I AM still amazed whenever I witness our workforce in action. It is a great wonder how they can somehow cooperate and coordinate hand in hand given their many diverse and complex roles in daily operations.
In general, the business environment allows for many challenges to occur that enable many harsh learnings regarding inevitable realities and resiliency in our common struggle and suffering.
In my personal and unique case, the car industry is a thing of beauty and each day creates a unique experience. Through the years, there had been paradigm shifts and various ups and downs given the many uncertainties.
Changes in trends and roles, lapses, impulsive decisions, new characters, difficult scenarios, corporate politics, unpredictable times. Surely, similar problems arise with any type of business model. There are aspects that will always be within and beyond our control.
A company comprising different entities and roles all working to attain a common goal of sustaining and making a living. Overseeing various layers and aspects that generate productivity and stimulate economic activities that contribute to the growth and advancement of our world.
The industry is fast-paced and equipped with all sorts of intrigues and warfare. It can appear robotic and routinary but unforeseen occurrences are bound to happen.
But what is clear is a manifestation of cyclical human challenges. Theft, power abuses, deception, greed, dishonesty, disloyalty and sorts of shameful acts, all these still fall into play. There is plenty of room for immorality and evil to thrive in such settings. Most would step on others to get ahead through manipulative tactics, most would operate selfishly regardless of collective repercussions on a larger scale.
Proper management is certainly a challenge to ensure a smooth flow in all forms of internal processes. On top of dealing with a changing market and economic trends, we also encounter complex individuals. One simply cannot take their foot off the gas pedal and eliminate responsibility; the implications are far greater. On top of secular obligations that operate on a transactional level, there are also deeper moral obligations that operate on a transformational level.
There is a great responsibility in doing what ought to be done; improving outcomes, developing people or groups, holding wrongdoers accountable, and carrying out basic duties to create a positive and significant change.
Ultimately, human beings are highly capable of constant improvement and personal development and each day present an opportunity to make a profound difference.
The writer is the executive vice president of the Gateway Group of Companies, a network of companies predominantly in the automotive business.