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Dave shares his experience from over 30 years as a collision repair industry leader in leadership, lean and Theory of Constraints. Once the owner of a body shop himself, Dave draws on the realities of a real world collision repair shop in his consulting, writing and keynote speeches.

Core Benefits of Personal Development

By |2020-10-07T14:16:15+00:00October 7th, 2020|Leadership, Process, Success|

Let's do an exercise first before we start with the topic, shall we? Here it goes: How do you feel about your present? Are you content with where you are in life and what you have? Are you disappointed that you could have done better? Whether you are happy with your present or wish [...]

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Why Most Employee Incentives Don’t Motivate

By |2020-09-29T22:52:25+00:00September 29th, 2020|Leadership|

A lot of shop owners have reached out to me recently inquiring about ways to create a better incentive program. When asked what they are hoping to accomplish by unveiling a new incentive or “bonus” system, they respond that they want to get their people more motivated. Many shops are wising up and moving [...]

5 Numbers You Need to Know Every Day

By |2020-08-26T23:21:25+00:00August 26th, 2020|Process, Success|

During a time of economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever for small business owners to understand their financial key performance indicators and use these KPI’s to make proactive adjustments to remain profitable. In the collision industry, far too many shop owners do not have a grasp on the financial side of their [...]

Let’s Get Back on Track!

By |2020-08-24T15:51:22+00:00July 30th, 2020|Leadership, Success|

Well, 2020 is more than half over and I think it’s safe to say most collision repairers are not exactly on track for their annual goals. Heck, that is probably an understatement! Due to COVID-19, a lot of shop owners don’t even know where the track is! If that describes your situation, let me [...]

Discover Your Greatness Through Your Peers

By |2020-06-24T19:54:20+00:00June 24th, 2020|Leadership, Success|

What does a large multi-store body shop operator have in common with a small, single store operator? One thing for sure: they both started with a single location. What happens next is a topic that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. There are a multitude of reasons for super-success including [...]

Why Shops Have Careless Employees

By |2020-05-20T23:18:47+00:00May 20th, 2020|Leadership|

According to a Gallup poll I recently discovered, the U.S. economy suffers from between $450 - $550 Billion dollars annually in lost productivity. The cause? 66% of the workforce are un-engaged at work. For you readers outside of the U.S., you are not off the hook by any means. Worldwide, the Gallup poll indicates [...]

The Power of SOPs Part 2 – How to Create Your Own Effective SOP’s

By |2020-04-18T18:34:39+00:00April 17th, 2020|Process|

In Part 1 of the Power of SOPs, I wrote about how business owners and managers can – and should – use standard operating procedures to build a systems-driven business that prevents the business from running them. (See that article here.) In this article, I am going to provide specific tips on how shops [...]

The Power of SOPs Part 1 – The Systems-Driven Business

By |2020-04-17T22:44:21+00:00March 18th, 2020|Process|

I often ask shop owners, “Do you feel as though you own your business, or does your business own you?” I’ll bet you can guess which answer I typically receive. As a technician-turned-business-owner myself, I too know the pain very well. For many it is a feeling that working harder does not yield the [...]