For some, this is Good Friday. For others, it is TGI Friday (I don't mean the restaurant).
What's the deal about Fridays?
mmYeah. So, here we are at the end of a week. For many that brings a sigh of relief. In fact, I…
-By Sally Whitesell For AutoSuccess Magazine
Your phone is ringing. It’s your most important customer calling.
Your dealership has spent a lot of money to get the phones to ring. Every poorly handled call is a lost opportunity that you can’t afford. When service advisors – who are already working at a frenetic pace – answer the…
There are four levels of accountability in any organization, and within the departments of that organization. And while each department, and the organization itself, is normally a blend of all four levels depending on the time of the month, the leader of that department, and other factors, there is one level that will dominate. As I share the four levels, evaluate which most dominates the area you spend most of your time, and what steps can be taken to improve accountability there.…
Employee engagement means a lot in car dealership business. Engaged employees can make your business and disengaged employees can't only decrease the sales but can also lead customers' dissatisfaction and efficiency in organizational tasks. In this forum posts, I am going to tell you some effective tips to keep your employees engaged.
Successful dealerships strive to recruit, hire, and retain the best-available management talent. Once that talent is on board, effective performance management processes must be in place to provide these yet-unproven (to us) managers with feedback on their work results and to ensure that they are receiving the tools and support to become high achievers. So I always ask my potential client-dealers to describe their method of evaluating the overall competence of the…
When I was teaching the Sonic Dealer Academy from 2001 through 2008, my co-instructor, Steve Hallock, became famous for asking each class, “Why do you think we spend so much time talking about the Service Department? It’s because, at a 75% gross profit margin on labor sales, this department offers, by far, the greatest incentive to increase sales. That was then, and many dealership owners and managers looked at service gross potential that way.
These days, however, I’m coaching my…
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