C H Robinson has appointed ROBERT “BOB” HOUGHTON as its vice-president of investor relations and treasury. He succeeds TIM GAGNON, who has been promoted to vice-president, NAST (North American Surface Transportation) Business Analytics. Houghton brings 20-plus years of finance experience, most recently as chief financial officer for Sherwin-Williams’ General Industrial Division. He assisted with financial planning and analysis and synergy capture in the Sherwin-Williams/Valspar transaction. Houghton also spent 15 years at General Mills in various finance roles.
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Dupré Logistics announced the selection of ANDREW AMBROSIO as the Dallas Brokerage branch manager. With 10 years in the transportation business, Ambrosio joins Dupré having most recently served as director of vans/fleets for Reliant Transportation, where he opened the company’s Dallas office and established its Flatbed division. Dupré also announced the promotion of AL LACOMBE to vice-president of safety and risk management. He began working at Dupré in May 1982 and most recently served as director of safety.
Article Written by: Susan Fowler, www.smartbrief.com
After a grueling 90-minute uphill hike, two major obstacles were preventing me from the ultimate goal: the famous Potato Chip Rock photo op.
I needed to mount a huge bolder and then somehow cross what appeared to be an endless ravine leading to the ledge. I studied the techniques the other (much younger) climbers used, but with a recent knee replacement, I simply couldn’t climb up the big bolder or jump across the ravine.
So, I yelled from the base of the huge bolder, “Is there a strong young man up there who could help me lift me up?” A man crouched, steadied himself, and held out his hand. I couldn’t reach it. Suddenly I felt someone pushing me from behind, I grabbed the man’s hand and found myself flying up the rock. But the ravine was another matter. The only approach seemed to be jumping across.
Article Written by: John Hegel III, www.edgeperspectives.typepad.com
I love paradox. Paradox is fertile ground for generating new insight and progress. As we think about what we as human beings want in our brief journey through this world, there’s a core paradox that can be a challenge for all of us.
We all want to belong. None of us want to feel excluded, none of us want to feel like we’re “outsiders.” That need to belong is ever expanding. Sure, we may feel like we belong in our family, but if we feel excluded or isolated from our local community, we’re likely to feel frustrated and alone. And, it doesn’t stop with our community; we all want to feel a part of our broader communities. There’s nothing more frustrating than feeling that our community is excluded or isolated from the countries we live in. Taking it yet one more step, no one wants to feel that their country stands alone from the rest of the world – we all want to be part of something bigger, something much bigger.
Of course, if we do feel excluded or isolated, we seek comfort in the belief that the problem is with “them,” not with “us.” We’re the victims and we need to mobilize to resist the bad folks who are excluding us. We become prey to an “us vs. them” view of the world. That view may help us to cope with our perceived reality, but it doesn’t reduce our unmet need to belong to something bigger.
TODCO, Transportation Division of Overhead Door Corporation, has promoted RYAN FARES from district sales manager of the South and Mid-Central Region to the expanded North Central Region. His territory will include the states of Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and eastern Colorado. Fares previously managed a branch for Ryder Transportation in Houston TX. He will be relocating to the Indianapolis IN area.
United Parcel Service Inc. wants its new Teamsters contract to allow the company to require new workers to use their personal vehicles to deliver packages. (Logistics Management)
Construction equipment manufacturer Lincoln Electric plans to close three U.S. factories and two distribution centers despite strong sales growth. (Industrial Distribution)
Article Written by: Faisal Hoque, www.fastcompany.com
Losing your patience and beginning to tune out (or line up a snide rebuttal)? Try this instead.
Ask These 4 Empathetic Questions When You’re Struggling To Listen
You don’t need to be convinced that empathy is a good thing–not just for ethical reasons but for practical ones, too. While we’re still often cautioned to “leave emotions out of it,” being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes is a hallmark of emotionally intelligent leadership, not to mention just being a good coworker. It can open up new lines of communication, create understanding, and help everyone achieve common goals.
Of course, none of that means it’s easy. There are always going to be times when empathy is uniquely difficult to summon and sustain. When the going gets tough, your patience wears thin, and you can feel your frustration rising, it’s enormously difficult to take a deep breath and continue to listen with an open mind. Still, these four empathetic questions I’ve learned to ask in difficult situations have helped me keep my cool and get to the bottom of whatever the trouble might be.
Noise from shipping vessels can disturb the mealtimes of porpoises. (Science News)
Ryder System Inc has appointed RAJEEV RAVINDRAN (pictured) to the position of chief information officer. He previously was the CIO and group vice-president at JM Enterprises, where he served with the company since 2003 and held the position the past six years. Ravindran has worked in roles at various companies including Interactive Metronome, Asista.com and AutoNation. He replaces