Jana Anders of Career Systems International and speaker at the CEDIA Business Xchange 2016
When times are good, most custom integration companies find it necessary to add staff to keep up with an increased workload. Unfortunately, finding good employees and retaining them can be a challenge, as well. One theory, promoted by Jana Anders of Career Systems International at the upcoming CEDIA Business Xchange conference is that many companies are still operating like 20th century businesses rather than 21st-century institutions.
The challenge comes in creating a company culture based around the mindset of people as assets. In a recent survey of millennials conducted by WorkPlaceTrends.com, 39 percent of respondents said their company suffers from poor leadership, citing managers’ inability to develop others, and ineffective communication as the main problems.
How do I develop my employees? What constitutes good communication? Where do you even begin? You’re not alone. CEDIA has found some of the best people to help you answer these questions. Jana Anders of Career Systems International is one such expert, and she will be bringing her insights to the CEDIA Business Xchange (The early-bird registration discount deadline is March 30.)
Anders, a certified executive coach and leadership development consultant, will be teaching a workshop at this year’s Business Xchange, titled “Getting Good People to Stay,” which will focus on identifying what matters in today’s workforce, overcoming barriers, and building a winning culture.
Not only is this year’s Business Xchange going to provide valuable insights on getting people to stay, another key workshop in this year’s program focuses on “Hiring for Attitude.” Mark Murphy, who wrote a bestselling book on this very topic, will help attendees learn how to become a master interviewer who can easily spot a good or bad attitude.
CEDIA recognizes that most integrator businesses don’t have a dedicated human resources staff person, and for many of you being a small-business owner means you wear many hats. With that in mind, we’ve also planned a short and informative session employment law and how to avoid common mistakes.
So what comes next?
Check your calendar, register, pack a bag, and take two short days away from your everyday schedule to take advantage of a business event that has been designed specifically for you, with your needs as an integrator in mind. Not only will you have an opportunity to hear from business experts, you’ll have time to network with peers who understand what it’s like running a business in this industry.
This year’s Business Xchange will take place at the Kona Kai Resort and Spa in San Deigo, CA, May 11-13. Visit cedia.net/bizxchange to register and learn more about this year’s speakers and to register.