Three To Five Years

That’s about it. Five max. That’s about the number of years a person can be productive and feel challenged in any given job.

Yes, there are exceptions, but for the most part somewhere between 3 and 5 years you need to move your managers around.

I know that’s hard to do especially in smaller dealerships. But, for those not in a small dealership you need to give it some thought.

Real leadership means making hard choices. Real leadership means giving people a chance to grow.

People can’t grow when they are not challenged. Doing the same job day in and day out can suck the wind right out of you.

Yes, there are some people who do an amazing job in one position for 10 years and beyond. That’s all they are interested in doing and there’s nothing wrong with that. Pay them well and give them a pat on the back.

Real leadership is always looking for opportunities to push people along. The more the team learns the easier the leader’s job is. The more a team is challenged the more fulfilled the team is. When the team is fulfilled, it’s win, win.

Lead from the front and push from the rear. That’s all I’m gonna say. Tommy Gibbs