Leadership and Learning


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Leadership and Learning

By Jonathan Davis, president, SEMI North America

For a 1963 speech, President John F. Kennedy wrote, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

It may sound obvious that leadership and learning go hand-in-hand, but it’s a struggle for many of us given the demands of everyday business and the multitude of regular emergencies we each face in our daily duties, especially through leaner economic times.

As the recession recedes and a recovery takes hold, take a fresh look at SEMICON West as both a leadership and a learning opportunity… one that’s right around the corner (July 13-15).

Leaders in the industry will convene to network and exchange new perspectives about semiconductor and emerging markets. And there is much to learn from top executives, great technologists, smart marketing people and a wide range of industry peers that will be on hand themselves to see and hear about the latest industry developments.

We have an esteemed experts and compelling topics to help you sharpen your industry vision.

Just added to the SEMICON lineup is a special keynote at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14 by Intel Corporation’s Chief Administrative Officer, Andy Bryant. Mr. Bryant serves as Executive Vice President for Technology, Manufacturing and Enterprise Services and is one of the four Executive VPs at Intel reporting to CEO Paul Otellini.

Other great keynotes and learning opportunities to be featured at SEMICON West include:

Plus, there will be more than 1,260 technology exhibits at the show this year. Walk around, enjoy, learn and grow. For a view of some of the most compelling new technologies, don’t miss the “Best of West” Award ceremony on July 14 at 1:00pm (TechSITE North, North Hall, Moscone Center).

In summary, I’ll quote another notable learning and leadership expert, Noel Tichy, former head of General Electric Co.’s renowned leadership development center and professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He says that winning companies instill a “virtuous teaching cycle.”

This principle applies, not just to individuals and within organizations, but also to entire industries. If we are not learning, we are not growing. Knowledge sharing, learning and teaching are indispensible to progress.

Come to SEMICON West on July 13-15 and be a learner and a leader. It will be a great venue for finding not just the complicated questions, but the useful information and perspective that can help take your plan to the next level.

I hope to see you there.

SEMI Global Update
July 6, 2010