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Stephanie Young's Blog Posts Tagged 'Management' (18)

Creating Red Carpet Customer Service

There are probably a thousand reasons or more that customer service and retention is a valuable automotive sales training topic, but here are just nine that affect all industries that should get your attention.

 

1 .   86% of buyers will pay more for a better customer experience. But only 1% of customers feel that vendors consistently meet their expectations. (CEI…

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Added by Stephanie Young on May 20, 2014 at 9:25am — No Comments

Sales Training: Building Relationships on Social Media

Rejection is part of the sales professional experience, but selling is a personal experience for both the salesperson and the buyer.

Long sales cycles, endless follow ups via email and phone and no-after-no cannot only be brutal on the morale of a salesperson; it is often not much fun for the buyer either.  Now when a salesperson is able to bring to the table a human…

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Added by Stephanie Young on April 29, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments

Automotive Management Training: Recycling Your Perspective

 Perfection is unsustainable, while personal progress is obtainable.

Stay green and let yourself grow!

When someone claims to be “green”, what first comes to your mind?  They are making an effort to reduce their carbon foot print on mother earth?  Maybe they are a vegetarian?  Or they are actively recycling?

When I hear the…

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Added by Stephanie Young on April 22, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Automotive Sales Staff Impact American Progress

We all must remember, nothing happens in our economy until something is sold!!!   The selling of goods and services is the driving force behind our economy.  Taxes are collected when something is sold, providing the funds necessary for Government Services.  Ideas are just dreams until those products and services on sold in the market.  Factories and their production have…

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Added by Stephanie Young on February 17, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Do You Have Leaders or Bosses Driving Organizational Success

There is no mystery in the concept that the happier employees are, the more productive they are, resulting in greater profits for your organization.   Read the below descriptions for a leader and a boss and determine what is the driving force in your dealership.

 

Leaders are people that are responsible for…

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Added by Stephanie Young on January 23, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

We All Have a Dream

On August 28, 1963 in front of Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech that became a pivotal turning point in U.S. history.  What made Dr. King’s dream a reality was his literally devotion to being in action.  He acted despite adversity, ridicule and criticism.  His thoughts and opinions were not popular and were considered not acceptable at the…

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Added by Stephanie Young on January 20, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why Should an Organization Train, Rinse and Repeat?

Military, Law Enforcement, Medical Professionals, Teachers…what do these occupations have in common?  Each provides a highly valued service to our local and global community at large and does so as a result of education and extensive on-going training.  As a result, society can depend on these individuals to protect humanity, face danger, save lives, educate our youth, improve health and…

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Added by Stephanie Young on October 11, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Road Map to Problem Resolution

I learned in differential calculus, that problem solving is easier if your start with the solution and work back to the problem.  At first, this is an awkward testament to a person’s ability.  We do not often spend time going backwards in life.  In this case though, I found if I focus on the desired resolution, the pathway to resolving the problem becomes clear.

 

Once I…

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Added by Stephanie Young on September 27, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Reminder: It is Time for an Attitude Adjustment

I was once the bride of an enlisted sailor, who during the course of our marriage made the transition from enlisted to officer by finishing his college education.  Once he had become an officer; he tackled the challenge of completing flight school to become a Naval Aviator.  When he graduated from flight school and to represent his accomplishments, I had a pewter tankard engraved with…

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Added by Stephanie Young on September 8, 2011 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

Going Up?

Seldom does some one board an elevator from an upper floor to ride the elevator up.  Most of the time, if someone boards the elevator from an upper floor it is to ride back to the first floor.  Therefore, when considering progress, why let someone impede your progression by not being on the project from the ground floor?

 

Please allow me to further develop this concept for…

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Added by Stephanie Young on September 6, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Empowerment beyond "Just Because" or "Because I Told You So"

When I was a child, I was the question asking machine.  Now that I am an adult, I am the question asking machine.  Not because I want to be annoying.  I really want to understand why.  Knowing the why helps me deliver on the expectations.  Knowing the why gives me the follow through to see an opportunity to completion. 

 

Understanding why gives me access to…

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Added by Stephanie Young on August 16, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Advancement is Management Minus the Power Struggle

Best piece of advice I have been given as a manager:  Always be teaching others how to be you.  Inspire them to be gunning for your desk and to become you.  Humbly step aside when they replace you.  Without them to replace you, the opportunities of your advancement decline.

 

Right after that tidbit of wisdom was imparted on me, I was asked to spear head a rather large…

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Added by Stephanie Young on August 11, 2011 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Team Building as the Coaching Manager

The sport that so many predicted I would excel at due to my size was actually the sport where I floundered.  When it came to the hardwood, the only skill I had was shooting free throws.  My coaches could have just given up on me and focused their attention on the superstars on the team, but instead they invested time and energy into the one thing I could do well.  In place of teaching me…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 28, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Meltdown Management

As a sales manager, I hosted a daily sales meeting like every good sales manager should.  Like all good salespeople do, the sales team would come to the meeting with their list of “should-haves” and “could-haves” if only “blah-blah” was true.  This would often take the wind right out of my…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 19, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Standing at a Crossroad and Finding The Sum of You in Three Words

There are forks in the road in everyone’s lives.  The pathway we choose when faced with at fork can sometimes dramatically alter our journey.  I stood at one of those forks when I was invited to participate with The Landmark Forum.  I heard about the cult rumors about this organization, but…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 5, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Helping Goldilocks Find the Right Car

Below is one of my favorite tales of two dealerships. It is a favorite story because I believe both dealerships had the best of intentions, just one made a positive impact and the other a not so positive impact on how one woman in a vast world of consumers experienced buying her first brand new car.

 

The ink on the…

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Added by Stephanie Young on June 30, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Can I Get a Witness!?!?!?!

I never question the freshness of a candy bar when I buy it.  If the candy bar is not up to my standard, I toss it.  It would “cost” me more in effort than what I spent on the candy bar to report my dissatisfaction.  When it comes to big ticket items, there is a lot more at “risk” and customer satisfaction becomes a turning point in the decision making process.  So how can a salesperson…

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Added by Stephanie Young on June 29, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Virtual Duct Tape in a Global Economy

When a friend posted this picture on Facebook, first I laughed and thought back to those crazy college days with pranks and practical jokes involving duct tape.  Then my thoughts wandered into the humor of my adult life, where I joke about things being held together with duct tape and Popsicle sticks.  Then it dawned on me there is…

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Added by Stephanie Young on June 27, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

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