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Author: Dave Elkington

The 5 Characteristics of Great Leaders

While planning this month’s virtual sales leadership conference, my interaction with a highly impressive selection of sales leaders made me reflect on what qualities actually make them so good at what they do. I’ve hired some really good leaders and fired some really bad ones. In addition, I’ve been lucky enough to be mentored by some of the best leaders across this nation. In all my interactions and through a lot of self-learning, I’ve come up with a list of five characteristics that great leaders possess. I’ve never met a leader who has mastered all five characteristics. I find some...

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Why We Changed Our User Conference to a Business Growth Summit

I’ve shared things in presentations and meetings that have gotten me odd looks over the years,  but when I told my leadership team I wanted to change the format of our “user” conference and replace it with an executive leadership summit, I admittedly received some surprised looks. Let’s be real, just about every company has a user conference. We certainly did; it was growing to exceed 2000+ attendees. We had bands, parties, swag, etc. The problem with user conferences are that they are really just about the company and their products, cushioned with some best practice sessions and a...

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The Path to Artificial Intelligence: Digital Sales Transformation

Technology doesn’t amount to much if it’s not properly implemented and it doesn’t produce results in the business environment. Going through a digital sales transformation is vital if companies are to adapt to the changing market. The digital sales transformation is about leveraging data and science and optimizing your process to help you sell more. I’m here to run you through the process of sales transformation, and show you what this means to business results.   Phase I: Sales Productivity and Effectiveness The first phase of sales transformation is the productivity phase. While InsideSales.com specializes in AI for sales,...

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3 Keys to Unlock the Potential of Sales Structure for Enterprises

Last week, InsideSales.com, in partnership with American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP),Top Sales World, and the Association of Professional Sales (APS) released the results of a survey of 1,151 companies in 28 countries. The State of Sales report analyzed three different elements of a sales team-structure, systems and people. Across the board, there were many interesting findings. What caught my eye was how enterprises are behind the times but catching up fast. Enterprises Are Recognizing the Value of Inside Sales From a market perspective, our Labs team estimates there are 5.7 million professional sales people in North America....

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Did the Solar Eclipse Cost America $700 Million in Lost Productivity?

For those of you who don’t watch the news, the solar eclipse occurred today as the Sun disappeared, seemingly swallowed by our moon. Here at InsideSales.com the different teams naturally broke from work between 11am-1pm MST and exited the building with solar glasses to catch glimpses of the natural phenomenon. It was a spectacular sight and I must admit it was fun watching fathers and mothers constantly telling their children to not look directly at the scene or they’d be blind the rest of their lives. (Don’t worry, I was one of them.) Over the last week, many news...

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