Make Every Minute Count

We've all got a minute to spare, and at Advoco, we want to make that minute count. That's what "a minute" is all about. We'll bring you thoughts and insights from our team to help you fill up your minutes with information to challenge you to think differently about your business and the way you utilize your EAM system.

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C.A.R.E. For Your Team

With football season starting, I began running through all of the positions in my mind. Quarterback is always the position I think of first, followed by the head coach, and then various others in offense, defense, other coaching staff, and so on. This little mind exercise made me realize that even though the quarterback or head coach seems to be “The Guy” or “The Gal” we think of first, it really takes the entire team to win. To have a successful team, you’ve got to C.A.R.E: Catch and support. Imagine how it would work if the quarterback threw perfect passes, but no one was there to catch. Or the coach designed a perfect play, but only half of the team showed up. Achieve more together. In bu

Everything Requires Maintenance

We work in the maintenance industry, so I consider myself pretty familiar with the term, but recently I looked up its definition. Maintenance is defined as: “The process of maintaining or preserving someone or something, or the state of being maintained.” In the case of equipment, it is maintaining a certain level of cleanliness, reliability, lubrication, calibration, and alignment. It means keeping something functioning at a certain level. Equipment needs maintenance, we all know that. Software applications and data also require maintenance. They require a periodic health check and often “cleaning.” Everything we own or manage requires periodic maintenance to function at a high level. One t

Compete Against Yourself

While reading the book, Start with Why by Simon Sinek I came across a quote that really stuck with me: “When you compete against everyone else, no one wants to help you. But when you compete against yourself, everyone wants to help you.” I am naturally a very competitive person, so I can relate to the thirst for first, especially early on in my career. But as I have grown, my views have changed. I used to see the world through a zero-sum prism. In other words, the only way for me to win or move forward was for someone else to lose or move backward. Now I am more focused on making myself better tomorrow than I was today. As a member of the CrossFit community, I am inspired by people accomplis

Testing Human Kindness

I’ve always been intrigued by homeless people. I take notice of the faces I see frequently, and I’m stumped about what can actually be done to fix the problem. When I first moved to San Francisco, it was disturbing to see the amount of people living on the streets. You can’t possibly give money to each person you encounter, even if you wanted to. I became fascinated with their creativity and the signs they hold up. There’s one man who stands on Octavia Street practically every morning on my commute to the office. He holds a sign that says, “Testing Human Kindness.” I’ve thought about this sign a lot. For one, I don’t think you can test kindness in the way he’s trying to. However, I really li

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