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Hiring Sales People: What's more important Skill or Spirit?

11.09.11   |   Sales Recruiting   |   Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated

Companies spend a huge amount of time and resources crafting business strategies. Even so, most of these strategies end in failure. I saw one company spend half a million dollars and hundreds of employee hours implementing a new strategy, only to admit that it wasn't working. They had to spend even more money and lay off employees trying to put things back to the way they were before. The next time the company tried to introduce a new strategy, it was met with considerable employee resistance.

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Treeline Sales Report: October 2011

10.14.11   |   Sales Recruiting   |   Christopher Simone, Vice President at Treeline Incorporated

Despite the constant drum beat of doom and gloom from the mass media, there are plenty of statistics that provide the basis of hope for our businesses and economy. Economic activity expanded in September in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors, and employment increased. In short, businesses increased spending and investment. The increases were slight, but they exceeded market expectations and increases beat decreases.

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Sales Motivation

09.23.11   |   Job Search & Career   |   Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated

As you sit in your workplace today take a look around you. Take a look at the leader board then take a look at your coworkers and the way that they operate. There is a direct correlation between the numbers on the board and the work ethic/mentality of each individual sales consultant. The consultant with the highest sales volume didn't get there because he or she was born with the innate ability to sell; it wasn't because he or she was always in the right place at the right time or even dumb luck for that matter. It was because they wanted it more, plain and simple.

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Millennial Workers

09.23.11   |   Sales Recruiting   |   Kathleen Mauriot, Division Manager at Treeline Incorporated

Millennials. You can pretty much spot them a mile away. They typically have some type of technological device strapped to their hip, pressed up to their ear or glued to their fingertips. They have high expectations of the work place requiring ambitious salaries, places to relax, perhaps take a snooze, and a definite dose of fun to keep boredom at bay. Is your company ready for this new generation of workers?

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How to stimulate competition in your sales team

08.22.11   |   Sales Recruiting   |   Dan Fantasia, Founder and CEO of Treeline Incorporated

Creating a fun, exciting and positively charged sales environment that fosters healthy competition in your sales team will ultimately result in success. Below is a great story from Charles Schwab in Dale Carnegie's book, How to Win Friends & Influence People about the need to stimulate competition in your sales team. Sales people are fierce competitors and there is nothing more thrilling than to accept a challenge to compete.

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My Sales or My Stocks - What should I focus on today?

08.17.11   |   Sales Recruiting   |   Christopher Simone, Vice President at Treeline Incorporated

Most of us can admit to clicking into our favorite investment site from time to time over the past couple of weeks, especially our retirement and college savings accounts; some have been more distracted than others. Whether you are buying or selling, and clearly more people have been selling, the turmoil in the market has been hard to tune out. However, there are plenty of reasons not to get distracted right now.

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Book Review: The Perfect Salesforce

07.27.11   |   Sales Recruiting   |   Christopher Simone, Vice President at Treeline Incorporated

Once in awhile, Treeline recommends a book to our community because the book is actually worth the time and attention of Sales Leaders. Derek Gatehouse's The Perfect SalesForce is easily one of these books that is truly worth your time! This book provides a framework and lens for unlocking the secrets to hiring and retaining the right sales people for your particular company, culture, and product/solution.

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