Are You Investing in Tuition for Your People?

Last week I attended a breakfast for all Technology Advisory Councils at our local community college. I sit on the advisory board for the Automotive Technology program. We heard from a speaker who mentioned her educational pathway. She said the word “tuition.” I immediately realized my college cost and my children’s college tuition. I couldn’t…

Toxic Cultures, Leaders and Team Members [AW 155]

As leaders, we all know that culture is important, but how often do we take the time to really analyze and shape it? Culture is the company’s personality, starting with the leadership team. Michael Smith discusses the significance of culture and offers advice on how to become a better leader. However, toxic culture can hold a company back. Michael advises leaders to identify toxic elements and people in their company and take action to eliminate them. He emphasizes that leaders must be held accountable for the core values and purpose of the company, and they must take action to ensure that the company’s culture aligns with these values.

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Streamlining Workflow: Shop-Ware’s New TechApp for Technicians [RR 843]

Recorded Live at Vision 2023, this episode features Carolyn Coquillette, CEO of Shop-Ware, discussing the release of their new mobile application, TechApp, designed to help technicians manage their work more efficiently. The app allows technicians to view a list of current jobs, track their time on individual services, and easily document findings and results, including inspections. The episode also touches on the challenges of building software for the automotive industry and the importance of customer feedback in the development process.

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Stuck? Get Your MOJO Back.

Have you ever felt like you’re stuck in a rut, unable to make progress? Where are your creative juices? Maybe you lost your mojo. Mojo is the combination of passion, purpose, and energy that drives us to take action and get things done. If you are stuck, you can unlock your mojo and achieve great…

Consistency and Common Sense Trumps Trendiness [AW 154]

Andy Bizub emphasizes the importance of common sense and listening in the automotive industry. It’s essential to be open to new ideas and ways of doing things while maintaining consistent business practices and providing real value to employees. By listening to employees and encouraging them to share their thoughts and insights, businesses can thrive and succeed in the ever-evolving industry.

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Unlocking Technician Earning Potential [RR 842]

Recorded Live at the TST Big Event 2023, Justin Kidd and David Macholz discuss the challenges faced in terms of technician retention, the importance of certification, and the need to change the industry’s perception and promote it as a high-tech profession. They also emphasize the importance of training and education in the automotive industry and introduce, a website created to serve as a centralized hub for industry events and training opportunities.

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Why Dressing Professionally Matters in the Shop and Beyond [THA 324]

As a customer, have you ever walked into a business and been put off by the unkempt appearance of the employees or the disarray of the business? If so, you’re not alone. Join our panel as they discuss the importance of professionalism in the automotive industry and how it can impact customer trust, employee morale, and overall success. We should expect nothing less than a professional appearance and attitude from those in the automotive industry, and we should continue to project that image to the public.

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Protecting Gross Profit: The Emotional Intelligence Approach [RR 841]

Dan Taylor uses emotional intelligence (EQ) as a platform to understand why organizations struggle to meet their gross profit goals. He emphasizes the importance of understanding and managing emotions in order to build trust with clients and achieve GP goals. He also emphasizes the importance of balancing empathy with financial responsibility in the automotive industry.

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Closed All 10 Locations for Company Summit [AW 153]

Matt Lachowitzer shares his strategy for keeping his team engaged and communicative, including shutting down his business for three days to hold a company meeting. The meeting focused on differentiation, engagement, and culture and included a keynote speaker and team-building activities. The episode highlights Matt’s commitment to creating a fun, engaging workplace culture that fosters collaboration and growth.

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Crush Your Fears and Build a Sustainable Business [RR 840]

Recorded Live at Vision 2023, Maryann Croce shares her experience of overcoming fear as a shop owner. As a business owner, it’s normal to face fears and doubts about your ability to succeed. However, Maryann emphasizes that fear can hold one back and even paralyze them, but it’s crucial to crush those fears to find fulfillment and rewards in the daily grind of running a business. She also stresses the importance of running a profitable, sustainable, and enjoyable business. Profitability allows for reinvestment in the business, team training, and giving back to the community. Don’t let fear hold you back from achieving your goals as a business owner.

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Alignments Taking Longer: Are We Charging Enough? [THA 323]

The automotive industry constantly evolves, with new technology and safety features being added to vehicles each year.  Are you investing in technology and education to stay competitive and provide quality service to customers? In this episode, we discuss the importance of charging enough for alignments and educating customers on the need for calibration and maintenance to ensure their safety on the road.

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Mastering the Art of Dealing with Difficult Customers [RR 839]

Recorded Live at Vision 2023, Bill Haas and Sara Fraser discuss strategies for dealing with difficult customers in the automotive industry. They provide tips on identifying warning signs, asking questions, and differentiating between difficult and upset customers. They also emphasize the importance of providing excellent customer service, building trust, and owning up to mistakes. Bonus at the end: a humorous anecdote about the purpose of buttons on a gentleman’s sport coat sleeve.

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The Willingness to Train

In a recent episode with shop owner Tomi Oliva, he said the words ‘Willingness to Train’. It is a fact and a problem in our industry; our unwillingness to train. Any industry professional with common sense and the desire to serve people to the best of their ability would not appreciate the excuses we hear…

How to Create a Leadership Culture [THA 322]

How do you create a leadership culture within a business? Mike Davidson, Bryan Rogers and Josh Steinhert emphasize the importance of a positive atmosphere and culture in a shop and provide practical advice on developing leadership skills. This episode provides valuable insights and recommendations for shop owners and managers looking to improve employee satisfaction and overall success.

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 The Power of Courage

In recent episodes, the words fear and courage came up. No doubt, we need to deal with fear in decision-making. Google the word ‘Courage.’ There are 414 Million replies. I like: “Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger or difficulty.” Every successful businessperson needs the courage to fight the myriad challenges of…

Technician Round Table: Mobile Technicians [THA 321]

Technician Round Table: Mobile Technicians with Matt Fanslow. Is the mobile business a symptom of the industry evolving? What is the future outlook of the mobile repair business? Are shops charging what they are worth instead of a race to the bottom? Is there a need to improve the culture and the atmosphere in shops?

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Seven Strategies to Retain Great Employees

Employee retention is challenging for many organizations. Organizations want to keep the best employees, but it can be difficult for them to do so. There are many strategies a shop owner can employ to retain their best employees and keep them happy and engaged. The adage says, ‘Take Care of your People,  and They Will…