Ruby Slippers for Collision Repairers

Ruby Slippers for Collision Repairers

Dorothy: Oh, will you help me? Can you help me?

Glinda, the Good Witch: You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.

Dorothy: I have?

Scarecrow: Then why didn’t you tell her before?

Glinda, the Good Witch: Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.

This famous scene from the Wizard of Oz reminds me of the tremendous power that each of us possesses to create positive change in our lives, and our collision repair businesses. The scene is both an inspiring, yet often sad metaphor for how much power each of us has, but due to years of external conditioning, forgot we possess this power. In a time where so many forces seem to be against us and for many of us, there seems like there will never be a way back to Kansas.

It is time to wake up! Having stolen the crystal ball of the wicked witch, I can confidently tell you that you have the power to overcome all these challenges. All of you do! The road to enlightenment begins with an understanding that you are not a victim! I work with shops in heavily consolidated market areas that own a pair of ruby slippers that are doing better than ever! They are winning the game! They take trips to Kansas whenever they feel like. (Okay the metaphors are out of control!) You see the wizard gave them the power of self-belief! These independent shops don’t spend time complaining about the wicked witch, they know that if they put their emphasis on “owning” their customers for life, creating a great shop culture, and putting a few good processes in place they will have taken back control of their businesses and their lives. You don’t need the wicked witch or her flying monkeys to survive!

All of us have the power, sometimes we just need to have a friend or a good coach to help bring our power into the light for us. There is a lot of positive things we can do to excel in our shops, sometimes we need to consult with others to find this information, but much of what needs to be done to live your dreams already exists inside you! Maybe you just don’t believe it yet!

David Luehr

Elite Body Shop Solutions, LLC

About the Author:

Dave Luehr
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.

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