Best Practice Report

Sales Compensation Plan Design: Getting Buy-In From Key Stakeholders

January 1st, 2018


Making changes to sales compensation is one of the most challenging ideas for sales operations to “sell” internally to senior leaders. This is primarily because of the risk involved: Poorly designed compensation plans can destroy sales performance and cause wild swings in one of the company’s largest and most variable expenses — sales commissions. In this report we present a method that helps sales operations leaders improve their persuasion skills and win support for proposed sales compensation plans by viewing these proposals from the perspective of key stakeholders.

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