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I am going to borrow a quote from billionaire, Warren Buffet, “The best investment you can make is in yourself,” This statement, while simplistic, speaks volumes. A shop owner is much more than a boss, a shop owner is a leader. And leaders are solely responsible for the success of their team. This means that you must work hard and commit to a life of continuous learning and improvement. It also means that if the team fails, a leader must always blame himself or herself for that failure and find ways to improve.
For your business to flourish, you must invest your time and energy in understanding what your role is in your company. It also means that you must be committed to continually improving your level of competence. This does not mean that every task is your responsibility. However, it does mean that the buck stops with you. If your business is not where it needs to be, or you are looking for increased growth, then it is your obligation to do the hard work and set goals, have the vision, perform the research, and develop the plan to achieve your overall objectives.
When you invest in yourself to become the best leader and the best businessperson you can be, others around you will feed off your energy and your passion. This sends a strong message to everyone on your team that you have what it takes to bring the company to the next level.
One last thing, another obligation to your company is assembling the right team of people around you. Once you have the right people, you need to invest in them too. Find what truly motivates them, not what you believe inspires them. Be a coach to your employees and always strive to bring out the best in them. Be strong with your convictions and expectations, build strong relationships with your employees, and don’t be afraid of admitting when you drop the ball.
While Warren Buffet is best known for making billions of dollars with his investment strategies, I want to believe that this quote has its basis in something that money cannot buy.
By Joe Marconi
By Transmission Repair
Our panel discusses the topic of language and terminology changes in the automotive aftermarket service industry. It's important to use clear and professional language with employees and customers, as well as the significance of honesty and trust in communication. They also touch on the distinction between "technician" and "mechanic" and the need for ongoing training and teamwork. We hope that our discussion will inspire you to reflect on your own communication practices and make necessary improvements.
Chris Cloutier is co-owner of Golden Rule Auto Care in Dallas Texas and CEO of Autoflow. Chris’s previous episodes HERE
Shawn Gilfillan, Automotive Magic, Kenvil and Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Shawn’s previous episodes HERE Jon Kloosterman, Director of Operations, WestSide Service, Zeeland, MI. Jon’s previous episodes HERE Show Notes:
Industry Terminology: It’s Time to Change it. Can You Get Behind This? [RR 571] The mindset shift (00:02:07) Discussion on the importance of mindset in implementing changes and improvements in the automotive business. Rock star or not? (00:03:38) Exploration of the language used to describe employees, specifically the term "rock star" and its potential negative connotations. Customers or clients? (00:06:06) The significance of referring to customers as clients and the impact it has on the professionalism and relationship-building within the business. The value of language in communication (00:07:54) Discussion on the importance of language in communication with clients and staff, and the use of terms like service writer, service advisor, and service consultant. The shift from mechanic to technician (00:11:08) Exploration of the evolving role of automotive professionals from mechanics to technicians due to advancements in technology and the need for specialized skills. Developing teamwork and efficiency (00:16:09) The benefits of pairing young technicians with experienced ones to boost efficiency and create a sense of teamwork in the shop. Using inclusive language and emphasizing teamwork (00:17:16) They talk about the importance of using inclusive language like "team members" instead of "employees" and how it fosters a sense of unity and common goals. Being mindful of communication and emotions (00:19:47) The conversation shifts to the significance of being aware of one's emotions and communication style, especially when dealing with employees, and the impact it has on team dynamics and employee retention. The importance of language and communication (00:23:28) Discussion about the need for patience and grace with young employees, the importance of using positive language with customers, and the impact of words on customer experience. Empathy towards customers (00:24:20) Emphasizing the importance of empathy and understanding towards customers, recognizing that they may be going through difficult situations, and the role of service teams as counselors. The power of effective communication (00:26:21) Highlighting the art of effective communication, the significance of practicing communication skills, and the introduction of Remarkable Results Toastmasters group for leaders in the automotive aftermarket. Creating an Identity (00:31:16) Discussion on turning actions into identities and empowering employees to take action. Affirmations and Positive Thinking (00:32:05) The importance of affirming ourselves and using positive language to combat negative thoughts. Standardizing Terminology (00:36:39) The need to standardize industry terminology and eliminate confusing acronyms when communicating with customers. The invoice vs. work order discussion (00:38:25) The hosts discuss the terminology used in the automotive industry, specifically the difference between using the terms "invoice" and "work order" when interacting with customers. Understanding AI and big data models (00:40:09) The topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and the role of big data models in shaping AI responses and interpretations. The importance of effective communication (00:44:21) The significance of effective communication within teams and with clients, highlighting the impact of words on professionalism and everyday interactions. Thanks to our Partners Shop-Ware and Delphi Technologies
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Delphi Technologies: Keeping current on the latest vehicle systems and how to repair them is a must for today’s technicians. http://DelphiAftermarket.com
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Episode 129 - Can Good Technicians Be Matched With Great Shops? With Joelle Pollack & Amy Gerardi
By Ruben Van Zenden
Today, we simply cannot ignore social media, everyone is using it whether you are a fan or not. Personally, I think it has its negative and positive sides.
I have been looking at 100+ car repair shops and noticed that only a hand full are using social media marketing, for example, Facebook advertising.
Why are so few car repair shops making use of this, in my opinion, great opportunity to increase car count?