Van Hiring Tips For The Most Pleasant Experience

Vans come in handy for different situations, including moving houses of offices. You might also find a van very convenient for other personal or business tasks and hence van rental is a service that you could find yourself searching for. But just like getting any other service you need, you will want to ensure that you make the right van decisions to make your experience more pleasant. When you are careful about all relevant van details before hiring, then you will love the experience you get from the time you hire the van to the time you return it.

1. Think about the size of the van before you go into hiring. The tasks you wish to undertake with the van should dictate what size is most suitable. Larger vans may be a little costly to hire compared to smaller ones and they could also come with different driver license requirements. Know what size is perfect for you and what hiring requirements, you need to meet.

2. Check out the variety of vehicles from your rental company. Apart from getting the right size, you should also be able to compare the van prices and specifications so you choose the right vehicle for the task you have and at the same time also get value for your money. The job you want to undertake will make it possible or you to choose between a mini mover box and a normal panel van or a hydraulic tail lift truck.

3. Make sure you hire a van that is in line with your driving license. The requirements vary from place to place depending on the size of the vehicle. If you will be the one driving the van, then you definitely want to ensure that your driving license is good enough for the vehicle. If not, then you may be forced to hire the van plus a driver whose license is right.

4. Think about the length of your trip. This is very important because there are rental companies that will start charging mileage after fixed allowances for the same. Investigate the allowances and consider going for mileage free offers. Along the same line, it is important to consider whether it will be more convenient for you to collect and deliver the van back or use collection and delivery services which could attract charges.

5. Be an observant driver. When driving a regular car, there are things that do not always look that important, but they definitely are crucial when driving a van. You will need to be aware of protruding signposts, clearance height of bridges along your route, power lines, overhanging trees and telephone cables too.

6. Practice driving before leaving the rental premises. This can be a very important thing to do so you feel the vehicle. You should also remember that vans have wider turning radiuses and center of gravity that is higher. A little practice, therefore goes a long way in helping you turn just right especially around corners.

How Limiting Beliefs Stop Your Business From Growing

My client was telling me about an experience he had with a client of his. My client was second guessing himself. Did he do the right thing even if it made both him and his client uncomfortable?

The short answer to his question was, yes. He showed up and did exactly what he was hired to do.

The real issue, however, lay in the question I asked him. Why was he second guessing himself?

What we uncovered during our conversation is something that comes up with all of my clients in one way or another. Actually I see it in every person I’ve ever spoken with – friends, colleagues, mentors, clients and family.

Let me take you back in time for a moment to give you an example.

When I went to college in the 1980s I started as a computer science major (it didn’t last long, I shifted to business after 2 semesters). We were taught to include “comments” as part of the code. The comments were not commands for the computer to implement, they were meant to help us see our thinking and reasoning behind the code. To give context and make it easier to follow our thought patterns and see mistakes. Because the comments did not impact the way the program ran, it was easy to forget to revise the comments if you updated or changed the code.

Okay, now back to present times.

As we go through our lives we learn, we experience, we grow. We try new things, some of them work, some don’t. We make mistakes, we have successes. We learn what works and what doesn’t. In fact, there are things that initially don’t work and, as we continue to work them, we either find a way around the problem or actually succeed at what didn’t work in the beginning. We are constantly tweaking the way we work.

We are constantly working on our own programming. We are constantly updating the code.

My question to you is, as you update your own programming, are you updating the comments?

Some outdated comments may include:

Don’t brag, it’s not polite.
Don’t interrupt someone when they are talking, it’s rude.
Don’t try to stand out or show that you’re better than someone else.
Be quiet, you’re not that important.
Nobody has ever said that before, you must be wrong.
Nobody wants your opinion.
What makes you think you’re so smart, or that you’re right?
It’s not nice to call someone out or put them on the spot.

Now, I’m not saying you should always brag or interrupt or stick your opinion in where it isn’t wanted; however, it is time to stop listening to these comments blindly.

When thoughts that stop you from moving forward come to mind, ask yourself, “Is the comment I am listening to accurate, or part of an old program that needs to be replaced with something new?”

Do you have old comments running through your mind? Are they stopping you? How can you update the comments to reflect your current programming?

How Many Of These Cognitive Biases Affect Your Decision-Making?

Cognitive bias causes us to routinely deviate from rational judgment, and to make inferences about other people and situations illogically.

A good example in the workplace is when you receive recognition, or an award, and you assume that your colleagues are all as happy for your success as you are; it makes us hurt and frustrated when we find out that this is not necessarily the case.

Cognitive bias can lead to decisions that have negative consequences for us and for those around us; but how do you recognise when it’s happening? What should you be on the lookout for?

It helps to identify some of the common types of bias that affect people: ten of these are detailed below:

1. Confirmation bias

This is a common one, and is present whenever you selectively search for, or interpret, information in a way that confirms your own preconceptions or hypotheses. If you often say “see! I told you so!” this bias may be in action – but it can lead to short-sightedness and restrictive thinking.

2. Endowment effect

This is the tendency to demand more to give up something than you would be willing to pay to acquire it. Think of trying to get customers to change to your product without a compelling reason to do so.

3. Gambler’s fallacy

This is the tendency to think that future probabilities are changed by past events, when in reality they are unchanged. The flip of a coin is still 50-50 to land on ‘tails’ even if it has landed on ‘tails’ for the previous 100 times.

4. In-group favouritism bias

This is where we give preferential treatment to those who are perceived as part of our own group. Such treatment may involve more attention, allocation of more resources, or better evaluation amongst peers for instance.

5. Mere exposure effect

This is where people develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. You probably know the phrase “Better the devil you know” – often used when this bias is active.

6. The ‘Bandwagon’ effect

This is the tendency to ‘go with the flow’, even when doubts about that course of action are present. A type of ‘group-mentality’ may take over individual thoughts and instincts. You’ve probably seen this at play in the office, where social pressures can be especially strong.

7. Anchoring bias

This is active when we rely too heavily on the first piece of information we receive, when making decisions. We use this initial piece of information to make subsequent judgments, even when new and relevant information comes to light.

8. Self-serving bias:

This is where we take responsibility for things that go our way, but not when they have negative outcomes. We have an in-built desire for success and self-esteem, which accounts for this bias. This is commonly the source of workplace conflict.

9. Negativity bias

Despite craving success, people are more likely to make decisions based upon negative memories and feelings than positive ones – another common bias. We tend to let setbacks affect us more than success, which may lead to risk aversion behaviour.

10. Projection bias

There is a natural tendency to assume that other people see the world the way we do – and we can get frustrated and disappointed when this is not the case.

The example from the introduction about others not necessarily celebrating our successes the way we expect is caused by this projection bias.

The above ten examples are just a few of the biases that may be at play in the human mind in any given situation. Being aware of them does not help us become completely free of them, but reducing their influence may help us reach better decisions.