Carlos Tavares has some impressive, memorable things to say with his management messages; find them in this week’s in-depth article. Me, I mainly retain that the success happens not on a trickle-down basis, but on a bubble-up basis: the boss decides, but the ideas arrive from employees down below the management levels.
But there’s also a message missing from the Tavares interview: In R&D, as in many other activities, management has to help lower-level employees to be able to make improvement proposals. How?
by being better trained and informed, and better recognising those employees who put their training and information to innovative use.
Now, I put it to you: the best, most efficient training comes from presentations at congresses. The best information comes from a steady flow of information on technologies, visiting exhibition booths, and attending demonstrations—exactly as presented and facilitated by DVN. That’s a value proposition well worth two days’ attendance at a congress and your ongoing subscription to DVN.
During my work at Valeo, I created the VISION congress to facilitate training, information, and recognition in the vehicle lighting industry. After I was done working at Valeo, I created Driving Vision News to again allow lighting players to be trained, to be informed and to be recognised.
We have this year the opportunity to attend congresses all over the world: in Germany with ISAL in April; in America with the DVN US Workshop in June; in China with the DVN Shanghai Workshop in September; in France with VISION in October…wherever you are, there is a congress close by; jump in and leverage your nearest opportunity:
Managers, send employees to a congress, or better yet, bring them with you.
Employees, be proactive; ask your boss to attend.