Why don’t digital and social marketing, lead generation, sales training, CRM systems, and even so-called sales process improve sales productivity and profit?
In Sales Process Excellence, Michael Webb traces sales and marketing problems to their root causes in traditional management methods, such as pushing product, setting quotas, and trying harder while doing the same things over again. He explains why these methods actually create barriers for leaders, and reveals an alternative that avoids them.
What’s the alternative? Sales process excellence. Drawing on years of experience with B2B sales managers, general managers, and process excellence leaders, Webb shows how you can engage your team to:
Webb illustrates data-driven ways to motivate and guide sales and marketing teams with a precision approaching that found in production operations. In this book, you will learn how:
Stop relying on wasteful promotions, undependable sales heroes, and management methods pitting people against one another. In this book you will learn proven principles for finding customer value and locking in profit in ways competitors can’t imitate, while increasing predictability and reducing business risks.
What others are saying about the book.
" "Sales Process Excellence" is the first book I"ve seen that combines deep insight into both sales and marketing AND the Lean management philosophy. Webb treats his topic thoroughly; the approaches he describes are valuable for any business. One of the best business books I"ve read in a long time."
"Having the pleasure to both work with Michael and read this book I can verify the concepts in this book work. Simply put, these tools help find the root cause of the problem, rather than starting with the solution. Read this book, apply these concepts and the results will come."
-Jeff Galas, Founder, On Purpose Growth
“Michael has done a great job in outlining the path companies need to take to move to a process-driven sales model across their organizations, especially one where they are linking their activities to creating value for their customers at each stage of the buyer journey. I believe this will be an important tool for us as we continue to evolve the sales function in our business.”
"One of the specific benefits I see with “Sales Process Excellence” is that sales teams on different levels and in completely different situations can implement the ideas. It doesn’t matter if it is a large sales force or a small one, a local or regional company compared to a global player, a new company working on establishing their footprint in the market, or an experienced and successful company who wants to continue to improve process and profitability. There are applications for all included in the book, and opportunity for significant improvement and change. Thank you for continuing and refining the path begun with "Sales and Marketing the Six Sigma Way!"
“Sales excellence requires discipline, process focus, and sharp execution. Michael Webb’s “Sales Process Excellence” is a comprehensive guide to help organizations raise their performance and engage customers much more effectively. The book is structured as a well-written guide that requires some study—you can’t take the book lightly—but you can’t take sales performance improvement lightly. If you are serious about sales excellence and driving the highest levels of sales performance, “Sales Process Excellence” is an outstanding resource to help you with that process.”
"Michael gets behind the jargon and shows us what process excellence can do for sales performance. As well as providing practical examples as to how to use the various tools, he addresses issues such as managing the sales process through channel partners, an issue faced by many sales organisations operating in today’s global economy.
"A book like this is long overdue. It’s about time that sales has been recognized as a science, where the techniques and tools embodied in Lean and Six Sigma are being applied to enhance customer value and accelerate the sales funnel. In his book, Sales Process Excellence, Michael Webb does a masterful job of building a case for the why and how a sales process should be developed. Throughout the book he includes real-world examples in order to drive each key point home. I highly recommend this book to any organization that wants to significantly, predictably and sustainably increase its revenues.
“Finally, a sales and marketing roadmap and tool kit using proven, real world techniques to achieve breakthrough results. As someone who sold and managed sales for over 20 years and has been a Black Belt since 2008, I have only one question: Michael, where were you when I needed you?”
-Michael Darrish, Senior Manager, Process Improvement, Ricoh Corporation
"Sales Process Excellence is very well researched and thorough, and it"s clearly based on many years of experience in the field. I can"t imagine anyone reading the book and not trying these methods."
-Dave Nelsen, former assistant editor, Quality ?rogress Magazine
"Michael, I am still reading your excellent book with avid interest. There is so much of value that, truthfully, I want to read it several times to distill the key elements. Congratulations on a major contribution to the advancement of sales performance excellence!"
"Although we had a great growth rate, we knew the time was fast approaching when our growth would be less sustainable and certainly less predictable. Mike started us on a sales excellence journey that didn’t change how we sell; but, revolutionized how we manage sales. The day I attended a sales meeting and listened to our professional sales team present data and pipelines and probability metrics, I knew our journey was going to be a success. And, it was!"
"Michael, Thank you for following through with your promise to equip us with methods and models that have enabled us to start and continually improve our sales process improvements. We avoided big mistakes around measuring sales and marketing productivity. Most importantly, we have a method for improving that engages our complex multi-level sales organization. Your ideas and your new book have helped position us for even more success."
“Michael’s artful blend of relevant experience and sound logic provide a clear path to excellence in Sales and Marketing. This guide adeptly validates the effectiveness of Lean Six Sigma principles in any process, inspiring us to consider how to apply structured improvement methods to even the most chaotic social systems.”
-Rob Tripp, Master Black Belt, Global Productivity Solutions
“With his new book, Sales Process Excellence, Michael Webb shows how the tools used in lean manufacturing can create a lean sales force. Mike’s background gives him unique experience in both the process and sales worlds; he speaks the language of both fluently. I highly recommend this book to organizations that have successfully implemented lean manufacturing and now look to create a highly efficient sales production system as well.”
“I have read this book with increasing interest as it exemplifies in a pragmatic way how to adapt and deploy process excellence into sales and marketing. It does so by providing flexible, practical concepts, tools and methods for solving problems and improving processes in customer facing functions. In addition, its value is also reflected in illustrating the effort it might take to convince executives to be receptive to the approach of process excellence. Hence this book helps to understand why companies should go for it and how they can adequately tread the path to success process excellence will finally lead to: A thoughtful, stimulating and beneficial new book.”
Join other readers in writing a testimonial below: