Summer is in full swing and I'm glad, because that means baseball is in full swing. And I love baseball.
But the game of baseball is a lot like a lighting project. And I don't love lighting projects.
Well, I should back up here. I work for a lighting company. So saying I don't love lighting projects isn't the most rah-rah thing to say.
Maybe you can relate, though.
There are a lot of variables in lighting projects. There are oceans of details and things to consider. And winning a lighting project is a lot like winning a baseball game –– it's a matter of mastering adjustments.
In baseball, when a pitcher climbs the mound, his job is not to strikeout every batter he faces nor is it to record 27 consecutive outs –– three per inning for nine innings.
The job of the pitcher is damage control. It's to mitigate risk.
Even in the best pitching performances in the history of the game –– the no-hitters and perfect games and 20-strikeout efforts –– pitchers have had to rely on their defense to back them up, executing both routine and difficult plays. Pitchers depend on their shortstop to stop the groundball from going through his legs and into the outfield. They depend on their outfielders to catch the flyball hit in their vicinity and their first basemen to catch the throw from across the diamond. Pitchers depend on those very throws to be on-target. And most of all, they depend on their catchers to know what pitch to call when –– and against which batter –– and to get in front of the sinking fastball they threw in the dirt.
The expectation is never perfection. The expectation is cohesion, adjustment, and execution.
It's difficult to chart a flawless path for a lighting project. It's even more difficult to follow that path all the way to the point when you switch on the lights. Imagine trying to do that in baseball. You can never fully know all of the variables your opponent is going to throw your way. You can never fully know if the umpire is going to give you the outside corner of the plate that game or not. Will the batter chase the slider you threw low and away? Will the ball hit down the line hit the first base bag and redirect?
There's no telling.
The key to winning in both lighting projects and baseball games is, yes, planning, and practicing, and working cohesively. Of course. But that might be the easy part. It's how you adjust that matters.
What happens when a snowstorm delays your delivery? How do you counteract a curveball from an electrical inspector or the utility company? What do you do when it's the bottom of the ninth for your rollout but you're having difficulty dimming the LEDs you just installed or there's a wiring issue that has the whole project on tilt?
There are variables galore. It's how you plan for them, how you position yourself, and how you react that makes the difference.
And here's the good news: you can always win the lighting project game.
The key is to partner with a reputable manufacturer that stands behind their product and a reputable distributor who stands by their services, making a great team.
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