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Sandy Zannino is the founder of Innovative Auto HR Solutions and started in the car business in 1998 as a dealer’s assistant and corporate office manager. She's a passionate problem solver with a broad range of experience and has found ways to save dealers money while minimizing risks and exposures.
In this episode, we discuss many of the challenges facing dealership managers and employees. Sandy emphasizes the importance of active listening and treating employees as internal customers to improve communication and enhance employee engagement. The episode also highlights the impact of active listening on lead handling and customer satisfaction.
"By developing active listening skills, dealership managers can improve performance, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction. It can also create a culture of open communication, foster trust, enhance employee engagement, have a positive impact on lead handling, and improve conversion rates."
Another topic we discuss is inclusion and how diversity in the workplace alone is not enough. It is vital to examine and understand our own biases to create a more inclusive society that accepts others' differences. We also explore how biases can impact our decisions and interactions with others and how being immersed in other cultures can broaden our perspective and increase empathy.
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Sandy points out the impact of biases in the automotive industry and how many dealerships need to attract more workers, especially from younger generations. We highlight the challenges that the industry faces in attracting millennial and Gen Z workers, who may have biases against the industry due to perceptions passed down from their parents.
The conversation emphasizes the importance of personal fulfillment, making a difference, and doing what makes you happy. Sandy suggests investing time in connecting with employees and sharing personal experiences to gain new perspectives and discover hidden talents.
This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in becoming a more effective leader and creating a more inclusive and successful organization.
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