Figure I-2 shows the four-part Consultative Selling process: 
It starts with a value database on the values you normally add to customer operations. Your normal values-added—your "norms"—are derived from the value database.
By comparing customer revenues and costs against your norms, a lead database is automatically created. A lead opportunity exists wherever your norms offer a competitive advantage over a customer's current performance.
Proposable leads flow into closable proposals. The outcomes from each closed proposal are fed back into the value database to fertilize your norms.
The process culminates with a partnered penetration plan that locks in your consultative partnership and locks out competition.
Figure I-2: Consultative Selling work flow.
For many suppliers, such as manufacturers of components and subsystems to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Consultative Selling is their saving grace. Without it, they become vendors by default, as they stand by helplessly and watch their products disappear—and their margins along with them—inside their OEM customers' equipment.
"We are such a small part of the end product," they lament. "The user never sees us. Unless something goes wrong, he never knows we're there." Or "There must be hundreds of suppliers they could buy from instead of us. If we try to raise our price, we're gone."
Honeywell Control Systems once said these same things. Then, applying Consultative Selling strategies, Honeywell has begun to quantify the added values they can bring. They have come up with a checklist of dollar-valuable benefits for their OEM customers, each one of which can form the basis for high-margin sales:
Customer Revenue Improvers
Faster new product start-up time
Improved product yield
Assured production scheduling
Customer Cost Savers
Reduced installation time
Reduced maintenance time
Reduced process downtime
Honeywell has also prepared a checklist of added values that can be offered by OEMs to their own customers as a result of the contributions made by Honeywell's controls:
Customer's Customer Revenue Improvers
Same-day order fulfillment
Longer term warranty
Customer's Customer Cost Savers
Reduced energy costs
Reduced manufacturing cycle costs
Reduced environmental penalties
Reduced costs of scrap and rework
Honeywell's controls still remain unseen unless there is trouble. But Honeywell's contributions to customer profits are now made immediately visible, before installation, on a PIPWARE cost-benefit analysis. By equipping its customers' sales forces with their own cost-benefit analyses and training them to sell consultatively, suppliers like Honeywell can help create cash flows that they would never otherwise be able to effect and can partner with their OEMs in sharing the benefits. "We can point to at least $65 million in increased business," says marketing VP Ralph Genesi, "and that's probably low."
The same strategy can be employed with dealers, distributors, and third-party value-added resellers (VARs). In this way, suppliers who are low on a value chain can extend their reach to end users to whom the value added is highest and whose gains are greatest.
Fast-Value Calculator, Fast-Lead Targeter, Fast-Close Proposer, and Fast-Penetration Planner are modules of the Consultative Selling e•pert xystem.