Are You Setting Your Employees Up To Fail? [FTR 095]

By setting realistic expectations, providing necessary support and training, fostering a positive work environment, and maintaining transparency and honesty, business owners can create a more productive and harmonious workplace. Implementing these actionable tips from Kevin Eckler can help reduce turnover, improve employee satisfaction, and ultimately lead to a more successful business.
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Profit First Update: Cash Management Revolution [THA 389]

Join Dan Bryant and Heather DePriest as they discuss the transformative power of Mike Michalowicz’s ‘Profit First’ methodology. Heather and Dan share their success stories and discuss the essential principles of cash management that have helped them grow their businesses sustainably. Tune in for insightful discussions on budgeting, cash allocation, and the critical role of business coaching.
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Are You EV Ready? [THA 388]

“Within 15 minutes on the first day, I knew. And I turned to Carm and just said, ‘This is going to be really, really good.'” Matt Fanslow

Recorded at the NAPA Autotech Research and Training Center in Canton, Ohio, Matt Fanslow, Jim Przybylski, and Allen Bass discuss the development and execution of NAPA Autotech’s revolutionary EV Ready Training Program. They discuss the intricacies of curriculum design, the importance of hands-on learning, and the benefits of real-world application in training. Tune in for valuable information, industry tips, and a closer look at NAPA’s commitment to advancing the automotive aftermarket.
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The Business Partner You Didn’t Know You Needed: A Coach [THA 387]

Brin Kline shares his journey from technician to successful shop owner, highlighting the crucial role of his business coach, Bill Haas. They delve into the importance of having an accountability partner, the role of coaching in reducing stress, and how personalized guidance can help shop owners reach their full potential. Perfect for shop owners looking for insights on business coaching, this episode is packed with valuable advice and industry wisdom.
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Customer-Centric Service Ideology [RR 968]

“As shop owners and management, we want to be productive, we want to follow key metrics, we all need to be in business. We all got to meet our goals, our personal goals as shop owners and management. But at the end of the day, if you’re not looking for moments of stress happening in your organization and what you can do from a resource point of view, that’s what I see.”

Frank Leutz emphasizes a customer-centric approach, highlighting the value of simplicity, positive employee work culture, and community involvement. 
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Mastering Systems, Operations, and Procedures [RR 966]

Corey Evaldi and Dave Justice provide a wealth of insights into the importance of systems, operations, and procedures in the automotive industry. By focusing on effective communication, continuous education, incentivizing employees, and building strong client relationships, automotive professionals can drive success in their businesses. The episode also highlights servicing electric and hybrid vehicles, and the value of peer learning and industry networking.
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The Electric Revolution: Insights From Dave Giles [RR 959]

EV expert Dave Giles discusses the rise of electric vehicles, the practicality of PHEVs for consumers, the cost implications, the maintenance requirements of EVs, and the vital need for updated training and curriculum for automotive technicians. They also touch on the market trends, challenges, and opportunities for repair shops to embrace the EV revolution. Discover key insights that will help your business stay ahead in the rapidly evolving automotive landscape.
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Auto Allies: Forging an Independent Networking Group [THA 382]

The power of unity and shared purpose.

Automotive industry professionals from Buffalo, New York, discuss their independent networking group’s evolution and impact. They emphasize the importance of continuous learning, support, and the benefits of a collective approach to improving their businesses and the industry. The group’s resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic and its commitment to education and community involvement are also highlighted.
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15 Car Maintenance Rip-Offs Explained [THA 381]

Our panel discusses and debunks car maintenance myths from an online article titled “15 Car Maintenance Rip-Offs You Should Avoid.” They cover topics such as engine flushes, air filter replacements, fuel additives, tire shine, headlight cleaning kits, extended warranties, coolant flushes, oil additives, oil enhancers, undercoating, custom exhaust systems, dealership oil changes, and professional detailing.
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Shop Owner Reacts to His 360 Review From His Team [THA 380]

In this groundbreaking episode, shop owner Brin Kline undergoes a first-of-its-kind 360-degree review by his team. The session unveils insights into leadership, stress management, communication, team dynamics, and the importance of training. Through candid discussions, Brin and his team explore opportunities for growth and improvement, highlighting the value of feedback in enhancing leadership skills and business operations. 
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Today’s Auto Parts Quality and Supply Chain Complexities [THA 379]

Industry leaders John Hanighen, CEO of Cloyes, Matt Buchholz, CEO of Motorrad, and Andy Fiffick, CEO of a 10 store franchise chain in Cleveland, dive into the current state of the supply chain within the automotive aftermarket, addressing issues of product availability, quality concerns, and the impact of unpredictable demand. Insights into data-driven forecasting, manufacturer-distributor collaboration, and the importance of communication between suppliers and auto repair shops are also explored to give a holistic view of managing challenges in the aftermarket industry.
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The Mustang Man – Giuliano Zuccato – Re-Release

Giuliano Zuccato’ s life story is a testament to the power of determination, creativity, and the human spirit. As a podcaster, I am honored to have captured his journey and shared it with you. His work on the 1964 Ford Mustang is not just a chapter in automotive history but a beacon of inspiration for anyone who dares to dream and persevere against all odds.

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Attract, Develop, and Retain Top Automotive Talent [CC 113]

Building the dream team in the automotive industry goes beyond hiring technicians—it’s about creating a culture that fosters growth, respect, and development.

Join our panel of shop owners as they share their experiences and strategies in building an outstanding team. Topics include the significance of culture, passive and active recruiting, development through apprenticeship and training programs, and retention strategies like understanding employees’ goals, compensation, and creating an enjoyable work environment.

Want to learn more? Join Chris Lawson’s ‘Repair Shop Growth Systems Live 2024’ May 31st – June 2nd in Mt. Arlington, NJ. https://www.repairshopgrowthsystems.com/
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So You Think You Want To Open Your Second Location? [THA 377]

Industry shop owners discuss the challenges and strategies of opening and managing a second location. They explore the motivations behind opening additional shops, touching on wealth building, seeking new challenges, and planning for retirement. Carl Hutchinson emphasizes the importance of providing a growth path and career opportunities to attract and train the next generation of industry professionals. The conversation highlights the complexities of scaling a business and the need for strong leadership, financial planning, and a commitment to developing talent within the industry.
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The Driving Force: Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People [RR 948]

Andy Bizub explores the influential book “Driving Force: Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People” by Peter Schutz. Dive into the pivotal role of culture in business success with personal insights on maintaining a positive work environment. This episode is packed with wisdom for business owners and leaders seeking to improve their operations and team dynamics.
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ASE Subject Matter Experts [THA 376]

Dive into the intricate process behind the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams. Sharing personal experiences as SMEs for the ASE exams, the panelists discussed the challenges and learning opportunities involved in the process. 
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How to Huddle [THA 374]

Bill Hill, Jamie Carlson, and Doug Callahan discuss the significance of company meetings and the benefits of daily huddles for setting the day’s agenda, fostering team communication, and enhancing company culture. They highlight the importance of clear goals, active listening, and fun elements to keep staff engaged. The episode underscores the positive effects of meetings on team dynamics, customer satisfaction, and overall business success.
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Shop Owner Mastermind [THA 373]

In this Mastermind style podcast episode of the Aftermarket Radio Network’s Town Hall Academy, host Carm Capriotto discuss the significance of training, customer loyalty, and the challenges of business expansion. Matt Wagg, AJ Nealy, and John Long share their experiences investing in their teams’ development, creating memorable customer experiences, and the personal growth required for successful leadership. They also delve into the complexities of scaling from a single shop to multiple locations, discussing the importance of readiness, strategic planning, and learning from both successes and failures in the expansion process.

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Coaches Lab: Benefits and Succession [THA 370]

Coaches Mastermind: Bill Haas and Kent Bullard discuss performance reviews, benefit packages and succession. Succession planning in family businesses is often met with emotional complexities and practical challenges. However, with open communication, a willingness to learn from the past, and proper financial planning, these obstacles can be overcome.
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Leadership in Times of Transformation [RR 933]

Dr. John Passante and Dr. Thomas Litzinger, titans of the automotive aftermarket industry, steer through the intricacies of professional development and organizational strategies. Some key takeaways: Innovation is non-negotiable, education is critical, and leadership makes the difference. 
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Meet the 2024 Mobile A/C Pioneer Award Winners [THA 368]

Recorded Live at the 2024 MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) Training Event & Trade Show, Carm Capriotto discusses the automotive air conditioning industry with Peter Coll and Pioneer Award Winners Larry Hays, and Tom Massey. They explore the evolution of air conditioning systems, the importance of collaboration, and the role of MACS in advancing the industry.
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2024 Outlook with the Aftermarket Radio Network [THA 367]

Industry experts discuss the future of the automotive industry, focusing on training, technology, and business strategies. They explore the importance of simplifying communication, utilizing video content for customer education, and the benefits of in-person versus virtual training. The panel also discusses the challenges of management training and the need for a holistic approach to business issues, emphasizing collaboration and a positive company culture. The episode provides insights into adapting to economic changes and fostering industry growth through shared knowledge and experiences.
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“Not Your Grandfather’s Air Conditioning Anymore!” [RR 927]

Live from MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Michael Ingvardsen discusses the evolution of thermal heat management, the importance of training, and the challenges of new refrigerants. Michael emphasizes the need for compatibility between components and refrigerants, and the role of distributors in ensuring product reliability. The episode highlights the complexity of modern air conditioning systems and the value of specialized knowledge in the field.
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How Can Parenting Lessons Improve Your Business Leadership? [RR 923]

A reflection on the rewards that come from the challenges of parenting and leadership. The joy lies in witnessing individuals—be they our children or our employees—discover and develop their passions and talents. As leaders and parents, our greatest contribution is to offer guidance and support, fostering an environment where intrinsic motivation and self-assessment can flourish.

Bill Nalu uncovers the essence of effective parenting and leadership lies in the ability to inspire and guide without overshadowing the individual journeys. 
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