Find a Wrench

Category: Management

Think Recruiting is Hard? Try the Retention Game

We. Need. Mechanics. At Find A Wrench, we hear this desperate plea from shops every single day of our lives. It’s why we have a rapidly growing business. The plea stems from the fact that they have waited for too long to start recruiting and are now in desperate need. Customers and staff are both […]

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The Diesel Technician Shortage

Find A Wrench teamed up with Diesel Laptops and American Diesel Training Centers to bring you an informative webinar about combating the Diesel Technician and Mechanic shortage. In this webinar, you’ll see a variety of different strategies aimed at combating the Tech Shortage, being proactive and building your bottom line. Check it out here!   […]

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More than a Mechanic – Converting your skills into more.

I’m guilty of referring to Techs as Mechanics still. It kind of stuck with me growing up and I’ve chronicled this in the past. The common reason that I hear that Techs don’t want to be referred to as Mechanics is because many Techs primary focus is no longer centered around mechanical work. Rather, they […]

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From the Football Field to the Shop Floor – 5 Ways Techs and Managers can learn from sports and apply it to the shop.

Growing up in Wisconsin, we didn’t have much of a choice but to love the Green Bay Packers. I was lucky to be a kid when the Falcons were dumb enough to trade Brett Favre and Reggie White used his new found free agency rights to choose to suit up in the green and gold. […]

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The Selfish Reasons that there is a Disconnect between Technicians and Management.

Everybody is selfish. There, I said it. Yet to so many the concept of this is foreign. What’s even more intriguing is the fact that so many people get bothered when somebody else has an agenda different than that of their own. This shouldn’t be surprising to anybody, ever. One of the greatest examples of […]

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What my Son taught me through Cartoons – 5 ways to understand what people want

For those of you that are parents, you know about how your children tend to become drawn to  toys, cardboard boxes and certain television shows. My wife and I have a 2 year old, and he is no different than other children. He has two go-to shows. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Puppy Dog Pals. If you’ve […]

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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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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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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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What is your unique differentiator and why is your shop different?

We continually hear, day after day, how difficult it is to find good help from shop owners across the country. “Can’t find anybody that is reliable and can actually diagnose or fix things” is a common thought communicated to us…and in all honesty, it’s really what drives our business. We help shops not only go […]

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