Before visiting the Westone Laboratories I wondered what their key to success was. What did they do differently than their competition to make their product so popular.
Walking in the front door at Westone there was an LCD monitor that read "Westone welcomes High Altitude Tennis." We felt welcomed and comfortable. Shortly after Jeff K. walked through the doors and greeted everyone with handshakes and smiles, then quickly whisked us off to show us around the compound.
First we saw the conference room, which was almost like walking into one of the rooms from the show Cribs on MTV, kind of a Cribs conference room addition if you will. Records and pictures of artists that use their product hanging from the walls, it was awesome! Next was the Top Gun hallway. Westone also makes in ear monitors for jet fighter pilots... pretty awesome!
Next we went to the operations area where all the Westone products are made. Everyone had a station and a specific task that they were working on. The amount of detail that went into each individual product was inspiring. Every product that Westone makes is made and shipped in house, not many companies have this luxury. It seemed that since they were able to do everything from the Westone Compound it ensured that their product would maintain its high quality. Another factor was that Westone had high standards for every phase of their business.
By the end of the tour Jeff K. had painted a very clear picture of how Westone Music Products has become a leader in the in-ear monitor industry. High Standards and attention to detail equals high quality. And for those to work successfully there has to be an organized approach to success. Westone has this!
At High Altitude Tennis we strive to make this our standard. I remember when I first started teaching tennis I did a drill that almost everyone reading this article has done before... Approach, volley, volley, overhead. I remember doing this drill many times as a player and many times as a coach. Every time from both perspectives it was organized chaos. Not enough information being taught or received and very rarely was there accountability for a missed shot.
At HAT we are working hard to do our part to bring discipline to each and every one of our programs. Have you watched a high school or college basketball, football or wrestling practice lately? The intensity and attention to detail is far superior than your typical tennis practice. We aim to learn from these sports to ensure that our players are hard working, respectful and responsible young adults that can succeed not only on the tennis court but in the real world.