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You're right on the money Joe! All you have to do is take a look at reviews - and they can be for any service, not just auto repair. If you "read between the lines" you'll quickly see where a company (shop) has gone beyond "just being nice" don't cut it. 

I also agree that staff need to have the authority to make a decision - solve the problem! Don't "micro-manage" everything. The most important less to remember is this fact" 
"People will often FORGET what you said to them; but they will NEVER FORGET how you make them FEEL!" - You can take that one to the bank!

You also WIN when you can make the customer experience memorable. (Remember, they will always remember how you make them feel!) And believe it or not, there's even simple things you can do to make that happen. If you watch carefully, you'll notice that the people that "get liked" in life are usually the ones that quickly "pay compliments" to others. Try it - it works like a charm! Mrs. Jones will be so happy to hear somebody comment on "how much you like that jacket" or "how that color looks so good on her". 

Simple compliments - cost $0 - Reward - Priceless!

Hope this helps getting your customer service above and beyond what people expect!


Matthew Lee
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      I am going to borrow a quote from billionaire, Warren Buffet, “The best investment you can make is in yourself,” This statement, while simplistic, speaks volumes. A shop owner is much more than a boss, a shop owner is a leader. And leaders are solely responsible for the success of their team. This means that you must work hard and commit to a life of continuous learning and improvement. It also means that if the team fails, a leader must always blame himself or herself for that failure and find ways to improve.
      For your business to flourish, you must invest your time and energy in understanding what your role is in your company. It also means that you must be committed to continually improving your level of competence. This does not mean that every task is your responsibility. However, it does mean that the buck stops with you. If your business is not where it needs to be, or you are looking for increased growth, then it is your obligation to do the hard work and set goals, have the vision, perform the research, and develop the plan to achieve your overall objectives.
      When you invest in yourself to become the best leader and the best businessperson you can be, others around you will feed off your energy and your passion. This sends a strong message to everyone on your team that you have what it takes to bring the company to the next level.
      One last thing, another obligation to your company is assembling the right team of people around you. Once you have the right people, you need to invest in them too. Find what truly motivates them, not what you believe inspires them. Be a coach to your employees and always strive to bring out the best in them. Be strong with your convictions and expectations, build strong relationships with your employees, and don’t be afraid of admitting when you drop the ball.
      While Warren Buffet is best known for making billions of dollars with his investment strategies, I want to believe that this quote has its basis in something that money cannot buy.
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