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  • Kinds of meals
  • During this summer holidays, I had some kinds of course meals at restaurants. I was happy that they satisfied my appetite which is
    one of human desires. At the beginning of the holiday, I had Vietnam meals at first time in my life. While I had perceived the Vi
    etnam restaurant near my city train station, I’ve never tried. As I approached it, I found many customers even at the outdoor ta
    bles. It [続きを読む]
  • Trip to Kawaguchi-ko lake
  • I’m in a hotel by Kawaguchi-ko lake near Mt. Fuji. I was supposed to be able to see a breathtaking landscape of Mt. Fuji from he
    re. There are heavy clouds, and I can’t see it at all.I reserved this hotel on May. I’ve experienced sweltering heat in the se
    veral summers. I wanted to escape from the heat. I thought it would be cooler near Mt. Fuji area in summer than my place.Yes. Now
    I don’t [続きを読む]
  • Book; Option B
  • After she wrote down a book “Lean in” in 2014, Sheryl Sandberg abruptly lost her husband Dave by a cardiac arrhythmia cause by
    coronary artery disease in 2015. She blamed herself, and continued days she could not recover from his death. This book tells us
    resilience through her recovery from loss, and other cases introduced by psychologist Adam Grant.In this book, they show three P
    ’s found by [続きを読む]
  • Tennis in summer
  • I love tennis. I’ve enjoy playing tennis every weekend since I started working 30 year ago. At the time when I began tennis, it was a fad in Japan. I saw star players including Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe on TV. Tennis courts were full with people enjoying it. After the trend left, the number of people playing tennis seems to have dropped down, and at least people of the tennis courts at which [続きを読む]
  • Summer holidays
  • Summer holidays begins. It was a national holiday yesterday. I didn’t know the new national holiday called Mountain Day. I’ve heard that it is likely to have been established thanks to the acts including Japan Alpine Club. But my company had a normal working day yesterday.I have 9 days holidays. As the early period of the term is a time of Obon, which many Japanese people go back to home towns [続きを読む]
  • International auto show
  • My boss asked me to go to the Frankfurt Auto Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, IAA) this year last Friday. It is one of
    the biggest motor shows in the world, as Germany is a greatest automotive country. The show for passenger cars is held every two y
    ears.I was in Frankfurt as a staff of my company’s booth in the show a decade ago. My company is a middle-sized manufacturer in
    Japan. Th [続きを読む]
  • Most important thing for management
  • No one can make people act directly. Because each person acts on the basis of their own will and faith. How do we make people who
    have their identities act in order to achieve objective of the organization? It’s a key to manage people. So it’s a most impor
    tant thing for management.As we can’t move people directly, we can do only a few things; to create favorable environment for emp
    loyees, and [続きを読む]
  • People around retirement
  • At the revised Law concerning Stabilization of Employment of Older Persons in 2013, it rules that enterprises must choose the foll
    owing options; to raise the retirement age, or to set the continued employment system, or to abolish the retirement. I’ve heard
    some big companies have introduced the ways of the retirement age rise or abolishment of the retirement. Many companies have taken
    the way to [続きを読む]
  • Globalization and standardization
  • When we think about the growth of a company, we can’t avoid thinking globalization as well. If the company grows and gains majority of the domestic market share, it’s natural that the management seeks to go abroad.At the beginning of the overseas operation if it were a manufacturer, it would secure land in the foreign country, and build an assembly plant firstly. As it has few know-hows to ope [続きを読む]
  • Who does it?
  • I found an interesting viewpoint about business strategy when I read a book the other day.Though strategy is said to be necessary
    to win the business success, the writer says that we are not able to differentiate only from the strategy because all business mod
    els and strategies have a destiny to become commoditization.He was involved in an E-commerce company selling clothes as a consulta
    nt a f [続きを読む]
  • Expressionless
  • When I talked to a sales person of a bank last week, I heard an interesting chitchat from him.This bank is one of the biggest bank
    in Japan. It has an annual meeting with thousands of employees. Several years ago, a director said as the same program was not go
    od for them, we should address something attractive event after the annual meeting.They came jokingly up with an idea if a famous
    Enka ( [続きを読む]
  • Electrification strategies of Japanese Big 3
  • I had an opportunity to hear electric motor technologies of Japanese automobile makers, Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Ni
    ssan Motor Corp., at a conference a few weeks ago.As you may know, Toyota Motor has produced more than 2.5 million hybrid vehicles
    (HEVs) in 2016, and has surpassed 10 million cumulative number of the HEVs in February this year. It has an advanced hybrid system
    named T [続きを読む]
  • Management philosophy
  • I like to read columns written by a company president who run a medium sized manufacturer, as I favor his way of thoughts on manag
    ement. I cite his latest one.What is the ultimate purpose of the company management?I believe that people working at a company fee
    l happy by spending satisfied life, and they contribute to customers and regional society. The more they grow, I think the more th
    e co [続きを読む]
  • Procrastinating decisions
  • There is no strategy without decisions. Leaders face lots of situations to have to make decisions. But they are prone to procrasti
    nate the decisions under uncertain conditions. Even though they have enough information to make up their minds, they may waver.Tha
    t may be because they hope right answers. The leaders have responsibility to lead their teams or projects to success. If the teams
    or proj [続きを読む]
  • Smartphone payment
  • I didn’t know the fact that we can’t use bills or coins when we buy something at stores in China now. Chinese tech giants like
    Tencent and Alibaba are not so familiar in Japan that I know the names but don’t see people using the services.There are many I
    T technology firms and start-ups in Japan. I hope to think some companies have capability to compete with rivals abroad. However,
    their targe [続きを読む]
  • Target setting
  • I read an interview piece of an ex-athlete the other day.He was a track and field athlete who participated in several Olympic Game
    s, and retired five years ago. He says, “There are clear goals in the sports world. I had an ultimate goal that I would take the
    first place at my athlete event.” He worried about what he should do if he lost the target after retirement.He began to think l
    ike this [続きを読む]
  • Organization reform
  • I sometimes look into organization charts of competitors or affiliated companies. As looking at the change of them in time, I find
    out each company has a tendency to change the organization.A company tends to separate organizations into smaller ones, and I som
    etimes see that it integrates the small organizations into larger one a couple of years after the separation . It carry out the or
    ganizati [続きを読む]
  • CVC
  • CVC is abbreviation of corporate venture capital. It’s a form of a venture capital launched by an industrial company with fund on hand. Quite many companies have established the CVCs for this few years. Though the companies which make the CVC are relatively big ones thanks to the necessity of ample funds.I read an article last week that a middle sized company created the CVC at the beginning of [続きを読む]
  • Injustice
  • I’ve worked for companies for a long time. I came across injustice by employees or directors during my office worker life. I hea
    rd a rumor at my previous company two decades ago that a director usurped company’s money as much as some ten million yen for hi
    s mistress. But he wasn’t fired the company because of lack of his replacement. After I started working at the current company,
    I’ve encount [続きを読む]
  • Innovator and anti-innovator
  • When we discuss new business, people are divided into two. One is those who favor for the new business, and another who oppose it.
    The raft is never bridged.I found the following description when I read a book today. There are two kinds of people in the busine
    ss world. Innovator and anti-innovator. As a company get to be big, the latter people account for the majority. They always follow
    prece [続きを読む]
  • Productivity growth
  • The rate of productivity growth both in advanced countries and developing countries has been decreasing. No one can account for th
    e reason.For example, in the USA. The liquidity of labor market is high, and replacing old enterprises with new one is vigorous. T
    he advanced IT companies including Google and Amazon lead the innovation in the world.Even though the growth productivity in the n
    onagri [続きを読む]
  • New conglomerates
  • M&A in the USA has a long history. In late 1800, many monopolistic enterprises emerged by using the way of horizontal integration.
    Sherman Antitrust Act and Clayton Antitrust Act were enacted respectively in 1890 and 1914. After the antitrust acts were put int
    o operation in 1950, the conglomerate type M&A was in vogue until 1980. However, this type of M&A caused many failure cases becaus
    e manageme [続きを読む]
  • Technology succession
  • I met with a president of a small mold manufacturing company today. The value of shipment and the number of the mold manufacturing
    companies in Japan has been decreasing since 1990. About 14,000 mold manufacturing companies ran the business in 1990. In 2013 ab
    out 9,000 companies remained.In particular, after the Lehman Shock in 2008, many companies carried out the restructuring. Some of
    the dism [続きを読む]
  • Stop thinking phenomena
  • I found a description about “stop thinking” as I read a book yesterday. The writer defines it as not to think on the basis of
    superordinate concept. He says that a behavior as thinking is a thought treating the high-level concept. The “thinking” is to
    look at something objectively. For example, we can see lots of formatted reports which we have to fill in in an office. At a daily
    work, we wo [続きを読む]
  • Dissatisfied response
  • I’m visiting housing builders every weekend. My house was built 50 years ago, and I’m considering a new one. So I’m in a res
    earching time of the house builders. However, I’m confused what indicators I should take to narrow down them.Big housing builder
    s have several ways to promote their houses, including commercial films on TVs or models houses. I can get the information. I’m
    sure that the [続きを読む]