Management 101

Basic Management Training, Tips and Tricks for the Novice Leader.

All Hail The Good Ol’ Boys’ Network!






Have you noticed what I’ve noticed about the American workforce over the years? I’ve worked closely with literally hundreds of people since leaving the Marine Corps in 1985, and an overwhelming majority of my coworkers simply hated their jobs. It’s not that any one of them had a particularly lousy job, per se; it’s just(…)






For Car Dealers, Training is not a Panacea; It’s a Punchline






  Sales are flat – we need more training! Turnover is up – we need more training! Grosses are down – we need more training! We just got a bad review – we need more training! Salespeople aren’t making their calls – we need more training! I can almost hear Jan Brady now: “Training, training,(…)






Car Dealer Free Training Cheat Sheet






  Cheat Sheet for Free Car Dealer Training Resources About once a week I get asked if there is a place where someone can go to see all of my free training resources cataloged in an easily digestible format. For car dealers looking for just video training, we created a Suggested Training Curriculum for Car(…)






Hey Mr. Dealer: You Don’t Have Sales Managers; You’ve Got Deskers!






You Don’t Have Sales Managers; You’ve Got Deskers! Most dealerships I work with seem to suffer from too few managers. They don’t have enough managers to control the sales floor, monitor phone calls and other activities, oversee the basic Road-to-the-Sale, ensure the CRM is being used properly or even train their own sales teams. Why(…)






Appointments Are The Only Thing






One of the great things about what I do is that I get to speak to a lot of dealer groups. It’s something I really enjoy doing; but more than that, it’s something I feel needs to be done. I believe an educated dealer is a successful dealer; and there is just so much misinformation(…)






The Best Decision-Making Book of 2016






  More than a few years ago, we compiled a list of the Ten Best Decision-Making Books Ever. And while there have been plenty of other books written on the subject since then, none have been able to crack the list… until now.  A few weeks ago, an author contacted us and asked that we(…)






Car Dealer Phone Skills 101: The 5 Sales Call Types and Why a BDC is Best






The 5 Car Dealer Sales Call Situations (and why a BDC is best) With today’s connected customer, there really are only a few types of phone calls your team will find themselves involved with. Gone are the days of a customer phoning and saying, “I need something good on gas for under $8,000; what do(…)






Help: I’m female, I’m foreign and I’m a new manager!






  We recently received the comment below on our Young Managers – How Do They Lead Older Subordinates post: Hi, I am a female, 28 year older manager leading a mix team of 8 people who are 15-25 years older than me in finance operations. I have slightly different situation. I am an EXPAT from(…)






Are Car Dealer Online Service Scheduling Applications Chasing Customers Away?






  Let me start this post by stating unequivocally that I am big fan of online service scheduling applications for car dealers. When set up correctly, these little tools can save you and your customers the headaches and hassles of numerous service phone calls. When set up correctly. Without getting into the weeds, suffice it(…)






Car Dealer BDCs: A Veritable Den of Thieves for Many Dealers






The Great BDC Robbery: How Reconciliation Allows Your Business Development Center to Steal from You Do you have any idea what your BDC is doing right now? A few weeks ago a general manager I’ve known for some time was bragging about the performance of his group’s Centralized BDC. He was almost gushing about how(…)






Internet Lead Response: Why Should it Matter for Car Dealers?






  (Another helpful excerpt from the pladoogle.com free 2015 Car Dealer Mystery Shop Study of more than 400 automotive dealers.) Why Does Lead Response Matter? Lately, much has been written about the drop in the number of electronic sales leads dealers receive – not coincidentally, of course, most often by those wishing to sell more of their(…)






The Three Cs of Phone Skills Mastery






  While I tend to do a lot of phone training, it’s not my favorite skill to teach. This is not because my phone skills training lacks substance or robustness or even uniqueness – it provides all three (and you can even get most of it for free online) – it’s because that no matter(…)






Social Media for Business – Why I am embarrassed for 99.9% of you…






  My kids get it. They don’t think about it; they don’t hire gurus to guide them through it; they don’t contrive anything about it; and… they can sniff out anything contrived in an instant. It’s social media, and it’s not mystical or complicated; and it especially doesn’t require any real expertise. Of course, if(…)






Online at 30,000 Feet? Welcome to the World Wide Mile High Club






  Delta-a-GoGo: Wi-Fi in the Sky – Good, Bad, Right, Wrong? It’s Here When I first read about Delta’s plans to add wi-fi networking on some flights I was appalled. Under no circumstances did I want this one last bastion of freedom from emails to escape my personal dead zone. I truly enjoyed my twice-weekly(…)






More Leadership Lessons from the Airline Industry – Delta Stubs Their Toe (Again)






More Leadership Lessons from Delta Airlines In a recent post, we admonished Delta Airlines for the ill-conceived, confusing Delta Breezeway enacted in late 2007. It seemed that even months after its introduction, most Delta gate agents and Delta frequent fliers still had no idea how to use them. We are proud to say that between(…)






The 25 Most Annoying Business Phrases






The 25 Most Annoying Business Phrases Managers Use From the overused to the clichéd, we are inundated on a daily basis with annoying and ridiculous business phrases from the lips of well-meaning managers. Why so many of us, present company included, rely on the latest catch phrases or tired business jargon to relay a particular(…)






Using The Proper Email Etiquette for Business Signatures






  Proper Email Etiquette for Business Signatures In response to numerous requests to a recent series of posts covering proper email etiquette, the editors of AskTheManager.com decided it was time to put to rest the question on what should be included in a business email signature. For those of you not familiar enough with Outlook(…)






Leadership Lessons from the Airline Industry – Delta Bats .500






Leadership Lessons from Delta Air Lines   The editors of AskTheManager fly virtually every airline that caters to business travelers (i.e., the big ones), but we really seem to love Delta for some reason.   Delta is not always the cheapest, the friendliest or even the most convenient, but as one of the editors stated(…)






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