In today’s ever-changing automotive world, we must keep up with the changes as we prepare for the future of our businesses. Some say things are changing so fast that, “the future is today.” The CEO of GM recently said, “the industry is changing fast, and we will see more change in the next ten years than we have seen in the last fifty.”
I have a terrible memory! In the earlier days, I propped it up with a pocket notepad. Today, it’s my iPhone. I send myself an email every time I think of something that needs a look, an action, or a follow up. I send myself, on average, 10 emails per day.
In my role with ARA, as a mentor, I created some basic instructions for recyclers that I am mentoring. After looking at this first one, I said to myself, “This is something that is relevant and of use to all recyclers, myself included.” I think that we all, from time to time, need to focus on our fundamentals. It gets very easy to lose sight of this. I also think that simpler is better and less is more.
New vehicles are being manufactured with more highly advanced technology than ever before. This technology is achieved by a huge assortment of sensors, modules, and cameras, positioned throughout the vehicle. In the event of a collision, these sensitive systems can be damaged. Even the slightest fender bender can cause damage to, and require replacement of, this technology.
A few years ago, a client called and told me three things. First he wanted 3”x 5” post-it notes. Secondly, he wanted his company name and phone number printed at the bottom in blue ink. And thirdly, he gave me his credit card number and said he wanted them ordered TODAY.