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Awareness of Our Roles in the Company

When many people maintain an awareness of their primary roles as members of the company, continually asking what they can do for the company, it creates an autonomous and motivated workplace. If everyone follows the rules of their workplace and fulfills their duties and responsibilities as members of the company, then our company will meet the expectations of society and win its trust.

7.We will expand our awareness beyond our own immediate areas of concern, and strive to never put off for later what can be done now.

Commentary
As the change in the world around us grows ever faster and more dramatic, we must have autonomy, and the ability to think for ourselves about what we should do.Some people, however, are continually reminded of their lack of awareness of their primary roles in the company. They depend on their colleagues or other divisions, and are passive, doing what they are told but no more. It is a regrettable fact that this type of person is common in the company.It is vital for everyone to remain aware that they are vital members of the company, considering the goals and objectives of their jobs from a broad perspective and taking in the big picture, and actively seeking ways in which they can benefit the company.

Quotes
"If I don’t, then who will?"
... I have always told new hires and the people under me: "Today is my day. If I don’t, then who will?"

Hiroyoshi Kono (Eulogy to Hiroyoshi Kono read by Yukio Hirano)


"Be thoroughly committed to the goals of the work assigned to you"
In order to win our customers’ satisfaction, we should all rethink our jobs, without being tied to the past, and with a full awareness of how our duties relate to other processes. Ask yourself: what role does this task have? What is expected of me? Who does this benefit? We should all identify our job responsibilities, and renew our commitment to carrying them out. Don’t say, "that’s the way I’ve always done it" or "that’s what the rules say." Concentrate on the meaning of what you are doing.

Noboru Hino (Sairin)

8.We will follow the rules in order to create a fair and friendly workplace.

Commentary
A disciplined and orderly workplace, where rules are followed and ethics are maintained, is one that is a pleasant place to work. Failure to follow workplace rules, and overlooking infractions, does not foster mutual good feelings. The thinking that "it’s only one person" is the first crack in the dike.
We have a code of conduct that defines the corporate ethics required for our company to meet the expectations of society and win its trust. We will each fulfill our duties and responsibilities as members of the company, and create a workplace that respects fairness.

Quotes
"As Mitsuba associates, we must develop character and be responsible members of society."
"Character" is a word for our moral worth as human beings. As Mitsuba associates, we must develop character and be responsible members of society. Morality that is for appearance only and not genuine cannot be called character. Character is born from love of our work and corporate, with self-awareness, pride, and confidence.

Yukio Hirano (Kurumanoseni Atsuki Omoiwo)

Self Motivated Growth

We harness our associates’ capabilities, and are in turn sustained by them. The foundation of our company is the motivation of every associate to set his or her own ambitious goals and grow autonomously, without giving in to complacency. We will strive to create clear and ambitious personal goals, and grow through both work and study in an environment of friendly rivalry.

9.We will first create clear and ambitious personal goals, and continue learning with a positive attitude as we broaden our fields of interest.

Commentary
There is a saying that a company is its people. When every associate grows and takes maximum advantage of his or her capabilities, that company will truly grow and be competitive. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that many people never try thinking for themselves, always taking the easy route and avoiding learning opportunities. If you do not continually build on your skills, technique, knowledge, and abilities in order to out-compete our business rivals, our company will lose its competitive advantage, and your own personal reputation will suffer as well.
It is vital to first create clear and ambitious personal goals. Ask yourself: What are my current work goals? What kind of work do I want to do in the future? How do I want my life to be? After you have done this, make a commitment to being the best in your area of responsibility. Create opportunities to learn what you need to accomplish this (taking on issues, investing in self-education, and actively participating in company training), and maintain a positive attitude toward utilizing what you have learned.

Quotes
"Life is independent education"
"Independent education" is a stuffy-sounding phrase, but all it means is learning about things that interest you....Striving to make a little progress each day, and enrich your life, is what independent education is all about.

Yukio Hirano (Kurumanoseni Atsuki Omoiwo)


"Ask for instructions actively"
One constant wish of mine is not for associates to "be taught" - to be dependent - but to learn actively and passionately, with a spirit of independence, and harnessing their own capacity for action.

Koki Hirano (JIDECO NEWS)

10.We will set ambitious goals, advancing steadily and surely, without fear of failure.

Commentary
Setting ambitious goals and striving to attain them is what drives personal growth.
This attitude helps give us the courage to risk failure, and the perseverance to keep moving forward. The process of attaining our goals also allows us to attain personal growth. When we set ambitious goals, however, we will sometimes fail. We will create a corporate culture in which we do not berate each other for failure, we recognize positive attitudes as we tackle new challenges, and we learn from each other’s failures.

Quotes
"Man is forged by adversity"
I believe that people are forged more by adversity than by being blessed with a strong start. In the beginning, you think you are taking the wrong path, but after putting your best effort into achieving your goals, you might find yourself making accomplishments that surprise the people around you. That is, in my opinion, what life is all about.

Sadao Hino (Hibi Aratanari)


"The spirit to tackle new challenges"
Our company has many different jobs, but each of us should make a commitment to becoming experts at our own jobs. As we master one job, we should take on a new one, continually taking on new challenges in order to expand the scope of our work and improve our abilities.

Noboru Hino (Sairin)

11.We will improve each other in order to achieve greater growth.

Commentary
Mitsuba has long believed in fostering a spirit of friendly rivalry, where we spur each other forward and learn from each other’s outstanding knowledge, abilities, and attitudes.
When people help each other improve, everyone achieves better growth. This is because two people working together can grow faster than they could on their own; and the more people there are helping each other to improve, the better and faster everyone’s growth will be. In order for us to improve each other, we must have the humility to learn from others.

Quotes
"Improving each other"
I often say that we should improve each other... When we gain the ability to learn from others, and to teach others in turn in a spirit of friendly rivalry, the results are great and it is a wonderful thing to behold.

Hiroyoshi Kono (Sairin)

Utilizing Teamwork

Manufacturing is what our company is founded on. We cannot be successful (satisfy our customers and earn profits) through individual play alone.In order to maximize our company’s success, strong individuals must fulfill all their roles and responsibilities, and work with the team to harness the power of the organization.

12.We will fulfill our roles and responsibilities as members of a team.

Commentary
Teamwork begins with each individual recognizing his or her role, and fulfilling his or her responsibilities as a member of the organization.A team cannot succeed if even one of its members thinks that it is OK to slack off, because someone else will pick up their slack.Recognizing your own role and ensuring that you carry it out properly creates a relationship of mutual trust, and forms the foundation for teamwork.

Quotes
"If the people do not trust you, you have nothing to stand on"
...Trust is a particularly strong requirement for a leader. Confucius taught in his Analects: "If the people do not trust you, you have nothing to stand on." Confucius said that the requirements of the true leader are benevolence, rectitude, respect, wisdom, and trust, to which Prince Shotoku of Japan later added "harmony of each other." Managers and officers are taught this repeatedly, taught thoroughly about the foundations of humanity.

Sadao Hino (related by Sadao Anzai)

13.We will maintain active two-way communication in order to understand and respect each other.

Commentary
In order to improve our teamwork, it is vital to build a relationship in which we understand and accept each other’s point of view. It is a fact, however, that lack of communication often keeps work from getting done. "It’s not my (department’s) job." "I emailed you on that." "He wouldn’t listen anyway." This makes active two-way communication vital . The active trading of places between listener and speaker is not a one-to-one relationship; it is communication carried out between large groups of people, departments, and facilities.Free, constructive two-way communication in which people are willing to consider different views breaks down organizational barriers, allowing us to build a relationship of mutual understanding and respect.

Quotes
"Respect others and promote teamwork"
The first step to great team work starts when we value others, act courteously to each other, begin each day with a "good morning," and end each day with a word of praise for a good day’s work.

Koki Hirano (JIDECO NEWS)

14.We will work together as a single team in order to increase the success of our organization.

Commentary
Teamwork maximizes results through the efforts of each member to contribute to the team.
In order for the results of the team, division, or company to exceed the sum of the capabilities and efforts of its individual members, it is vital for everyone to work together as a single unit, based on the same set of values and shared goals and objectives. When each member of the team has a common goal and helps contribute to the team’s objective, the knowledge and expertise of the organization is also improved.

Quotes
"Overall optimization"
Partial optimization is not overall optimization. You might think that you or your department did a great job, but that doesn’t mean the result that reached the customer was good. Everyone should work together, actively encouraging each other to get the job done.

Noboru Hino (Mitsuba Management News)

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