Rew scored the first points of the game to get the crowd up on their feet roaring as he shrugged off several defenders to score.The Solomon Islanders responded straight away via Solly Seuika to score out wide.A successful conversion put his team in front.Some razzle dazzle rugby saw Rew grab his second score of the match right after the half time siren sounded. With the kick in, the score was 12-7 at the break.The second half belonged to PNG as two more tries went to Arthur Clement and Butler Morris just on full time.
This is a guest post by Dave Kahle, President, The DaCo Corporation In my 20-plus years of educating, I’ve encountered tens of thousands of salespeople. The vast majority of them want to do better. They want the benefits of greater success: increased income, greater respect from their peers and managers, and increased self-confidence.Yet, the vast majority of them remain at a level best described as “ordinary”; they never make the transition to being a true master of their craft. In spite of their desire to excel, few do. The reason, for the overwhelming majority of salespeople, is that they take the wrong path to sales success.Let me illustrate. I have had these kinds of conversations in almost every training session that I’ve done: A sales person is concerned about an issue in one of their accounts. It could be that they can’t unseat the competition, are at risk of losing the business, can’t gain an audience with the right people, are constantly asked to reduce their price, etc. The list is without limit; there are as many variations on the theme as there are salespeople.But while the specifics vary, they almost always revolve around the same themes.There is a problem in an account. Someone won’t do what the sales person wants them to do. The question, in one form or another, is always, “How do I get them to do what I want them to do?” The focus is always on the account, the other people, the things outside of the sales person that he/she wants to influence.I don’t think I have ever had a sales person ask me in these encounters, “How can I change myself in such a way as to impact this situation?” And therein lies the problem.As salespeople, we almost exclusively focus on those things that exist outside of ourselves – the prospects, the customers, the politics, the products, the price, and so on. We focus on the externals, and as long as we do that, we will be forever stymied in our desire to become exceptional performers.We’ll never reach our potential until we begin to focus inside – on changing and improving ourselves. The hidden path to sales success is the “path less traveled,” the path that traverses the bumpy geography of self-growth and self-improvement – the inward path.The inward path to sales successWhen we focus on self-growth and self-improvement, those changes that we make in ourselves naturally ooze out and impact the people and the world around us. To improve your results, improve yourself.Here’s an example of a scenario that a salesperson recently shared with me. He has been trying to penetrate an account in which he had some business, but was a minor player. One or two other competitors dominated the account, and he had difficulty even getting an opportunity to present his solutions. He saw his problem as external – the politics, processes and personalities in this account.I talked with him about his ability to nurture professional business relationships, to uncover hidden concerns and obstacles via effective questioning, and to empathize with the key decision makers. In other words, my conversation was about his competencies (internal) instead of the account’s specifics (externals). If he could improve himself to the point where he was more competent at these sales fundamentals, he would be more effective in that account, and the problems he expressed would gradually decrease. More sales tips from Dave Kahle:The Secret Strategy for Meaningful Sales MeetingsWhy Great Sales Reps Become Bad ManagersHow to Push Reps Away From Their Comfort Zones Again, he saw the problem as existing outside of himself (external). I saw the solution coming as a result of improving himself (internal).As I reflect on the thousands of these kinds of conversations that I have had with salespeople and sales leaders, I have concluded that the conversations almost always follow that pattern. They present an external problem, and I reply with an internal solution.The obvious question pops to the surface. Kahle, is it you? Am I so far outside of the mainstream of reality that I am misleading the people I’m supposed to be helping?Honestly, I don’t think so. The concept of reaching your fullest potential, of making your greatest mark on this world, by focusing internally instead of externally is a position that all of the world’s greatest thinkers, from King Solomon thousands of years ago, to Mahatma Gandhi in more modern times, have espoused. That concept lies at the heart of the world’s greatest religions, a key part of the world view of Jesus Christ and Buddha.I’ll often share this quote from James Allen in my seminars:“Men are often interested in improving their circumstance, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.”Clearly, unequivocally, the path to achievement and fulfillment is an internal, not an external one. What is true for our lives is true for our professions, and is true for our jobs as salespeople.Yet so few salespeople understand that. I’ve often shared this observation: In any randomly selected group of 20 sales people, only one has spent $25 of his own money on his own improvement in the last 12 months. Not coincidently, the same ratio is used to define the superstars of the profession. Five percent (one of twenty) of the sales force produce approximately 50 percent of the sales.In a world of externally-focused colleagues and competitors, it is the “one-in-twenty” salesperson who chooses the hidden path to excellence. These are the people who understand this principal, and who consistently and willfully act on it. They are the ones who buy the books, go to the seminars, listen to the audios, and watch the videos – all in a relentless quest to improve themselves, understanding that the only lasting path to excellence is the hidden path of internally focused self improvement. And these are the people who inevitably rise to the top of the profession.The same can be said of organizations, but very few sales organizations understand that. They expect their salespeople to learn on the job and look at investing in their development and improvement as a discretionary cost, rather than a fundamental strategic initiative. Study the leading companies in any industry and you’ll find that they are the same ones who most consistently invest in developing the skills and competencies of their people.Let the rest of the world charge into the world intent on wreaking their will on people and circumstances, oblivious to the real path to success. The savvy professionals – both companies as well as individuals – focus on changing themselves. It’s the hidden path to sales success.Dave Kahle has trained tens of thousands of distributor and B2B sales people and sales managers to be more effective in the 21st Century economy. He’s authored nine books, and presented in 47 states and seven countries. Sign up for his weekly Ezine, or visit his blog. For a limited time, you can purchase his latest book, How to Sell Anything to Anyone Anytime, and receive $534 in FREE bonuses.For more information, or to contact the author, contact:The DaCo Corporation835 West River Center DrivePO Box 523 Comstock Park, MI firstname.lastname@example.org://www.davekahle.comPhone: 800.331.1287 ~ 616.451.9377 ~ Fax: 616.451.9412AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis