Do Optimal Sales Compensation Plans Differ By Generation?

Posted by Chad Albrecht on Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Much has been said about generational differences, and the starkest contrasts have been drawn between baby boomers and millennials, who represent the two ends of the workforce age spectrum. But how can we know whether these differences are true differences that will carry into the future, or whether they’re simply due to their age? After all, baby boomers—now stereotyped as individualistic and work-centric—were once known as the “hippie” generation that traveled en masse to Woodstock to commune with hundreds of thousands of like-minded people.


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Quotas and Territories: Don’t Tackle Incentives Without Them

Posted by Chad Albrecht on Tue, May 23, 2017

This article was originally published in World at Work’s Sales Force Focus e-newsletter.

The sales comp plan did it.

In the world where sales targets are missed, the sales comp plan is one of the usual suspects—or the assumed culprit.


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Sales Comp Checklist? Check.

Posted by Chad Albrecht on Wed, Apr 19, 2017


Atul Gawande is a famous surgeon, but he isn’t famous for his medical prowess. Rather, he’s famous for fundamentally changing how surgery is done: with a checklist.


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A Generational Look at Sales Compensation

Posted by Chad Albrecht on Mon, Mar 13, 2017


We hear (or observe) generational stereotypes all of the time: Baby boomers work nonstop, or even live to work. Millennials, on the other end of the working-age spectrum, are labeled as entitled and work to live.


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How an Olympic Pool Demonstrates the Importance of Fairness

Posted by Chad Albrecht on Wed, Sep 07, 2016


The Olympics are the pinnacle of sport. Stories of hard work, sacrifice, striving and achievement captivate us all.

Fairness is another key theme in sports, of course, and this year’s Russian doping story highlights the importance of fairness at the Olympics: Officials do their best to test everything and ensure that nobody has an unfair advantage due to illegal substances or other means. An individual’s effort and abilities should be the only elements that impact the final outcome.


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