Trucker Success As A Game Of Inches
Earlier in the year 2013, in meetings with our team, I showed a movie clip of Al Pacino in the movie “Any Given Sunday.” It’s a movie about a pro football team that’s had a fair season despite struggling with many personnel problems, some strong egos, and all-star attitudes that kept getting in the way of creating a strong team culture.
They manage to limp into the playoffs and finally learn to come together at the end of the season for the greater good of the team. The championship pre-game speech was about winning the battles of inches.
In our business, we’re in that same battle.
Whether you’re talking about inches, or details, or focusing on the small things and working together as a team, it’s not much different. The profit in this business comes from how smart we work and how hard we work, coming together as a team and battling for those inches. Those inches are all around us, all we have to do is recognize how important those inches are to trucker success.
Communication, teamwork, understanding, discipline, enthusiasm, character, leadership, drive… These are all components to success in any endeavor. By continually focusing on these key components, regardless of the task at hand, our company strives to put in that extra level of effort to get it right the first time, always working toward the greater good of the team, and ultimately, our customers.
Our company’s leaders need to demand the best to get the best.
Accepting less will get us nowhere. Like athletes going into a big game, our employees have to approach each day on the job with clear eyes and mind. Strive to be “in the moment” in this game of trucking every day. There is no room for mistakes in this game. We’re playing for keeps. Livelihoods are at stake every day.
So maybe we need to take a quote from Aristotle and put it into action: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Or this one, from Vince Lombardi: “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”