This is a continuation of our blog series, Designing Your 2018 Sales Compensation Plan. Want to begin at the beginning? Click here.
In the last blogs, I wrote about where sales compensation fits within the big picture of sales effectiveness. Sales incentives are best designed once the business performance, sales strategy, and coverage processes are all well understood. Incentives support these functions.
I’d like to give you a quick look at the overall design process we use. We call it the Sales Compensation Diamond. We love it.
The Sales Compensation Diamond offers 12 design steps, each of which can be complex. In our blog series, we’ll go through each of these steps in more detail. But the process really begins in the center of the diamond, with setting C-Level Goals and determining sales roles, so we’ll start with C-Level Goals today and you can continue reading about ensuring you have the correct sales roles for the job.
As sales executives determine priorities for their business related to sales compensation, they need to set their C-Level Goals. These will define the major priorities for the organization that will be converted to the sales compensation plan. Those priorities provide clarity for how they will design the plan and the behaviors the plan’s going to drive in the organization. Once set, the C-Level Goals will force answers to the key questions that will lead to the program’s success. They will also help overcome resistance as sales leaders become deeply involved in the design of the compensation plan.
Most organizations can concentrate on building programs that support these five major areas.
Looking at the complexities of the growth plan, setting the priorities around the Customer, Product, Coverage, Financial, and Talent goals can provide clear direction for a range of sales effectiveness programs, including sales compensation.
For questions, email Mark Donnolo at Mark.Donnolo@SalesGlobe.com.