Today’s Lesson: They Have Just One Head & One Heart… Whether you’re the manager “correcting” your employees or a salesperson going in for the kill, everyone only has one head and one heart. If your long-term goals depend on them, you’d better hope you didn’t take off their head or rip out their heart already. […]
Today’s Lesson: Leaders don’t let issues fester and grow and spread – they address them as they happen. At most, mediocre managers talk about performance at the beginning of the month (when targets are set) and then at the end of the month (when targets are missed). TODAY’S LESSON: Successful leaders address performance issues […]
Today’s Lesson: Leading with real process requires real commitment. Real process improvement is like working out. We all want the outcome, but few are willingto put in the effort for very long. TODAY’S LESSON: If changing your company’s culture from seat-of-the-pants management to leading with repeatable processes was easy, then everyone would do it. […]
Today’s Lesson: Drop the attitude and lead with solutions. The customer is not always right, but they are always the customer. If you want your angry customer to completely flip out, just keep telling them all the things they did wrong and all the reasons you can’t help them. TODAY’S LESSON: In customer confrontations, […]
Today’s Lesson: To a coworker or a subordinate, the little things often matter most. While most managers can survive just fine without ever hearing “please” and “thank you,” subordinates often cannot. If you’re not accustomed to regularly using “please,” “thank you,” and “you’re welcome,” I suggest overusing these 3 for just a week. You […]
Today’s Lesson: Go ask those on the front lines. There’s a reason large retailers with multiple locations continue to struggle with customer service. Hint: You cannot solve this with another meeting in the corporate office. TODAY’S LESSON: Those closest to the customer have all the answers; and they’re just waiting for someone to care enough […]
Today’s Lesson: If your team hates your company, they’ll hate your customers. Years ago, I wholesaled products to a miserable company that was universally hated by customers and vendors alike. I didn’t understand why until I watched a miserable regional VP berate a miserable store manager in front of his miserable subordinates. As soon as the miserable VP […]
Today’s Lesson: Focusing only on results ensures your team will shortcut your processes If you live in a process-driven culture, you don’t need to focus so much attention on the end product or even the bottom line. TODAY’S LESSON: Manage the activities and the results will come.
Today’s Lesson: Stop Tolerating Mediocrity “Inspect What You Expect” is a true, but wholly worthless adage. Why? Because bad leaders are the ones who most need to heed this advice; yet bad leaders NEVER INSPECT ANYTHING! (No matter how many motivational posters you have hanging around to remind them.) TODAY’S LESSON: Your team will […]
Today’s Lesson: If you’re not innovating, you’re obsolescing All successful, enduring companies have one thing in common: Innovation. (Simply put, they strive for Continuous Improvement.) TODAY’S LESSON: If your teams are too busy to improve, it’s time to find new leaders for those teams.
Today’s Lesson: Look in the mirror People don’t quit jobs; people quit jerks. TODAY’S LESSON: If turnover is a problem for you, you only need a mirror to find the cause.
Today’s Lesson: Be All-In or All-Out I deal with two types of managers when a company hires me to help shape their culture: Those who say they are all-in and those who are all-in. TODAY’S LESSON: Leaders must be “all-in” or “all-out” on a change in culture; there is no middle ground that you […]
Today’s Lesson: The worst time to take advantage of someone Maya Angelou once said “People will forget what you said,people will forget what youdid, but people will neverforget how you madethem feel.” TODAY’S LESSON: The worst time to takeadvantage of someone is when you can.
Today’s Lesson: Identifying Problems is Easy Isn’t it interesting how the negative people in your life tend to spend most of their time trying to get you to join in their misery? TODAY’S LESSON: It’s not hard to find people who can identify problems. To be truly valued in your organization, become the […]
Today’s Lesson: Disciplined, repeatable processes Most car dealers are coming off a record year that had nothing to do with strong, disciplined, repeatable processes intended to WOW their customers and improve employee retention. TODAY’S LESSON: If you don’t know how you got to the top, you have no idea how to stay there. […]
Simple Strategy #3: Stricter Rules Drive Higher Sales TRANSCRIPT: Simple strategy #3 for closing more internet deals today is that stricter rules drive higher sales. Simple strategy, right? Well, here’s the problem: In an attempt to reduce skating and give your team the proper credit for their contact efforts (or their use of the CRM) […]
Simple Strategy #1: Pay for the Performance You Want TRANSCRIPT: This is Steve Stauning with another “Steve Stauning, Short and Sweet Video Training Lesson”. Today’s lesson is – Stop Over-thinking Your Internet Sales. Now this is going to be an ongoing series. We will be adding new videos to this series so check back […]
Leading an Appointment Culture – Part 13 TRANSCRIPT: For Leading an Appointment Culture, we’re not going to look at a recap of what we went through but, I do want to talk about the next steps. What are the next steps for you in being able to lead an appointment culture and being able to […]
Leading an Appointment Culture – Part 7 TRANSCRIPT: Let’s say you’re a dealership owner or maybe you work for a large dealership corporation, a group that owns a few dealerships, 20, 30 or 90, whatever, across the country and you can’t be in the dealerships all the time but you want to know if they’re truly […]