“Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.”This is a quote from Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.We all know that teamwork is fundamental to ensure a company’s success in day-to-day activities.
I just read an article about a home medical business owner in Illinois who had to choose between hiring more employees or paying for his rising gasoline costs. His fuel costs had skyrocketed a staggering 95 percent in the last two years alone. What a ridiculous situation for our country when U.S. business owners are faced with creating more jobs — or paying for foreign energy.
I recently had a chance to give the keynote speech at the 64th Annual Wisconsin School Bus Association Convention.As I spent time with those that have the very serious responsibility of transporting schoolchildren, the common theme was tightening funding sources.I outlined the recent results from Mesa Public Schools, which has incorporated propane autogas school buses in their fleet. With propane autogas, Mesa is saving 32 cents per mile compared to their buses fueled by diesel.
Let’s face it – “green” is the new black. Everywhere we turn, companies are overloading us on information about how to go green, reduce our carbon footprint, and save energy. We hear about composting, recycling, and unplugging appliances not in use…and, with a bit of extra effort, the average American household can do these things. These concepts are easy to grasp.
Perspective is what makes us individuals. Each person has their own views, shaped by experiences, studies and background.But perspective can also lead to inaction.It is the reason that such a large problem can have a billion eyeballs and opinions, yet little to no action. It is to blame for a culture’s inability to rally around a common cause.
If you’ve spent your valuable time going through my “Fuel For Thought” blogs, you’ll find that although I attempt to remain fuel neutral (as long as it’s American), sometimes I drift back to propane autogas.This will be one of those times.Propane autogas’s operating performance properties, environmental characteristics, domestic production and cost structure all add up to create a very attractive equation.
I’ve run businesses for the legendary Jack Roush for about eight years. I worked for him another eight years prior to that.People often ask me, “What’s it like to work for a man like Jack?”Jack wins championships on Sunday, leads one of the premier engineering companies in the automotive world, owns four other companies that bear his name, and has a brand reputation with his Mustangs that equals performance excellence.
At ROUSH CleanTech, we have a saying, “Let’s let the truth guide us.” It keeps us from having too many meaningless conversations.Jack Roush recently introduced me to an organization called CNA, a not-for-profit research organization dedicated to operations research analysis to support the U.S. military and government. One such project was the analysis of the German U-Boat Threat in the 1940s. CNA’s literature explains this early project was groundbreaking work resulting in anti-submarine warfare barrier equations that set the standard for future operations research methods.”
I’m from Ohio.I’m proud to work in Michigan for ROUSH CleanTech.But, I’m from Ohio.When I heard the news that Government Fleet named the City of Columbus the “2011 Government Green Fleet in North America,” I was excited. (I’m also thrilled about the awesome recruiting class Ohio State has going for the next football season, but that’s another story.)