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Do We Acknowledge People's Efforts as Often as We Should?

As I was walking into the gym today, a young man stopped me to talk. He started with, “Excuse me sir, I just have to tell you… What you’re doing, I respect it. I want you to know you’re the type of guy I want to be.” This totally shocked me! He then went on about my car, quality of dress, and work ethic that he had been noticing for weeks in the gym. He asked me for some advice, so I went on to tell him about my core beliefs. My dedication, hard work and integrity mixed with holding myself to the highest standard is what made this young man stop me dead in my tracks this morning. Has this ever happened to you?

I want you to know, I’m not writing this to pat myself on the back. But I must admit, someone stopping me for this type of discussion is uncommon and it felt amazing to be acknowledged for my efforts. I strive daily to be “better than average” in all that I do, and this young man in his kind words has and will push me further. His words will make me better.

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Moving forward, this morning’s situation got me thinking on a business level and how it relates to our industry of transportation. In an industry flooded with capacity and fly-by-night companies, are carriers like mine that are dedicated to quality, superior service, and being “above average” being noticed and appreciated by the customer? Or is today’s market strictly driven by bottom dollar? I hope not!

If customers recognized the efforts put in by the quality carriers, would they reap the benefits of the carriers continually pushing themselves to the highest quality possible just as I did from this man’s acknowledgment this morning? I think so!

I’d like to think we can all make the world a better place, pushing each other to be the best version of ourselves. So next time you notice someone, or a company you work with going above and beyond, putting in the effort, quality, and hard work…. Let them know you appreciate it. In turn, this appreciation will improve them, their company, the industry, and overall the world.

In fact, I challenge you to give 3 people on LinkedIn Kudos today as a way to spread the acknowledgment of exceptional efforts!

This article is written by Adam Huber, Vice President of A. Blair Enterprises, a transportation and logistics company based in Louisville, KY. To learn more about A. Blair Enterprises, visit their website at www.goablair.com


Wednesday Exposé - An insight into the A. Blair Team with Nathaniel Liles

A. Blair Enterprises is an Expedited Carrier specializing in the timely movement of materials. Our employees are what truly make A. Blair Enterprises not only a great place to work, but a great company to work with. In an effort to share our diverse and unique workforce with our readers, friends, and valued customers, we invite an employee each month to share their stories, experiences, and anecdotes with us.

This month, we are featuring Nathaniel Liles, Dispatch Manager for A. Blair Enterprises. Nathaniel joined the team in November of 2018 and has become a vital part of our organization. Nathaniel’s wit makes him a joy to work with, and his attention to detail ensures he gets the job done right!

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Can you tell us about your position at A. Blair Enterprises?
I’m nighttime dispatch manager, I keep all of the plates spinning during the wee hours of the night, taking care of whatever needs done. Placing bids, keeping every load on-schedule, and responding to high-priority situations are my main duties here.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
Honestly, I think it’s the people. Landing an award feels great, but my training process has been nothing but positive, the people here have taken every possible opportunity to guide me and answer all of my questions.

What is your biggest professional achievement? What about your biggest personal achievement?
My biggest professional achievement is honestly getting the opportunity to work here. My greatest personal achievement is making a half-court shot in high school. Complete fluke, I do not play sports.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic Sport, what would you win the Gold Medal for?
Long-distance wandering.

What’s the best work advice you’ve ever received?
Never hesitate to use every resource available, be it co-workers, notes, or resources online, a big part of being able to solve problems independently is building up those resources. After long enough, it’ll become second nature.

What’s the best personal advice you’ve ever received?
One time my dad told me that when you eat ice cream, your body has to use so much energy warming the ice cream up that it outweighs the caloric content of it… So not that.

You’re a great asset to the A. Blair Team, but what is one job that you would be terrible at?
Working at a nursing home, I can not spend all day lifting human beings, I would drop someone.

What are your hobbies?
Video games and music production.

In your opinion, what is the BEST pizza topping of all time?
Roasted Potatoes.

Is there a word you always spell wrong?
For the life of me, I can never manage to spell necessary correctly. It took me three tries to type that.

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely NO preparation?
The Back to The Future trilogy.

What is your favorite drink?
Southside (Gin, lime juice, simple syrup and mint sprig)


We hope you enjoyed this sneak peak into the amazing team that helps makes A. Blair Enterprises so extraordinary! To learn more about our equally exceptional expedite transportation/local shipping services, click here.