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What is the “Level of Expectation”?? (Part 3 of 4) – F&I/Business Manager

In (Part 1) of this blog, we talked about the experience you receive when you go to a restaurant for lunch.

In (Part 2) of this blog, we talked about the “Level of Expectation” process in your Sales Department.

Now….lets talk about setting the “Level of Expectation” in your Dealership’s F&I/Business Manager Process.

The “Level of Expectation” allows you to guide your customer through a series of steps that are clearly outlined for their understanding and review.

Your customer will know exactly WHAT will happen, WHAT ORDER it will happen in, HOW LONG it will take and the information they will RECEIVE to make an intelligent purchasing decision in a TIMELY fashion!!

Today’s customers demand a process that is both professional and transparent!

Today’s customers also want the process to go as quickly as possible!

F&I/Business Manager processes vary from dealership to dealership throughout the country.

Let’s outline an example of an F&I/Business Manager process and how to set the “Level of Expectation for your customer and employees!

EXAMPLE:

Upon completion with the selling of the vehicle with all of the appropriate purchase and sales agreements signed, your F&I/Business Manager comes out onto the showroom floor to execute a “pre-interview” with the customer.

The pre-interview allows the F&I/Business Manager to get acquainted with the customer.

However, the customer has very little idea of what will happen going forward. Let’s give the customer that information!

The F&I/Business Manager, during the pre-interview, begins to set the level of expectation of what will happen from this point forward.

  • Loading computer with customers personal data – 10 minutes
  • Dealership and customer reviewing Motor Vehicle/Title Paperwork – 5-10 minutes
  • Dealership and customer reviewing optional products – 5-15 minutes
  • Dealership and customer reviewing Finance/Lease documents and contracts –  15-25 minutes

The F&I/Business Manager can then relate to the customer what is going to transpire at how long it should take, (35-60 minutes to go through all the steps completely)

DON’T let your customer get frustrated and upset by “thinking” that the process is taking too long!

Remember, the customer has no idea of what the process is or how long it takes unless YOU tell them. And isn’t a calmer customer more easy to speak with than an upset and frustrated customer??

Will you have point of sale material around your showroom to aide your team in conveying your Dealerships F&I/Business Manager processes to the customer?

  • Banners
  • Table toppers
  • Posters
  • Video explanations on Salespersons computers
  • Video explanations on F&I/Business Mangers computers
  • Video explanations on your Dealership website

By providing a “Level of Expectation” in your F&I/Business Manager’s office it will do two things.

  • It will give the customer a clear and professional expectation of what will transpire on their visit and how long it will take.
  • Your F&I/Business Manager will clearly, professionally and consistently give the same exact presentation and process to all of the customers.

By setting the “Level of Expectation”, your Dealership will quickly become proficient, consistent and professional!

 

About the Author: From a Salesperson to a Dealer, I have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the automotive environment.

You can follow me on:

My website: www.JimKristoff.com  

Twitter: @jimkristoff

WordPress blogsite: https://jimkristoff.wordpress.com/

Blogspot blog: http://jimkristoff.blogspot.com/

DealerElite.net: http://www.dealerelite.net/profile/JimKristoff

Automotive Digital Marketing.com: http://www.automotivedigitalmarketing.com/profile/JimKristoff

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimkristoff  

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/jimkristoff


 
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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in Archive of all blogs

 

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What is the “Level of Expectation”?? (Part 2 of 4) – Sales

In (part 1) of this blog, we talked about the experience you receive when you go to a restaurant for lunch.

Now….lets talk about setting the “Level of Expectation” in your Dealership’s showroom.

Today’s customers demand a process that is both professional and transparent!

Today’s customers also want the process to go as quickly as possible!

The “Level of Expectation” allows you to guide your customer through a series of steps that are clearly outlined for their understanding and review.

Your customer will know exactly WHAT will happen, WHAT ORDER it will happen in, HOW LONG it will take and the information they will RECEIVE to make an intelligent purchasing decision in a TIMELY fashion!!

Isn’t it easier to work with your customer if they go through YOUR process?

Isn’t one of the biggest obstacles in selling a vehicle, when the customer does not follow your process?? The customer wants to follow their own process thus causing confusion with your Salesperson, customer and Sales Management?

If you want your Salesperson and the Dealership to control the process, we had better tell the customer WHAT the process is!!

By telling the customer the steps in the process and how long each step will take, you will build instant rapport in getting directly to the wants and needs of the customer!

Since each and every Dealership has their own unique process in the Sales Department, wouldn’t it make sense to give your customers a level of expectation and comfort by telling them what your process looks like?

  • What are all the steps in the process??
  • What is the timeline for each one of these steps?
  • What information the customer can expect to receive in each one of the steps?

It all comes down to efficiencies and consistencies!!

Your customers visit to your Dealership should be efficient and consistent to ensure that each and every one of your customers has a “WOW” experience!

Let me outline an example, “Level of Expectation” for your Dealership and then we can discuss this further.

(Please insert your own process into the example)

Scenario: A customer walks into your showroom. The Salesperson greets them and immediately begins to explain how YOUR Dealership professionally does business!

The Salesperson then reviews your Dealership’s process with the customer.

  • Review of Dealership’s process – 5 minutes
  • Determining what type of vehicle you want and why – 10-15 minutes
  • Assessment of trade in vehicle – 10-15 minutes
  • Demonstration of features on preferred vehicle – 10-15 minutes
  • Demonstration drive of preferred vehicle – 10-15 minutes
  • Presentation of purchase figures – 10-20 minutes

The Salesperson can then relate to the customer what is going to transpire at how long it should take, (55-85 minutes to go through all the steps completely)

DON’T let your customer get frustrated and upset by “thinking” that the process is taking too long!

Remember, the customer has no idea of what the process is or how long it takes unless YOU tell them. And isn’t a calmer customer more easy to speak with than an upset and frustrated customer??

Will you have point of sale material around your showroom to aide you team in conveying your Dealerships Sales processes to the customer?

  • Banners
  • Table toppers
  • Posters
  • Video explanations on Salespersons computers
  • Video explanations on your Dealership website

By providing a “Level of Expectation” in your showroom it will do two things.

  • It will give the customer a clear and professional expectation of what will transpire on their visit and how long it will take.
  • Your Salesperson will clearly, professionally and consistently give the same exact presentation and process to all of the customers.

By setting the “Level of Expectation”, your Dealership will quickly become proficient, consistent and professional!

 

About the Author: From a Salesperson to a Dealer, I have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the automotive environment.

You can follow me on:

My website: www.JimKristoff.com  

Twitter: @jimkristoff

WordPress blogsite: https://jimkristoff.wordpress.com/

Blogspot blog: http://jimkristoff.blogspot.com/

DealerElite.net: http://www.dealerelite.net/profile/JimKristoff

Automotive Digital Marketing.com: http://www.automotivedigitalmarketing.com/profile/JimKristoff

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimkristoff  

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/jimkristoff


 
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Posted by on September 13, 2011 in Archive of all blogs

 

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Solve any problem!

How can you solve ANY problem that you might have???

There is a very simple process…to solving any and all problems…

The process… is basically 4 steps…

And you are going to need to write out your answers…to every step of the process…

So get yourself some paper and a pen…or type it out on your computer…

Ready??

Okay….

Write along the top…what your problem or situation is…

Like I said…it can be any kind of problem or situation… either personal or business related…

The first step…is to picture or reason out…AND write this down… the best possible outcome to the situation…

What is the best possible thing that can happen??

Don’t limit your thinking on this!

Go ahead and think of the best possible solution…

Remember…to get… what you have never gotten…you must do… what you have never done…

The greatest danger for most of us…is not that we aim too high and miss it…but that we aim too low…and we reach it…

THINK BIG!!!!

The second step in the process is…what are we doing now???

What is the present situation?

What are we currently doing about the problem or situation?

Are we doing anything…or nothing??

Write down what you are currently doing…or what is happening with the situation at hand…

It is important to take a look at the difference…between step one and step two…

Step one…what is the best possible solution…and step two…what are we doing now…

Is there a big difference??

There probably is…

Step three….

What are the obstacles that are keeping you from reaching the ultimate solution???

Is it a person?

A process?

A team or a group?

Your boss?

A family member?

Technology…or a lack of it…

Your own laziness…or ego?

What are the obstacles that are standing in your way???

Write them down…and don’t leave any out…

These obstacles are the things that are standing in your way of reaching your ultimate solution…

Identify them…so you can take the necessary steps in overcoming these obstacles…

Now… you have the groundwork to solve the problem or situation…

You can envision what the best possible solution could be…step one….

You have acknowledged what you are doing now…step two…

AND…you have identified what the obstacles are to reaching your ultimate solution…step three…

You are now ready for step four…

Step four iswhen do you want to get started…and…be resilient in your quest to reach the ultimate solution???

(hint: START NOW!!)

You see…processing a problem out…and then trying to reach…what you believe…is the ultimate solution…takes time and effort…

And make no mistake about it…you may not reach the ultimate solution…

But by trying…by reaching…by pursuing…that ultimate solution…you are bound to be far ahead of what you are doing now…

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes…

This quote is from T.E. Lawrence… from…Seven Pillars of Wisdom…written in 1926…

The quote is this:

All men dream…

 

But not equally…

 

Those who dream by night…in the dusty recesses of their minds…wake in the day…to find it was vanity…

 

But the dreamers of the DAY…are dangerous men…

 

For they may act their dream with open eyes…and make it possible….

Follow these four steps…with open eyes…and make it happen…

To see a video of this blog, please go to the following link:

Jim Kristoff video – Solve any problem

 

About the Author: From a Salesperson to a Dealer, I have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the automotive environment.

You can follow me on:

My website: www.JimKristoff.com  

Twitter: @jimkristoff

WordPress blogsite: https://jimkristoff.wordpress.com/

Blogspot blog: http://jimkristoff.blogspot.com/

DealerElite.net: http://www.dealerelite.net/profile/JimKristoff

Automotive Digital Marketing.com: http://www.automotivedigitalmarketing.com/profile/JimKristoff

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimkristoff  

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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Archive of all blogs

 

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The will to win or the will to prepare to win??

I LOVE the game of golf. It is one of my major hobbies and passions.

I have studied the pros and cons to all the new equipment.

I have read all of the “how to” manuals.

Watched video on what the perfect swing looks like.

I basically have read every magazine and book. I have watched every video, and my television remote control is stuck on the “Golf Channel”!

So you would think I am a great golfer!

Well, I am not…….

I have all of the knowledge, but I cannot execute it on a consistent basis.

Let me tell you why.

I play golf once a week, (usually on a Sunday morning). I hit some practice balls on the driving range for 30 minutes and I practice some putts for about 10 minutes before my tee time. So I put in a grand total of 40 minutes of practice in a week and expect my game to be perfect! UGH!

So when speaking of your Salesperson or Service Advisor career, do you put in more than 40 minutes of practice a week to be successful?

Because if you are not practicing, drilling and rehearsing every day, you won’t be a sharp as you can be on a daily basis!

Don’t think you can skip a day either! Just like in golf, if you miss a day of practice, your skills will erode!

Let’s say I had the time to practice my golf game every day for an entire year. I believe I would become a much better golfer and certainly hone my skills! At that point, I would be a very good golfer.

But what if I said to myself, “I have this game perfected and there is no need to practice as much any more”. Would my golf game start to deteriorate? You bet it would!

How about yourself and your profession? Did you learn the basics of your job and then stop learning? Did you become adequate in your presentations and stop getting better?

Just like a golf game, your professional career in the Automotive industry requires that you practice, drill and rehearse EVERY SINGLE DAY! If you do not, your skills will erode and you won’t even realize it.

Again, let’s say I had the time to practice golf every day. If I do not get the correct coaching, I could be practicing a “bad” swing or an incorrect swing. I could make that same improper swing thousands of times and wonder why I never get any better at the game of golf.

Much like practicing a “bad” swing, are you practicing the correct things? Are you open to getting some good coaching? Can you put your ego aside long enough to be critiqued on what you may be doing incorrectly?

Let’s face it. If you gathered the entire staff in a room and asked by a show of hands, “who wants to be a winner”, I believe everyone would raise their hand! I can’t think anyone wants to be a loser. Everyone has the will to win.

So….if everyone has the will to win, you have to ask yourself a more important question.

Do you have the will to prepare to win?

 

About the Author: From a Salesperson to a Dealer, I have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the automotive environment.

You can follow me on:

My website: www.JimKristoff.com  

Twitter: @jimkristoff

WordPress blogsite: https://jimkristoff.wordpress.com/

Blogspot blog: http://jimkristoff.blogspot.com/

DealerElite.net: http://www.dealerelite.net/profile/JimKristoff

Automotive Digital Marketing.com: http://www.automotivedigitalmarketing.com/profile/JimKristoff

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimkristoff  

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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Archive of all blogs

 

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Knock yourself Unconscious!!

When we all first started our careers in the automotive business, we began to learn the basics of our jobs.

We all learned different skills such as, greetings, fact finding, product knowledge, the steps to a sale, word tracks, phone skills, prospecting and networking skills, closing skills, follow up skills and so on.

We all got better by practicing, drilling and rehearsing each and every day, without fail and no exceptions! This is what makes us the professionals that we are today.

When someone new comes into our business, I always try and break down the “4 steps of learning” to help them better understand what is ahead of them. By understanding HOW a human being learns a new skill, a person that is trying to understand all of the ingredients it takes to be proficient in their new job, can break it down a bit easier.

The traditional view is that learning a skill is divided into four stages. The four stages are;

Unconscious Incompetence

Conscious Incompetence

Conscious Competence

Unconscious Competence

First there is unconscious incompetence. Not only do you not know how to do something, but you don’t know you don’t know. Never having driven a car for example, you have no idea what it is like. So you start to learn. You very soon discover your limitations. You have some lessons and consciously attend to all the instruments, steer, coordinate the clutch, and watch the road. It demands all your attention, you are not yet competent, and you keep on the back streets.

Next is the stage of conscious incompetence when you grind the gears, over-steer and give cyclist heart attacks. Although this stage is uncomfortable, (especially for cyclist), it is the stage when you learn the most.

This leads you to the stage of conscious competence. You can drive the car, but it takes all your concentration. You have learned the skill, but have not yet mastered it.

Lastly, and the goal of the endeavor, is unconscious competence. All of those little patterns that you learned so painstakingly blend together into one smooth unit of behavior. Then you can listen to the radio, enjoy the scenery and hold a conversation at the same time as driving. Your conscious mind sets the outcome and leaves it to your unconscious mind to carry it out.

These are the 4 steps of learning a new skill.

In order to become a true professional, we ALL must go through these 4 steps.

That is why I encourage you to “knock yourself unconscious”!!!

Practice, drill, rehearse and knock yourself unconscious every day!!!!

 

About the Author: From a Salesperson to a Dealer, I have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the automotive environment.

You can follow me on:

My website: www.JimKristoff.com  

Twitter: @jimkristoff

WordPress blogsite: https://jimkristoff.wordpress.com/

Blogspot blog: http://jimkristoff.blogspot.com/

DealerElite.net: http://www.dealerelite.net/profile/JimKristoff

Automotive Digital Marketing.com: http://www.automotivedigitalmarketing.com/profile/JimKristoff

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimkristoff  

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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in Archive of all blogs

 

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Simple word tracks for success (Part 1): “Tell me more”

“TELL ME MORE”

The simple word track, “Tell me more” is one of the most powerful yet simple word tracks you can give to your team! This simple word track both builds rapport with the client AND defines exactly what the customer’s statement or question may be. Let me explain in a number of different ways.

In order to sell a client anything, you must first sell yourself. No one will buy anything from someone that they are not comfortable with. The word track, “Tell me more” shows the customer that you are both listening to their wants and needs, and also helps clarify what the client wants. The word track, “Tell me more” is the question behind the question!

This word track should be used after EVERY statement or question a client may have. If you do NOT use this word track and define what the client means with their statement or question, it can lead into a client thinking that the your team member is “wasting their time”

Let me give you a scenario that sounds simple to answer…..yet…..maybe not!

A client comes onto the showroom floor. Your Team Member asks the client, “What is the most important feature you’re looking for in a vehicle?” The Client answers, “I am looking for a “SAFE” vehicle.” The Team Member does NOT ask “Tell me more” and proceeds to think they know exactly what the client means by the word “SAFE”. Your Team Member goes into an Academy Award winning performance of safety features on the vehicle. Airbags, seat belts, crumple zones and 5 star awards on the vehicles “SAFETY” The client seems to NOT be listening and quickly becomes disenchanted with your Team Member. Your Team Member can’t figure out why the client is not really listening or paying attention. There is NO RAPPORT built here and your Team Member may have already lost the sale.

NOW….lets use the word track, “Tell me more” in the same scenario…..

Your Team Member: “what is the most important feature you’re looking for in a vehicle?”

Client: “I am looking for a SAFE vehicle”

Your Team Member: “When you say the word “SAFE” can you tell me more?

Client: “The last vehicle I bought, I ended up owing aLOT more than the vehicle was worth when I went to trade it in.”

In other words, the client is looking for a “SAFE” investment!

By using the word track, “Tell me more”, your Team Member was able to define exactly what the Client meant and did not assume what the Client meant. And we all know the definition of “assume”……..

Here is another example…….

Your Team Member: “what kind of vehicle are you looking for today?”

Client: “I am looking for a large sport utility vehicle.”

Your Team Member: “When you say you are looking for a large sport utility vehicle, can you tell me more?

The client will then begin to tell your team member why they are interested in a large SUV. Rather than your team member just taking them to the vehicle, they need to start building rapport and listening to what the client has to say.

Client: “The reason I am looking at a large SUV is because I need it for business.”

You Team Member: “When you say you need it for business can you tell me more?

The client will then begin to tell your team member about their business and why they need a large SUV. It also allows the team member to ask more questions about possible personal use and so on. At the end of every statement or question posed by the client, your team member need to clarify exactly what the client means by asking, “Tell me more!

I have trained this simple word track for a long time. Team Members find it easy to use and it certainly helps them define a Client’s wants and needs and helps them down the path of building rapport and holding gross profit!

“Tell me more” …..Give it a try……

About the Author: From a Salesperson to a Dealer, I have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the automotive environment.

You can follow me on:

My website: www.JimKristoff.com  

Twitter: @jimkristoff

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DealerElite.net: http://www.dealerelite.net/profile/JimKristoff

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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Archive of all blogs

 

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Do you know what motivates every individual?

As a leader…do you know what motivates every individual in your organization??

Do you know why each individual comes to work each day…and earns a living working with you??

What are the driving forces behind each individual…that makes them get up every morning…fight the traffic…and come to work for your organization??

I can tell you…if you don’t take the time to see what motivates every individual in your organization…you will not succeed at a high level…

There are several motivations that a human being has…that drives them to do the things they want to do…and it isn’t all money…

Here are a few of the things that motivate people to do… what they do…not in any certain order…

Number one…is a person that wants consistency…

They want the feeling of being certain… that they have a fulfilling job…and that they are stable within it…

This type of person doesn’t like a lot of change in their lives…they feel comfortable in knowing that their lives are the same…pretty much every day…

Number two…is a person that thrives on change…

They love the daily challenge of something new and fresh…

They would get bored with the “same old routine”…day in and day out…

This type of person…lives for the unknown…and needs the constant stimulation… that the unknown provides…

Number three…is a person that needs to feel important…or special…

They always want to feel needed…and play a significant part… in any situation…

They strive to be an important player in your organization…and they want to be recognized for it…

Number four…is a person that needs to feel a closeness or a union with someone or something…

They need to feel loved…and have a connection…in both their business and personal lives…

Without that love…they feel disconnected…and alone…

Number five…is a person that has that insatiable desire to grow…and expand their world…

They want all of the latest technologies…and they want to be able to use them…

They want to acquire…all of the knowledge the world has to offer…and then apply it to expand their capacity in life…

And finally…number six…is a person that wants to be a true leader…

This person wants to contribute to the betterment of society…

They have a sense of service… and focus on helping…giving…and supporting others…

This type of person knows…that it is not about crossing the finish line first…but rather…how many can I take across the finish line with me…

A person can be any or all of these things…

They can have one…two…three…four…five…or a combination of all of these traits…

In order to lead your organization…to its highest level…you…as a leader…need to know what motivates each and every one of your employees…

Knowing what motivates an individual…and then leveraging that motive…will help you maximize that person to their greatest potential…

And then…you will have succeeded in being that true leader…knowing that you have identified what is important to someone…and then helping them fulfill their ambitions on their own level…

To see a video of this blog, please go to the following link:

Jim Kristoff video – Do you know what motivates every individual

About the Author: From a Salesperson to a Dealer, I have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the automotive environment.

You can follow me on:

My website: www.JimKristoff.com  

Twitter: @jimkristoff

WordPress blogsite: https://jimkristoff.wordpress.com/

Blogspot blog: http://jimkristoff.blogspot.com/

DealerElite.net: http://www.dealerelite.net/profile/JimKristoff

Automotive Digital Marketing.com: http://www.automotivedigitalmarketing.com/profile/JimKristoff

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimkristoff  

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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Archive of all blogs

 

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How do you Develop Leaders?

How do you develop leaders in your business??

First of all, I think it is important to get EVERYONE to understand….that they are ALL leaders.

This is a tough concept for some people. Maybe they feel like the average employee out there, just doing what they are told and moving forward in life…..

But the fact is…..we are ALL leaders!!

Whether we lead an organization….. or a team of people…… or our families…..and most importantly….we lead ourselves….

We lead ourselves out of bed every morning with the responsibilities of the world in front of us.

We need to provide for ourselves….. before we can provide for our families and then provide for our careers…

There is a survey of people acrossAmericaout there that was performed by the Harr group……

Now in this survey, thousands of people felt that they worked very hard at their jobs, but they worried about their effectiveness…..

The survey revealed this……

Only 14% are accomplishing as much as they believe they could…….14%…….do you think the employees believe they can do more???  Of course….

Only 17% could prepare a plan for the day….17%……….now that leaves 83% with NO plan…..YIKES!!

And rewards of working…. are low……… only 50% feel satisfied and fulfilled with their work…..

So what does this tell us???

There is a clear void to be filled in the leadership gap….

Make no mistake about it……people want to lead and be led……

People want to feel significance in their lives……

So how do you develop this leader inside that we all crave to be???

Well…..leadership development occurs over time….

It is not a one shot program…..

There are no instant 3 day courses that will transform someone into a leader….

It is an every day…..non…stop……journey through personal development…

Let me give you a simple equation….

Knowledge   =   confidence….

When you feel confident with what you do…… and do it to your greatest potential….it is very fulfilling…

Giving a person simple leadership tools such as….

Goal setting…

Having a daily plan……

Practice….drill…and rehearse….

Being process driven….

Holding yourself and others accountable…

Doing everything legally….ethically ….and morally correct…

Setting aside 15 minutes a day to further their own skill set….whether that be motivational…..inspirational….factual…or educational………

The point is….you don’t ever get a “buy in” from people…..as a matter of fact…I dislike the term….no one “buys in”….you have to SELL them…

You have to sell them on the facts that the only way to get ahead in life and feel fulfilled is to lead yourself to a higher level….

You need to give them all the tools…. The resources….and most of all….you need someone there to mentor them on a daily basis…

That is the job of the head person in charge…you lead from the top….

And if you lead from the top…..the rest falls into place….

To see a video of this blog, please go to the following link:

Jim Kristoff Website – How do you Develop Leaders?

About the Author: From a Salesperson to a Dealer, I have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the automotive environment.

You can follow me on:

My website: www.JimKristoff.com  

Twitter: @jimkristoff

WordPress blogsite: https://jimkristoff.wordpress.com/

Blogspot blog: http://jimkristoff.blogspot.com/

DealerElite.net: http://www.dealerelite.net/profile/JimKristoff

Automotive Digital Marketing.com: http://www.automotivedigitalmarketing.com/profile/JimKristoff

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimkristoff  

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Posted by on August 1, 2011 in Archive of all blogs

 

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Great Leaders know it is ALL about the people!

Great leaders understand more than anything that it is ALL about the people…..

The people… are the driving force of any organization…..

Don’t believe it???

Go ahead and hire some bad ones and let me know how that works out…..

Seriously though….great leaders understand that they need to build professional relationships with each and every one of the employees….

Now…..I’m not talking about “best friends” kind of relationships….

I am talking about building a professional relationship with each person.

Great leaders find out exactly what motivates each individual…..

Every single person in this world has a different “map” of how they are put together……

People are raised in different parts of the Country….with different parents….who by the way have their own maps….

People are raised in different religions….

in different cultures….

With different friends….

Have different interests….

and most importantly…..

all have different driving forces of why they get up out of bed every morning..

Great leaders have interaction with the people…… every day…..great leaders find out what makes that individual…”tick”

Great leaders understand that by building rapport in a professional relationship…..that leader can then leverage that employee by giving them the proper feedback in a way that will be most receptive to that employee…

Think about it….

Some people love the recognition…

Some people love the challenge …

Some people like the certainty that goes with a particular project….

Some people just want to feel that… they “belong”

Some people want to continually grow….

You see….different motives… and different emotions…. drives all of us in what we do.

While figuring all of this out may seem to be a little difficult to do…..I know one thing…

If you ask a person exactly what they are thinking and how they are feeling….they will tell you…

But you first have to build a culture of honesty…..respect and integrity with that individual….

If you set the expectations clearly….and high enough….

Provide the employee with ALL of the tools and training that is necessary to perform the task….

And THEN…..give straight forward and honest feedback…..you will earn that individuals respect and trust….

As a leader….it is your job to mentor and train the leaders of tomorrow….

It starts by understanding the employee….understanding what their own individual driving motive is…

And then nurture it and watch it grow….

Your organization will be a better place and you as a leader will be fulfilled…..

To see a video of this blog, please go to the following link:

Jim Kristoff.com – Great Leaders know it is ALL about the people

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Archive of all blogs

 

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The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret

There are two pains you will feel in your life…

The pain of discipline

Or the pain of regret

The pain of discipline…requires us…to do all the right things…

To discipline ourselves… to get out of bed every morning with a positive attitude…

To discipline ourselves… to tell our family that we love them everyday before we leave for work…

To discipline ourselves…to expand our knowledge of ourselves and the world a little more everyday…

To discipline ourselves… to doing everything…legally…ethically and morally correct…

To discipline ourselves to go to work each day…and complete every task we have…

To discipline ourselves…to be better leaders…

To discipline ourselves…to eat the right foods everyday…

To discipline ourselves…to exercise and stay fit…

To discipline ourselves…with time management…so that we maximize our day…

To discipline ourselves…to practice…drill…and rehearse our hobbies…

To discipline ourselves…to spend time with our family and friends…

To discipline ourselves…to never react out of anger…

To discipline ourselves…to help another in their hour of need…

To discipline ourselves…to just simply…stop and smell the flowers…

For if we do not feel the small pain of all of these disciplines…we will feel the larger pain…of regret…

The regret…of having a terrible attitude when we get up…

The regret…of not telling our family we love them everyday…for no one knows when ones time is up…and they are gone forever…

The regret…of not gaining any knowledge of what is happening with ourselves and the world…for then…we will be lost…

The regret…of illegal…unethical…or immoral…conduct…that could play on our minds…or worse yet…land us in jail…

The regret…of going to work each day…and just going through the motions…never advancing our careers of feeling fulfilled….

The regret…of not being a better leader…for we are all leaders…even if we simply lead just ourselves…

The regret…of eating the wrong foods everyday…thus getting obese…and succumbing to major health problems…

The regret…of not getting out and exercising…a good long walk can do you good…

The regret…of not managing all the time in a day…thus never completing all the things we would like to get done…

The regret…of not practicing or rehearsing what we do for fun…when its game time…you won’t have any game…

The regret…of not spending enough time with family and friends…for life is just a short journey…

The regret…of what we might say or do…if we react to a situation in anger…

The regret…of knowing someone needed our help…and we ignored them…

The regret…of not taking the time to smell the flowers…for if it is all work and no fun…it will make our lives extremely boring…

You see…the pain of discipline is far less painful…than the pain of regret…

For it isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad.

Rather… it is the regret over yesterday or fear of tomorrow.

Regret and fear are twin thieves that will rob us of today…

Have the discipline to lead your life…the way you want to lead it…

For as you get older…without that discipline…the regrets start to pile up…

To see a video of this blog, go to the following link:

Jim Kristoff.com video – The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret

About the Author: From a Salesperson to a Dealer, I have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the automotive environment.

 

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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Archive of all blogs

 

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Go ahead….make a mistake!!

Is making a mistake…a bad thing??

Lots of people think… that mistakes are bad…but in reality…making mistakes…is a good thing…

Making mistakes are a good thing…because it shows you are willing to go forward…and take a chance…with a task or problem….

Remember…to get… what you have never gotten…you have to do…what you have never done…

In an effort to solve any task or problem…you have to be willing to take some risks on making mistakes…

You know the expression… “It’s easier to get forgiveness than ask permission.”…

Well, it’s true…

Good leaders don’t wait for official blessings… to try things out.

They’re prudent… but not reckless.

But they also realize a fact of life in most organizations…

If you ask enough people for permission… you’ll inevitably come up against someone… who believes that it is their job… to say “no.”

Less effective managers… endorse the sentiment…If I haven’t explicitly been
told yes… then I can’t do it…

Whereas the good managers believe…If I haven’t explicitly been told no…then I can.”

There’s a world of difference between these two points of view…

If it ain’t broke… don’t fix it…is the slogan of the complacent…the arrogant…or the
scared…

It’s an excuse for inaction…a call to non-arms.

It’s a mind-set that assumes…or hopes… that today’s realities will continue tomorrow in a tidy…and predictable fashion.

This is pure fantasy…

In this sort of culture… you won’t find good
people… who pro-actively take steps…to solve problems as they emerge…

And while making mistakes is a good investment…it is only a good investment…when you learn from them…

Repeating the same mistakes…is careless and reckless…

It simply shows that you are either…not paying attention…or you don’t care…

And if you don’t pay attention…or you don’t care…you won’t be long…for any organization…

You have to be willing to take risks…and make mistakes…

Risk taking managers…bring out the best in people…

Because the reins are loosened up…and that creates…experimentation…creativity…and added teamwork….

Risk taking managers believe…that it is better to shoot themselves in the foot…than have the competitor…shoot them in the head…

Managers…that are willing to take risks…are not attached to the way things have always been done around here….kind of attitude…

Risk taking managers…are the leaders in today’s world…

Because they move fast…empower others to take chances…and leave their comfort zones behind…

So are making mistakes a good thing???

They sure are….

But only if you create a culture of taking risks and making mistakes…

And then LEARN from your mistakes…and not repeat them…

Making mistakes…give it a try….

To see a video of this blog, go to;

http://jimkristoff.com/Videos/Motivation/MistakesandwhytheyareGood/tabid/107/Default.aspx

About the Author: From a Salesperson to a Dealer, I have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the automotive environment.

 

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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Archive of all blogs

 

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