What the Customer Wants You to Know: How Everybody Needs to Think Differently About Sales

Ram Charan, Author . Portfolio $21.95 (178p) ISBN 978-1-59184-165-4

Charan (Know-How ) skillfully and efficiently offers a tutorial on upgrading the productivity of any size company’s sales force. His answer: evolve salespeople from “order takers” to knowledgeable ambassadors who approach customers armed with cost-saving solutions they will be happy to pay for Charan’s method involves “Value Creation Selling,” which at a broad level means reconfiguring a sales force’s orientation toward customers’ profitability before its own success. The author recommends fostering in salespeople the skills and mindsets of a general manager and equipping them with a “value account plan,” or “the document that defines the value proposition and the business benefits the customer can expect to get from it.” Charan walks readers through the process of “fixing the broken sales process” with a combination of diagrams and anecdotes from real companies, all while applying the concepts and actions to a booklong case study of a fictitious software company, Sturgis Corporation. The book serves as a practical guide to competing with aggressive price-cutters in today’s market. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 10/29/2007
Release date: 01/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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