There! I’ve Gone And Done It…

Written by mitch. Posted in Aftermarket, Blog, Consumer, Distribution, General Community, Manufacturing, Personal, Repair Community, Uncategorized

I’ve taught enough classes on Goals & Objectives to recognize just how important it is to share those Goals & Objectives publically when it’s time to accomplish whatever it is you’ve set out to do.

It should be a ‘No-Brainer,’ as there is nothing less at stake than your dreams. So, it’s only reasonable to assume that having an army of people close to  you constantly asking:

“How you doin’ with those Goals & Objectives you said you would have completed by last Thursday?

Everything goin’ OK?

They done yet?”

would be enough… All the pressure any of us would need to move forward.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Not because publicly posting your Goals & Objectives doesn’t work. It does! But, it only works if you do it, and most of us don’t.

In fact, most of us don’t have written goals and objectives at all, and wouldn’t post them publicly if they did! The fear is overwhelming!

I know this from personal experience as I was among the many who could not – Or, would not – bring themselves to share their Goals & Objectives with anyone!

Nevertheless, I’ve decided to post two of my professional Goals here – along with my personal Mission Statement. They are two (2) of the Primary Goals  I shared with my altMBA12 Cohort during my participation in Seth Godin’s altMBA Program, an experience that appeared in the October 2017 issue of Ratchet+Wrench.

 

 

It was an experience that changed my life.

I keep the Mission Statement in my wallet… and these two (2) Goals & Objectives on top of the printer on my desk. I keep them on the printer so I can look at them every time I need to move them in order to print something !

The Mission Statement is a constant reminder of who I am and why I do what I do. It reads:

To benefit, enrich and improve the lives of others by sharing my personal knowledge and experience through my writing, speaking and interactions… 

That’s the bar: the standard I use to evaluate every task, every request, every demand on my time. It’s the standard to which I hold myself accountable. It’s important because of what I’ve been doing with myself over the past four months.

Professional Goal #1

Staying in the game…

To increase my reach as an Industry leader through my writing, blogging, video blogging, speaking, presentations and seminar work.

Professional Goal #2 

Finish Misfire…

Finish Misfire: the management allegory I’ve been “playing with” for years. 

The interesting thing about Goals & Objectives is that they are subject to change depending upon circumstance. At the beginning of the altMBA process I would have told you – as I told all the members of my Cohort – that my Primary Goal, the most important and effective use of my time, the most consistent with my personal Mission, would have been to dive headfirst into filling the pages of this website.

I believed with a perfect faith that’s what I would have to do to best serve my Mission. Then, as I worked my way through the alt process I realized that I had been lying to myself and everyone else. What bubbled to the surface was the realization that the single most important thing I could do: for myself… and, quite possibly everyone else, was complete the book.

As a result of that realization and my commitment to face that fear, I dove headfirst into the cold, lonely, frightening and insecure depths of my imagination and started writing. I approached completing the book with the same obsessive/compulsive energy I bring to just about every project I’m passionate about. And, here’s something I never really thought I’d ever be able to say despite having already completed an 8-Volume Automotive Shop Management series!

With the exception of some “light” technical research and adding a little more depth to one or two of the characters, it’s DONE!

Done to the point I actually allowed two other human beings to read it and tear it apart… But, neither did! Tear it apart, that is!

In fact, they both liked it!

Now, my priorities are to complete the manuscript and then figure out what to do with it: how best to present it to you and the world. That, and move on to Goal #1!

Here’s where you come in…

A goal, written or otherwise, is nothing more than a wish or a dream if it isn’t accompanied by a deadline…

When I finished the altMBA program in late August of this year, my commitment was to have the manuscript completely finished and ready for a professional edit by the end of February 2018. I’ll have the reasearch I need completed by mid-January and then it’s six weeks to the finish line.

I’m writing again… More and more! Writing about the automotive service aftermarket and the repair community, two things I’ve always cared deeply about. But, I’ve also decided that I have things to say about other topics as well, and I’ll be addressing some of those as we move forward.

So, here’s my email address: mitch@mitchschneidersworld.com

If there’s something you have a question about or something you want to vent about: something that’s really bothering you about our industry – where it is and/or where it’s going – Or, anything else… Let me know! Email me!

If you’re interested in what’s happening with the book… Any of my other projects or anything else I’m involved with… Email me!

If you think there is something worthy of praise that needs to be illuminated: something (Or, someone!) that makes you particularly proud of who you are and what you do – Email me!

If you think there is an issue – Something that has nothing to do with the Aftermarket – Something that should be addressed, but hasn’t been – You get it! You know what to do! Email me!

If you feel inspired to write down your own goals and objectives and are willing to be held accountable… Well, then, let me know and I’ll email you!

 

Latest Greatest: Implications of the Latest Round of Recalls…

Written by mitch. Posted in Blog, Consumer, Uncategorized

Latest Greatest… Service Notes: August 2014

There’s been a lot on the news lately about the General Motors recall (Multiple recalls, actually…) and rightly so. It’s the largest in automotive history, figured in the tens of millions of vehicles.

To compound matters, General Motors has been joined in the quest to see who can generate the most Recalls by just about every other vehicle manufacturer on the planet! (Here are just a couple of the many sites you can visit to see how many vehicles have been affected and whether or not your vehicle may be one of those included: http://www.recalls.gov/nhtsa.html  http://autos.aol.com/info/recall/ .
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The whole notion of having to bring your vehicle back to the dealer – which is where you will have to go if the vehicle is involved in a Recall, especially if you want to have the service provided at the manufacturer’s cost and not yours – is stressful enough.

But, far more distressing is the impact the Recalls themselves, coupled with the cost and the fallout from the cover-up, are likely to have on the Technical Service Bulletins that regularly flow from the factory alerting their service network and members of the independent segment of the repair community of potential engineering problems.

The great fear is that in order to ensure there is no “Paper Trail” documenting fore-knowledge of a potentially lethal defect and then tying it back to the manufacturer that built the vehicle, the flow of that kind of service information would be cut off at the source in the spirit of “Plausible Deniability.”No one is speculating on how that kind of critical information might be shared in the future… All we know is that it is just about impossible to “fix” a flaw that was engineered in at the factory without the factory redesigning the part or reprogramming whichever module (computer) is responsible contributing to the flaw!However, everyone agrees, that kind of information is essential to work on today’s highly sophisticated and technologically advanced vehicles.We’ll continue to keep you informed as this story continues to enfold… And, we’ll let you know when you can get involved and how you can do your part to ensure the flow of vital information to and through the Automotive Aftermarket continues.