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What Drives You to be a Better Fleet Manager?

July 24, 2014

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

The fleet world is a unique, and uniquely challenging, career choice. Stories of how a lot of you got into this industry ranges from "falling into fleet" - often on accident - to a family member being involved.

And yet, many of you spend untold hours volunteering for organizations, even responding to our frequent requests for input and help, and, in my opinion, you all do it with a smile and a passion for your careers that is unheard of in many industries. 

A recent editorial by Mike Antich told of a story of our late founder, Ed Bobit, and how he noted when looking through some industry photos that he was "The luckiest guy in the world to have know all of these great people." And it got me thinking -- we have written about the qualities of a great fleet manager, which you all embrace and represent every single day.

But, what is your inspiration to be the great fleet managers you are? What drives you to do all you do, every day?

What are the moments that make you treasure your job and look forward to every day? Is the people you meet, the reward of a job well done, or the look on a driver's face when the technology you mandated just saved their life?

Let us know as a comment below, or e-mail me directly at [email protected].

Comments

  1. 1. Allen Mitchell [ August 19, 2014 @ 10:25AM ]

    I can think of only two things- continuous self-improvement and organizational improvements. These are to ensure personal and professional growth.

  2. 2. Richard [ August 19, 2014 @ 10:53AM ]

    I think most successful fleet managers are self-motivated to a great extent- pretty much what Allen stated above.

  3. 3. Nancy Bean [ February 18, 2015 @ 12:38PM ]

    I enjoy the challenge of working out solutions in shop operations and best practices or ordering new vehicles. It is a continuing education with new technology, squeezing a dollar out of a penny, and at the same time building work relationships to get "buy in" opposed to dictating the end result. Much the same as Allen and Richard point out. The best part of being a Fleet Manager is the partnerships and friendships shared by a network of Fleet Managers. I don't know of another group of professionals that have been more helpful and instrumental in sharing their wealth of knowledge and being committed to each others success.

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Lauren Fletcher

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Lauren Fletcher has been covering the fleet industry since 2006 and is currently the Executive Editor of Work Truck Magazine. Over the past 10 years, Fletcher has written and edited for Automotive Fleet, Fleet Financials, Government Fleet, Green Fleet, Vehicle Remarketing, and Business Driver magazines. A hot rod enthusiast from a young age, Fletcher has a fascination with cars and a love of trucks, from the classics to the new releases.

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