Monday, February 13th, 2023

Ethical principles in AI-guided selling

As AI-guided selling takes hold, ethics remains an important foundational principle. Today, AI can do things that humans could never do before like finding the quickest route to a destination; personalising suggestions for books, films, music, and clothes; identifying new chemical compounds and medical treatments; predicting equipment failures and coordinating maintenance across complex supply chains; using quality-assurance data to improve… 

Monday, February 13th, 2023

3 key business technologies for 2023

3 key business technologies for 2023 1…. 

Friday, November 26th, 2021


Q: What are the top-three new agenda items that sales leaders will be thinking about for 2022? IM: Buying behaviours have evolved tremendously throughout the digital age, seeing the most accelerated growth specifically throughout the pandemic, and sellers must rapidly adapt accordingly. Working and living in the same space caused many people to rethink what is important to them, leading… 

Friday, November 26th, 2021

The Professional Bodies

Australian Institute of Sales, New Zealand Institute of Sales – Stuart Edmunds, Director; Association of Professional Sales – Andrew Hough, CEO Q: What will be the top-three agenda items for sales leaders as businesses emerge from the pandemic? SE: 1) Staffing (retention, attraction, development – with the skills shortage). 2) New-customer acquisition and accelerating pipeline. 3) Increasing virtual/remote selling capabilities…. 

Friday, November 26th, 2021

The Practitioners

Waldemar Adams, Global Senior Vice President, SAP Customer Success COO Office; Grant Van Ulbrich, Director, Sales Transformation – International, Royal Caribbean International Q: What will be the top-three agenda items for sales leaders as businesses emerge from the pandemic? WA: 1) Ensure customer success. 2) Budget achievement and growth plans. 3) Manage their teams successfully, with empathy. GVU: Our focus… 

Friday, November 26th, 2021

The Consultants

Mark Davies, Founder, Segment Pulse Limited, Visiting Fellow, Centre for Strategic Marketing and Sales, Cranfield School of Management, and The Advanced Services Group, Aston Business School; Dr Mark Hollyoake, Director, Customer Attuned and Associate Lecturer, University of the West of England; Tim Riesterer, Chief Strategy Officer, Corporate Visions; Dr Philip Squire, CEO, Consalia; Philip Styrlund, CEO, The Summit Group Q:… 

Friday, November 26th, 2021

The Academics

Dr Frank Cespedes, senior lecturer, Harvard Business School; Professor Mark Johnston, Professor of Marketing and Ethics, Rollins College; Professor Nick Lee, Warwick Business School; Dr Colin Mackenzie, specialist lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University; Dr Javier Marcos, Associate Professor, Strategic Sales Management and Negotiation, Cranfield School of Management; Dr Beth Rogers, Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management Q: What will be the… 

Friday, November 26th, 2021

This time it’s personal!

In the bold new world of sales, a mental shift is required. The pandemic turned the whole world upside down: it made us shift our priorities away from things that we once thought were important to new ways of working and living. As people switch careers and re-evaluate how they spend their time, naturally their behaviours have fundamentally changed. In… 

Friday, November 26th, 2021

No going back

What should B2B sales leaders be prioritising in 2022? As we head towards 2022, sales organisations are emerging from a tumultuous two years. Across many markets and industries, the sales function has had to cope with transformational changes that have been compressed into a short period of time. Inevitably, some sales organisations have managed to adapt better than others. They… 

Monday, April 26th, 2021

The triumph of data over intuition

How businesses must adapt to the new world of virtual selling. When the Coronavirus pandemic swept across the world in 2020, it is safe to say that all industries were dramatically disrupted and forced to reassess their operations and ways of working. However, the sales industry was one of the business sectors that was significantly turned on its head by… 

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Supercharging our sales conversations

Selling power comes not from how much conversation we manage to get through, but the quality of the conversation. Supercharging sales is the overall theme of this edition of the International Journal of Sales Transformation, so I thought it might be appropriate to focus on a topic that has long been a focus of mine: how can salespeople supercharge their… 

Friday, February 26th, 2021



Monday, November 9th, 2020

Focus on sales technology

Beyond the gimmick Digital sales rooms: are they fact or fancy? For some time, the sales industry has been considering how innovations like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) can support the sales process. However, for many, they simply represents a gimmick rather than a genuine means of engaging with buyers and adding value to the experience. However, with… 

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

AI boosts CRM

Intelligent platforms that integrate sales enablement and communications tools reduce salespeople’s admin burden and make the 18% of the time they spend in CRM more effective, according to a white paper from consultants Strategy to Revenue that quotes statistics from a 2018 Forbes article “Why Sales Reps Spend Less Than 36% Of Time Selling (And Less Than 18% In CRM)”…. 

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Basic sales jobs at risk

Elementary sales jobs are among those at high risk of automation in England, according to recent analysis by Office for National Statistics (ONS). Around 1.5 million jobs (7.4%) in England are at high risk of some of their duties and tasks being automated in the future. “When considering the overall risk of automation, the three occupations with the highest probability… 

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Technology is driving servitisation

This report from Cranfield’s KAM and Strategic… 

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Sales enablement, AI and other hot topics

As the business world is increasingly disrupted by digital, sales enablement is coming of age. Is this relatively new discipline the key to competitive success for sales organisations? A variety of sales enablement hot topics were on the agenda at Miller Heiman’s 2018 Sales Enablement Summit at the Nobu Hotel in London on 8 November. Not least was the fact… 

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Can AI boost inside sales performance?

While inside sales has long been no stranger to automation, it is now poised to take another leap forward as AI-assisted sales acceleration technology and gamification help prioritise the most promising opportunities and energise the sales floor. As customers seize the balance of power and more aspects of the sales process migrate online, leading B2B sales organisations find they must… 

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

AI sales platform to create 120 jobs in Ireland

Artificial intelligence–powered predictive sales acceleration platform, unveiled plans last month to expand into Ireland as part of an initiative to better serve customers across the EMEA region. The firm says the move could create some 120 jobs in the republic. “We’re not only looking to hire some of Ireland’s best and brightest technology graduates, but also to help build…