Can fuel economy tips help your company’s productivity?
You’re driving on a highway during a nice sunny day. The windows are down, the music is up, and you’ve set your cruise control at 70 mph. You pass a truck that was going 65 mph. The road is flat, and you can see a downhill followed immediately by an uphill of roughly the same elevation.
As you begin the downhill, you notice the truck you just passed gaining on you. Slowly at first, but now this truck is barreling down this hill. Are his brakes out? Did you do something to tick him off?
The truck flies by you as you begin the uphill stretch of road, but then his breakneck speeds decline until he is back at his original 65 mph speed. Meanwhile, about halfway up the uphill stretch, your cruise control kicks in with force and your RPM gauge jumps.
Has this happened to you? What was the truck driver doing?
First, we need to ask “What is the motivation of the truck driver?”. It can simply stated that the truck driver wants to reach the destination using the least resources (time and gas).
Does that sound familiar? Do your tasks, projects, goals share the same mission?
The truck driver wanted to avoid the pitfall that your “unintelligent” cruise control succumbed to. The truck driver knew an uphill was ahead and utilized the momentum of the downhill to be able to achieve resource leveling on the uphill thereby getting better fuel economy and maintaining his average desired speed.
In the same way, we can look for opportunities to “accelerate into” difficult or demanding circumstances.
Have you experienced either this real world example or in your workplace?
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