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Coach or Architect?

Building a winning team not entirely unlike building… well, a building.

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Ah, it’s that time of year. The kids have gone back to school, the northern states have a crisp evening chill in the air, and the pigskin has begun to fly. Millions of people across the United States can once again cheer on their favorite teams as they compete in high school, college and pro football contests throughout the fall.

This is not an article for the bars and restaurants that should consider professional displays rated for high-brightness in outdoor applications or 24/7 usage. This is an article to connect the technology behind the scenes to the magic that unfolds on the field every weekend and in those all-important primetime games. In college and pro especially, winning teams are money makers, generating tons of ticket sales at the stadiums, apparel and advertising revenue. And while talent and athleticism are huge factors in whether any given team on any given Sunday can prevail, there is an incredible amount of planning and even architecture that goes into the ultimate victory celebration or dejection and defeat.

With vastly different backgrounds, the coach of a team and a highly educated architect have very similar job descriptions, and similarly can find identical technologies extremely effective in accomplishing their goals. Consider the parallels of building a winning team vs. building a dwelling or office complex:

COACH

  • Must understand strength of players and competition
  • Must understand rules of the game and penalties for violations
  • Communicate plays and game plan to players and other coaches
  • Oversee overall game play
  • Problem solve when injuries occur and adjust when original game plan fails to work
  • Win the game within regulation time and with current players

ARCHITECT

  • Must understand strength of materials used for structures and buildings
  • Understand and adhere to building codes and zoning requirements
  • Communicate plans to clients, contractors and other architects
  • Oversee overall project and construction
  • Problem solve when mistakes are made or delays are encountered
  • Ensure completion of projects on time and on budget

The play-calling and planning, and communication to teams of players or departments can be easily communicated with a dynamic and interactive touch screen. One such screen highly effective for both very different but very much alike fields is Sharp’s PN-L401C AQUOS BOARD® Interactive Display. This board can work as a sophisticated bulletin board or flip chart. Data can be imported for display or written freely by hand, and the 2mm-tip touch pen has a pen-on-paper feel to it which allows smooth and accurate onscreen writing of fine text and lines – critical for game play, precise planning and many other applications.

Through September, this and other Sharp models qualify for a special rebate when you complete a simple online form. See more details and qualifying models here.

Whatever your sport this fall, whatever projects you’re the master architect for, Sharp is ready to play ball.

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