What stands out for me to make that next move, move-worthy
Hey there Friends!
This is one of the more vulnerable emails to date.
Typically for us in sales, the new year means lots of movement and changes. Some for the better, and some for the (hopefully temporarily) worst.
Promotions, new comp plans, new quotas and sometimes new roles at new companies.
Things have been hectic around these parts for all of us - me included.
Early this week, I formally gave my own notice that I’m moving on. I’m excited for what’s ahead but it wasn’t an easy decision. (more on this later)
Now, I know there is a large portion of the market either wanting to make a move, or unfortunately forced to - so I figured I’d share a bit about what things were top of mind for me in finding my next thing and hope it helps someone.
(I’m also working on a Stretch VP Job Board and Career Community coming soon. Let me know if you want to be an early enrollee - free of course)
When I made the decision to start having conversations to see what a potential career move looked like, I deliberately decided to be open to as many conversations as possible - regardless of my first impressions. I wanted to talk with anyone that reached out (mostly via LinkedIn), for at least an introductory call.
I also sent feelers to some trusted colleagues in my network, and even hit up some of my favorite companies/recruiters to see if there may be a mutual fit.
All in all, I talked with 25+ separate companies over several months. I was pretty excited about some - and others, I knew right away it wasn’t a fit.
During these conversations, one of the most common questions I was asked was: “What are you looking for in your next role?”
After getting this question seemingly every conversation, I had to come up with something I could believe myself. This led my decision tree on if I wanted to pursue next steps. I came up with:
Opportunity + Impact
What does the opportunity look like?
Career path / progression as a sales leader
Financial opportunity (comp / stock / etc.)
What sort of impact can I have as a leader?
What impact will my role have on the company?
What sort of impact can I have on the team?
With a few process and playbook tweaks - can we impact revenue quickly?
After these boxes were checked, the intangibles needed to kick in. I’ve learned a lot about what I want as a sales leader with many years at several different companies and for me, these are the “make or break it” intangibles I had to have:
Am I trusted, enabled, motivated, empowered and respected?
How do these leaders talk/act/behave behind me or my team’s back? Do they support, encourage and defend?
Over the years, i’m fortunate to have experienced the good, the great (shout out Yohai), and the so-so. I wanted great.
Yes, culture is a buzzword. But I tell ya, without a great culture or the backbone of a great culture - I don’t want to touch it.
Can I help build and create a culture of selfless sharing, collaboration and ego-less momentum?
Does the company encourage a sales-focused culture or reward siloed operations?
I’ve also seen all sides of the culture spectrum as well. Believe me, if you are in sales, this matters.
So - if you’re looking to make a move, think about what you are looking for in your next role? Steal mine or create your own, write them down and with each conversation - you’ll get better at diagnosing and qualifying your own personal career pipeline.
THANKS for reading!!
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