Spotlight on Trucker and Moving Industry

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When it comes to getting larger loads of anything from place to place, not only can it take a lot of time without the proper equipment– it can be outright dangerous.  We often take truckers and moving for granted. But especially if you are taking loads of valuable goods over long distances on the roads, there is no telling who or what could happen in places where 4G LTE is not available.  The average working man or woman in business may worry about things like business attire, but does not have the connections and resources to transport large things themselves, and chances are, if your vehicle breaks down during the later hours you could really be stuck somewhere unfamiliar.  You should be covered when you can contact the best towing service, but the best is not available everywhere.

One of the most interesting things about move and trucking companies in the United States, is how important the structure of the community is to each member’s success.  The skilled men and women behind the wheel of bigger move vehicles with large diesel engines often travel in caravans or agree to meet each other at certain points.  One’s behavior, record, and experience will determine their standing amongst other members in the community who they will encounter on the road on a regular basis.

If you choose to deal with a truck or moving company, you can be sure that the drivers will always have a reliable way to communicate, and have a strong sense of family and care not only for their colleagues, but for your goods as well.  Transporting cylindrical objects like lumber especially, can present a challenge to a novice.  In the United States, oversize loads like multiple tree trunks are considered a job for the veteran large load driver.

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Observing human resources & relations.

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Algorithms are a set of detailed directions that explain how to do something.  For example, the algorithm for making toast with an oven would be as follows:  1.  Turn on your oven.  2.  Once the oven is heated, slice some bread.  3.  Put the slices in the oven and take them out when they are the desired color.

Making toast and your guidelines at the work place are more simple and straightforward, but understanding people can be more difficult.  We all probably know from experience that there is no clear manual to understanding and managing everyone that we meet.  If that were the case, then chances are, more business that are started would all be much more successful.  Although business owners may have an individual in charge of a human resources and relations (or HR for short), it does not mean that management should not take the opportunity to learn about this sector of business as well.

One of the biggest mistakes that a company owner and/or manager can make is taking for granted the work that employees and colleagues do.  When we are in a position of more power, it can be easy to overlook the difficulties that workers face day-to-day, in favor for what is lacking.  When you stop and pay more attention to the algorithms and structures that each person in a business has to follow, it means you have just started to hit the tip of the HR iceberg.

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Training stages in business

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Every person in the world had to start over or start new at some point in their lives.  Regardless of where we come from, we at invest-life realize that all of the human race shares the need to learn new things and adapt to our environments.  When it comes to the international business sector of the market today, training stages and continued educational opportunities are common, but could more beneficial if all companies used these resources even more often.

In the United States, an internship is a well known stepping stone to the corporate world for those who have completed college and earned a degree from an accredited university.  At this point in time, these potential interns are fresh out of classes, and looking for a way to more smooth transition into the realm of business or international business.  For this reason, organizations or companies that already have a popular household name (such as the American police force or fashion creators,) tend to only offer non-paid internships.  Typically, the greater number of graduates that all want to join one particular program, the greater the likelihood that he or she will be receiving unpaid training through the internship.

However, many internships are paid as well.  In addition, apprenticeships also serve to fill the void that internships leave in terms of what kind of potential worker the company will be offering training to.  Apprenticeships have been around for a long time, since the days of specific professional trades, such as locksmithing or tattoo artist training.  Although the person will be paid for their work, they are typically older and more experienced on the general work force in comparison to a graduate who has been a professional student for most of their lives.

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Auto Collision & Focus on the Road=Responsibility

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One of the most puzzling but common occurrences in suburban North America, is when you notice a vehicle speeding like crazy and making zig-zags all the way down the freeway.  When you eventually see who the driver is, you are more distracted by the big “Baby on Board” sticker on the passenger window or back windshield.  It usually makes us question if there is really even a baby behind the coverage of the window decal because of the manner in which the driver is handling their car.

But even though the statistics say that it is car accidents that are on the top list of killers amongst many developed and developing nations, honestly, a lot of accidents are caused by individuals who are not expecting or ready for them.  The truth is, anytime you are out on the road in your vehicle, you could be involved in an auto collision.  Heck, even with your car parked somewhere or as a pedestrian or cyclist, you could still be a victim of a car accident– usually this requires an unbelievable amount of carelessness on the driver’s end.  We have noticed a lot of folks talking on their phone, digging through their bags, or even more dangerously distracting– text messaging.  When there are too many of these kind of drivers around at once, avoiding a crash may be impossible, and you may need the assistance of a reliable auto wrecker.

So why with all these risks then, do many parents still drive poorly even though there are important passengers in the back seat?  Kids are normally at a greater risk than adults because they are not yet fully developed.  Chances are, if these parents are not focusing on the task at present:  drive as safely as possible to ensure their children are never involved in an auto collision.  Rather than notifying other drivers of the baby in the car, these parents could keep a decorative reminder instead.  It could be something that conveys the need to be focused and cautious behind the wheel, especially when we are responsible for the lives of others.

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Handshakes and International Business

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First impressions come a little bit more naturally when we speak the same language and grew up in the same national culture as the people we work with.  After we have lived in one place for most of our lives, understanding what others expect of you becomes easy.  But being successful in business means constantly facing new challenges and evolving yourself and your company.  Perhaps the largest step that business owners or representatives will have to overcome at some point or another, is growing tall enough to reach the global market.  Here are a couple of tools that you can keep in your toolbox when you are ready for the challenge of industry overseas.

Handshakes are common and accepted widely amongst Westerners, but chances are, you want to do business with more than just one place.  But not everyone in the world greets a person with the same handshake or gesture.  Typically countries with a history of bowing in culture will be familiar with handshakes; however, two hands show more effort and trust to the other individual.

If your future business colleague is really important to you, then take the time to learn more about them online or through social networks before meeting for the first time.  Getting respect is very important, but showing initiative and engagement is part of being a leader that others will want to get behind.

 

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Business ice breaker activities

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When people are thrown into new situations, a great way to make an easier transition into the next activity, is with ice breakers.  Especially if professionals are meeting each other for the first time at something such as a seminar, remembering all the different names and faces can be impossibly confusing.  Some folks might hand out business cards, but it is the things not written on that card– the thoughtful or personal stories or tidbits– that if you remember later on, will give you an extra benefit when it comes to networking for business or financial reasons.

The key to breaking the ice with a person is choosing relaxed topics.  Often in schools, students get more comfortable with each other not by asking age or job, but favorite color or favorite animated character.  Asking someone to talk about something that is their favorite (such as media) will give you a chance to also write that fact down on a note or back of a business card, to more easily connect the individuals’ names with their personalities.

A very fun game to play, especially when your group is not normally active, is Duck Duck Goose.  Everyone will sit in a circle as the single walking player (player A) will walk around the circle, tapping each person’s head as he or she walks by.  As player A taps each seated player (player B) in the circle, he or she will say “duck” normally, as a pass action.  However, if player A says “goose”, the particular player B must rise and tag player A before he or she speeds around the circle and back to player B’s original seat to win the round.  This game and exercise gets even more fun depending on how uncoordinated the involved adults are.

Remember to get involved in professional communities and make a difference.

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Reactions to Car Accidents

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It is no secret in sprawling urban cities across the globe, that dash cams are an absolute necessity when it comes to making your commutes safer.  On a less serious note, one of the most interesting things to observe are the keen similarities and differences between people’s reactions to witnessing, or being part of near accidents, auto collisions, rookie trucker mistakes, and everything crazy in-between.  When you need a tow across the world, contact towing Novi in the beautiful great lakes state.

But let’s start with the good things or smarter decisions that people have made while on dash cam videos because positive examples are a powerful thing.  Often when you have years of driving experience behind the wheel, it becomes easier and easier to spot other drivers who can potentially cause accidents.  The right thing to do if you see them in front of you, is to slow down and try to put more distance in between you and the other driver’s car; and also be prepared to fully brake if necessary.  These steps may seem simple, but extreme winters are totally normal and can make accidents happen so quickly that these steps go right out of your brain.  Often, cursing and bad language may be essential to helping your thinking process along the way to safety; and many dash cam videos with a happy ending for the closest driver and passenger, at least, demonstrate this.

There are definitely accidents that are impossible to dodge, but often they occur because one person in their driver’s seat made a poor decision on the road that put everyone else at risk because of selfishness.  One of the worst reasons to cause an accident is when a person wants to do something dangerous in order to show off.  Rather than driving by super fast on the shoulder of the road for thrills and laughs, how about cosplay instead?  Seeing a cosplay often brings happiness to not just you either, but everyone who sees you.

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Keeping Safe on Your Commutes

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Today in America millions of people have celebrated their Independence Day with some partying, and for the adults, even some partaking in some drinks.  Across the globe, we can share a beverage with all kinds of interesting people that can lead to perhaps great business relationships.  Or maybe a trip to the bar or pub with a stressed coworker or partner could help boost confidence and performance for this month’s goals at work.  But when it comes to getting yourself, and those you care about, getting home safely should be something that is pre-planned.

Especially when cars and highway driving are involved, just one plan for returning home may not be enough to guarantee a safe commute.  One thing to consider is the normal schedule for not only the traffic, but also the type of drivers who you could possibly be sharing the road with. For example, is there a time when the very intoxicated drivers will be on the road?  You might want to avoid making plans during those hours then, in that case.  

If you plan on drinking at your destination, bringing one other person will be helpful, especially if you are unfamiliar with the location.  Not only can one person act as a designated driver, they can help with making responsible choices; drinking too much alcohol can impair a person’s judgement and is correlated with making dumb or dangerous mistakes.  Car accidents are an everyday danger and keeping those tips in mind can create a greater commute.

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Work place Team-Building Exercises

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When it comes to managing your investments and businesses, sometimes we can lose sight of all the little cobs and gears that are needed to make everything run smoothly– your team of employees and/or coworkers.  When we do not pay attention to how everyone is communicating, performance can suffer.  In order to keep team morale high while taking a strong, but approachable leadership role, team-building exercises can be done.  Just taking a few hours out of one business day can smooth over previous tensions and help your team to understand each other better, so that in the future, work will be completed more efficiently.

A day with beautiful weather would be the most ideal situation.  Most who work in office environments lead a sedentary lifestyle; we can end up sitting for multiple hours in the same position which can lead to health problems that can affect efficiency.  Taking the time to even go for a group walk or play a game of catch outside where the trees are, can help to improve mood and focus in comparison to going a full 8 hours or more with no changes to one’s environment.

Although there are many small businesses that may currently offer team-building services, most of the time professionals are not necessary.  As long as you can be a good role model and understand communication skills, the most important aspect of any team-building exercise you may create will be to make sure your group stays focused on working together to solve the task at hand.  Hopefully in time, easy steps like this can leave you surrounded with both satisfied customers, a satisfied team, and a satisfied you.

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Choosing Gifts in the Business World

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There is nothing more unoriginal and generic than receiving a complimentary sticker with a company’s logo on it.  Especially among fellow business owners and investors, a obligatory gift can be a welcoming gesture that has the potential to either put you in the regular contact list, or hopefully one of the starred favorites in their address book.  There are so many articles out there about what kind of gifts to give to your significant other or your mother, but no one seems to be talking about how to give a thoughtful and seemingly personal gift in professional business environments.

When it comes to finding smaller but special gifts for those we are meeting for the first time, the easiest way is to stick with local products that are unique to your area.  When we introduce ourselves, we always tend to say our name or jobs and our hometown area first.  The best way for someone new to remember your name and face out of a crowd of your fellow peers, is to offer a token of kindness.
When it comes to those you work with on a more regular basis, the best advice we could give you is to talk to them first and to find any hobbies they may have.  If someone likes to play the guitar, consider gifting them some strings or a strap.  Maybe your office neighbor enjoys cats? Then in that case, a catnip house plant would be a delight.  

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