Scott Wintrip's Blog – September 2012 Archive (12)

The Entrepreneur Gene

Back from his trip to Africa with his wife, Scott shares stories and insights on entrepreneurs in Tanzania and Zanzibar and what they can teach about this human trait.

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Added by Scott Wintrip on September 27, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Nice Person Syndrome

A year ago, I wrote about NPS – Nice Person Syndrome, a “condition” most managers have that causes inconsistent accountability. To help you assess if you have NPS, answer the following questions:

1. Are staff not held consistently accountable in your firm?

2. Do you come up with justifiable reasons when expectations are not met?

3. Are reprimands or terminations…


Added by Scott Wintrip on September 26, 2012 at 8:11am — 3 Comments

Shooting From the Hip

Gunslingers in the Wild West often lived another day by quickly grabbing their Colt 45′s to put an end to a threat with a bullet. Another type of gun slinging is happening daily across the globe as salespeople shoot from the hip in meetings with prospects and clients, relying on memory alone for the questions used to gather important information. This often leads to poor marksmanship as details are inevitably missed as they focus too much on what they are going to ask next versus hearing…


Added by Scott Wintrip on September 24, 2012 at 9:25am — No Comments

Sales is No Longer a Numbers Game

For decades, people have treated sales as a numbers game, yet, this old-school mindset no longer fits current realities. In this podcast, Scott shares the Quality Quantitative Method, the current best practice for achieving high performance and better results.…


Added by Scott Wintrip on September 21, 2012 at 10:50am — No Comments

Will the Real Buyer Please Stand Up?

Like a predator disguised as an ally, there are numerous people out there posing as buyers who will consume your time and energy, leaving you with zero ROI for your effort. Yet, salespeople keep going back to these same people, over and over again, engaging in the irrational belief that it will somehow be different, this time. Yes, procurement, vendor relations, HR, and other influencers and gatekeepers are part of the buying process and must be treated with respect. However, it is unethical…


Added by Scott Wintrip on September 20, 2012 at 9:03am — No Comments

The Power of Expectations

Do expectations really make a difference? Robert Rosenthal, the first psychologist to systematically study this with teachers and children, found there were IQ gains in students in whom they expected this outcome. In addition, as noted on

“As Rosenthal did more research, he found that expectations effect teachers’ moment-to-moment interactions with the children they teach in a thousand almost invisible ways. Teachers give the students that they expect to succeed more time to…


Added by Scott Wintrip on September 19, 2012 at 8:18am — No Comments

Seduced by Possibility

Like Medusa turning a man to stone, many salespeople become frozen in place when they think they are about to land the “big one.” Poor sales production can often be tied to the lure of that one big account or a prospect that looks like the sure thing. Scott provides sage advice on how to overcome this issue.…


Added by Scott Wintrip on September 17, 2012 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Avoiding the Victim Vortex

Even the most positive people can find themselves caught in a downward spiral of negativity. Scott shares how to quickly spot this issue and extricate yourself from these situations.…


Added by Scott Wintrip on September 17, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

Forest Ranger Leadership

Scott shares the power of Forest Ranger Leadership and how it keeps you from having to constantly put out “fires.”

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Added by Scott Wintrip on September 13, 2012 at 8:04am — No Comments

The “Non-Existent” Candidate

Back in the old days, as we hiked ten miles to work in the snow with no shoes, when you took a temp, contract, or direct hire order in the staffing and recruiting business you did everything in your power to fill it. Yet, today, I hear leaders complain that staff members often come to them saying they cannot find anyone for some orders. When these leaders take the time to dig in to the details, they often find that “could not find” means that no one could be found in the database, through…


Added by Scott Wintrip on September 11, 2012 at 9:20am — 2 Comments

Deeper Diversity

Having just returned from a weekend with my wife in Miami, I find myself pondering the rich diversity of this coastal gem. Known as the cruise capital of the world, the contrasts of Miami range from art deco to skyscrapers, Cuban cuisine to seafood just plucked from the Atlantic, and techno dance clubs to the Florida Grand Opera. The multitudes of languages, people, food, architecture, and music show how deep diversity creates a dynamic and vibrant entity.

The depth of diversity in…


Added by Scott Wintrip on September 10, 2012 at 8:22am — No Comments

WUI (Working Under the Influence)

Like a drunk on a bender, the driver in the truck ahead of me this morning was swerving as he buried his head in his smartphone. It was a classic case study in the dangers of distraction and why this is often compared to driving while intoxicated. In it’s own way, the allure of the words and pictures on those touchscreens have an intoxicating effect, drawing people in and diverting attention from navigating a ton of metal, plastic, and glass.

The roadways are not the only place where…


Added by Scott Wintrip on September 4, 2012 at 1:39pm — No Comments


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