We Have Some Growing Up to Do
With CEDIA EXPO just around the corner and the registration brochures hot off of the presses, it’s time to start thinking about our plans for September.
Some companies will choose not to attend; others will bring their entire staffs. The reasons for this are as diverse as the companies themselves. Or are they?
We may all think we’re in different places within our respective businesses, which ultimately will drive our planning decisions. But in the overall scheme of things, we’re all a part of an extremely adolescent industry.
The very word “adolescent” is one to which all of us can relate. We either are the “proud” parents of one, will soon have one, used to be one, or still are one (you know who you are).
The word, as it relates to our children or our own youth, conjures thoughts of pride, potential, opportunity, disappointment and, of course, frustration. Due to its relative age, our industry is entering its own similar period that brings with it these same feelings.
So what am I saying here? The same thing we tell our children and the same thing our parents said to us: “Stay in school!” That advice is applicable to our current places in the lives of our businesses.
Of course, you could argue that I’m biased due to my volunteer involvement with CEDIA. It’s true that I believe CEDIA offers some of the best curriculum for those looking to enhance their knowledge as electronic systems professionals.
Truthfully, however, there are many places you can get great content that will help your business and/or career. Right now, more then ever, we must strive to capture the potential opportunities that are there for us. The best way to do so is through knowledge. If we want to truly capitalize, we must seek out specific knowledge that doesn’t have anything to do with the great-sounding speakers or jaw-dropping video panels with which we get so enamored. This knowledge comes from curriculum that will help us run our businesses better.