Evidently Covid19 fear will be there for a long time, there’s no denying the fact. But as it was said in Jurassic Park First movie “Life finds it way”. So now I am thinking that we are in that stage where life is finding its way out of lockdown.
We at Gehlot Ford & National Tractors and Motors resumed our partial operations only for workshop purposes. But being first day we were not hoping for much of customer so we just did cleaning & checkin of the machines etc so that we can be fully ready as little more of lockdown eases up.
To be very honest first day back felt very confusing and odd to many people. confusing to us that how to get whole operation running with 30% of staff and for staff it was little odd because of social distancing measures, sanitisers and infrared thermometer being pointed to them in every 3 hours.
But I feel this is going to be the new norm now even after lockdown eases and Covid19 fear goes away.
Was talking to my staff and literally some of them thanked and were very happy coming to office mostly because their boredom was going and some were happy with the sanitisation practices we are adopting in the routine life.
Let’s take baby steps and keep the ball rolling under guidelines of government. And pray to God with a hope that tomorrow would be better then today.
Just to give you a context about why I wrote the headline that I wrote. I completed my college in 2006 and went straight to business. Learning the ropes from the master himself “My Father” I started one small venture of mine, details about that some other day. So we were looking to expand/ grow business-wise and came across this.
We started our Ford Venture in 2009 for me the journey started way before that… the whole process started in late 2007’s when the company representative visited us with my uncle from Jaipur who is also a ford dealer there.
The proposals were exchanged and we got final round of meeting with ford india’s bosses at that time in chennai and we were given a sign off for a setup go ahead.
After a few ups and downs health wise with me and dad battled depression because of that, but we came out with the flying colours and from 1st April 2009 we did a soft opening as there were few sign-offs pending from Ford Motor Company USA’s side. Without that we couldn’t have the official inauguration. So we use to get cars from our co-dealers and sell them during soft opening days to get in sync with the systems & processes.
On 31.10.2009 we finally did a grand inauguration and were officially a dealer for ford . We were really waiting for Ford’s New small car “FIGO”. A mass segment in which Ford was foraying into. And boy in 2010 when the vehicle launched it paved the way for dealership’s success.
As per my father the key to run a great & happy business is the people, So in our dealership the staff is not considered staff and as an owner of the business. The morale of the people & their enthusiasm towards work just quadruples.
My dealership has taught me many things, still teaching a lot daily, Has made me travelled places, Has given confidence which was missing in me some years back. And most importantly given me a whole different thought process and an entrepreneurial spirit “Yes We Can”…
We celebrate 31st October every year as birthday of Gehlot Ford where the whole staff comes together for a cake ceremony and sharing stories of day 1 – the 31.10.2009.
Will like to take this opportunity to thank my staff for their support and unmatched dedication. Our customers for showing their trust & Confidence in us over the years. And Ford India for being with us in hard times & laughing with us in Happy times… Truely a family waali Feeling…