Where the Electronics Supply Chain Comes Together

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors. ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components. Comprised of a broad array of leaders and professionals representing all phases of the electronics components supply chain, ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy come together. ECIA members develop industry guidelines and technical standards, as well as generate critical business intelligence. 

From our CEO

Adaptive Leadership Part Two:  Principles for Leading Adaptive Change

In last month’s article (June 2019 Bradford Exchange) we discussed the ever increasingly complex challenges we face in our industry. Dr. Ronald Heifetz notes that they require advanced methods of adaptive leadership to solve.  Heifetz offers six principles for leaders dealing with adaptive challenges. The first two of those are now discussed in more detail:

Get on the Balcony.

Athletes in fast moving team sports concentrate on their assignments and can easily get caught up in the frenzy of the game.  But some have an uncanny ability to pay attention to everything happening on the field of play.  Whether it was Joe Montana seeing a missed defensive assignment to throw a touchdown pass, or Magic Johnson blindly throwing the ball where he knew his teammate would be for an assist, these all-time greats could be in the midst of the action and still rise above it to know exactly what the whole game situation looked like. 

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From Our Members

Jeff Thomson, ON Semiconductor

Introducing the New Nimble ECIA

It has been my honor to serve on the ECIA Board since 2013, and I am delighted with the new and improved governing structure that was put in place this past year. As VP of global channel sales for ON Semiconductor, I see the value of this Association every day, and the new structure has enhanced that value by a very large multiple. When I became Chair, it was clear that the Board was not functioning optimally because there were too many people with differing agendas. It was difficult to get things done because the process for prioritizing was often chaotic. Establishing the Council level - where each constituency has a forum to discuss and decide which priorities to champion at the Board level - has resulted in a much nimbler organization.

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A World of Best Practices

The GIPC and their subject matter expert groups (SMEG) work closely to identify common industry issues and work together to find solutions that benefit the electronic component supply channel. Some areas that are currently being worked on are, eliminating human touch points when providing manufacturers Certificate of Compliance, documenting best practice examples for the handling and processing of tariffs and looking ahead to the day when we manage through the removal of tariffs.

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From Our Service Partners

Stress Testing Your Strategy

You’ve just updated your strategy and/or your budgetary plan.  This is usually when the group takes a breather and then migrates into implementation.  But there is an important next step that we often neglect until it’s too late.  Spend a bit more time and look for the potential events that could render your strategy useless. Stress test your plan and build organizational nimbleness with Scenario Planning.

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Industry Analytics

5G Technology

Amplifying the Next Big Thing - Prepare to Be Amazed
Dale Ford, Chief Analyst

As technological advances continue to accelerate, one of the most common questions presented is, “What is the next big thing?” Every cycle in the electronics industry has been driven by a major technology, market or economic force ranging from consumer electronics, various generations of personal computers, and wireless/mobile communications to global economic booms and busts. Excitement is building in anticipation of the “next big thing.”  What will it be? The answer is that the next major industry cycle will be driven by a triad of technologies that will form a “Technology Triumvirate” that will impact nearly every aspect of our life including globalization, economic growth, connectivity and sustainability.

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Vision 2020: Leading with Clarity

The one essential qualification for all great leaders is a clear and compelling vision of the future. As we set our sights on the next decade, the 2019 ECIA Executive Conference program is designed to illuminate industry challenges and enable leaders to successfully guide their organizations into the 2020s.

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