08.21.2020Executive Leadership Team Update

by Michael Wilson, Chief Executive Officer

I hope this finds you and your families well and continuing to navigate through this COVID crisis. Although hard to believe we are now in the 23rd week of working remotely. I have to admit that back in March, there were many questions and concerns relating to whether we, our industry and our country would be able to maintain at least some continuity as we took on this challenge. I have to say that I am very proud that CCM, and for the most part the nations supply chain has fared extremely well given the circumstances. Cargo has flowed, albeit with some   small hiccups, and CCM's services have been there to assure quality chassis were provided when and where they were need. This outstanding performance has been no small task and we should be very proud of our accomplishments.  

 These new working conditions have brought many challenges, but if we're honest, also many opportunities. New ways of working, new ways of relating to each other (and our families), and perhaps even some opportunities to make use of time otherwise spent commuting or traveling. Last month I stumbled upon a book that I bought some fifteen years ago and never read. I had attended a lecture given by a young man from Australia who had so moved me, that I bought two of his books on the spot. But then, I put them on the shelf and there they sat. Last month I picked up one of the books; 'Perfectly Yourself -  9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness' by Mathew Kelly. After reading only a few pages I realized why I bought these books; this young man's insights were very moving. So I thought I'd share them with you.

 The following are some of the lessons from Mathew Kelly albeit a bit synopsized and paraphrased. I hope to do them justice, but I would also encourage you to read his book yourselves to get the deeper, more complete message. I have to admit up front that although I admire these lessons, I am still a beginner as far as absorbing and applying them.

  • Celebrate your progress. All too often we are our own worse critics. We try to be objective and open with others, but we do not hold ourselves to the same standard. If we can view ourselves with compassionate objectivity, and celebrate the good that we offer, we take the first steps to being our best selves.
  • Just do the next right thing. Life is a series of choices, and our lives are result of these choices. In most instances we know what the "right thing" is, as long as we are honest and discerning about those choices. The point is to "act" responsibly on those choices, one at a time as they present themselves, not just think about them and hope for the best.
  • Look to develop a good character. Character is built one habit at a time; good character is built one virtue at a time. To be virtuous often rings of vanity, and may even be distasteful for some, but if we are honest they are the behaviors by which we hope to be treated. Whether being patient, thoughtful, generous or kind, just to name a few, these affirming and supportive behaviors help us to be the best version of ourselves, and stimulate the same in others.
  • Seek self-control as your first response. Self-control, and resulting self-discipline are foundational elements of good character. We are all susceptible to impulse, particularly in trying or intense situations. Impulse is usually a lower level response triggered instinctively, not thoughtfully. If we can discipline ourselves to not allow our impulses control over our behavior, our outcomes will be a result of our intellect leading to better outcomes. Some see discipline as confining, when in truth it sets us free to make better choices.

These are a few of the lessons in Mathew Kelly's book, and I'm sure you would find the remaining ones just as insightful.