Technology is changing daily. We are living in incredible times. The worse thing we can do is get stressed about it or think we have to be on every new technology that comes out. The best thing we can do is gain awareness of the technology and keep informed of changes occurring around us.
Did you see this video about the self-driving car test that was uploaded this week by Google? If not, please stop reading and go right to the video. The technology is really incredible.
Awareness Definition – TheFreeDictionary.com “having knowledge of; “he had no awareness of his mistakes”; “his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced”; “their intelligence and general knowingness was impressive”
Having AWARENESS is so critical in this day and age. My kids were making fun of me because I was not aware of the whole “Hunger Games” Trilogy a few weeks ago. By the way I saw the movie, but I certainly left my mark as a Dad who was out of touch. I’m sure all of us have experienced those type of experiences. By the way I did see the movie and thought it was pretty intense.
Having awareness is the differential in meeting with clients. Awareness comes in all forms.
Here are just some of the examples I feel are important.
Awareness in your community – Watch the local news or newspaper. If a major story unfolded and you are visiting with a client, they will find out how intune you are with your local surroundings.
Awareness of the industry – Know the facts about your industry and find interesting stories about companies, products or individuals who are making a difference.
Awareness of technology – Make sure you know what an iPad is or an android phone, Kindle, etc.
Awareness of the economy – Did you see what happened to Best Buy yesterday, March 29, 2012. Are you aware what is happening on a global level?
Awareness at work – Do you know what your employees are working on or any issues with a product or service that could affect a potential sale or contract.
Awareness at a legislative level – Are there regulations which could impact your company or the way you conduct business? Stay informed
Awareness Networking – Are you aware what is happening in other industries and issues that other people are experiencing.
I am sure there are other areas that you “keep aware of”. My point here, is that you need to be a well-rounded executive who has a general knowledge/awareness of your surroundings to help you professionally, keep current with the world around us.