Tuesday, February 19, 2008

14) PACT - Change Management Required

By my definition, PACT stands for Planning and Communication Tool. In the dictionary, a pact is defined as an agreement or treaty. In any agreement or treaty, both parties give up some the things they want, in order to achieve a desired outcome that is adventageous to both parties.
The CRM Dilemma Restated:
The problem with agreements on traditional CRM, between companies and users, is the CRM Dilemma causes users to decide that submitting to activity controls is too high a price to pay. They enter in to these agreements knowing that they will not keep them, and yet they say nothing because doing so would validate the CRM Dilemma for the company. The company enters into the agreement knowing full well that they will use activity controls because quantifiable, "Low Card" activity data, is too valuable to ignore. Yet the company doesn't say this because to do so would validate the CRM Dilemma for users.

A PACT gets the truth "Out on the table" by finally admitting that "Low Card" activity controls are the primary cause behind user mutiny against traditional CRM.

Yet, even with a new PACT, there are elements of change management required. New accountabilities are added to the sales force and to managers with this PACT. Because communication in the PACT only involves "High Cards" (What others need to know in order to progress a desired action), change management is more a functional element that can be addressed in training. Planning on the other hand, is an element that many sales reps and managers have not been held accountable for, on an ongoing basis in the past. In instituting the PACT I have outlined, you may want to consider an incentive program to ease the transition into a focus on effective planning.

In my next post I will present some recommendations on incentives you may want to implement along with the new PACT.

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