Building Strong Relationships: The Importance of Old School Values in Leadership Coaching
Leadership coaching has come a long way from the old school methods of intimidation and shaming to motivate people. Rod Olson, an author, speaker, and executive coach, discusses the importance of old school values, such as discipline, respect, honor, loyalty, and hard work, in leadership coaching, but combined with new school methods and approaches. Rod and Dan Taylor, a senior business advisor, stress the need for emotional intelligence, empathy, vulnerability, and creating a psychologically safe environment for employees to ask questions and give their opinions without fear of retribution.
Leadership coaching is an ongoing process that requires a mentality of continuous learning and development. It is about balancing discipline with relationship-building, empowering the next generation, and working oneself out of a job as a leader. As Rod and Dan emphasized, leadership coaching is about living life to the fullest and keeping the big picture in mind.
Are you curious about what it’s like to work for your family in the automotive industry? In this episode, Tracy Capriotto, Sara Fraser, and Kent Bullard discuss their journey into the automotive industry, the challenges and pressure to fill their father’s shoes, and the need to find their own paths. They squash the misconception that working for family in the industry is easy and handed to them. It requires hard work and dedication to succeed in the automotive industry, regardless of family connections. They also touch on the challenges of preparing the next generation of professionals in the industry.
Are you a fan of craft beer? Then you won’t want to miss this interview with Kimberly and Andrew Taylor, owners of Titan Auto and the upcoming Hidden Wit Brewing Company in Mosley, Virginia. In this episode, they share their passion for brewing and their exciting plans for their 10,000 square foot facility. With a brewmaster who is an award-winning home brewer, they plan to offer 12 beers on tap and eventually expand to 18, including flagship beers and special releases.
But their success doesn’t stop at brewing. They also discuss their entrepreneurialism and the expansion of their auto shop business, which includes maintaining a consistent culture across all their locations and finding creative solutions to adapt to changes in the industry and world.
Dan Taylor and Reggie Stewart to discuss the art of dispatch in the automotive repair industry. They emphasize the importance of efficiently dispatching and scheduling jobs, using the team’s strengths and weaknesses, the need for accountability, daily tracking of labor inventory to ensure goals are met, and the challenge of accommodating walk-in customers while maintaining productivity. They stress that dispatching is crucial to the business’s success and suggest creating a simulator or role-playing exercise to teach dispatching effectively.
Tatsu Tsuchida discusses his experience transitioning from a Japanese-only shop to an all-makes and all-models shop, his marketing strategy, and his experience taking over an existing business. He also discusses the challenges of owning a family business and the importance of having an exit strategy. The episode also includes a tour of Tsuchida’s second location.
Are you struggling to retain top employees in the automotive aftermarket industry? Look no further than this episode featuring Dan Taylor, David Askwith, and Bryan Kauffeld, who share their experiences and strategies for hiring and keeping good teammates. They agree that employee retention is crucial for businesses of all sizes and starts with hiring. They discuss the importance of communication, accountability, surveys, referrals, training, and career pathing. They also stress the importance of creating a positive culture to retain top talent.
Recorded Live at the TST Big Event 2023 with Andrew and Peter Knudsen, father and son duo of Coventry Motors in Huntington Station, Long Island. They discuss their background in the car industry, their decision to start their own business, the types of cars they work on, and their succession plan. They also discuss the challenges of running a small business, including labor rates and finding new talent. The conversation provides insights into the rewards and challenges of running a successful auto repair business and the importance of continuous learning and adapting to changes in the industry.
“The service advisor is the face of the brand and the first point of contact for customers.” Join our round table discussion as our panel shares their experiences and strategies of successful service advisors, highlighting the importance of communication skills, creating a positive customer experience, and building customer trust and rapport. It’s also essential to be an educator rather than a salesman and help customers understand how to maintain their vehicles to avoid breakdowns. The discussion also emphasizes the need for investment in service advisor training and development.
Recorded Live at the Vision 2023. As a business owner, it’s important to constantly seek ways to improve and grow your business. In this episode, Cecil and Kent Bullard discuss the importance of implementing effective processes, raising labor rates, and seeking help from coaches to improve business performance.
AJ Nealey, Jennifer Hulbert, and Carl Hutchinson discuss their experiences with implementing EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) in their businesses. They highlight the benefits of EOS, such as increased accountability, better communication, and improved productivity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catching up with Greg Bunch, President of Transformers Institute, on his perspective on the pulse of our industry with car count, customer service, coaching, and what a top-tier CEO should be focusing on.
Recorded Live at the 2023 Institute Summit, shop owner turned coach Jennifer Hulbert discusses the value of joining a coaching group. Find out what it’s like to be in a coaching group with the Institute, and why she is passionate about celebrating other people’s accomplishments.
How do you create an amazing customer experience in your business? Guess what? No one is born with those skills, but your employees are can turn talent into a skill with proper training.
Recorded Live at Vision 2023, Al Wright and Travis Troy discuss the benefits of joining MWACA’s S.O.S. (Shop Owner’s Support) Group. When we can support and learn from other shop owners, we continue Advancing the Aftermarket and raising the bar for the industry. Travis also gives us an overview of Vision’s newest class for general service technicians.
It’s time to shift your mindset on comebacks! Consider comebacks as a second opportunity to learn, make it right with the customer, have a training moment with your employees, and document and discover ways to improve your quality control.
Recorded Live at the 2023 Institute Summit, Michael Smith, Jason Brennan and Mike Simard discuss leadership, growth, culture and the resilience needed to commit to succeed in your business.
Transforming your business doesn’t happen overnight, but it starts with committing to one small change. Recorded live at the 2023 Institute Summit, Anthony Bodine shares his remarkable journey of trusting his coach and how it changed his business.
Recorded Live at the 2023 Institute Summit, Tim Chakarian and Johanna Reichert explain why you should ‘stop stopping’ and the biggest change and growth in your business comes from within.
The future is here, consolidation is already happening. The middle-level shops will now be at the bottom end of the bell curve. What are the trends at the OEM level? Is Uber/Lyft the fleet of the future? What is the outlook of the changing service aftermarket? Recorded Live at the 2022 Institute Summit, Michael Smith, Brian Bates, and AJ Nealey discuss the future; it is happening sooner than we think.