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Get Involved – A paradigm shift for younger generations.

One of the common complaints that I hear from shops in our communication is regarding the lack of young Mechanics and/or Technicians entering the workforce. We hear this from every sector we work with…car repair, truck repair, machinery repair, etc. While this has always been somewhat of a concern, the advancements of technology are making […]

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Ethics in the Automotive Industry – A guest blog written by Nicholas Wiltse

 On the flight back from Las Vegas after attending SEMA and AAPEX in October of 2018, I had the great fortune of meeting a young man who is incredibly bright and has a really interesting perspective on our industry. I asked Nicholas Wiltse to write a guest blog for us and am really excited to […]

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Conflict in the Workplace

Those of you that know me well, know that I read…a lot. From time to time, I like to share what books I’m reading and what I’m learning from them. I get approached by lots of Service Managers, Technicians and Mechanics looking for advice about learning more about leadership and I like to give them […]

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First Week of 2019 Thoughts

I was fortunate enough to get some great feedback on a blog written earlier in the week on my reflections of 2018. If you didn’t read it, check it out here. To summarize, I broke down how a customer complaint pushed us to get better…and how hard it was to face the fact that we […]

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Anticipate Changing Job Markets – The second “A”​ in GARAGE Plan.

As a nation, we’re currently just above a 3% unemployment rate…meaning that only 3 in every 100 people are currently looking for work. Easy math but kind of a crazy stat when you think about it. You only have to look back to 2010 to find an unemployment rate of almost double digits (9.7% in […]

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Ending the Year of Learning – A recap of 2018

I cannot believe that 2018 is over. This was the fastest year of my life both personally and professionally, and was probably my biggest year of growth. I take time at the end of each year to reflect on the prior year and kind of recap, if for nothing other than to remind myself of […]

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The Game has Changed. So should the way you find Technicians – The “R” in GARAGE Plan.

I recently did a presentation for a group of Dealerships that I started with a question. That question was, “How different are Techs today as compared to Technicians from 20 years ago?”. Quite a few people chimed in on how different the job is from even the recent past. After a brief discussion of the […]

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5 Tips for an Amazing Job Description for Mechanics

One of the great parts about owning and managing a job board (our FindAMechanic.com platform) is that you’re able to see thousands of job descriptions come across your computer. While that might not sound all that exciting to most of you, it really is to us. It gives us a chance to check out what […]

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Getting Organized – The first “G”​ in the “GARAGE”​ Plan

We recently introduced our GARAGE plan (you can read here) to the public as a way to help shops develop a strategy around recruiting and retaining top quality Technicians. The feedback on the plan itself has been great but we’ve been asked to take an even deeper dive into this. Our feeling is that we need […]

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Need a plan for finding Techs? Our video for the GARAGE Plan is finally here.

Per request, we’re sending along the video we put together to explain our GARAGE plan. Use this plan to change your approach to finding Techs.   https://www.useloom.com/share/48572d13733846ba94329937520328b2

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Not getting the Techs you want? It’s time for a paradigm shift.

If finding a Mechanic or Technician is becoming increasingly difficult for you, you’re not alone. We speak with shops on a daily basis that are in desperate need of help, which isn’t a surprise to anybody. What has been a surprise is how little effort is given to the actual recruiting process itself. In a […]

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Flat Rate is DEAD as we know it. (Kind of)

One of the most debated subjects in our business is pay plans for Technicians. Some Techs feel like they are getting ripped off by an outdated pay plan while others feel like there is opportunity to put some extra cash in their pocket. Shop Owners and Managers struggle to find the right incentive plan that […]

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