Kazuo Inamori, founder  of Kyocera and DDI Corporation (now KDDI), Japan, talks about his management philosophy in the book A Passion for Success.

The book explains the factors that lead a company to success; the same factors may very well be relevant for individual success as well.
Inamori-san’s formula of success is:
Success = Ability x Effort x Attitude
of which he considers Attitude as being the most important.

He emphasizes the importance of the Ability to overcome oneself, to Focus the Intellect. Mindful focus or voluntary conscious attention, yuui chuui  (有意注意) in Japanese, is the key.  Says Inamori-san: Intellect is the rational part of the mind that reasons and judges. In order to use it you have to focus it like sunlight through a lens to start a fire.

He talks about the need to drive oneself to the limit with a spirit of urgency or kikikan (危機感).
All the same, one must not be a banyuu (蛮勇) or reckless fool, but be prepared for challenges that may come one’s way.

According to Inamori-san, business relations can be heaven or hell, depending on whether you view them as win-lose, zero-sum or win-win opportunities.
Follow your philosophy, he says. However, the suji  – line of reasoning or philosophy that a person uses to make decisions – should be a line that follows the human way. Profit or mouke (儲け) –  a Kanji (character)  that is a combination of the characters for shinjiru (to trust) & mono (person) – is about  trusting people and earning the customers’ respect.

The book also talks of the concept of Amoeba Management where the company is divided into small profit centers or “amoebas” with a leader as a nucleus to motivate and ignite passion of the team,  “like a starter that has to be turned on to start the car.”
Wrestle in the center of the ring, is Inamori-san’s advice. We must act on challenges immediately and not wait to be pushed to the edge of a deadline. This gives us enough time and room to make our moves, he says.

An interesting concept is the Compa, a word that comes from the word “companions”. Managers and employees meet in an informal atmosphere after hours. It fosters fellowship and enjoyment;  it is also a place for education, frank discussion, brain storming and sharing dreams.  A place and opportunity to discuss “outrageous ideas” in an “ultra-optimistic” fashion.


Is it a mango? Is it a melon?
You decide.



THE leaves crunched under my boots, until they didn’t. We were now in complete sync and they had turned into a silent companion that would never forsake me. Unlike the rest of the world.

I had been walking for hours. Or was it days? It no longer mattered. All that mattered was that I had been able to get away; away from the torment of living together and being utterly, desperately alone.

Where am I headed to? I will know, eventually. Time will tell, point me to the right direction.

Right now I am happy to just keep on walking. And, for the silent company of the leaves.


 What do the leaves have to say? Find out at Saturday Centus


 RITA lay half asleep in the rocking chair in the verandah. She glanced at her hands absentmindedly; thick blue veins criss-crossing thin parchment-like skin! One fine day, just like that, they had suddenly turned this way. It had bothered her then, these unseemly creases. But Vivek had held these very hands so lovingly and the meaning of her life had changed.  

Now, he was gone, but browns and greys no longer frightened her.

“How beautifully leaves grow old!”

The branches quivered in the fading light.  Rita closed her eyes and sank deeper into the rocking chair.

She was not afraid of winter any more.


Please visit Jenny Matlock’s Saturday Centus for more shades of autumn

ANU was nodding her head mechanically in response, her lips twisted in half-smile, half-bewilderment; the ‘conversation’ was one-sided, the argument absurd, as always. It was appraisal time once again, and once more it was the same insincere platitudes that her supervisor was throwing at her while cleverly pointing to her imaginary shortcomings. “You are sincere and hardworking and we really appreciate that, but…” There was always a ‘but’. Her promotion and pay hike would come, all in good time…

 “It’s only words. And words are all I have got. Year after year, too!” she thought, coming to a no-longer-difficult decision.

It was time to look for a new job.


For more on WORDS, go to Week ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY THREE of Saturday Centus


Kashmira placed the bowl of popcorn in her lap and settled down to watch a suspense film on television. There was no fear of being told she was a ‘stupid b….’ and having the remote snatched away. Vishy was gone; she smiled at the thought of the hammer coming down on his head as he watched his favourite game.

Just then the lights went out. ‘Damn!’ she swore as the house plunged into darkness. But wait, why was the TV still on and now switched to Vicky’s favorite sports channel? The room felt suddenly cold as an all-too-familiar voice whispered, “Are you ready for some football?” 


Enjoy more football at Jenny Matlock’s Saturday Centus




Softly blowing;

Faint longing,

Simply growing

For songs of long lost harmony.


Got to Jenny Matlock’s Saturday Centus for the “Absent-E”

The Meal by Paul Gauguin, 1891
Courtesy Magpie Tales

Fragile abundance,
illusive spread in vain disguise.
Cream together butter and sugar if you must,
fruitless to still
the silent hunger
raging inside.

For Magpie Tales  and Saturday Centus

Was that really me?

I peer into life’s mirror and like what I see.

 Ah, Sixteen!


For Saturday Centus

Pushed to the brink
Oh no!’ you can feel your heart sink,
What shall I do? Bolt?’ But
Escape is never the answer. Summon
Resourcefulness and courage; charge, don’t shrink

Try your Power at It’s Thursday

June 2021

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