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What Your Shop Secretly Reveals About You as a Leader: Service Department Red Flags

Ever feel like your own Service Department works against you despite your best efforts? Like some invisible hand dealt out sluggish Technicians, impatient customers, and dismal CSI scores no matter what you try? 

I get it. Running a thriving shop in the black feels next to impossible some weeks. But I promise, it doesn’t have to be that way. And more importantly, your department holds telltale clues to why growth remains elusive – you just have to decode them.

In this post, we’ll cover common red flags that attract scrutiny and disappointment in most shops. Only this time, we’ll connect the dots back to root causes tied to leadership gaps or philosophical disconnects that allow these problems to arise and persist. 

So roll up your sleeves and prepare to hear some tough love. Let’s dive into diagnosing what your shop’s weak spots really say about you:

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Consistent 3+ Week Bookouts Signal Lack of Foresight  

When book-outs drag on interminably, it broadcasts shortsightedness twofold. First, you likely chronically underestimate capacity needs. Despite desperate calls for more Techs once in crisis mode, you remain reactionary instead of calculating growth proactively. 

Second, allowing excessive wait times to become the status quo suggests you’re numb to delays. You tolerate friction and dysfunction rather than viewing profit lost from walkouts, CSI drops from impatience, and missed opportunities to capture more market share.

Low CSI Exposes Lack of Accountability

We all want 5-star-worthy experiences for every customer. But plummeting CSI numbers despite cheerleading point to leadership gaps.

What’s missing? Clear standards paired with accountability. When expectations around customer interaction, communication, and quality end at stale posters on the wall, don’t be surprised at indifference on the front lines…

Resolving Red Flags: 

If you see your shop in this less-than-flattering mirror, don’t despair. The first step in fixing flawed systems is acknowledging room for improvement. 

Lucky for you, we specialize in common red flag rehab here at Chris Collins Inc. Our customized coaching model revolves around collaboration and accountability done with care across roles – the secret sauce for exceeding CSI targets and maximizing efficiency at scale.

Experience the difference world-class leadership makes. Let’s decode frustrating hints from your shop floor and rewrite the story of your department together.

Book a complimentary 15 minute call here. 

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