients around the world to help them drive above-market growth.

MARIA VALDIVIESO is a director of knowledge in McKinsey & Company's Marketing & Sales Practice, based in Miami. She advises B2B and consumer companies on driving sales growth and commercial transformations, and leads McKinsey's research on sales and channel excellence.

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