Adele Mclean

Adele Mclean
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News from the Field: Mental Insights

Posted by Adele Mclean on Jul 6, 2020 1:38:12 PM

During our recent Virtual Backbone workshops, our participants have been sharing interesting insights about the psychological aspect of negotiating. We wanted to share some with you:

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone

News from the Field: Virtual Backbone

Posted by Adele Mclean on Jun 8, 2020 3:46:14 PM

Recently, we launched our Virtual Backbone initiative to help improve sales teams' negotiating performance, all from the comfort and safety of their home office. The results are great, but we wanted to share a few additional insights based on participant feedback.   

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone

A Tale of Two Transformations - 4 Crucial Activities to Measure Success

Posted by Adele Mclean on Feb 5, 2020 4:56:21 PM

Early in 2019, I was speaking with the Chief Transformation Officer from one of our clients. After we described how a commercial transformation progressed when supported by our Negotiating with Backbone framework, he asked, “Is there anything else I should know?” 

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Topics: Commercial Transformation

Video: Is Your Product Really a Commodity?

Posted by Adele Mclean on Oct 30, 2019 5:30:00 AM

Is your product a commodity? Is it really? Or, do your customers cry commodity during negotiations to get you to decrease your price? Watch the video below and listen as Adele McLean talks about how you can get out from under this tough negotiation tactic and avoid the commodity trap.

Adele McLean - Are you really a commodity 10.28.19
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Topics: value, sales, procurement

Profit Decoded

Posted by Adele Mclean on Jun 17, 2019 10:41:14 AM

Recently I was talking with a few business partners about the latest business trends we see with clients. One hot topic is transformation! On any given day, another organization is appointing a new transformation leader, plotting a new strategy for organic growth, and talking about increasing profitability. On the surface, it makes sense. Successful businesses should consistently focus on revenue growth and margin improvement...right? But where is the best place to start?

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News From The Field: Am I the Rabbit?

Posted by Adele Mclean on Apr 25, 2019 9:38:40 AM

Do you have a relationship with key decision makers? 

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone, winning proposal, buying center, rabbit

Resist the urge to "stick it" to the competition

Posted by Adele Mclean on Jan 25, 2019 11:23:11 AM

When facing low-priced competition, think twice before "sticking it to the competition" by going in with a low, low price. Watch the video to learn why:

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Topics: Pricing with Confidence

A Curious Case of Christmas Tree Pricing

Posted by Adele Mclean on Dec 27, 2018 6:30:00 AM

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum how lovely are your branches.

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum how can you price stay stable.
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Topics: Pricing with Confidence

Wake Up Sellers! It's Time to Think Differently

Posted by Adele Mclean on Aug 30, 2018 8:54:17 PM

Have you become trapped in your own mindset – convinced you are selling a commodity or that even you yourself have become commoditized? Are you falling prey to confirmation bias when you sell? Well, sellers, it’s time to wake up and start thinking differently.

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone

News From the Field: Four Key Insights from Executives Focused on Improving Their Bottom Line

Posted by Adele Mclean on Jul 18, 2018 10:32:57 AM

At a recent partner conference, CEOs and Presidents of value-added resellers discussed how to support their commercial teams and navigate the evolving landscape of selling, training, organizational design, and trust. Listen as Adele shares the Executives' viewpoints on what to start doing now to defend value in the marketplace.

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone