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We recently promoted one of our top guys off of the sales floor to be our next finance manager. He has been with the store for 5 years and has definitely put in his time and earned the promotion. We have considered him for the promotion for quite a while but have failed to offer him the position due to some issues he needed to work on. We just had one of our two finance guys quit and were put in a position where we needed to make a decision quickly to fill the empty spot. Despite his shortcomings, we offered him the position because it was definitely our best option.
We have never questioned his ability to be a finance manager and he is definitely capable with regard to everything that the job will demand. He has always had a consistent problem with punctuality and has taken off way too much time for vacations in the past. Those problems have never really been an issue due to the fact that he has always performed at such a high level in sales. The only hesitation that the GM and I had when we considered him for the promotion was whether or not he would be able to kick those bad habits and be dependable as a manager.
I finally convinced the GM that promoting this guy was definitely the best move for the store at this point. My hope in promoting him was that he would automatically improve and fix those problems because of the added responsibility that he would have. I really think that when you show confidence in a guy and take the leap of faith to promote him, that he will naturally "step up his game" so to speak. The problem with that, is that I had to somewhat stick my neck out on the line to convince him to make the move. Meaning, if things don't work out with our new guy (which I know they will), I will be the one that he blames for making a bad decision.
So... Did I make the right call? Based off your past experience, do you guys agree that people will automatically raise the bar when you throw them a bone? Or am I way too optimistic?