Imagine a secular corporation in which profit has spiritual overtones... where the corporate motto is "Respect the Divine and Love People," and where passion and vision have supplanted the long-term business plan... most tellingly, a corporation in which employees have a unique slogan: "What we like to do next is what people tell us we can never do." These are te tenets of a real company led by one of Japan's most dynamic and charismatic entrepreneurs. The principles under which it runs may be counter to everything you have ever learned about management. These principles are precisely what this book is about. "If your motivation and your methods are virtuous," Kazuo Inamori writes, "you need not worry much about the result." To the amazement of cynics, his unusual insistence on not pursuing profit but "letting it follow our actions" has made the companies he founded among the most profitable enterprises in the world. A Passion for Success presents Inamori's personal business philosophies as they illuminate universal struggles of the human spirits within competitive markets. Young or old -- successful or striving -- you are sure to find it original, compelling, and deeply inspirational. Features of this book -- The author's insight on how to succeed in business and how to succeed in life presented in short, one-page vignettes. -- Extracts of interviews with the author
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Dr. Kazuo Inamori, whose management philosophy is shared in this book, was born in Kagoshima, southern Japan, in 1932. At age 27, he established Kyoto Ceramic Co., Ltd (now Kyocera Corporation) using $10,000 from a friend. Kyocera has since become a global leader in high-tech ceramic and eletronic products. In 1984, he also established DDI Corporation (now KDDI), the first long-distance and cellular telephone carrier company to challenge NTT, Japan's communications monopoly.From Booklist:
When you're one of Japan's most successful entrepreneurs as well as one of the richest men in the world and you're considered a maverick visionary preaching land and tax reform, government decentralization, and deregulation, you don't have to rely on the vanity press to publish your quirky musings, admonitions, and inspirational nuggets. When you head the company that founded and it has become a worldwide leading long-distance and cellular telephone company with $3 billion in sales, and you argue that the U.S. should try harder to penetrate the Japanese market, publishing houses will vie with one another to put your thoughts into print, knowing there is a huge audience looking for the secret to success. Just remember, as Inamori says, "Be a humble leader, don't practice `small love,' and always wrestle in the center of the mat!" David Rouse
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Book Description McGraw-Hill Education (Asia), 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110071262385