Start Monday Positive and Celebrate Friday [RR 711]

Start Monday Positive and Celebrate Friday [RR 711]

Get an inside look at Andy Bizub’s team culture in his Chicago business, including an emotional story about an accident his top technician suffered and how everyone rallied around him. Andy is passionate about pricing and what it takes to run a successful business and paying his employees accordingly. We also had a refreshing talk about Zero Gravity.

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CarmCast Power Panel [CC 102]

CarmCast Power Panel [CC 102]

This CarmCast featured an anything goes format, a ‘Power Panel.’ No question Bryan Kelley and Greg Buckley would make for a great power panel. What better way to start off 2022 than some comprehensive discussions marking trends like Multi Shop Ownership. We hit some great wisdom on developing Trust, Delegation, EVs, Work-Life Balance, and more. No doubt you’ll pick up a gem or two to help make your 2022 a banner year for you. Let me ask you … how do you recharge? Well, I asked my panel. Compare your rechargeability to theirs. Thanks for listening to the podcast where ‘Your Learning Curve Never Sounded So good!’

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What Type of Training Works for You? [RR 706]

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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Why We Remodeled [AW 085]

Why We Remodeled [AW 085]

Guest host and shop tour with Gilda Dyckman, Cars Automotive & Muffler, Redondo Beach, Ca. Get an inside look at two remodeled buildings and find out why they rebranded their name.

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How to Pass a Wage and Hour Audit from DOL [RR 704]

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- George Zeeks [RR 702]

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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“I Stopped Micromanaging” Becki McGinnis [AW 082]

“I Stopped Micromanaging” Becki McGinnis [AW 082]

Guest host and shop tour with Becki McGinnis as she discusses why “letting go” is essential if you want your business to grow. Your employees take care of your customers and as an owner, you take care of your employees. It’s time to allow your employees to do the job they were hired to do.

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Embracing Students into our Skilled Trade & Used Car Update – Justin Fricke [AW 081]

Embracing Students into our Skilled Trade & Used Car Update – Justin Fricke [AW 081]

Guest Host and Shop Tour with Justin Fricke, CarTime Auto Center, Dundas, MN. How do you get students involved in the automotive industry? What piques their interests? What are your first steps as a shop owner to start engaging with students and schools? Justin also discusses his tandem business with used cars.

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Life Happens, How Do You Handle It? – Maryann Croce [AW 080]

Life Happens, How Do You Handle It? – Maryann Croce [AW 080]

Guest Host and Shop Tour with Maryann Croce from Croce Transmissions in Norwich, CN also coach and consultant at Small Biz Vantage.com Not only will we have a virtual tour of Croce Transmissions but speak to the challenges when ‘Life Happens’ and doesn’t go as planned. The question: ‘How Do You Handle it?”

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Short Term Goals WILL Change Your Behavior – Bob Cooper [RR 693]

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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Rethink Your Compensation Plans – Darrin Barney [RR 691]

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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Keith Perkins Mobile Diagnostician and Tour of his Vans [AW 078]

Keith Perkins Mobile Diagnostician and Tour of his Vans [AW 078]

Guest host Keith Perkins, L1 Automotive Diagnostics and Programming, Tulsa, OK
Keith also operates the L1 Automotive Training company that offers advanced level automotive training on-site and online at www.L1Training.com. See or hear a tour of his three Mobile Diag Vans.

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Do You Have Financial Peace of Mind? – Bill Haas [RR 690]

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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Scheduling Work Flow [THA 248]

Scheduling Work Flow [THA 248]

We are living in the “new normal.” For anyone who wants things to go back the way they were pre-pandemic, you’ll be waiting a long time. Professionals everywhere are feeling the impact of shipping delays, short staff, and pricing. Our industry is no exception and efficient workflow has never been more critical. Clear communication and expectations between employees and customers is step one. In this episode, my panel shares their own experiences with scheduling workflow. Listen for some smart ideas start implementing small changes in your business that will have a lasting impact.

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Jimmy Lea’s Top 7 Proven Marketing Methods [RR 687]

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: Four Shop Owners Share Their Success [RR 686]

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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Anxiety Disorders at Work [THA 246]

Anxiety Disorders at Work [THA 246]

Anxiety: we all know it and we all experience it. If you’re tuning into this episode you’re probably hoping to find a quick fix to handle anxiety. My panel does cover best practices when you’re in an anxious state, but they also dive deeper into what causes anxiety in the first place. The majority of the time it is self-induced. It’s time to open your mind and view anxiety from a different perspective.

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Creating Lifetime Customers – Brittany Schindler [RR 684]

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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Service Advisor Role Play #6 [THA 245]

Service Advisor Role Play #6 [THA 245]

You’re going to love this episode. My panel dives into a role play like we’ve never done before. Chad Jacks and Ethan Smith swap their roles interacting as a service advisor answering a phone call from a customer. They play an average service advisor and then redo the scenario as an exceptional service advisor. Rena Rennebohm offers coaching in between. Answering the phone is often the first interaction you have with a client opportunity. Are you listening to recorded calls? Do your service advisors need an occasional tune-up? This episode will help in all cases.

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Growing Pains When Scaling Your Business [RR 683]

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]

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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Addition by Subtraction: Letting Someone Go [THA 244]

Addition by Subtraction: Letting Somone Go [THA 244]

Are you the type of person that sees potential in others when they don’t see it in themselves? Do you work hard to get them to contribute to the business? Too often business owners hold onto employees longer than they should because they want the employee to succeed. Sometimes we give many chances, however, how many chances should you give? When is it time to make the tough decision to let someone go? Letting go of an employee doesn’t necessarily mean they are a bad person, they just might be in the wrong position, company or industry.

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Amazing Women in Automotive [RR 681]

Amazing Women in Automotive [RR 681]

Did you know only 2% of our automotive industry is female? Staffing shortages has never been more critical than now. Are we missing a huge opportunity to get women involved? And for the 2% that are involved, what are we doing to retain them? Amazing Women in Automotive is the answer. It’s a safe space for women to support women in the industry with weekly round table discussions.

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