Found an interesting research analysis by CSO Insight’s Barry Trailer that showed that sales rep quota attainment actually goes up when the ratio of reps to managers goes up.
In other words, sometimes we need to avoid the temptation to “over manage” and “over analyze” our sales people and simply let them do what they’ve been trained to do.
As Barry says,
“Any time taken from selling is reducing sales capacity. Coaching meetings, research and other value-added activities are valuable and important contributors to overall success. But standing meetings (e.g., every Monday morning at 8:30 am) are often holdovers from an earlier way of doing things. CRM reporting tools and dashboards can provide a basis for both managers and reps to communicate routine matters and to gain performance improvement insights.”
Ostensibly without the need to verbally re-hash each reps’ pipeline.