Rhythms of Auto Shop Ownership

Buddy Rich knew a thing or two about rhythm. Learn about ownership rhythm for your shop. Photo: Paul Spürk

Buddy Rich knew a thing or two about rhythm.

What does ownership rhythm mean? Before we answer that question, here’s another one. Do you find the auto repair shop owner position is becoming exhausting? It drains your energy, and soon you are practicing ownership rather than embracing it. Practicing ownership means being reactive instead of being proactive. When you practice ownership you are panicking when you run short of money. It means hiring any warm body you can find when someone leaves your staff. Practicing means doing the same thing over and over and then expecting different results (Practicing insanity!). Practicing means getting behind on the auto repair industry trends and not keeping up with today’s vehicle changes.

Okay Gary, we all get the drift! Instead of practicing, why not try to find the rhythms of auto shop ownership? Gain back the energy that you used to have and learn behavior patterns that work. Simply put, you must stop being exhausted and stop the endless energy drain that is practicing. Stop reacting, stop panicking, stop hiring warm bodies, stop expecting different results, and find your ownership rhythm.

An ownership rhythm can be systemic in nature and set a pattern to follow. You can see by now that what’s missing is an ownership system. Yes, as one wise person once said, “Anytime frustration reigns, there is a lack of a system.”

Learn the Top Ten Examples of Ownership Rhythm

    1. WOIT – Working on it Tuesday
    2. SMS – Staff Mentoring Sessions
    3. STS – Staff Training Sessions
    4. SPS – Staff Potential Sessions
    5. SBS – Staff Behavior Session
    6. DTM – Daily Toolbox Meetings
    7. MT – Maker Time
    8. BT – Bench Strength
    9. ABR – Always be Recruiting
    10. BFP – Budgeting for Profit

What’s easy to do, but also easy not to do? Adopting, adapting, learning, implementing, and embracing. Take the time and buy in to using, continuing, and making these rhythms happen.

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