156 pages / November 2012 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)
The most unconventional company in Japan reveals the happiest way to work!
Paid vacation of 140 days a year, no overtime, three years’ parental leave, self-reliance…known as the Japanese company with the most holidays, Mirai Industry comes up with unconventional regulations one after the other, yet it continues to be successful. The founder, Mr. Akio Yamada, who is recognized in Japan and abroad as an entrepreneur, has written what could very well be his definitive work. What’s behind these wild ideas, and what work philosophy has Mr. Yamada truly valued throughout his career? He teaches businessmen who are struggling with uncertainty and worry about how to steer clear of common sense in order to find a breakthrough in their circumstances.
– Always think about doing things differently
– Think for yourself
– Be prouder of 100% failure than 0% risk
– What can make a crook work hard
– Have a lot of heavy losses if you want to be financially successful
– Why performance improved when the quotas were removed
– Good salesmen get clients on their side
– Shun negative thinking and embrace positive imaginations
– The Mirai Industry method is “Have fun, we’re paying.”
– The company will grow if the boss doesn’t work
– If you want something done, don’t order people around!
– Your ability doesn’t determine your capability
The first time I met Mr. Yamada, I was surprised by his brisk manner–one that you wouldn’t expect from someone who is over 80 years old. Of course, building a company that attracts so much attention in only one lifetime is not something that an ordinary person can accomplish. In each of his enlightening words, I felt the self-confidence tempered by years of experience, as well as the extent of his capabilities.
It comes as no surprise that the self-professed “lover of theater” has an entire wall of the consulting room covered in posters of shows from all over the country: a veritable masterpiece.
Apparently, he personally climbs a stepladder almost every day to put up new flyers for shows. I urge you to read this book and feel a part of the power of Mr. Yamada.