Technology and Cars

by

Eight years ago, I bought a very nice, practically new sedan – an Acura RL complete with their full technology package. I especially loved all the safety features: run-flat tires that would function for 100 miles after they were damaged, an anti collision system that braked and stopped the car automatically and Bluetooth integration to minimize phone distractions for the driver. 

Last year, I entered a new phase of my life and it was time to “upgrade” to a minivan.  Even though my sedan had almost 100,000 miles on it, I secretly dreaded giving it up because of its technology package.  Even so, I was ready to make a deal with the devil for the sliding doors and unlimited storage space.  As you may remember from my previous blog on the minivan selection, my heels were dug in about one required feature, keyless entry, but once Honda added that feature into their Odyssey, we were ready to buy.


I braced myself for the adjustment.  I had a feeling that I didn’t even know what all I was going to miss until I started driving the van.  As you may have surmised, I was shocked to find that this much less expensive car ($35K sticker versus $55K sticker) had better technology, overall.  It didn’t have my run-flat tires that delayed my retirement a couple years to maintain, but it did have incredible iPhone integration (I can text through my car and it reads to me), more blind spot warnings with a camera in the side door and likely better impact protection.

Conventional “Millionaire next door” wisdom is to buy a slightly used car and drive it as long as possible.  I was a fan of that buying philosophy until my latest switch.  Technology, specifically safety features, phone integration and navigation, is now so important to me that I’ll be buying less expensive cars, more often.  

READ MORE

Shifting Perspectives: 3 Learnings From a 3-Day Training

Shifting Perspectives: 3 Learnings From a 3-Day Training

About a week ago, I completed the second live (virtual) training in the process of becoming a Certified Professional Coach through iPEC. Once again, my mind was blown! It reinforced for me that virtual workshops can, and do, work, and, in a lot of ways, I prefer them...

read more
Finding My Work-Life Balance

Finding My Work-Life Balance

In my previous post, I told the story of how I got back into consulting after becoming a mom. All of the diverse experiences I had during that journey have helped me to find my work-life balance by… Defining Boundaries “Go home,” my first boss said 12 years back —...

read more
How I Got Back to Work After Being a Full-Time Mom

How I Got Back to Work After Being a Full-Time Mom

I Landed My Dream Job Throwback to 2014, I had completed my MBA, landed my dream job as a consultant, and was hoping that my new consulting career would exponentially ramp up my career growth for the next 5 years. This would position me to take on critical decision...

read more
Self-Awareness is Key to Belonging

Self-Awareness is Key to Belonging

In August of this year, as part of our annual company meeting, our team at Thought Ensemble participated in the foundational session of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training led by Dr. Nika White, IOM, CDE (she/her/hers). One of the most meaningful moments...

read more
Finding Your Organization’s Magic Pixie Dust

Finding Your Organization’s Magic Pixie Dust

It is often said that organizational culture is like a fog — it is all around us; it impacts our ability to see, to move quickly, and to deliver; but we cannot quite put our finger on it. Indeed, some organizations see their culture as a byproduct of operations,...

read more
We’ve Refreshed Our Brand!

We’ve Refreshed Our Brand!

Why have we refreshed our brand, you ask? Well, as we have grown and matured as an organization, we felt that our previous brand elements no longer represented us as well as they could. You see, we founded Thought Ensemble back in 2008 to help companies better compete...

read more
Thought Ensemble’s Purpose — Inspired in 2020

Thought Ensemble’s Purpose — Inspired in 2020

I recently wrote about how company purpose is being tested and inspired by all the events of 2020. This topic is very real for us at Thought Ensemble. We’ve been thinking a lot about what really matters as we’ve navigated the...

read more
How 2020 Is Testing and Inspiring Corporate Purpose

How 2020 Is Testing and Inspiring Corporate Purpose

In August 2019, the Business Roundtable rewrote their statement of corporate purpose. I followed this with significant interest being that I have never forgotten the debates about corporate purpose in business school almost two decades ago. We were taught that the...

read more
Why Purpose-Driven Organizations May Struggle With Change

Why Purpose-Driven Organizations May Struggle With Change

I love working with companies who really want to make a difference, beyond just making money for their shareholders. I mean, making money is fun and all, but it is even more rewarding to join in on a just cause. Plus, as this HBR article explains, companies who have...

read more