I couldn’t help but notice how much time and effort has been placed on selecting the proper player in the upcoming NFL draft. Although Tom takes care of the people side I couldn’t help but relate the time and research spent selecting the right person to selecting the right new equipment.
The interesting thing about the selection process though, when selecting the “right” player all the good teams break down player by skills and needs. Priority is given to team needs and the selection process begins placing players in order of benefit to the team, with no talk of cost. The process of selection starts by identifying the need, not looking at who the experts say is best or who can fit into our current budget.
How does that relate to equipment decisions? Simple really, what are your needs? More cows per hour? Better labor efficiency? Less water usage? Better udder health? All pretty common needs but no one tool can fix them all. Much like using an adjustable wrench to change a spark plug, it can be done, sometimes, but the proper spark plug socket works much better. Conversely the spark plug wrench does a terrible job on the sink drain. The right tools, in the right place, adjusted and properly maintained can bring success to most workplaces whether it is a parlor, office or tractor cab.
Take a look at the parlor, what are 3 things you need it to do differently/better? Of those 3 which one would make the most difference and which would likely make the least? Write it down, really, write it down in order of most important to least important. Now walk away and revisit the list in a week, still the same order? Now who can you ask to evaluate and suggest improvements on the list? Change takes time, but real change lasts. Sales trainer Zig Ziglar said “You can’t hit a target you cannot see, and you cannot see a target you do not have.”