“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself’” – Henry Ford
Now that I have spent 5 months working and living in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, I thought it would be a good point to write a follow-up to my previous piece ‘’My Journey from the Netherlands to Singapore’’. A lot has happened during this time. I would like to start with the Global Sales Kickoff that took place during the last week of January. All of the sales teams from across Leaseweb’s offices visited Amsterdam to commence the sales year.
The Global Sales Kick Off gave us the opportunity to experience a sales training led by Steven Vantongelen. It was a fascinating session and definitely gave everyone the energy and motivation to maximize sales in 2017. It certainly gave a boost to the team in Singapore, since we not only met, but actually exceeded our sales target during the first quarter of the year. The team has closed a considerable number of significant deals, and we can be proud of what we have achieved during Q1, particularly taking into consideration the small size of the team. After the Global Sales Kickoff, a former colleague from Leaseweb Netherlands, joined Leaseweb Asia Pacific and supported us in lead generation. Unfortunately, he only stayed until the end of April – he was doing a 3 month internship in Singapore – and returned back to Reykjavik, Iceland to finish his Masters degree.
As with any major international company, ongoing communication with colleagues, especially when they are located overseas, helps to streamline the sales processes and leads to increased sales for everyone. The more we get to know our colleagues and understand and learn from what they are doing, the more we all succeed. These early successes during the first quarter lay a strong foundation for a great second quarter of the year in which everyone across all of our offices can work towards meeting, and exceeding, both regional and individual targets. I am fully energized and motivated to make the next 3 months as successful, if not even more successful, than the first 3 months of the year.
Personally, I have learned a tremendous amount and have really developed as a sales person over the past 5 months. The responsibilities and freedom, as well the as support provided by the Managing Director of Leaseweb Asia Pacific really helped me grow on both a personal and professional level. This growth resulted in closing a number of opportunities including a couple of large deals. Working on these larger setups has helped me gain confidence, knowledge and experience. That said, there is, of course, always room for improvement. Luckily, the number of opportunities in front of me are increasing. I continue to work hard both independently and as part of the sales team, and I’m proud of the strides I have made during my first months in Singapore.