“The forecast was a bit optimistic,” Miguel observed. “We went back and looked at our sales activity. Not our sales results, because those were dismal. I gotta tell you, my guys were pounding the shoe leather. It’s funny. The same salespeople with the same customers, but not closing sales like they did this month last year.”
“Working harder isn’t working anymore?” I asked.
“No, I think my guys are going to have to work differently, not harder,” Miguel replied.
“And who will decide what they do differently?”
“What do you mean?”
“Whose job is it, to decide what is necessary? How to go to market? To make the efforts of your salespeople more productive?”
Miguel’s face slowly revealed a mild panic. He stared straight ahead. “It’s me.”
“It’s time,” I nodded. “It is the job of the manager to take the resources of the company and make them productive. It is only managers who make those resources productive. As a manager in this company, you are the only one who can make your sales team productive. The job of management is more important than ever. The decisions you make in the next twelve months will determine whether your company will survive.”