Here is a great Nike commercial via the JustSell.com website: http://www.justsell.com/michael-jordan-on-failure/
The point of the commercial walks right over to the sales world. Michael Jordan’s closing statement from the commercial:
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Here is what sales managers need to understand, some times you need to let a salesperson fail. Now, I’m not talking about a large, important prospect, but rather a prospect that you may know is not going to close or is misaligned in some other way. I’ve come across many sales managers who want to consistently step in and help a struggling salesperson. This ends up becoming a crutch for the underperforming salesperson and he/she will not have the opportunity to develop their skill to the fullest.
At times, it is best to provide the coaching lesson to the salesperson and then to step back and let them apply the lesson. Guess what? Often times they are going to fail in their initial attempts. This is ok as sometimes they need to have those failures to learn the lesson.