Widgets Magazine

Too Clever By Half

Sitting in a meeting with clients, asking every question imaginable about the what, how, and where of the project, cycling through the database of product knowledge, looking to establish the right direction to steer the design, all with the goal of proper needs analysis to have the equipment line up like the gears of a watch. Such is the goal of each engineer, consultant, and sales engineer involved in the compilation of systems.
Thousands of jobs per day go through this process. That,Aeos thousands of clients and professionals sitting across tables from one another trying to accomplish the best possible system for the application. The probability of each individual in the AV industry being able to reach those goals efficiently, cost effectively, and accurately is purely mind boggling. Thinking only about one of those possible projects even leads to innumerable variables about what could be the best option.
With those odds standing in front of each AV professional with each project, how is it that the expectation is often one person sitting at a desk is going to have all the correct answers each and every time? Even more, how is it conceivable that we expect this kind of accuracy when these designers are often attempting to work across several projects, which may or may not have similarities, simultaneously?
The stereotype of the know-it-all AV professional is alive and well. This is proven at each and every industry event and inside the walls of many of the offices of AV consultant and integration firms. Those that look to domineer over the rest of the industry with a sense of superiority will constantly seek it out and, regardless of whether it,Aeos true or not, will find those that they can lord themselves over and beat their chests.
These same people will inevitably end up working on a project with the secret known only to those in the industry ,Aei that there are engineers and other professionals that seek to work in step with others to find the best possible solution for the project. When these two professionals get together it will almost certainly result in brilliance, be it the collapse or the success of the project.
The thing about dealing with the egomaniacal AV professional is that they can never be wrong. But if the probability of them always being right exists, given the circumstances above, there is a guaranteed impasse between the reality and their view of it. They are just too clever by half for their own good, and the possible good of the project.
When the brilliance of two minds at the top of their game in the AV industry meet and examine new angles, new processes, and new potential options, truly anything can happen. So many studies have been done about how men and women think differently and explore problem solving with different means and ends that it becomes impossible to let the concept slip by that the benefits of working with another person that brings a different perspective to reach a common goal is the only way that everyone in AV becomes successful.
Throughout the length of a career in AV, each person will run into the engineer that believes they are the end-all-be-all, as well as the type that wishes to partner for the success of the project. You can only hope that it,Aeos more often the latter so that when the former arrives it is unexpected because you are just used to a better class of professional.
It,Aeos a given, in this day and age of technology, that we have reached the point where there are almost certainly multiple ways to accomplish a stated goal. There is no longer just one person that possesses all the information. It is up to all of us to foster an environment in this industry that brings sharing and exchanging ideas with each other to the forefront in order to let the best of what we all do illuminate the worlds of our clients.

About Author

Comments are closed.