The Wake Up Call
I’ve had a series of wake-up calls over the last year that have opened my eyes to the impact outside influences have on my business and the CE industry in general. It’s no longer enough to work hard within the insular world of a particular company. We have to work hard to venture beyond the self-imposed boundaries that too often block us from achieving maximum success.
Each month in this new column we’ll bring you the voices of different industry leaders who will share the strategies and insights they’ve learned from stepping across those boundaries and exploring worlds that may seem far away today but have a strong impact on our businesses tomorrow.
My first wake-up call happened last summer at SINOCES, a large consumer electronics show in Tsingtao, China. During the visit I had the opportunity to visit with the leadership of Haier, an appliance manufacturer; Hisense, a CE products manufacturer; JVC Electronics Industrial; and Microsoft Research Asia. During the visit it became clear to me that China and Asia are not just the source of cheap labor anymore; they will be the source of innovation.