Foreword Wayne Hutchinson, Shell International ix Acknowledgments xxi Introduction to the Second Edition xxv I THE WORLD IN WHICH WE SELL 1 1 Caught between Complexity and Commoditization 3 If Our Solution Is So Complex, Why Is It Treated as a Commodity? 2 Avoiding the Traps of Self-Commoditization 31 Challenge Your Assumptions and Set Yourself Apart 3 A Proven Approach to Winning Complex Sales 49 You?re Either Part of Your System or Somebody Else?s II THE FOUR PHASES OF DIAGNOSTIC BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 87 4 Discover the Prime Customer 89 Entering at the Level of Power and Influence 5 Diagnose Complex Problems 117 The Ultimate Source of Credibility and Differentiation 6 Design the Value-Rich Solution 145 Creating the Confidence to Invest 7 Deliver the Value 169 Creating Competitor-Proof Customer Relationships III DRIVING PREDICTABLE AND PROFITABLE ORGANIC GROWTH 187 Building a Diagnostic Business Development Capability 8 Building a Value-Driven Sales Organization 189 Getting Paid for the Value You Create 9 Prevent Value Leakage 217 Capture Your Value with Diagnostic Business Development Epilogue: The Era 3 Sales Future 241 You Can Watch It Happen to You or You Can Make It Happen for You About Prime Resource Group 249 Notes 255 Index 259
Jeff Thull is a leading-edge strategist and valued advisor for executive teams of major companies worldwide. As President and CEO of Prime Resource Group and author of three bestselling books, he has designed and implemented business transformation and professional development programs for companies including Shell, 3M, Intel, HP, Tyco, Siemens, Boston Scientific, and Abbott, as well as many fast-track start-up companies. He has gained a reputation as a thought leader in the arena of sales and marketing strategies for companies involved in complex sales.