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My son is not in the automotive industry. He is in the commercial real estate business. However, the workplace problems are the same. Recently, his frustration with the heads of the company reached an all-time high. When I asked him why he doesn’t speak up and let the leadership know how he is feeling, he responded, “Anyone who has voiced concerns or issues has been viewed as weak and incapable of doing their job. I don’t want to be viewed like that.” This is an example of a toxic work environment.
If you are a shop owner, you are a leader. And leaders must be approachable. That means that you are willing to hear the concerns of others and have them express themselves. It also means that while you may not agree with someone’s perspective on an issue, it is their perspective, and that viewpoint needs to be recognized and respected.
Make it known that you want to hear the opinions of others. Literally, ask for input from others. And thank those that speak up. Now, I am not saying that you need to act on every concern or opinion. That would not be realistic. But just listening may be enough. And you never know, someone in your company may have an idea that you never thought about and even improve your business.
By Joe Marconi
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Coach Chris Cotton from Auto Fix Auto Shop Coaching introduces "The Weekly Blitz," a podcast focused on enhancing auto repair business knowledge and providing practical strategies for success. Coach Chris emphasizes the significance of apprenticeships in the auto repair industry, expressing frustration with shop owners complaining about the technician shortage without implementing apprenticeship programs.
The benefits of apprenticeships are discussed, including bridging the skills gap, ensuring a sustained talent pipeline, reducing turnover, and providing cost-effective training. Coach Chris advises establishing a successful apprenticeship program, such as having a structured curriculum and pairing apprentices with experienced mentors. The episode concludes with a call to action for shop owners to invest in apprenticeships and support the industry's growth.
Apprenticeships [00:01:10] Importance of apprenticeship programs for auto repair shop owners and the need for a sustained pipeline of talent.
Bridging the Skills Gap [00:02:19] The need for technicians to possess new skills due to advancements in technology and the role of apprenticeships in acquiring these skills.
Key Elements of a Successful Apprenticeship Program [00:04:38] Structured curriculum, mentoring, regular evaluation, and incorporation of soft skills in apprenticeship programs.
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Carm Capriotto introduces a special edition of Remarkable Results Radio featuring the Joe's Garage training bay at AAPEX that provides training and career opportunities this fall. Our panel discusses the unique opportunity at Joe's Garage, where they will bring together people from distribution, trainers, shop owners, and lead technicians to work on vehicles in real time. They also discuss the importance of quality parts, attracting the youth to the industry, professionalism, continuous learning, and the impact of attending AAPEX. They are passionate about the future of the automotive industry and encourage young talent to join.
Jason Rainey, Vice President, NAPA Auto Care. Jason’s previous episodes HERE
Dwayne Myers, Dynamic Automotive, 6 locations, Maryland. Dwayne’s previous episodes HERE. Frank Scandura, Frank’s European Service, Las Vegas, NV. Frank’s previous episodes HERE. Bill Nalu, Interstate Auto Care, Madison Heights, MI. Listen to Bill’s previous episodes HERE. Andy Bizub, Midwest Performance Cars, Chicago and Northbrook, IL. Andy’s previous episodes HERE. Vic Tarasik, CEO of Shop Owner Coach. Vic’s previous episodes HERE. Show Notes
The Training Bay at AAPEX (00:00:01) Discussion about Joe's Garage, a teaching and repairing opportunity at AAPEX, and the upcoming service awards. Bringing Industry Professionals Together (00:02:11) Explaining the unique opportunity at Joe's Garage to bring together people from distribution, teachers, shop owners, and lead technicians to work on vehicles. Benefits and Opportunities (00:04:15) Discussion about the benefits of attending AAPEX, including exposure for products, software demonstrations, and the opportunity to help veterans and educate the next generation. The push for skilled trades (00:08:48) Discussion about the opportunity and importance of skilled trades in the industry, and the potential career path for students. The bridge between generations (00:09:49) Exploring the role of experienced technicians and shop owners in mentoring and fostering the younger generation in the industry. Challenges of organizing the event (00:11:46) Discussion about the challenges faced in bringing together various industry stakeholders and working towards a common vision for the event. The importance of quality parts (00:16:47) Encouraging suppliers to make better parts to avoid returns and ensure customer satisfaction. The role of NAPA in the industry (00:17:20) Acknowledging NAPA's support and their understanding of the importance of selling good parts for good money. Promoting career opportunities in the automotive industry (00:18:40) Highlighting the various career paths available in the industry and the need to attract and retain young talent. The importance of introducing young talent to the automotive industry (00:24:56) Discussion on the value of encouraging young individuals, particularly sons, to pursue a career in the automotive industry. The professionalism and growth of the industry (00:26:36) Emphasis on the need for professionalism and growth within the automotive industry, and the role of events like Joe's Garage in promoting these values. The transformative impact of attending AAPEX (00:29:36) Personal testimonies on the transformative impact of attending AAPEX, including gaining knowledge, improving oneself, and discovering opportunities within the industry.
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By Joe Marconi