The Connection
April 18, 2023
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Education / Training
I easily recall the adage that curiosity killed the cat. It never really made all that much sense. Was it meant to be cautionary? Was I getting an ill-conceived message to accept the status quo? Maybe the message was about not getting too involved in the inner workings or decisions of a situation. Layer that with a favorite children’s book character, Curious George. The monkey who seemed to always find himself in a sticky situation – due to his curiosity – and invariably rescued by the Man in the Yellow Hat. 

I think we have been approaching it all wrong and sending the wrong message to children and adults of all ages. For me, curiosity is vital to challenging conventional thinking, developing new ideas, or innovating. At a very core level, curiosity is about discovery. I hope never to lose the sense of curiosity and the pleasure of learning or seeing something new. I still get the child-like giddiness when it all comes together, and I can both the big picture and all the details. There are plenty of ways to incorporate curiosity into our professional environments.
How 92-Vehicle HVAC fleet is streamlining operations with a smarter fuel card
K-Dimensional Holdings Inc. / CoastPay®
Texas-based Gillette Air Conditioning struggled with inefficiencies caused by an old station-specific fuel card that was hard to manage and use. Switching to Coast fuel cards allowed them to streamline fleet ops and improve card security across a fleet of 90+ vehicles. Watch to find out how.

Industry Update
The sector was among those with the most legal filings last year, resulting in $3.36 billion in losses, according to a new report.

(Source: Construction Dive)
Contractors’ booked work decreased in March to its lowest level since August 2022, according to Associated Builders and Contractors.

(Source: Construction Dive)
The agency also released a resource to help smaller and less-experienced contractors build IIJA projects safely.

(Source: Construction Dive)
Caterpillar, Inc.