Mega Group USA, the 1,800-member buying group for independent dealers, is stepping up its Mega U leadership training program for store owners and senior staff.
Launched last year under accredited Dale Carnegie instructor Doug Stewart with a focus on leveraging extended warranties, the program is now offering intensive, two-day retreats covering a range of small-business management subjects.
Topics tackled during the Mega Business Academies (MBAs) include:
*creating a positive company culture;
*the sales process;
*managing family conflict;
*establishing a corporate vision; and
*promoting employee engagement.
Participants, limited to 10 to 15 dealers per retreat, also receive extensive management training on finance, marketing and other business best practices, and form “performance groups” that continue to meet and share after the retreats.
“As a small-business owner I long for ‘worth-my-time’ sales training, financial review topics led by intelligent people, and networking in a structured ‘Let’s-tackle-this topic-and-get-back-to-work’ kind of way,” said Katrina Lynch-Allen, principal of Lynch’s Furniture and Appliance in St. Robert, Mo. “Mega’s business retreat hit all my wants and needs.”
Added Mallory Parker, Mega’s business services executive VP: “Mega U is designed and purposed for dealers to have access to information that assists them towards success and profitability. Creating effective leaders, sharing and implementing best practices, and offering simple, unique and refined sales training are fundamental to our learning program.”
The next two MBA leadership retreats will be held Jan. 10-12, 2017, in Logan, Utah, and Feb. 7-9, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.