Home tech business owners from across North America and beyond came together in San Diego last week to workshop solutions to the perennial challenge of finding and keeping great employees.
At the second annual CEDIA Business Xchange May 11–13, attendees soaked up thought-provoking content from expert presenters and shared equally valuable knowledge with their peers.
Welcome Cruise & Scavenger Hunt
The event started Wednesday evening with a cruise from the Kona Kai Resort & Spa to Coronado on the Admiral Hornblower. After docking in Coronado, attendees participated in a scavenger hunt, then returned to the yacht for dinner and an evening cruise back to the resort.
Volunteers Patrick Hartman and Jamie Briesemeister welcome attendees.
Hiring for Attitude
Thursday, it was time to get down to business. Presenter Mark Murphy’s workshop Hiring for Attitude was aimed at flipping perspectives on how to conduct a hiring search. Attendees spent the day thinking through how to apply Murphy’s interviewing principles to their own businesses, and then ended the day with tools they can use to make their hiring processes more successful and efficient.
After the full-day workshop, Business Xchange attendees grouped into teams and battled their way through a Beach Olympics competition. Quirky challenges allowed teammates to get to know each other, communicate, and most importantly, have fun!
Friday morning began with a topic that may sound dry but turned out to be anything but. Kelly Hughes and Guillermo Escobedo of Ogletree Deakins opened attendees’ eyes to the minefield that is employment law and gave concrete takeaways to help businesses limit their exposure.
Just as beneficial as the expert-led content was the peer-facilitated Idea Xchange. Attendees grouped together for loosely structured roundtable discussions on the topics they voted most important, including recurring revenue, business growth and scalability, and managing costs.
Getting Good People to Stay
Friday afternoon, presenter Jana Anders took attendees through tips for building and sustaining a committed team. Participants worked through how to build an environment that makes employees want to stay.
Next year’s Business Xchange will be held in February 2017. Stay tuned for an announcement on dates and location at cedia.net/business-xchange