Voicings: Focus on the Fundamentals
-All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.
OK. I’ll admit it. I came home from CEDIA kind of bummed out. While I wouldn’t say we had a “bad” show, there just didn’t seem to the kind of buzz I’m used to feeling at EXPO. I usually get such a boost of creative energy and adrenaline at the show I’m still flying high long after I return. This year was different though. We had traffic and I had plenty of meetings, but it wasn’t the usual high intensity, crazy-busy “circus” I’m used to. And so I got on the plane feeling let down. I’d known that the housing and finance problems we’ve been facing would have their effects, but frankly, I’ve always believed we could out run them- and to a large extent we have. But now I was feeling concerned. And so I kind of moped around for a week or so, lamenting the “good old days”, and then it hit me. Focus on the fundamentals. Focus on the fundamentals. Focus on the fundamentals. Sure, things are tough-tougher than I can remember. But what do you do when things get tough? Get back to basics-that’s what you do. And so I hit the books to look for guidance. In the process I stumbled upon Peter Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions and my energy started rushing back. How simple-how basic-and how fundamental Drucker’s questions are but they were exactly what I was looking for-a “back to basics” roadmap to continuing success in tough times. I thought they were so relevant and inspiring that I’d like to share them with you this month.