Guest host and shop tour with John Bridgwater, Doral’s Auto Repair, San Leandro, CA. Find out how John recovered from losing 3 technicians in 3 weeks.
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We’re talking Exit interviews. Some shop owners do them religiously. Some don’t want to face the music. Some don’t know what to do in an exit interview.
Is it a smart time not to burn a bridge? Is there a format to follow? We are going to attempt to answer these questions and more in today’s Town Hall Academy. You can learn a lot about yourself and your company in exit interviews.Listen and view episode notes
As we grow as leaders and build a strong culture in our businesses, we take on many different roles. These are unwritten roles that many small business people need to know that may have to step into. Such as a marriage counselor, a person of faith, an intervention confidant, and more. I’m with Dr. Dave Weiman, a great and wise contributor to the podcast, as we discuss the management of all the different hats we put on as business owners.
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How well do you truly understand yourself and the people you work with? Are you going beyond the surface-level interactions and diving into personal development? In this Town Hall Academy, my panel not only discusses the different strength finder assessments but also the ‘why’ that drives and motivates different personalities within your business. A very important episode.
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Did you know money isn’t the main motivator for employees? How many people are willing to work 40+ hours a week in an unhappy environment while being undervalued? What benefits set your business apart from other shops in your area? And, are you reminding your team of their benefits package so they understand their value within your business?
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I asked Travis Troy, point-blank, what did it cost him to take his entire team to Vision this year. I talked to so many shop owners at Vision KC 2022 that closed their shops to take their entire team for some of the best training and networking both Technician, Service and Management. I stopped counting at 30 the number of shop owners who closed their shops there had to be 100 or more based on my simple survey results. Some strategies were to uplift and cross training their people into leadership roles by selecting that type of training. Travis and his partner Josh know they’ll get a huge return on their training investment. The message: get out of your comfort zone.
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Guest hosts and shop tour with Rich and Linda Brauer, 59 Auto Repair, Plainfield, IL. They’ve been in business 28 years and was the 2021 NAPA Shop of the Year. Rich and Linda discuss the importance of being open to new ideas and change, rather than saying “that is the way we’ve always done it.”
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I’m bringing my power panel back for an important and often overlooked topic, getting healthy. Do you exercise if so what kind of exercise are you getting? My panel explains what they do. How long does it take to get results? How does stress affect our health? How do you curb cravings? My panel shares their routines and challenges. Don’t wait until there’s a health scare to change, lead a healthier life.
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Where did you learn about finances? Did you learn it from your parents? Finances are one of the most important elements in our lives, yet most of us never really understand it or discuss it with our spouses or employees. Listen to 3 shop owners that make finances a part of the conversation in their business and for their people.
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I recently had the privilege to connect with Karen Monaco, a teacher for a local school district and advisor for the Big Picture Program during a local independent shop owner meeting. This national program puts students at the center of their own learning through “leave to learn” internships and shadowing at local businesses. If you’re not involved with education, this is your wake-up call to get started. All it takes is a phone call. My goal is that this episode shows you the way to engage our young people in our industry.
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It’s easy to discuss culture and workplace motivation, everyone understands people want to work in a positive environment. But did you ever stop to think about what truly motivates people? Guess what, it is unique to each person. Do you understand the tangible goals for each individual in your business based on what motivates them personally? Spoiler alert, money isn’t the main motivator for people.
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How do we handle a toxic employee? How long have we noticed their behavior and never addressed it? Is it hard for owners to let someone go that they hired and thought would be a great fit for the team? Dr. Dave Weiman, psychologist, and owner of Weiman Consulting explain the behavioral background of a toxic employee. Every business owner needs to listen to this episode!
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Another episode recorded at AAPEX 2021. In this episode, you’ll hear from three different perspectives, a hands-off visionary owner, his partner and director of operations, and a 26 year old service director that started as a technician. Find out how these three successful businessmen work cohesively together while continuing to look toward the future. You’ll be inspired.
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If you’re lucky enough to work with family, you know how special it is to have their support and passion. But inserting a family member into a business takes work to maintain a healthy culture. In this episode, you’ll hear from the perspective of two father-daughter teams and how they successfully made the transition.
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Preventing Employee Apathy [THA 258]
How do you prevent apathy in your business? We know hiring is a crucial component in setting your culture the right way, but culture isn’t a set it and forget it concept. In this episode, learn some important tactics my panel uses in their businesses to keep a pulse on their people.
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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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Training Workshops: Develop Your Culture and Leadership [RR 705]
How do you elevate your business to the next level? It can seem like an uphill battle. Why does improving yourself and your business seem overwhelming to most people? Where do you even start? It all starts with one step at a time. Here is a great interview about UpShift Powered by Ask Patty and provides training on culture, leadership skills, and diversity inclusion (including women) among so much more. Consider it your own personal board of directors for your business. With Jody Devere and Donna Wagner.
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Culture Makes Great Customers, Keeps Great People, and Attracts Superstars [THA 255]
Culture is a common buzzword in our world. But did you know every organization has organic culture no matter what? If you’re not consistently developing and working on your culture, it will churn on its own and slip from your fingertips. What’s the cultural vibe in your business?
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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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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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