As it turns out, the career advice I have been dispensing all this time may be wrong. When asked what to look for in a new job, I often tell people to focus their attention on the manager: What can you learn from them?
In our workshops and coaching with sales people, sales leaders and sales teams we spend a lot of time exploring authenticity. Of the five Go-Giver principles we share, The Law of Authenticity seems to be one of the most challenging, both for individuals and inside the cultures of the organisations they work for.
If we are serious about inclusion, collaboration, teamwork, mental health, adaptability, fulfillment, and purpose, we have to go deeper. We need to rethink learning. To build a human workplace where both people and profits soar, we need to build learning cultures around self-awareness and peer conversations.
In my early days I clearly remember learning that my job as a salesperson was to “dig holes” by identifying the many problems my prospective client faced. And to keep digging until those holes (problems) became so deep (big) my despairing client felt so overwhelmed and fearful they would want to grab my solution as a metaphorical ladder to help them clamber out of their dark damp pit of despair.
If you’ve been following the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry you’ll have picked up on the recent spate of banking executives lamenting their shift to a “sales culture”. It seems that sales and selling has been identified as the root cause of all that ails our leading banking and financial services brands.
How complete is your sales success system? When we ask that question of most sales leaders and sales learning and development professionals, we’re usually met with a quizzical look followed by an explanation of adopting best-in-class sales process, methods, content or the latest selling fad. A pretty standard response to a purposely ambiguous question. Sometimes the response is “what do you mean how complete is our sales success system?” Good question, let’s explore it.
Given the current spotlight the Royal Commission is shining on poor behaviours and toxic cultures in the financial services industry here in Australia, we would be justified in thinking that banks and purpose are mutually exclusive. So we started to look further afield to see if we could find an example of a bank that did actually have purpose, and could demonstrate it.
Following a wonderful presentation by Re Strategist, Alistair Stephenson, I couldn’t help but see many common challenges that were occupying the creators of brand identities and those that were facing sales professionals and the organisations they work for. Chief amongst them being the search for “Purpose”.