Episode #72: Jim Shorkey Jr., Former Owner of Jim Shorkey Automotive

Welcome to Episode #72 of the Learning to Lead podcast. This episode is a part of our interview series, in which I interview leaders in order to extract their best leadership lessons and tips. In this episode, I interviewed Jim Shorkey Jr., Former Owner of Shorkey Automotive.

Before I introduce Jim, I just want to thank you for listening to this podcast. I hope it adds value to your life. If you have enjoyed it, I’d like to ask you for a favor, could you go to iTunes and subscribe to this podcast, leave a rating, and leave a review for this podcast. Doing so will help grow the podcast’s audience! Thanks!

I originally got to know Jim through a mutual friend. Up until I met him, I only knew him through his company’s radio commercials! When I met Jim, I learned that he had recently handed over his company to his kids. Outside of mentoring, he is completely hands off of the business.

He has recently started his own coaching and mentoring business called, Results From Thinking. If you listen to this podcast and would be interested in having Jim coach you, you can contact him via e-mail at: jimshorkey1957@gmail.com.

Jim is one of the most structured and disciplined I have ever met. The results he’s delivered are proof of that. In this interview, I believe you’ll get fired up about creating a plan for your life and putting the processes needed in order to execute those plans. Enjoy the interview!

Episode #72: Jim Shorkey Jr. 



Jim Shorkey’s Bio:

Jim Shorkey has excelled in the automobile industry by building his family owned business from one small, dealership in 2003 to six top selling dealerships in Western Pennsylvania by 2014, representing an 800% increase in sales volume.  Jim attributes this accomplishment to a proven Success Formula that he has mastered over the years.  Because he feels so strongly about how this information has changed his life, he’s teaching this Success Formula to other business owners and professionals through his coaching and mentoring company and is getting incredible results.

Connect with Jim:

Some of my Key Takeaways:

  • You’ll never outperform your self-image
  • Make your downtime, primetime!
  • Seek expert council
  • Build the image of what you want – What do you really want?
  • Create an action plan every single day
  • Young leaders have too much fail of failing . . . the best lessons come from failure!
  • Too many people get defeated by defeat
  • Allow your team the opportunity to fail and learn
  • You gotta wanna!
  • If you took your life plan to the county, what would they say?
  • Tiger Woods has 6 personal coaches – We all need to get coached


  • Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions, and what you do.
  • What is one thing about Jim Shorkey that people would be surprised to know?
  • When you think of success, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?
  • Walk us through your leadership journey . . . did you always aspire to be a leader wherever you were? How did you learn leadership? Did someone teach you?
  • How did you grow Jim Shorkey automotive into what it is today?
  • What advice would you give to young leaders who aspire to start or run their own businesses?
  • What’s the hardest part about being a business owner?
  • What advice do you wish someone would have told you when you were just starting out?
  • Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe some one who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?
  • What are you doing and what have you done to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
  • What books have you read that have made a great impact on you that you would recommend? 
  • How do you structure your days and your life so that you are as productive as possible?
  • Could you talk about one or two of your greatest leadership failures? What did you learn from them?
  • What qualities do you look for in up and coming leaders?
  • In your leadership experience, what have you learned about building a great team?
  • What does mentoring and development young leaders look like in your organization?
  • You are now an executive coach, what are some if the biggest things you want to teach the leaders you are investing in?
  • How can we learn more about what you’re doing as an executive coach? What can listeners do to serve you?
  • What do you wish people knew about car dealerships?
  • If you had to give advice to people buying a car, what would you tell them?
  • What makes someone a great salesperson vs a mediocre one?
  •  What are you most proud of up to this point in your life?
  • What do you want your legacy to be?
  • Any closing advice for young leaders?
  • Who are some other great local leaders that would be worth our time to meet and get to know?

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