If you have salespeople, that know how to sell, but the results are not up to the stores expectations, call them out on it!!! Case in point; Just recently, I had a salesman, good guy, works every day, tries very hard when he wants to and a positive attitude when he wants to have one. I just didn’t have that wow feeling with him on a Saturday. He came to the desk, with a worksheet filled out and gives me direction on his customer. I asked him to step outside and totally let him understand how I felt about his approach to his job, his lack of enthusiasm with his customers, and his know it all attitude. I made it clear, that this is a results driven business. His results are less than satisfactory, but he knows all the answers. I made it clear, right then and there. He lashed back and told me his feelings and I called him out on it. “If you know it all, go home, close your deals from your sofa and I will send your checks.” Then he started to back pedal; “I don’t know everything. I know what to do. I don’t know why I am not selling cars.” Needless to say, his whole demeanor was totally junk for the rest of the day. Now that I know I hit a serious nerve, how do I put him back together? I used my 48 hour rule. Just acknowledge and leave the situation alone for 48 hours.

 Tuesday morning, I take my manager and the salesman in my office I explain to my manager, just sit and listen. I asked the salesman; “How are you doing?” He said; “I’m doing O.K. Can I ask you something?” I said sure. He asked; “Why did you embarrass me and make me feel like I was doing something wrong?” I gave him his last four paycheck stubs. I made it clear that I am embarrassed. I cannot have anyone go four weeks with this type of results. I have listened to your total responses with your peers and customers and I know you are not on the same train we are on. When you get up in the morning, are you doing four positive plans of action? Are you trying to be a better person today? More importantly, do you really hate your job that much? Hear me out, when you get out of your car; do you say to yourself, I can’t stand my job”? When you leave at night, do you say “I want to quit I can’t make any money.”? You are right, no one makes money. We have to produce it. We cultivate our thoughts, turn our thoughts into action and create an environment and an aura that people want to be around. This pattern of behavior creates an energy so people will talk, walk, demo and write deals with us. That’s production! If you quit, you are quitting on yourself. You are better than that. We all are in this together. Together, we will create and produce with positive energy. So get on this money train and don’t look back.

The last two weeks, this salesperson has made great strides with his attitude and is producing at very respectable levels. Do not allow anyone to interrupt the production of the store. Call them on it!!!

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Comment by Tony Provost on February 2, 2012 at 7:33am

alan, thanks for reading it!

Comment by Alan Heath on February 1, 2012 at 9:24pm

Tony, I thoroughly enjoyed your post.

Comment by Tony Provost on January 30, 2012 at 2:56pm

Brian, thanks. glad you enjoyed it!!

Comment by Brian Ankney on January 30, 2012 at 2:00pm

Hello Tony, this is great. Now get that guys face on some pizza boxes. Hope your construction goes well.

Comment by Tony Provost on January 23, 2012 at 2:33pm

dE- I thank you for your support! See everyone on the next blog, SALESPEOPLE ARE THE HEARTBEAT OF THE INDUSTRY!!!

Comment by Tony Provost on January 23, 2012 at 11:19am

Pete- Thank you for your vote of confidence. The next blog. salespeople make it happen!!!

Comment by Tony Provost on January 23, 2012 at 11:10am

Joe- As a manager, you can be guaranteed, each week your employees will have challenges, both at work and home!! Great managers, should always understand this point!!! Thank you for reading and commenting,always enjoy your perspective. Have a great week.

Comment by Joe Papa on January 23, 2012 at 8:57am

Great post Tony. I think you addressed a problem many (if not all) mangagers face in this business. Being a manager in this business can be very, very difficult with all the "different" responsiblities that are part of the job and one of the most difficult is the one you addressed here. Being a manager that is a motivator and a leader is so necessary to help others produce the results that everyone wants....great article!


Comment by Tony Provost on January 22, 2012 at 3:24pm

Jerry, I don't hold back in either direction!!! When it is great!! I am the biggest fan in the building! When you try to upset the money machine, you will be called on it!! thanks Jerry!

Comment by Tony Provost on January 21, 2012 at 11:17am

Tom- Glad you enjoyed it!!

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