Be Successful Through Change
As a company, Erb Transport recognizes the importance and significance of being successful through change. If you’ve ever read our book, “Cool Moves”, then you may have heard this once or twice. In fact, our book has an entire chapter dedicated to being successful through change. As a company that’s over 50 years old, rooted in one of Canada’s oldest industries, we’ve had to make significant changes throughout the years to stay current and modern. Keeping up with the latest iPhone is hard enough, so keeping up with the latest and most effective transportation software can definitely present some challenges.
Our secret to being successful through change is understanding that we are going to have our fair share of trial and error. Now, as we’ve been operating for so long, we have more resources and research to try and ensure our change will be beneficial and positive. We also have to understand that if there’s a change we can’t control, what we can control is how we react to it.
In 1982, the regulations for the refrigerated transportation industry did a full turn. They were so different that it was
Erb Transport could not have grown from a one man operation, to a company that now employs over 1,500 people without a substantial amount of change.
From 1990 – 1999, Erb Transport grew from around 650 employees to 900 employees. Also in this short span of time, Erb grew from operating 671 pieces of equipment to around 1,227 pieces of equipment. Without change, there is no growth.
Internally, we constantly have many changes and ongoing projects taking place. Externally, we are always upgrading our services and making changes to be more effective than we were yesterday. We, as a company, are aware that not all changes will be easy. We understand that some will exceed expectation, and some will falter. The most important thing for us to remember is to not let our failures stop us from attempting successful change.
In the transportation industry, growth and change is a necessity. With truck driving being one of the oldest careers in Canada, being innovative and embracing growth and change is essential. For Erb, this has always been a challenge that we have enjoyed tackling.
In 1982, the refrigerated transportation regulations changed completely. These changes were hard to keep up with, and landed Erb, along with other trucking companies, in some trouble. First, being successful through change doesn’t only mean the change we get to control. The regulation changes in the transportation industry were something that we could not see coming. It was out of our hands, and we even landed in some hot water because of it. When this happens, it’s important to move forward and be successful in the aftermath. Secondly, this change we couldn’t control ended up being beneficial, as it made Erb re-evaluate their goals and slogan. Until this point, Erb employees informally knew the goals and culture of this organization, but this was when they were formally written.