I am a fourth generation, forty-sixy year veteran of the automotive aftermarket: an ASE Certified Master Technician, Service Consultant and Approved Automotive Manager. I grew up in this business with a passion for all things mechanical, particularly those things relating to performance. That passion grew to include all aspects of management, leadership and personal development with a special focus on every day shop operations which resulted in an eight-volume series on automotive shop management published by Cengage Learning and Thomson Publishing. I have been a trade journalist writing to the aftermarket for almost thirty years, devoting my professional life to improving both the image and experience of everyone struggling to succeed in the service industry and I've worked diligently to improve communication and increase understanding between all segments of my industry. This site and everything on it is both an extension and a continuation of those efforts

Two Things, Maybe More…

  Hey, Everyone There are two things I have to share with you at the moment. Perhaps, more as we get into it. The first is simple. Keep an eye out for October’s column: The Answer Is In The Question, which will appear here (www.mitchschneidersworld.com) on the morning of Thursday, October 1. The second may…

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Neither Here Nor There…

One of the problems with sharing your knowledge and experience—your life—on two different websites, one industry-related and the other more general in nature, is where to put what. Especially, when the subject you’re trying to address can apply equally to both. Unfortunately, that’s too often easier said than done. At least, that’s how it’s turning…

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The Simple Elegance of How Things Fit… mSw Sept v02

I like the way things fit together, especially when they fit together well. I suppose I always have. That may be why I gravitate toward all things mechanical. There is an elegant beauty in the functionality presented by mechanical systems not everyone is fortunate enough to see. But they’re there if you look hard enough.…

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Pivot… mSw September v01

Remember when you were a kid sitting cross-legged on the floor surrounded by a sprawl of Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, or Legos—whichever is generationally appropriate. Remember the shoeboxes that were transformed into car washes? The blankets that became tents or better yet, an endless network of caves? Or, the Barbie’s and Ken’s living in a…

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