[Podcast] Giving Back: His Calling to Expose the Automotive to High School Students [RR 565]
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Let me start by saying that I believe in giving praise when deserved and letting employees know when they dropped the ball. However, the truth is that no one enjoys being reprimanded or told they messed up.
The question is, what is the appropriate balance between the right amount of praise and the right amount of critical feedback? According to studies done by Harvard Business School, the ratio of praise to critical feedback should be about 6:1 – Six praises for every critical feedback. I am not sure if I agree with that.
From personal experience, I would recommend a lot more praise. The exact ratio doesn’t matter. What’s important is that before you consider giving critical feedback, ensure you have given that employee a lot of recent praise. If not, whatever you are trying to get through to an employee, will fall on deaf ears.
When you do have to give critical feedback, remember a few things:
Focus on the issue or behavior; never attack the person, and remain calm in your actions and words Ask the employee for feedback, their side of the story Speak to the employee in private Address the issue soon after it happens; never wait Don’t rely on second-hand information; it’s always better if you have experienced the situation yourself that you want to correct Have an open discussion and find things that both of you can agree upon Have an action plan moving forward that the employee can take ownership of Use the experience as a learning tool Make sure you bring up positive attributes about them Remember, you don’t want the employee to be angry or upset with you; you want them to reflect on the situation and what can be improved. One last thing. Everyone makes mistakes. We need to be mindful of this.
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By Joe Marconi
Many auto repair shops are still busy, and many are booked out from a few days to weeks. After the initial shock of Covid, the recovery for our independent auto repair industry has been quite good, with many positive indicators for the future.
However, how many of the auto repair shops that did suffer a great loss in business during the lockdown phase of Covid would have survived if not for the SBA loans, the Pay Protection Program and the Employee Retention Credit?
Building a cash reserve is crucial to prepare yourself for the next economic downturn. How much should you set aside? That depends on your business model, how much debt you have and other financial conditions. Speak to your accountant, financial advisor and business coach, if you have one.
Rule of thumb, you should have at least three months of operating expenses set aside in a dedicated bank account. Some accountants and financial advisors may suggest up to six months.
Technician Round Table: Mobile Technicians with Matt Fanslow. Is the mobile business a symptom of the industry evolving? What is the future outlook of the mobile repair business? Are shops charging what they are worth instead of a race to the bottom? Is there a need to improve the culture and the atmosphere in shops?
Matt Fanslow, Riverside Automotive, Red Wing, MN, Diagnosing the Aftermarket A to Z Podcast
Are shops evolving? Are shops only having 5 ‘C’ technicians with a mobile diag technician getting outsourced? Reading, comprehension, and explanation of service information Shops must have service information and use it Failure is a great motivator- it motivates you to be better Have a learning atmosphere in the shop How do you treat your technician when something goes wrong? Electricians, HVAC, plumbers, construction, etc are at the high schools- the automotive industry must also have a place Charge what you’re worth- don’t race to the bottom; elevate the industry Image problem- people don’t view automotive professionals as professionals. Is the mobile business a symptom of the industry? Future of the mobile business- reduced but still evolving.
Thanks to our Partners Shop-Ware and Delphi Technologies Shop-Ware: More Time. More Profit. Shop-Ware Shop Management getshopware.com Delphi Technologies: Keeping current on the latest vehicle systems and how to repair them is a must for today’s technicians. DelphiAftermarket.com
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Facing Retirement with Nathan Walker at The Summit 2023
You’re growing -a lot, but concerned about losing the company culture you’ve spent so much time, energy, effort, and money on building. In this episode, Kim Walker shares her thoughts, ideas, and strategies being implemented to be super intentional about maintaining company culture.
Worked hard to define core values, build a team, processes You’re getting great results You’re growing But fearful of losing momentum, culture, pace, etc Keep Core Values front & center. What we do: Hiring, onboarding Firing relates back In the middle - reward + recognize Make decisions Process Documented Practiced by all Appreciated + Understood Onboarding. How do you do it? Is it documented? Can it be duplicated easily? Hire Slow, Fire Fast Games Kim Games (Slack) JR’s Dad Jokes + Puns Playfulness, laughter, joy. Happiness is a core value for us. Contests. Surprises Letters to family Door Dash Travel together/retreat Training Meaningful Easily found for future reference Mentoring Day to Day Connections Slack Huddles Project Management software communication
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