By Mike Cieri
Goals are vital for motivating employees and monitoring their performance
Goals provide the MOTIVATION and DIRECTION necessary for growth and success in important areas of almost every business.
An important aspect of developing goals is the relationship between the difficulty of the task (goal) and performance. If the goal is too easy to achieve, the effort that the employee/team dedicates to the task will be low, and actually un-motivating. Yet if the goal seems impossible, you will have the same effect.
When a goal is difficult and both parties believe it’s achievable, you will maximize intensity and persistence, creating engagement.
Once you have identified a worthy goal, use the SMART goal format.
No one can hear you or feel your positive impact in disruptive waters.
By Laura Jozwiak, Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Relations, Wheels, Inc.
You probably know this scenario. You are enjoying a walk along your favorite lake or stream, and pick up a stone to skip it across the water. Where the stone impacts the water, you can see the ripples fan out from the impact spot. The ripples start close to the stone with a big wave, and as they get farther out, the waves get dulled and smaller until the waters are calm once more. Just a few moments later, all is calm again and you can’t detect the stone was thrown in the first place.
Throw the same stone on a stormy day, with rougher waters or a rushing stream, and you don’t see any of your ripples in the already turbulent waters. Your efforts go unnoticed…just another bump in an already bumpy environment.
Working with Runzheimer the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today announced the new national, optional business mileage deduction rate of 54.5¢, which goes into effect January 1, 2018.
“Across the US the average costs of owning and operating a vehicle rose just one cent over the last reporting period for this cost analysis. All of the ownership and operating costs have been relatively stable, with fuel costs showing the greatest increase, offset by small decreases in vehicle ownership costs,” said Donna Koppensteiner-Reidy, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Runzheimer.
Autonomous and electric cars, connectivity, and ridesharing are changing the way auto industry players think about value chains, data analytics, and manufacturing.
Asutosh Padhi, a senior McKinsey partner says, "Our view is that the automotive industry will see more disruption in the next ten years than it has seen in the last 50 years. This disruption will be driven by four factors that we call the ACES. It stands for autonomous, connectivity, electrification, and ridesharing."
Fleet owners are going to make decisions on car buying based on the total cost of ownership, and this is where electrification and ridesharing start to go hand in hand together.
Read the original article at McKinsey & Co.
Drones and programmed cars of the future could spot potholes and other road damage, transmitting the information directly to Highways England, the government body responsible for roads.
In a report published on Wednesday, Highways England, said “connected vehicles” could improve the efficiency of route maintenance, while simultaneously improving safety.
Jim O’Sullivan, the body’s chief executive said: “We are delivering a record £15bn of government investment to give people safe, efficient and reliable journeys, and provide businesses with the links they need to prosper and grow.
Read the original article at The Guardian.
Vincentric, LLC announced the 2017 U.S. Hybrid Analysis results today with 26 of the 65 hybrids evaluated, or 40%, having a lower total cost of ownership compared to their closest all-gasoline powered counterpart.
Since 2012 the percentage of cost-effective hybrids has steadily decreased, with the trend changing in 2017 as the rate increased 16 percentage points compared to the 2016 Vincentric U.S. Hybrid Analysis.
“Our study showed a significant increase in the percentage of hybrids that can save buyer’s money over five-years when compared to an all-gas counterpart,” said Vincentric President, David Wurster.
Just like smartphone makers, automakers from BMW to Subaru plan to upgrade their vehicles with over-the-air updates.
Connected cars owners can schedule less, time-consuming updates of some features.
IHS auto analyst Stephanie Brinley says that over-the-air updates must also overcome dealer resistance. “That will be an issue,” she says, “because bringing cars into the shop for service is where dealers make a lot of revenue.”
Read the original article at The Detroit News.
Tesla recently released a new policy called Supercharger Fair Use, which prohibits new commercial drivers from using the network of charging stations.
The expansion of its network of charging stations is needed to reduce heavy user traffic.
A Tesla spokesperson said that the company does “encourage the use of Teslas for commercial purposes,” and that they will work with drivers to find other places to charge their vehicles. The policy carve out an exception, saying that some stations might be excluded, depending on local circumstances.
Read the original article at The Verge.