RR 367: Mike Tatich. John Maxwell Leadership Certified.

Mike Tatich and his wife Serena started TMT Complete Auto Service Center in March of 1984 in Bremen, IN. Bremen is a small town of 4,600 people with 2 stoplights. The shop has undergone many evolutions since its tiny beginning as a tire store and body shop. Mike has become a John Maxwell Leadership Certified business coach. He has a story of letting go, a perfectionist control freak, a helicopter dad, and he needs to get busier doing other stuff. 

Key Talking Points:

  • John Maxwell certified business coach
    • Started reading John Maxwell books 10 years ago
    • Went through certification program in Florida- not one person in the program was from automotive industry
    • Leadership makes a difference
      • 9 out of 10 shop owners don’t believe they can take shop forward
      • Self-limiting belief, fearful   
  • Art of letting go
    • Father/son relationship at the shop
    • Cannot have two different management styles within the company
  • The average shop owner is 63
    • Opportunity for younger talent
  • Advice to millennials
    • Be consistent, build the foundation first
    • Invest in yourself and be open – training, being in association/group, reach out to other shop owners and network
    • Focus on being better than the previous day and step out of your comfort zone
    • Weekly meetings with team

Resources Mentioned:

  • Mike’s son Tony Tatich episode’s here HERE.
  • Link to the ‘BOOKS’ page highlighting all books discussed in the podcast library and many from John Maxwell HERE. Leaders are readers.
  • Mike Tatich email HERE.


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Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

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