by Jack Warren, AthleticOps.com editor and host of the Ops Nation podcast
My 2000 Ford F150 pickup truck, as you might imagine, needs the occasional part to help it make it to the finish line. It’s a great truck and has served me well, but I’m not emptying the bank account for a nearly two decade old, high mileage vehicle. So when I need a replacement alternator or other such part, I often look at alternatives to brand new, such as used (recycled) or remanufactured, often at considerable savings.
For those not well-versed in the world of automotive parts, a remanufactured alternator, for instance, is a used part that has been inspected and upgraded, often replacing internal components such as brushes, wires, and connectors. This adds a level of reliability and extra life you wouldn’t typically expect from a used part.
In your position, are you merely recycling or are you remanufacturing? Are you just going through the motions or are you adding value? Your efforts are no doubt appreciated even if you just show up, but are you a person that can be counted upon to go the extra mile or perhaps add a new twist to an old routine?
Do yourself and your organization a favor. Don’t just learn the tasks requires to do your job. Think of ways to save time or resources for each task you perform. Think of ways to combine tasks. Perhaps you could automate a task or eliminate it altogether.
The key is to approach your job in such a way that you aren’t just going through the motions each day. Take time to think — think about how you do your job and how you can add value.