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Be NICE: How to Embrace Compassionate Leadership at Your Dealership

You can listen to the full podcast here (and subscribe!): BE NICE KPI Cafe

In this episode of the KPI Cafe, "Playground Director II" Jeff Elhart of Elhart Automotive joins host Dane Saville to discuss how he managed to navigate the pandemic, laying off nearly 75% of his staff, and his efforts to lead with compassion for his people and community with Good Grief. In addition to that, Mr. Elhart opens up about his family's tragic loss of his brother and how that lead him to implementing the Be NICE program that helped steward Elhart Automotive's mental health awareness. 

5:54 Origins of Jeff’s Title “Playground Director II” and Role in Automotive

  • Managing the Fun in the Sandbox
  • Family Business

10:00 Context of Today’s Episode: Compassionate Leadership

  • Laying off ¾ of staff
  • Concern: mental well-being
  • Good Grief

12:10 Highlights of Good Grief

  • Background of Losing His Brother, Wayne
  • Distribution of Copies
  • Examples of the 10 Steps of Grieving Well

13:55 The “BE NICE.” Program

  • Mental Health Foundation of Western Michigan
  • BE NICE. Acronym Breakdown
  • How to Learn More About BE NICE.
  • Letter from Wayne

15:44 Reaction to BE NICE. and Compassionate Leadership

  • Those Reaching Out to Jeff
  • Various Issues Affecting the Community

23:12 What Can Dealers Do to Begin Leading with Compassion

  • Be the “Lifeguard”
  • Don’t Have to Invent the Wheel
  • How to Launch the Program
  • The BE NICE. Champions

28:48 True Story from the Dealership

  • Service Technician
  • Underlying Cause

32:08 The Benefit of Today’s Technology for Mental Health

34:55 Concluding Thoughts

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