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Maybe You Need a Boss [THA 252]


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Key Talking Points

  • Do you feel like you operate in your own space and own world? Are you missing perspective from other local shops, or out-of-area shops? What is the pulse of your curiosity and perspective? Do you have someone that holds you accountable to grow? Are you able to take a vacation?
  • The customer/client IS the ultimate boss, no matter what we think- they sign all our checks
  • Learn from your failures
  • “Independent Shop Owners” They are independent, it works for you and against you. 
  • Business coaches have businesses coaches- you are not exempt
  • Learning something new- “Am I smarter? Or is the pool of knowledge is so big?”
  • Mutual accountability with your team back and forth with the owner
  • Are you too focused on the trade and “fixing the car?” 
  • Different seasons require different types of accountability- pushing forward, attention to detail, reeling back in, etc. Growing means you always have different approaches to your business.
  • Get out and go to events and training- you WILL resonate with someone there and it’ll change you.
  • 6,000 independent shops went out of business last year, others are expanding and building muli shop businesses 
  • Do you have blinders on or are you seeking growth?
  • Not every technician needs to be an owner and shouldn’t be an owner- starting a business so you “don’t have a boss” isn't the way to go about it. Entrepreneurial freedom doesn’t start until years after you grow your business the right way. 
  • Investment means you give to get

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The Panel

Ryan Clo, Dubwerx, and AVID AutoWerx, Cincinnati, OH. Both businesses have systems and processes in place so that his presence is not required on a daily basis. Ryan’s first business, Dubwerx, has a 99% customer satisfaction rate while maintaining profitability and growth.

Ryan currently consults for the Institute of Automotive Business Excellence providing guidance to automotive businesses including on-site evaluations, off-site coaching, business plan development, and one-on-one coaching with owners and staff. He is known as the “Systems and Processes guy.” Ryan teaches several business management classes for the Automotive industry. Listen to Ryan’s previous episodes HERE.

Reggie Stewart, Reggies Motor Works, and Nobel Auto Service in Noblesville, IN, Euro Specialist. Reggie’s was founded in 2006 as an eBay business selling used/vintage BMW parts. The initial funding for this venture was a $1,000 loan from his best friend. Over the past 15 years, this business has evolved from a dark cold building with no plumbing into a state-of-the art European repair facility, offering dealer level-service with a premium client experience. 

Noble Auto Service was founded in 2020 to give owners of non-European cars a client experience very similar to Reggie’s. The plans for this business were well underway when the building next-door to Reggie’s became available, so the two businesses share an adjoining parking lot. 

Greg Bunch is the owner of Aspen Auto Clinic, a six ocation automotive and service business in Colorado. Greg started his passion for cars at 15 when he began rebuilding a 1966 Volkswagen Bug. Greg has moved from a Volkswagen mechanic to ASE Master Technician, to Management, to starting his shop 18 years ago in his garage, to an award-winning multi-location business.

Greg is currently a board member for the STEM-based charter school call “Automotive Institute of Science & Technology” and on the Advisory board of Ratchet and Wrench Magazine. Greg is also a board member of the Autocare organization and a certified instructor for the Worldpac Training Institute and Carquest Technical Institute. Greg’s unwavering passion for the industry has also led him to form a company called Transformers Institute, a coaching and training company dedicated to transforming the automotive industry.

Listen to Greg’s previous episodes HERE. Transformers Institute HERE.

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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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