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Can a break-up be the catalyst for an entrepreneurial leap? Find out during Shawn Gilfillan's 20 questions in 30 minutes episode! Shawn also discusses the importance of a strong business culture, mentorship, and the joy of hobbies like aviation. Shawn shares strategies for managing gross margins and the significance of client experience. Shawn Gilfillan, Automotive MagicKenvil and Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Shawn’s previous episodes HERE Show Notes

  • Automotive Magic (00:00:17) Shawn Gilfillan discusses the founding of Automotive Magic on April Fool's Day in 2003.
  • Life Calibration (00:00:41) Shawn talks about his work with Chris Lawson and the high-performance team coaching program at Life Calibration. Life Calibration: From Burnout to Balance [THA 348]: https://remarkableresults.biz/remarkable-results-radio-podcast/a348/
  • Mentorship and Self-Development (00:04:54) Shawn discusses the impact of mentors and self-development in his journey as a shop owner.
  • Hobbies (00:06:10) Shawn talks about his hobbies, including aviation.
  • Motivation and Business Culture (00:07:46) Shawn shares his motivation for getting up in the morning and discusses how he creates opportunities for others to thrive and elevates their performance.
  • Advice and Fear (00:11:49) Shawn shares advice on overcoming fear and empowering employees as an owner/CEO.
  • Book Recommendation (00:13:13) Shawn recommends "Hero on a Mission" by Donald Miller and discusses its impact on his perspective as a business owner.
  • Building Business Culture (00:14:50) Shawn discusses the challenges and importance of building a strong business culture from the top down.
  • Culture and Team Dynamics (00:15:40) Discussion on creating a positive work culture and building a cohesive team.
  • Leadership and Vision (00:16:29) The importance of establishing a vision and values from the start, and involving the team in maintaining the culture.
  • Client Experience and Relationship Building (00:19:36) Strategies for understanding and meeting client needs, and building strong client relationships.
  • Adaptability and Change (00:20:47) The significance of embracing change and adapting to business challenges.
  • Leadership Crisis and Team Support (00:21:00) Dealing with unexpected managerial crises and the importance of team support.
  • Personal Development and Skills (00:23:14) The desire for new skills and personal development, such as learning magic tricks.
  • Business Management and Gross Margin (00:24:14) Strategies for managing gross margin and keeping front-end operations efficient.
  • Car Count and Scheduling (00:25:35) Strategies for managing car count, scheduling, and maintaining workflow in the shop.
  • Future Reservations and Client Commitment (00:27:21) The importance of setting future reservations and ensuring client commitment to scheduled appointments.
  • Leadership Communication (00:29:17) Encouraging a shift in language and communication to emphasize the importance of future reservations.
  • Hiring and Relationships (00:30:12) Discussion on hiring and relationships in the workplace, including the impact of personal relationships on work performance.
  • Dream Car (00:31:37) Shawn's dream car and the enjoyment he derives from it.
  • Opening a New Shop (00:32:11) The three important needs for opening a new shop: location, good people, and effective marketing.
  • Marketing Strategy (00:32:33) The success of giving away the first hundred oil changes for free as a marketing strategy.
  • Firing a Customer (00:33:52) A recent incident of firing a customer due to their attitude and behavior at the shop.


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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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