People are often surprised to learn I have nine children. And that they’re all from the same amazing woman I’ve been married to for 24 years. Even more amazing is that she’s stayed in great shape, wakes with a smile each day and still greets us with a sense of love and humor.

Step 1: Understand the 3 Overriding Areas of the 10 Elements

Over the next 10 blogs in this series we will look at 10 basic elements that should be considered as you forecast. But, they are more easily understood if grouped into 3 areas:

#1: Trust

  1. What are the best measures that show they trust you enough to buy?

#2: Movement

  1. What is the current momentum of the deal?

#3: Tangible

Pipeline Inversely Proportional to Performance

One thing I’ve noticed that I’ve always found fascinating is that often the size of the pipeline displayed is inversely proportional to performance. Over and over we see completely underperforming reps who report 2 to 5x the pipeline listed by the quota busting reps. It’s as if they believe they can make up for poor performance with sheer volume on an excel page.

You’ve probably heard lots of companies offer all sorts of fun freebies for your birthday. Well, I like free (good!) stuff, so each year around my birthday I go on the hunt for free birthday treats from some of my favorite places. And I do it for two reasons:

“Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”

~Earl Nightingale

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