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On The Curve: Adopting New Practices Before Falling Behind

  • By Ryan Skidmore

Ahead of the Curve/Cutting Edge

We have a lust for the latest and greatest. In the mid and late 20th century, having access to and knowledge of cutting-edge practices and products was a great virtue, right on par with cleanliness, charity, and whatever. The accessor was somehow brought closer than their peers and colleagues to the utopian space age promised by futurists. As though somehow, the latest and greatest was a fix to all. However, the cutting edge is sometimes untested and unproven. The wisdom in the phrase “Time Tested” has endured the gauntlet of human practicality in hardship. History is fertile with examples of new ideas applied to chronic problems that completely flopped. Men of great ambition have tried to reengineer society after some model they have freshly conceived of. Yet, they do not understand that such idea must be refined, stressed tested on a small scale, applied slowly, and course corrected so substantially they could become unrecognizable from its original incarnation. In the end, standing at the cutting edge may be conceived as a feel good option. Most people don’t need the latest and greatest, especially if it hasn’t been fully tested. Natural competition crossed with consumerism creates a toxic environment in which people are searching for the latest and greatest and jumping into them without proper vetting and analysis. This search for the Latest in a particular domain can take more time and effort than this domain. Does this seem like a smart and sound strategy? History tells us not really. It is best to go with proven practices like the use of GPS fleet tracking systems.

Staying on the Curve

The wisest solution is to keep practices within the broad guide posts of contemporary practices. This requires the bitter work of actually changing your ways even thought they might still work, but just not as good. The maxim “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” is the refrain many people appeal to when justifying antiquated thinking. It is extremely important to keep up with industry related best practices and monitor closely case studies and other deep evaluations of those practices. As we noted earlier, it is wise to implement new practices that have been tested and proven to benefit you.  It is imperative that evaluate your current operations and evaluate how those new proven practices can benefit your company.  If the evaluation shows that it will benefit you, then it is time for you to implement those best practices, even though it might be difficult for some to change their old ways.  In the GPS fleet tracking world best practices, there have been many case studies and deep analysis that have shown how beneficial the use of GPS fleet tracking systems are for companies using vehicles as part of the operations.  If you aren’t using a GPS fleet tracking system, it is time to jump on board and start implementing this best practice and start seeing tangible positive results.  Remember using outdated practices is like a driving an old car. Finding parts is difficult. No mechanics seem to know how to work on it. Ever present is the threat of a breakdown, and the efficiency is just not there.  Don’t get stuck in the past and embrace new practices as long as they are proven ones.

Danger of not Changing

The best changes happen organically. Don’t miss out on those. Starting a cultural shift toward keeping in line with new best practices can lead to culture of constant change toward the better. A good model is adopting general best practice as a backbone and smaller tailored practices to create a bespoke system. The final solution may look vastly different from the form Management first conceived of, but the best solutions are flexible solutions. The black hole we are attempting to avoid by these actions is General Stagnation. At some enterprises, years can slip by without a change to practices. Meanwhile the culture and technology outside speeds by at an ever-increasing pace. The more comfortable the staff and management become in their ways the more irrelevant, distant, and even ludicrous everyone outside the company seems. With every passing year, the cost of eventual change becomes higher. Keep up with new technologies and best practices, and implement them after careful evaluation.  Don’t rush into updates either.  In our industry, GPS fleet tracking has been a proven technology that has drastically helped companies reduce costs, improve operations and generate higher profits.  Don’t stay behind and implement a GPS fleet tracking system soon, it will make a positive impact for your business.

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