Chucks Blog: Expectations of New Generation Employees
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“Think different.” – Apple
Whether you’re a Mac or a PC (and, for the record, I’m a PC), you’ve got to hand it to Apple. They went from a company on the brink of total irrelevancy to a market dominating innovator on multiple fronts whose stock closed Friday with a market cap crossing the $600 billion mark. Apple is beloved by consumers, stands at the paragon of product hype and desirability, and can move the market and hold pricing in a retail environment that is increasingly cutthroat.
What can we learn from them?
At the 2011 CEDIA EXPO I sat next to Russound’s CEO, Charlie Porritt, at dinner one evening and he shared one of the more profound quotes I heard at the show. Charlie said that while Russound was meeting with Apple to implement AirPlay into a new media streamer, one of the Apple executives held up a key component and said, “This part costs $15 (at manufacture) right now. What would you do if it was $1? How would that change what you made? How would that change what you do?”
It’s a simple idea, but it’s also quite profound and illustrates the forward, look-ahead of Apple mind-think. Don’t get hung up on what IS right now; think about what it could be, what it should be, what it will be and then change, prepare and work towards getting it there.
Where Apple is big enough to push pricing downward, our businesses are subject to the pricing whims of outside factors. And we face the exact opposite issue; things we sell are continually dropping in price and in margin. Think about what you are selling today for $1000; what would you do if it was $100? How would that change what you do? While we can’t move pricing, we have to anticipate the changes and adapt to them. Prepare and plan and then act accordingly.
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I am back from my 2 week vacation in Portugal. I loved every minute of my time there and look forward to going back. I was great place to disconnect at least for a few days until i discovered Free WiFi in at the Turismo office in Sao Martinho do Porto. Nothing like a morning espresso and beautiful weather while reading your mail.
While there I worked on some blog material and articles to write about so look for them soon. The first to hit this week will be my first Ebook. I had been working on this for some time now and that should be ready later in the week. Along with the Ebook look for new articles from the Red Band Bloggers. I have 3 new band member ready to go with their own take on AV.
It’s was nice to take some down time and recharge.
Thanks again for following the blog and I am truly honored by all the great emails, posts and feedback I have been receiving.
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You know times are tough when dogs are finding creative ways to earn an income.
I was one of the Judges for the 2012 AV Technology Magazine Technology End-User Awards.
Some pictures from today’s New York AV Roadshow & Roundtable.