Where have our industry leaders gone?
The people who should be leading the industry are quiet, cowed by
Sarbanes-Oxley, or--worse--just dull and passionless, lumpy
personalities formed years ago in some sad gray MBA classroom. Some
of the best passion and insight you hear today comes from you, on
comments on stories here at EE Times and other publications, but
most commenters aren't executives. Engineers still run the companies
but these aren't your father's engineers.
Does it matter? Yes, absolutely. It matters because in a grimly
uncertain world and a time of industry transition, industry
leaders--someone, anyone--need to stand up and show some passion for
what we do.
Engineers go to work each day and solve problems science fiction
writers couldn't dream about a few decades ago. Engineering is
passion, but we're not seeing any trickle-down passion from the
Yes, it's a mature industry but mature industries can be passionate
and vibrant (
see the automotive business, now more than a century
old) with their articulate larger-than-life leaders, who have one
eye on their company and another on the industry at large.
The world isn't going to become a less complex and competitive place. It's time. Who's going to step up?