2 Ways Managers Can Boost Team Performance

When productivity is down, it is common for managers to blame the weak skills of team members. But what if under-developed skills were not the problem?

Supervisors often assume their employees understand company goals and know how to reach them. Yet, Gallup research suggests, only half of workers said they ‘strongly agree’ they know what is expected of them at work. And, only 32 percent said their manager offers assistance setting performance goals.

How can team members achieve results if they don’t understand what is truly expected? One of the best ways managers can directly impact productivity is to ensure every team member is crystal clear on the mission as well as the tactical steps to get there. And, as you’d suspect, performance improvement comes down to clear concise communication.

I recommend, two practical management tactics that will help.

One-On-One Sessions. These are short (30 min) meetings held each week between manager and each team member. Many managers say this single change in routine has transformed their relationship with team members and done wonders to significantly improve performance.

Use a session format you find most productive; the magic lies in your consistency and candor. It will be helpful to take notes during each session to track action steps and commitments made. For your convenience, you are welcome to download a FREE copy of this helpful One-On-One Template.

Consider using this simple yet powerful format:  

  • Connect to strengthen the relationship
  • Catch Up on projects pending
  • Confer about obstacles to realize results

If you think your people are fine, happy, motivated and good to go on the job…. think again. Gallup reported that only 42% of workers say they are ‘satisfied’ on the job. This suggests a whopping 62% of your team may not be as passionate about work as you might think. And, in times of lagging results, communication is king.

Another way managers’ can positively impact performance are monthly Mentorship Meetings. These are similar to One-on-One’s but focus more on big picture skills, thoughts and daily activities that drive results.

As an effective leader, you must lean in when employees may be leaning out. Weekly One-On-One Sessions and monthly Mentorship Meetings are two practical tactics that will increase communication, strengthen your relationships and serve as powerful venues to positively impact performance.

Download the free template for conducting One-On-One Sessions HERE.

Cold Calling is an Expensive Waste of Time & Talent

As a Sales Coach working with dental companies for over two decades and more importantly as dental professional on the receiving end of many unexpected visits by sales reps, I am convinced, cold calling is a clear misdirection of resources.

You or your reps will be of far greater value to your company and your customers by being more strategic and discerning when making sales calls.

Let me give you three big reasons not to do Cold Calls:

  1. High Cost-: A typical field sales call in dental costs around $675. That is, your cost for a rep to turn the doorknob on any practice in their territory.
  2. Low Sales Potential: Our dental insider data suggests cold calling is a low ROI sales tactic. It takes between 8-10 attempts to meet someone with buying authority or buying influence in a dental office. And, at $675 per attempt, you can see why cold calling delivers high cost and low sales potential.
  3. Lowers Your Company Image: Dental team members negatively view reps/companies that make unscheduled visits or calls . I recently asked a dentist with a $2M practice in Phoenix, how he views cold calls from sales reps. He called them a “disrespectful intrusion”.

Check out this six-minute episode of The Sales Success Snippet to learn where to find high quality leads who are wanting, waiting and willing to hear more about your products and services.

One Critical Component of an Effective Sales Meeting

As we approach the fourth quarter for many companies, you might be thinking about your next sales meeting.

This week’s DII Sales Snippet is part of a recent coaching session with a sales manager wanting to make the most of his upcoming sales meeting. This episode zeroes in on one simple, yet critical and often missed piece of a successful sales meeting.

For more information on sales meetings, download my FREE article How to Leverage Sales Meetings for Better Performance[.

3 Simple Steps to Bring Dead Leads Back to Life

What if I told you that your “dead leads”, where actually your biggest and you’re your shortest path of new customers? You’d Say: “But, they’re DEAD!” They didn’t buy then…why in the world would they buy now?!”

If you’ve been frustrated by the limited sales results your leads have created…stay tuned, this podcast is for you!

It’s important to realize, your leads are not the problem. The problem is never the problem, it’s how you are thinking about the problem. 

How To Write A Job Post That Attracts Top Talent

Most job postings are tired, ineffective and passé.  Instead, write enticing ads that woo, attract and excite. To do this, dust off those old-fashioned job descriptions that describe your company and position in a ‘professional’ and boring manner. Bring a little creative, fun and lighthearted twist, with these ideas:

Turn your postings upside down and inside out. Write from the prospective employee’s POV. Lead with job and company details that appeal to candidates instead of company demands. Get rid of postings that describe job ‘requirements’, ‘essential duties’, ‘skills expected’ and replace them with key attributes about what makes being a team member so special. This demonstrates you understand employment is a mutual value exchange and you’ll provide a great environment for it to happen.

Creating Results That Matter

A Small Weekly Habit That’s A BIG Game Changer

Each week, we get on a treadmill grinding it out Monday through Friday and rarely step back to reflect, “What got done?” or consider “Will what got done get me where I want to go?” Now is a great time to take stock, evaluate what’s working, what’s not and adopt a few new edits to our routine that will lead us closer to results that matter.

In this episode of The Dental Industry Insider Podcast, I’ll introduce you to a simple process that will make the most of your time and talent to boost your personal productivity.

You’ll gain greater clarity on results received, lessons learned and ensure nothing falls through the cracks on follow up. This simple ritual could quite literally 10x your results every single week!

Grab a copy of the FREE Results Review Recap  to lead you closer to reaching your goals and the rewards they deliver.

#007 Back to School Back to Work

How to Get Your Motivational Mojo Back after a Break in Routine

 

Sometimes it takes a little extra something to get up and out of a sluggish slump after a long vacation, slower summer months or the holidays. In this episode, you’ll learn a simple but powerful process for getting reengaged and back on track.

Understanding the Buyer Desire of a Dentist

 

Winning and keeping the attention of dentists to consider a new product is tougher and more expensive than it’s ever been. Marketers and sales professionals have had to get very creative to get their foot in the door and most efforts crash and burn.

We’ve made it our business for the past 25 years to get inside of the mind of the dentist. Our intent was to understand their needs, wants and expectations for products they buy, what they continue to use and the people and companies they choose to do business with. The data allows us to bring fresh timely insights and customer intelligence to our clients—dental manufacturers and distributors who want to do better, serve better and forge stronger relationships with the practitioners they serve.

Until recently, our research results about dentists have been reserved for our private clients. Now, we are going public with the good stuff—and you have as much to gain as our clients who have created impressive results using it. Apparently, it really is true—when you know better—you do better. It is my privilege to share this information with you this platform, The Dental Industry Insider.

Dentists, like other consumers, use very specific criteria for making buying decisions. By aligning your marketing and sales efforts with why consumers buy, you automatically elevate your impact, influence and results. We know why dentists buy. And, in this episode, Understanding the Buyer Desire of a Dentist we share the exact factors they consider importance when buying anything.

The information inside this program will pay on going returns over and over to boost your effectiveness marketing to the Dental community. We’ve included practical action steps both marketing and sales teams can take to ensure your entire sales process is covered on both ends.

One last thing, I ran a little experiment to check out how a few promotional pieces compared to the important motivators we’ve uncovered and the results, to be honest, kind of blew me away! I didn’t expect to find what I found. [I think it will raise your eyebrows, as well!]. Check out the results for FREE by downloading The Dental Advertisement Analysis, it features 21 recent ads in two popular dental journals.