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Coach Meyer's Three Rules of Leadership

Coach Don Meyer is a college basketball national champion and legend, compiling a record of 923-324 (74%) over four decades. He was a mentor to many successful coaches, including Tennessee’s Pat Summit. Meyer kept leadership simple and offered three basic, but highly effective rules with wide application for any organization. While his rules have a physical application, it’s the mindset behind them that makes them particularly powerful within an…


Added by Dave Anderson on September 29, 2016 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

Get Your Leadership Back On Track

It’s both a dangerous and ridiculous assumption to believe that because someone has a leadership title—or is in a leadership position—he or she is leading. Often, as prosperity rises urgency falls, and those who are paid to lead start to maintain and become caretakers. Where they once charted the course, impacted people, and built strong cultures, they instead: chart results, administer people, and leave culture up for grabs. We’re all likely to get off track in our…


Added by Dave Anderson on August 22, 2016 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Six Steps to Becoming a Game Changer!

     In last month’s column I presented differences in the mindset and behaviors of three primary performance groups: caretakers, playmakers and game changers. If you missed that piece, you may wish to find it in the archives, as it will create the perspective that makes the six steps I present here more meaningful.


For a brief summary of caretakers, playmakers, and game changers, consider that: 

  • Caretakers are steady baseliners who do dependable work, but no…

Added by Dave Anderson on July 26, 2016 at 7:38pm — 2 Comments

Are You a Game Changer?

There are normally three types of team members on an organization’s payroll: caretakers, playmakers, and game changers. The behaviors associated with each category go beyond skills or talent; they are primarily mindset issues that determine how well the skills and talent of an individual will be applied.

While these characteristics can typify any position, this article will focus on helping you to evaluate yourself and the other leaders on your team. I have included a partial…


Added by Dave Anderson on June 24, 2016 at 11:23am — 3 Comments

It's Time to Part with the Participation Trophies

Entitlement is defined as believing you are owed special rewards, privileges or treatment. In essence entitlement says, “You owe me because I show up and belong, not because I step up and perform.” Frankly, entitlement is the language of losers.

We’ve seen a rise of entitlement—and entitlements—in society over past decades, and the same corrupt sentiment has spilled over into business cultures as those raised with a sense of entitlement aren’t going to easily “flip the…


Added by Dave Anderson on May 23, 2016 at 3:21pm — 2 Comments

The Importance of Mental Toughness

     Mental toughness is a topic widely discussed in athletics, but less often in business. Yet, mental toughness in any job or industry is at least as important to sustainable success as it is in sports. While it’s common in business to discuss strong drive, ample talent, and great attitudes, without mental toughness those traits are marginalized.

     Mental toughness is defined as: a collection of attributes that allow a person to…


Added by Dave Anderson on March 22, 2016 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

Face and Fix Weak Leadership

There’s just no warm and fuzzy way to say this: our business is littered with weak leaders. They’re ubiquitous. They come from all generations, genders, and ethnicities; represent every franchise; and are likewise commonly found in variable, fixed, office, and management company positions—including the dealer. What’s more dangerous than being a weak leader, or having a weak leader is:

  1. Failing to realize you are one.
  2. Knowing you are one and thinking it doesn’t…

Added by Dave Anderson on February 22, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The "Big Three" When Hiring

When you hire the right person, put them in a strong culture, and provide the structure for them to develop their skills and talents, your life as a leader gets better in a hurry. However, when you hire recklessly and bring on warm-bodied-mirror-foggers so you can claim to have “coverage,” you sentence your dealership to a costly misadventure of misery on the installment plan.

While I don’t have space in this column to share everything of importance to evaluate when assessing a job…


Added by Dave Anderson on January 22, 2016 at 12:19pm — 5 Comments

How to Positively Apply Pressure to Perform

In today’s hyper-sensitive and politically correct climate, it’s safe to say this article’s title has already offended some—those who believe as long as people show up every day and try hard they should be awarded the business version of a participation trophy: continued employment, benefits, and excessive time and attention to bring their performance up from perpetually miserable to at least occasionally mediocre.

But in strong cultures (or cultures aspiring to become that way) the…


Added by Dave Anderson on December 11, 2015 at 1:41pm — 6 Comments

Four Steps to Create a Culture of Candor

On a consulting mission years ago a dealer told me, “Our team is very healthy; we never fight.” I replied, “If your team doesn’t fight it’s not healthy, it’s dysfunctional.” Teams with strong personalities, passions, and opinions will clash from time to time about issues, strategies, and over how to best advance the organization. And this is a very good thing. Following are four reasons why conflict is not only necessary, but should be insisted upon.

1. Conflict…


Added by Dave Anderson on November 17, 2015 at 12:29pm — 4 Comments

How to Lead Well When Bad Things Happen

After the fallout from the G.M. ignition switch debacle—and most recently with VW’s emission issues—clients have contacted me asking for suggestions on how to handle the adverse publicity, for how to keep their team focused, and on how to prepare them for customer’s questions and concerns. Of course, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all remedy; and, while what I’m suggesting in this piece is far from the final word on the topic of crisis management, you may find some ideas to help you deal…


Added by Dave Anderson on October 23, 2015 at 5:57pm — 2 Comments

Keep Your Commitments

In several of my seminars I cover the importance of building a rock solid character, and go over key traits to develop in that endeavor: remaining teachable, accepting responsibility, honesty in words and deeds, maintaining a strong work ethic and more. However, the section that creates the most squirms and losses of eye contact is when I discuss the non-negotiable leadership requirement to keep one’s commitments. Following are seven principles concerning keeping commitments that give you a…


Added by Dave Anderson on September 22, 2015 at 7:33pm — No Comments

So, You Want a Raise?

When I was just out of school during the disastrous Carter economy of the late 70’s my short-order cook’s job in a Texas truck stop paid $3.35 an hour. The truth was, I needed around $10.00 per hour to pay my bills; but that didn’t change the reality that frying eggs, making toast and stuffing burgers in buns was worth $3.35 hourly.

To make ends meet I had a few options: work longer hours, find a better or additional jobs, or upgrade my skills so that they were worth $10.00 or…


Added by Dave Anderson on August 21, 2015 at 3:31pm — 5 Comments

The Danger of Micromanagement

Micromanagement is often misunderstood. On one hand, leaders are wrongly accused of it by followers not wanting to live up to certain standards; in other cases managers strangle the potential and drain the passion from its best people by nitpicking them and becoming overinvolved in their jobs. To accurately assess whether micromanagement is taking place, or not, we should first understand its definition: to control with excessive attention to minor details. Two key words in this…


Added by Dave Anderson on July 23, 2015 at 11:29am — 4 Comments

Business Lessons from the Dojo

Within our new LearnToLead Elite Training Center adjacent to our Agoura Hills, California offices, I have a “Wall of Influencers”. On the wall are three separate photo displays where I’m posing with a substantial mentor in my life: John Maxwell, Zig Ziglar and Johnny Gyro. Maxwell and Ziglar are renowned writers, speakers, teachers and motivators. Johnny Gyro is not known in business circles, but as a ninth dan seven-time world champion karate master, represented in three separate karate…


Added by Dave Anderson on June 16, 2015 at 6:24pm — 5 Comments

How to Lead by Personal Example

A quick way to lose credibility is with a leadership style that says “don’t do as I do, do as I say”. If you’ve ever wondered why your people haven’t bought into you like you think they should, or how to earn even greater buy-in I suggest that doing a better job of leading by example is a great place to begin. Following are ten places to focus on in this regard:

  1.        Be truthful. If “integrity” is one of your core values, but you instruct a receptionist to tell a…

Added by Dave Anderson on May 11, 2015 at 2:06pm — 4 Comments

A Blueprint for Making the Tough Calls

In visiting with thousands of leaders in dozens of industries over the past two decades one thing is clear: the people who are expected to make fast, tough decisions are rarely trained how to do so. As a result, costly “gut” decisions are wrongly made, or indecision prevails in areas that end up costing the company plenty. While there is not a one-size-fits-all mechanism for making tough decisions attendees, to my workshops have found it useful when I present a series of filters to help them…


Added by Dave Anderson on March 24, 2015 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Seven Ways to Increase Employee Engagement

The past few years have brought a stronger awareness of the importance of engaged employees in the workplace. In fact, “employee engagement” has become a mantra for manufacturers and dealers alike in their quest to attract, develop and retain talent. At the same time, conventional wisdom has long asserted that happy and satisfied employees should be a priority, and many assume that if employees are happy with their work and satisfied with their workplace that…


Added by Dave Anderson on February 23, 2015 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Five Steps to Make Each Day a Masterpiece

Leaders of organizations spend much time giving thought to, creating, and communicating annual visions for their enterprises; then breaking them down into monthly forecasts for their teams to achieve. These “big pictures” provide essential direction, unity, and meaning in the workplace. While longer term planning is vital, the bulk of organizational discussion focuses on the question, “Where do we want to…


Added by Dave Anderson on January 26, 2015 at 5:54pm — No Comments

The Staggering Cost of Poor Performance

In nearly every workshop I ask the question: How many of you would agree that most organizations tend to keep poor performers too long? Every time, hordes of hands shoot up. While it’s difficult to precisely quantify the cost of just a single poor performer---some researchers have attempted to—I feel safe in asserting that if managers considered the following costs they’d be inclined to more quickly prioritize either getting the person better, or getting a better…


Added by Dave Anderson on December 17, 2014 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

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How Metal Recycling business Really Works

Posted by Daina Martin on October 28, 2016 at 7:02am 0 Comments

It is common knowledge that one man's junk is another's treasure, but while many people will happily drop our products that were unwanted in the garbage, maybe you have ever stopped to believe you could really…


Trust the Professionals for All of Your Vehicle Repairs

Posted by Simon Hopes on October 28, 2016 at 1:18am 0 Comments

Few things are as frustrating as getting into a car accident. Not only is it inconvenient, but it is worrisome because we can never be sure if our vehicles will be repaired to their original condition. Body repair shops are plentiful and they all…


Safe Driving in Hampshire

Posted by Simon Hopes on October 28, 2016 at 1:17am 0 Comments

Though many think the safety of driving relies solely on the skill of the driver, there’s a lot more that goes into arriving safely at your destination. The upkeep of your vehicle is necessary not only to protect your investment, but also to…


Keep Winning Customers in a New Transportation Age

Posted by Joseph Little on October 27, 2016 at 2:31pm 0 Comments

Ride sharing.  Corporate fleets.  Short-term rentals.  Mass transit.  Ride subscription plans.  The list continues to…


Your C-R-M is a D-U-D!

Posted by Keith Shetterly on October 27, 2016 at 11:05am 0 Comments

Do you have a CRM? Did you know that, on average, most major CRMs…


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