I remember the days of struggling to get out of bed to keep the bills paid; the dream of entrepreneurial-freedom, a thing of the distant past. Where is that dreamy-eyed kid that started the business? He or she is still inside, hidden by the hardships, hidden by the overwhelming doubt that we can someday be successful. Hidden mostly by society’s conditioning that we should remain small and insignificant. But why should we stay small when the world has offered us so much?
The Truth About Consulting
With all the information and all the consultants available these days, why do so many continue to struggle? For years consultants have offered up new tools, training and advice, but the results for most in our industry has been minimal at best. Even many of the best collision repairers have only made marginal gains in growth and profits. Why do you think this is?
As a consultant, I will admit, it was partly my fault. It’s not that I and the other consultants didn’t have the best of intentions; the reason we failed you is because we were trying to fix the wrong problem! We looked at your processes, we looked at your booth cycles per day, we looked at your efficiencies writing estimates and performing blueprints, but we forgot to look at one important thing first….you.
Coaching & Mentoring
The truth is that many body shop owners know what to do to a certain extent. Sure there is a lot you can learn from a good consultant, but the most important stuff is already inside you as a business owner. The key to unlocking the potential from a business is by first unlocking the mind of the business owner! You guys are a bunch of bad-asses out there and you don’t even know it! In other words, you can still benefit from a good consultant, but if you really want to change the world what you should be looking for is a coach! A good coach, or Mentor, will help draw out the vast potential inside you. A great coach or Mentor will draw out your leadership abilities and help you create a team of people that want to follow you. Now you are talking about a powerful foundation that can implement the latest fanciest lean process you ever thought of and it will actually work this time!
Coaching most definitely produces winners in almost any career, so why not Collision Repair? See this recent data from the 2015 Fender Bender How I Work Survey…..
Per the survey’s findings, around 84 percent of the auto body shops whose owners work with business coaches or consultants reported annual revenues above $1 million. What’s more, a full 54 percent of those being “coached” exceeded $2.5 million in annual revenues. Among collision repair shops who did not employ business coaches or consultants, those figures are just 46 percent and 18 percent, respectively.
Elite Body Shop Solutions has developed the industry’s best solution to your consulting and coaching needs. Our “Elite Mentor” program combines world class industry knowledge with the skills of a great coach that can unlock the potential of both the business and especially the business owner or leader.
Visit us today at www.elitebodyshopsolutions.com to take your business to new heights.