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Just got promoted to National Sales Manager - any tips

So I was successful in my application for the role of National Sales Manager in my company. I am currently the No.1 BDM and now have to make the transition to leader. Any Sales Savages here made the move?

🎈 Mentorship
πŸ₯Ž Training
🧒 Sales Management
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Ayo. It's me your boy.
Honestly leadership I thought I'd be a natural for... Except turns out it's more work than "adult babysitting".

Read some leadership books, podcasts etc.Β 

The hardest part was separating myself from the social aspect. The boss doesn't drink with the boys(team/people etc). No dinners, no outside of work events, nadda. The respect I gain for buying the first round (bring me a receipt for the first pitcher with a 25% tip for the sorry soul who is serving you.) Is measurable.Β 

Remove yourself from drama. Don't take sides, even if there is a clear side. Some of the best performers are the underdogs who got a good talking to.

Praise in public. Shame in private.Β 

It's actually work. People don't know or think it's easy until you're in those shoes.Β 

My go to line for people who can't make it past probation...
"Probation is a time to show your employer(me) your best work, your hustle, I don't expect perfection, I don't expect no mistakes, but if this is the best you had to offer, we are not going to continue your employment here." This said 1 month in or 2 months in a 6 month probate weeds out the fakers. The people that don't want to be there will quit or find other work. The others who were wavering will respect you for noticing the slack.

When we get DMs hit me up. I'd love to chat more.
Sales Boiii
actually some great tips. that line for people who won't make it probation is niceeee.
Senior Account Executive
Don't ever forget where you came from but in the same don't be a douche about showing off your awards and stories... you got to be relatable but also respected.

Be a fucking team player and got to bat for your team when you have to. A corporate soldier is the last thing people want to work for.Β 

"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."
Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader. They set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role – It’s always about the goal.

Lastly - congrats mate. I hope this new chapter in your life is fucking terrific!
Good Citizen
Account Executive
I haven't but I've worked for someone who got promoted to become a manager because they were #1 on the team... they were a nightmare.

As a rep I'd say don't be a tool. The best managers listen more than talk. They may have been good reps but that doesn't necessarily make someone a good leader if they don't listen.Β 
Account Executive
Be a savage!!! 😎
Celebrated Contributor
Sales Evangelist
Figure out the pathway to becoming VP salesπŸ’ͺ✌️
National Sales Manager
Yeah I suppose that is next right. Although in Australia its a GM role
Big Shot
Regional Sales Director
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