Organizational shift? Advice needed

Rakuten / Sales doragon
Aug 5, 2018 4 Comments

I am an SMB Sales Manager with 8 direct reports. We had a bad year last year but we’ve hit team quota 3Q straight.
A new Director of Sales was hired and VP said that “once Director gets acclimated to the role” that there might be an opportunity for me to “expand” our BD side of the business. I feel like this is a sign to push me out of a manager role. Thoughts and advice?

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  • New / Sales Mooks
    If you can crush it in BD, then take the low stress gig of you like it there. However, 3Q straight is great!

    Very possible the new VP wants to bring his “boys” over too. Very common for this to happen.
    Aug 6, 2018 1
    • Rakuten / Sales doragon
      OP
      Thanks. I’ve never had a BD role before but I’ll ask my network about TC and specific job duties.
      Aug 6, 2018
  • GE / R&D iceship
    Yes - seems like they rather have you in BD. Disclaimer - you understand your situation the best. I would not fight it or try to change opinions. BTW - why do they think BD will be a good fit for you?
    Aug 5, 2018 1
    • Rakuten / Sales doragon
      OP
      Thanks for the input. I think Dir might want more involvement with reps and I have good contacts w other business units.
      Aug 5, 2018