1st Half of the Year is Over! What’s Next?

First Half of the Year is Over!

Steps to take to Ensure Success

It’s a wrap.  But everything must continue to move forward with increased levels of urgency. In many situations cash flow is tighter, pipelines have been impacted and sales cycles have grown longer.  That’s the reality, but as sales leaders and executives we need to take this week to reflect on the first half: “what went better than expected, what things didn’t work?”  Actions that need to be taken this week:

(A) Hold a 2 hour sales meeting with your entire team to: 1) brainstorm on what needs to happened to have a successful 2017, 2) each salesperson must report on their first half achievements and what personal commitments (sales, personal and professional) they are making for the second half and 3) how they will help the entire company to be successful.

(B) Next make sure your 6- month marketing calendar is completed with the necessary levels of activities to generate pipeline values.

(C) Complete your next 90 day sales training plan.  Then write out your personal vision and commitment statement for the next six months.  This paragraph should describe your objectives and goals and add a personal sentence or two that describes what you will commit to from a leadership position.

(D) Make sure you have an end of year sales contest set and announce it soon.

(E) Re-read all my past blogs for other idea’s that will propel your sales organization.

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Let me know what other actions everyone could do to increase their success rate!


Ken Thoreson “operationalizes” sales management systems and processes that pull revenue out of the doldrums into the fresh zone. During the past 19 years, our consulting, advisory, and platform services have illuminated, motivated, and rejuvenated the sales efforts for organizations throughout the world.

Ken was recently ranked for the fourth year in a row by Top Sales World magazine as one of the Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers. His blog has been rated in the sales blogs in the world!

Ken has written 5 books, his latest book is: SLAMMED! for First Time Sales Managers, Ken provides Keynotes, consulting services, boot camps and products designed to improve business performance.  Need more sales management resources? Check out his Sales Management Tool Kit or the Acumen Project and his new Ignite Your Sales Team online video training program for sales leaders.

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