Michael Gamage, Dir Consumer Sales & Trade Promotion, General Mills – Blue Buffalo
POI Board Member
Found: The Biggest Obstacle to Sales Reporting
Did you ever wonder why your new reports are not used? I have found the main reason visualized, real time, integrated reporting doesn’t work is not the system but the people. Training a sales person to not rely on excel or e mail can be difficult as it’s breaking a well-used and reliable habit. I have twice had a team implement Tableau reporting to provide system integrated reporting that pushes customized sales reporting straight to the persons desktop, email and phone. Despite this the requests for ad hoc reports that were available with a couple of clicks never ended.
The key to unlocking success in reporting became clear after we did some digging in that it’s the Organizational Change Management that is required. When I became frustrated with the lack of use of what myself and my team saw as amazing work we decided to interview our users and find out why they were not using it. The answer was clear and universal “I don’t want to have to click or go someplace to get my reports”. We all thought this seemed odd as they had to click and go someplace to get the reports anyway so what was the real obstacle.
We had to find a better path forward to overcome the lack of use and to put the investment in the system and reporting to work. We knew we had a great product to help the sales people but needed to find a new path forward.
We decided we needed a champion for our cause. We elicited the SVP a person who was admittedly challenged when it came to technology but willing to try. We showed him the value in the tools we built and how if his team used them the entire organization would be better informed and make better decisions. Once he was on board and started requiring his people to use the tools and show him data and reports from it the world changed. The sales team pivoted and moved (with some additional assistance) to using the tools provided and the impact was felt immediately.
So, despite our initial observation that we were going to have to train the sales people to use a mouse we found a better path.
Organizational Change Management is hard; it requires work and teams willing to do something that they may or may not be trained in. This often-overlooked discipline is rarely taught in business school and requires leaders to not only invest in it but focus on it.
I wanted to share my observations, hopefully this helps some of you that are struggling to get the organization to move forward. I don’t sell software nor do I do OCM work but after many conferences hearing the same frustrations I wanted to share one way my team found a way around the obstacles.
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