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Culture Makes Great Customers, Keeps Great People, and Attracts Superstars [THA 255]


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Key Talking Points

  • Being authentic with & about internal self-talk (like the angel & devil on the shoulders that we all have)
  • Hiring after growth- does it divide the existing team?
  • Screen and filter for core values during interview process- involve the team in the interview process
  • Transparency for internal employees and customers
  • Stay consistent
  • Creating goals together
  • “Lead from the front, it’s hard to push a rope”
  • Vision won't go anywhere unless it is shared, written, and in front of everyone every single day. Tie the vision with what people want. 
  • Sharing finances and educating employees with their own finances
  • Empower employees- act as business owners
  • Community-create deep community bonds. Getting your team involved with these endeavors gives them a sense of accomplishment and starts to shape tomorrow's philanthropists 
  • Get connected with other shops
  • EOS setting company culture- regularly schedule meeting with same agenda (Weekly, Quarterly, Annual Meeting) Living in a 90 day world. Quarterly one-on-one conversations with bi-directional feedback
  • Dream Manager by Mathew Kelly-A business parable about how companies can achieve remarkable results by helping their employees fulfill their dream. Special position within the company to help people dream and execute on those dreams. Help people get what they want in life, Helps you get what you want in life.
  • "The Energy Bus Field Guide" Jon Gordon

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The Panel

Russell Crosby is the owner of Russ’s Wrench Auto Repair located in Clinton, NJ. Russ's previous episodes HERE

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President of DeBoer’s Auto Sales & Service. Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Bill was able to fuse his passions for technology and cars with a Certificate in Automotive Technology, followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State. Bill is an Accredited Automotive Manager from the Automotive Management Institute as well as a CERTIFIED MASTER DEALER® from the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association. His National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) credentials includes: Master Technician, L1 Advanced Engine Performance, P2 Parts Specialist, and X1 Undercar Specialist. Listen to Bill’s podcast episodes HERE.

Shawn Gilfillan, Automotive Magic, Kenvil and Lake Hopatcong, NJ

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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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