“You mean they might not be doing their best, because they are not interested in the work?” Brent repeated.
“So, tell me what is it, about the work, that is not interesting?” I asked.
“Look, we are in sales. This is a struggling economy, supply chain issues. It’s easy to not get excited.”
“You are not answering the question. Tell me about the work,” I insisted.
“We show up to an appointment, make a presentation and ask for the business.”
“That’s a good start,” I nodded. “Those are the prescribed duties. Now tell me about the decisions your salespeople have to make when they are on these appointments.”
“I don’t understand,” Brent furrowed his brow.
“I think that’s the disconnect. You are right. Showing up and making a presentation is not very interesting. Of course, that is what you have trained them to do, but that is not the work of a salesperson.”