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Let’s Get Back on Track!

By |2020-07-30T22:38:58+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 [...]

How To Be A Great Production Manager

By |2020-03-12T19:14:16+00:00November 5th, 2019|Leadership, Process|

Whether you operate a small shop or a big shop, someone has to manage all those cars and people out in the shop – you might as well get great at it, right? Seriously, production is where you earn the money the people in the front office sold. Your job is to retain as [...]

A Global Approach To Making Money

By |2020-03-06T20:47:00+00:00October 6th, 2019|Leadership, Process|

The Problem Many industry experts teach shop leaders that the best way to ensure profitability is through the “job costing” method. Job costing is a process of observing each individual repair jobs' profit centers (labor, parts, materials, etc.) to ensure it fits a pre-determined framework of expectations (for example, 60% labor gross profit or [...]

Getting Out of the Victim Zone

By |2019-07-11T16:37:19+00:00July 11th, 2019|Leadership, Success|

“You would not believe how good it felt to throw that insurance adjuster out into the street!” In complete disbelief, I continued listening to this shop owner describe his recent proclaimed victory. “If they won’t let me put new OEM parts on this lady’s Pontiac, they can take it to one of their damn [...]

Building a Powerful Collision Repair Business with a Technician’s Mindset

By |2019-05-13T18:10:44+00:00May 13th, 2019|Leadership|

As I write this, I am on a long flight home from Australia where I had the pleasure of speaking to shop owners facing many of the same challenges as those in the U.S.A. You know the usual topics – labor shortages, pressures dealing with insurance companies, speed of technology, etc… I also heard [...]

Problems Are Opportunities!

By |2019-04-15T14:18:17+00:00April 14th, 2019|Leadership, Success|

There are many commonalities between the homeless living on Skid Row, the mediocre, and the successful. Each may have received a low or high-degree of education. Each may have been born into a humble or affluent family. And the universal commonality: each has been knocked down many times in life. The homeless man has [...]