Just created my first 1-Minute Insight in Japanese. (So for readers who don’t speak the language, it won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t click on the video.) Here’s a synopsis of the content.
When non-Japanese employees around the world are asked to list positive aspects of Japanese-style management, the observations below almost always make the list:
1) Japanese bosses are willing to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.
2) Japanese employees have a highly developed “continuous improvement” mentality
3) Japanese managers communicate and cooperate well across functions (specifically in the automotive industry).
So Japanese managers can feel very good about the following:
- That leaders willing to get their hands dirty are respected in just about any culture
- They can make a big contribution by helping establish and maintain a Deming-based kaizen culture abroad
- They can choose to play a key role in bridging gaps among various departments (assuming they learn to share information openly and efficiently with local counterparts).
Japanese management has other strong points of course, unfortunately not all of them transfer well outside of Japan. But these 3 strengths stand out as potentially high-impact contributions that Japanese managers are equipped to make in any organization.
In my next Japanese clip Ill cover some frustrations that non-Japanese employees have with Japanese management style. Stay tuned.
If you speak Japanese then by all means go ahead and click the play button. Feedback is welcome.