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Mike Davidson began his automotive career in 1984 as a car detailer at a GMC dealership. He started working in independent shops in 1992 and opened Parkway Automotive in 1998. He joined RLO Connor’s Bottom-Line Impact Group in 1999 and graduated from the Automotive Management Institute in 2000. Mike was voted Arkansas’ NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year from 2001 to 2008, joined Elite Pro Service Peer Group in 2008, and continues to be an active member. He has been a business coach for Elite Worldwide, a published author, and a presenter at multiple conferences across the United States. He created a live interview seminar called “Hiring for Keeps” in 2013 and developed an automotive apprentice program approved by the United States Department of Labor in 2016. As a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer, and coach, Mike has developed a training program to assist shop owners to develop leaders within their organization. He is married with four grown children, resides in Alexander, Arkansas, and is a member of The Bible Church of Little Rock. You can reach Mike at [email protected]    Look for Mike’s other episodes HERE. Key Talking Points
  • Creating a Leadership Growth Environment
  • Lesson one Identify people ahead of time  (hiring process), employees leave when they are not in a growing environment, high performers enjoy working with high performers. Ask the right questions during the hiring process- discover how they’ve behaved in the past. See how they engage with other employees. Can they adapt to your culture? The employer is making a decision and also the person being hired needs to understand they are making a decision as well.
  • Lesson two job descriptions- keeps owner and employee consistent. Put clear expectations to grow (training), moving target and never completed. The worst thing you can do as an owner is giving employees responsibility with no authority.
  • Lesson three Latitude- watch employees be decision-makers, scout future leaders of business,  also give them the opportunity to fail. Let the employee see the results of their decisions. “Don’t tell them what to think, help them TO think.”
  • Lesson four developing leaders- you as a leader need to continue to grow in order to lead others.  Be a river not a reservoir. Self-development- what books are you reading? What training are you receiving? Who’s holding you accountable? “What they see, is what they’ll be.”
  • Personal growth- have a process in place, internal growth
  • Lesson five small team development  (leadership in action)- small roundtable meetings within the team to solve their own problems, they have the authority and responsibility to do so. DISC within the team so they know how to communicate with each other.
  • Thanks to Mike Davidson for his contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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      It always amazes me when I hear about a technician who quits one repair shop to go work at another shop for less money. I know you have heard of this too, and you’ve probably asked yourself, “Can this be true? And Why?” The answer rests within the culture of the company. More specifically, the boss, manager, or a toxic work environment literally pushed the technician out the door.
      While money and benefits tend to attract people to a company, it won’t keep them there. When a technician begins to look over the fence for greener grass, that is usually a sign that something is wrong within the workplace. It also means that his or her heart is probably already gone. If the issue is not resolved, no amount of money will keep that technician for the long term. The heart is always the first to leave. The last thing that leaves is the technician’s toolbox.
      Shop owners: Focus more on employee retention than acquisition. This is not to say that you should not be constantly recruiting. You should. What it does means is that once you hire someone, your job isn’t over, that’s when it begins. Get to know your technicians. Build strong relationships. Have frequent one-on-ones. Engage in meaningful conversation. Find what truly motivates your technicians. You may be surprised that while money is a motivator, it’s usually not the prime motivator.
      One last thing; the cost of technician turnover can be financially devastating. It also affects shop morale. Do all you can to create a workplace where technicians feel they are respected, recognized, and know that their work contributes to the overall success of the company. This will lead to improved morale and team spirit. Remember, when you see a technician’s toolbox rolling out of the bay on its way to another shop, the heart was most likely gone long before that.
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