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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 [...]

Financial Success In The New Year

By |2020-03-12T19:18:19+00:00January 6th, 2020|Success|

Most of you have heard the quote, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Most of us, however, have never learned how to plan. At least when it comes to strategic and financial planning for our businesses. Many business owners are, unfortunately, under the assumption that they would need a Certified Public [...]

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 [...]

The Journey to Operational Excellence

By |2020-03-06T20:08:59+00:00September 6th, 2019|Process|

One of the commonalities between most collision repair shops is chaos. I believe many shop owners have become complacent with chaos, chalking it up as a “normal” part of the industry. This belief in my opinion is insanity. Having been involved with collision repair for over 35 years now, I have witnessed an interesting [...]