To sustain success, control desire
I founded Kyocera in 1959. While continuing my work ever since, I have witnessed the ups and downs of many business managers. When launching a company, they prepare for all kinds of hardship, striving and struggling to turn their company into something great. However, when the company actually does become great, success triggers decline.
Why does this happen? Because turning inward to self-interest is part of our human nature. But once we acknowledge our innate propensity for this, people in positions of authority have a responsibility to practice moderation, to control their selfish desires, and thereby work to prevent success from tipping into decline.
Seiwajyuku Kanto Region Jyukucho Meeting (December 11, 2007) Summary
Learning about the Ideal State of a Leader from Nanshu Saigo
- To sustain success, control desire
- Kyocera's management is based on the spirit of Respect the Divine and Love People
- Encounter Nanshu-o Ikun, and learn the importance of selflessness
- Appoint leaders who have the character and qualities appropriate for the post
- Remain humble
- Eschew the temptations of life, fame, position and money
- Use no tricks
- Develop unshakeable will through adversity
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