Talking Tech: SVI, ADAS, Perception Systems, and Ethernet with Joe Register [RR 708]
Consider this episode a blitz round table with Joe Register, Vice-President Emerging Technologies at the AutoCare Association, we are discussing, emerging technology, ADAS, electrification, the Right to Repair Act and more. Vehicles have never been more connected and complicated than now and it’s critical to pause and learn about the intricacies involved.
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What Type of Training Works for You? [RR 706]
Training, training, training. We can’t talk enough about the importance of training and how it’s changed due to COVID-19 along with smarter trends on virtual. How has free virtual training impacted the industry? What are the pros and cons to live training and virtual training? What can we do to encourage more people to get training? And another thought …. What is your commitment to training in the new year?
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How to Pass a Wage and Hour Audit from DOL [RR 704]
When was the last time you thought about your business being audited? The proverbial ‘Hi I’m from the government and I’m here to help!’ type of audit. Well, they are very real and we hear of stories and fines that get levied because we are not paying attention to specifically wage and hour laws. If you thought about it more often, you would be taking all the precautions to avoid penalties and fines. This episode is all about an audit and how to play by the rules. Don’t wait until the department of labor calls, take action to ensure your business is conforming to the law.
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Three Managers You Need In Your Business [RR 702]
Can owners buy freedom? The short answer is no, they have to grow it with their people. Are you grooming specific employees in managerial roles? Or do you give them a title and assume they can go on autopilot? George Zeeks discusses the three different managers you need in your business as it grows. Find out if you have these roles filled or you need to start.
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Managing Holiday Stress Amid the Pandemic – With Dr Dave Weiman [RR 593]
This holiday might not be the same as it was before but learn from Dr. Dave Weiman some great advice on dealing with the holidays.
I’m with Dave Weiman, the president of Weiman Consulting, a leadership consulting firm in Philadelphia PA. He is also an adjunct Assistant Professor at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, and he is a Certified Performance Coach through Johnson & Johnson’s Human Performance Institute.
Dr. Dave gives you some great tips to help you get through the season. As an example, he says to maintain your routines, especially during the holidays. It gives our lives a sense of structure and stability and helps provide continuity over time. This is just one coping tactic he provides. This is an episode that all in your circle should listen to. Send the link to the members of your team, your peer group, your spouse, and your family.
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Marketing: Never Take Your Foot Off the Gas Pedal [RR 701]
It’s always a pleasure to sit down with the Shop Marketing Pro’s team. We recorded this at the 2021 ASTE Conference. Marketing is constantly evolving and as a business owner, it’s easy to push it to the back burner. So do you know when is the best time to be marketing? My panel explains the great mystery of life.
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700th Episode Milestone- 7 Trends [RR 700]
While past milestone episodes have focused on reflection, this episode focuses on the present and future in a rapid-fire format with 7 guests. Can your shop hold up as the industry and technology change? Do you have any plans to improve or change your business based on recent trends? My panel discusses some key strategies and how they face these opportunities and challenges.
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New Leadership Team at ASCCA [RR 699]
At AAPEX 2021 I caught up with the new Leadership team at ASCCA the Automotive Service Councils of California. I’ve known so many industry leaders who make ASCCA a great organization. I have the incoming and the outgoing president to talk about the future and a wide perspective on the power and value of association membership. Remember great things happen when we work together and my panel of ASCCA members is here to encourage you to get involved.
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Industry Leaders Update Right to Repair Act & Discuss AAPEX 2021 [RR 698]
AAPEX 2021 went off without a hitch, despite the constant changes in regulations and mandates as it related to COVID. I was there and now get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it took to successfully launch AAPEX, plus, an important update on the Right to Repair Act and the future of our industry. Serious stuff here. While you’re listening to this episode take out your phone, go to repairact.com and be an active voice. It’s time to tell Congress you support the Right to Repair Act! If you earn your living in the independent aftermarket you need to get behind this.
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AAPEX 2021 Service Award Winners [RR 697]
I had the privilege to speak with the AAPEX 2021 service award winners while at AAPEX. Be a fly on the wall as they discuss what it was like to receive the call that they were award winners and what it means to them. They were selected based on the guidelines of the nomination process and the final voting and filtering from industry professionals. Congrats again to Matt Fanslow, Eric and Jaime Carlson and Brittany Schindler, your awards are well deserved.
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Are You Grateful 365 Days a Year? – If Not, Why? [RR 696]
Every year the month of November sparks the feeling of gratitude. Some of you might even share what you’re grateful for at the dinner table on Thanksgiving. But are you truly grateful for the rest of the year? Or do you start to tune out and return to the white noise around you? In this episode Bill Nalu challenges the way you think about yourself and others. I guarantee you will feel differently when the audio ends and the work begins.
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Automotive Service Councils Educational Foundation [RR 695]
Did you know ASCCA (Automotive Service Councils of California) the great California association also has an educational foundation? The purpose is to raise funds to support and encourage technical training and education for the automotive industry. Did you also know you can be involved outside of California? Ask yourself if you and your network are doing enough to support educational scholarships for our industry.
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Supply Chain: Getting Parts to Market Post Pandemic Part 2 [RR 694]
After the overwhelming response to our first Supply Chain episode, I decided to follow up with Part 2 while at AAPEX 2021. Every day seems like there is a new challenge or problem to overcome. The squeeze of supply issues and parts availability are felt throughout our entire industry. Did you ever stop to consider this crisis isn’t a supply chain problem, but rather an increase in demand? Which is actually a good problem to have. This has forced every manufacturer to improve their efficiency and focus on a better connection with shops in order to service them properly. Let’s bring both sides together and continue to keep the dialogue open and transparent.
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Short Term Goals WILL Change Your Behavior – Bob Cooper [RR 693]
Don’t just write down a few goals for 2022. Allow them to change your behavior. As we near the end of 2021, we all start to think about New Years Resolutions. But did you know only 3% of people have clearly defined goals? The other 97% that don’t how to set clearly defined goals — face fears of failure and rejection. This is a one-of-a-kind episode with Bob Cooper CEO at Elite Worldwide, that will set you on a path to change yourself and your business. It’s not about the 97 yards you’ve traveled down the field but the three ahead of you that will score a touchdown.
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CEO Margaret Palango Takes the Lead [RR 692]
I’m so honored to be speaking with the new CEO of Auto Shop Solutions, Margaret Palango. In this episode, Margaret shares how she went from a stay-at-home mom to her newly appointed position as CEO. You have to create opportunities for yourself and go for what you want. Her new role will encourage more women to join our industry. Listen and be inspired and strive to grow your confidence so you can reach your goals, take big leaps and make a difference.
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Rethink Your Compensation Plans [RR 691]
In this episode, Darrin Barney discusses an overview of a class he presented at ASTE 2021 titled “Pay Plans Used by the Top Shops in America.” Some excellent ideas and insights that every shop owner can use in their business. As your business and employees change, so should your compensation plan. Darrin also explains the importance of guiding principals, goals, and employee retention.
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Do You Have Financial Peace of Mind? [RR 690]
This episode highlights Bill Haas’s ASTE training class titled “Advanced Financial Strategies for Peace of Mind.” Do you go to bed at night with your head spinning, thinking about numbers, finances, profit and stability? Bill discusses simple financial tactics to ease that worry and stress. Stop hiding behind the phrase “I’m not a numbers person” and start taking control of your numbers.
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“Give Me 10” Internship Program [RR 689]
Did you know donating 10 hours a week of your time can make a difference in a student’s life? In this episode, Sue Dickson explains a simple internship program coined “Give me 10.” 10 hours a week divided into 5 days. We all can spare that time, especially when it can blossom into a new technician in our industry. It sets an example for your community, their parents, and your business culture. Don’t assume that someone else will do it. You must act. Call or stop by your local high school. Sue explains the how and why.
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From Shadowing to Apprentice Graduate [RR 688]
We hear over and over again that high school students happen to stumble upon a shadowing field trip in school and realize the automotive industry has endless career opportunities for them. This happened with Bridgette Johnson, when are we going to start spreading the word to our local schools instead of sitting on the sidelines?
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Jimmy Lea’s Top 7 Proven Marketing Methods [RR 687]
The online realm of marketing can be overwhelming by just thinking about it. How do you successfully market your business online? Stop spending money on methods that don’t produce or may even work against you. You need to measure and manage your marketing for the most significant results possible. I’m in the ASTE 2021 studio with Jimmy Lea, Kukui evangelist, to discuss the top 7 methods you can implement in your shop today that are proven to put your shop on top.
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Implementing EOS with Barry Barrett: 4 Shop Owners Share Their Success [RR 686]
The Entrepreneurial Operating System has been highlighted on the podcast with a 7 part series featuring Barry Barrett, a certified EOS Implementor. The EOS system enables owners to get the most out of their business using six key components: Vision, People, Data, Issues, Process, and Traction. It’s easy to discuss and learn, but how does it work with real people in different levels of business? In this episode, you’ll hear from 4 shop owners that have implemented EOS in their business and their success stories from it.
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We Are Signal Intelligence Specialists – Gary Smith [RR 685]
Trainer Gary Smith loves to diagnose tough challenges. He is going to touch, in this episode, on the importance of computer and mechanical data in finding carbon and deposit fouling when diagnosing driveability concerns. He is also going to talk about a new definition of technicians saying that they are “Signal Intelligence Specialists.” A unique approach to a technician’s skill set. We discuss the skills necessary to play in this new field of automotive tradecraft.
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Creating Lifetime Customers [RR 684]
Establishing a connection with your customers and being able to keep them coming back is always a challenge for the automotive industry. How do you build loyalty and ensure customers are educated properly? In this episode, Brittany Schindler answers that question with easy-to-follow steps her service advisors implement every day, including a lifetime warranty for customers. Keep listening and brainstorm what you could change in your business.
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Growing Pains When Scaling Your Business [RR 683]
We all know growing pains happen when expanding your business to more locations. It’s tough, necessary, and normal. But wouldn’t it be nice to skip some of the known challenges? Consider this episode your “How to Scale” road map if you’ve been considering opening more locations. Listen and learn from a shop owner and one of his Directors, as they share some tactics to controlled chaos.
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Why Can’t Every Shop Owner Be Profitable? [RR 682]
Too many business owners are silently struggling and think they are the only ones. Or maybe they do want to elevate their business to the next level but have been stuck in the day to day…that leads to month to month and then year over year struggle. Before you know it, the only thing progressing forward is time. And the only constant is change. In this episode Scott Wheeler highlights the key foundations needed for a successful automotive business. He also references his book “How to Make Money (& Stay Sane) in the Automotive Service Industry” which reads like a blueprint for your business, full of charts, graphs and formulas.
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