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How to be a Collaborative Franchise Coach

By | Franchise Coaching, Franchise Culture
collaborative franchise coach

The Collaborative Franchise Coach

Franchise coaches bridge a lot of gaps, including:

  • Franchisor and franchisee
  • Franchisee and key departments, such as Marketing
  • Crew members and training resources

The word synergy has fallen out of fashion in recent years, but the spirit of it of the sum of parts being greater than the whole is still going strong in the franchising community. Explore some of the ideas below to see how you can build more collaboration, and more effectiveness, into your role.

Look Below the Iceberg

As you take a look at a problem that you observe, you want to look into the root causes of each. Sometimes, the problem is shallow and a simple fix works well. But, other times, the problem is part of a something bigger – it is just the tip of the iceberg. For example, a franchisee may have their Holiday season promotion up in February – and who wants to see Santa when you are still paying the bills and losing the weight after an indulgent season? So – the simple solution is to get them to take it down and update it with the healthy winter promotion. But, what happens if it hits summer, and you as the coach see the February promotion sitting there? So – in this case, the wrong seasonal LTO is the top of the iceberg. Below the iceberg could be the following:

  • Maybe there needs to be training on obtaining and updating the promotion.
  • Perhaps the franchisee does not see the LTO as important – so it is a lack of priorities around it.
  • It could be that there is a weak relationship with the coach and they can say “yes” in the moment, but he or she does not respect the coach enough to actually follow through.
  • Finally, there could be a culture of “don’t care” going on in the case of a combative relationship between franchisor and franchisee.

There are many other things that could be under the iceberg. It is up to a smart coach and team to figure those out using both experience and intuition.

Focus on the Shift

Everything comes down to the shift – that is the simplest way to create more connections. Although many are “allergic” to math, connecting the math to the product can create a surprising level of motivation.

Numbers

Imagine you have a revenue goal of $5,000. Your crew can see that number, and maybe even remember it, but it may not translate into results until you give it meaning. To break it down, you can do the following:

  • Imagine you are a donut shop with a breakfast and lunch shift. In a month with 30 days, you can break that revenue goal down into $83/shift ($5,000/60=$83.)
  • Say your donut shop has a price for $11.95 for a dozen, 6.75/half-dozen and $2.35 for a large coffee. So – you could break it down to aiming to get 3 customers to buy a dozen more donuts, 3 to buy 1/2 dozen and 12 to buy large coffees.
  • Now, wheels can start turning. A guy who has a gift for connecting with customers, can recommend the delicious new cinnamon donuts for a customer who is getting snacks for a meeting – and boom! one of the dozens is complete. A crew member who is popular in the community invites a group of hockey moms to the shop for a coffee-chat – boom! the 12 coffee goal is complete. The guy delivering an Amazon order dwells near the donuts and is noticed by the associate at the counter – boom! another 1/2 dozen is sold. Accomplishing goals is better with everyone on board in a real way, and you can enjoy the victory together by offering recognition or even simple incentives.

Day Of

According to Jim Sullivan in Multi Unit Leadership, “many never consider the architecture of the revenue-generating shift and how managers need to vary their approach and style to effectively get the most out of each. It’s time our managers stop “running” shifts… and begin leading them. See the excellent video below for more tips on shift management.

Ask Purposeful Questions

Imagine you have a coach and a franchisee interacting. The coach imparted his knowledge at length, and came out of the conversation feeling like he had made an strong, meaningful change in the franchisee’s life. The franchisee, on the other hand, came out of the conversation feeling like the coach talked a lot, and he didn’t get a chance to share his biggest concern. The point is, no matter how brilliant or insightful the coach’s words were, they fall flat if the franchisee does not receive them. That is where purposeful questions come in. Here are some questions that Sullivan recommends:

  • What do you need to accomplish? Why is that important? How do you know? 
  • What do you think might be getting in the way of your success. How would you know? 
  • How would you know whn you were successful? What would it look like? 
  • Why do you think it is a problem? Have you noticed it before? If so, for how long? 
  • How have you addressed the problem? What happened? Why do you think that occurred? What if we can’t find a solution? 
  • How could you approach the problem differently to attain a different outcome? What are we assuming? 
  • What don’t you know that might be helpful to resolve the problem(s)?
  • What do you need from me to help you? How will you use that? 
  • What do your junior managers need? Why? What are their major obstacles? How do you know? 

This is not to say the coach is not to speak when there is a point to make. It is a balancing act between asking questions and speaking.

Last Word

The franchise coach’s role is known as the hardest job in franchising. While that pressure, sometimes there is a sense of needing to “know everything.” But there is a freedom to collaborating and connecting – it is the freedom to find answers and do the work together. It is also the freedom to share responsibility for the success that you build together as a team.



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CEO’s Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Positive Culture in Franchising

By | Franchise Culture
Franchising Positive Culture

Business culture exists in every company, whether it’s managed effectively by the leadership team, or is the result of neglect.

A positive culture significantly impacts business productivity and profitability by enhancing team commitment to the goals of the enterprise. Conversely, a negative culture disrupts the ‘team spirit” and significantly reduces cooperation among team members, increases turnover, and reduces productivity.

In many ways, franchise organizations are even more dependent upon a positive culture than other business models. Franchisees are independent business owners, typically with entrepreneurial spirit, and less inclined to follow instructions than typical employees and managers. Many franchisors are looking for alternatives to the cop perception of franchisors, and want to make compliance a part of the culture.

To help franchisors in our community, Franchise Business Review, an independent market research firm that has partnered with over 1,100 top-performing franchisors, has created a guide, that will help you:

  • Learn about what culture means in the franchise context
  • Several real-life examples of culture programs in action of top franchisors
  • 12 steps on how to build a positive franchise culture

Download the free guide

Why Culture Matters in Franchise Systems

  • Increased engagement
  • Increased performance
  • Compliance is more likely
  • Creates consistent behaviors across the organization (because they WANT to)

Despite its critical importance to organizations, culture is frequently overlooked by leadership, and the result is an organization that lacks clarity and purpose. Leadership is responsible for the creation and maintenance of a positive culture that creates alignment of team behavior and company values, as well as aligns individual employee goals with those of the enterprise.

The best leaders personify their vision, mission, and passion. Only through authentic values and principles can you provide clear organizational expectations that drive norms and motivate employees at all levels.

6 Elements of “Leader” Driven Culture

  1. Vision – a leader’s basic job.
  2. Mission – innovative and inspirational.
  3. Relationship – lead by example.
  4. Employees – must align team goals and objectives with company values and mission.
  5. Accessibility – continually connect and share knowledge with the team.
  6. Business Acumen – strong skills for today’s business environment.

 

Ready to Make Positive Culture a Priority?

In many ways, franchising IS culture. The same attitude, the same behavior, the same tools, even the same words used in each franchise location, impart the culture of the brand. Each location may have some flexibility in how they deliver service, but they can’t be so far from the standard to undermine the underlying franchise brand “culture” as perceived by their customers.

This eBook will examine the three foundational components of a positive culture—and provide practical advice for franchise leadership teams for creating and maintaining a culture that leads to greater productivity and profitability.

 

Download the free guide

Capture franchisees’ feedback on your culture and franchise community with Franchise Business Review’s Franchisee Satisfaction Surveys, and measure and improve employee engagement and franchise culture at the corporate and/or franchisee level with Employee Satisfaction Surveys.

Michelle Rowan FBR

About the Author: Michelle Rowan

Michelle is the president of FBR, vice chair of the International Franchise Association Women’s Franchise Committee, and a Certified Franchise Executive. She has facilitated CEO Performance Groups and Executive Networking Groups and is also a mentor of UNH college students. When she is not at work she is usually reading, playing outside, or hanging out with her husband and daughter.