Two guests joined us today from SCHOLAR.
One is Mrs. T, formerly Ms. N, who visited ISOWA for the first time in three years.
The other is Mr. T, another Mr. T.
The purpose of them visiting us was to give us the result of Work Collaboration Review that indicates the state of teamwork which ISOWA cooperated at the begging of April.
The name “ISOWA” is widely recognized at Scholar, so it has been drawing the attention, but it turned out to be below expectations.
I don’t think our teamwork is bad, compared with other companies.
I think that’s because we are all aiming for higher standard.
In fact, I was surprised at difficulty of the questionnaire.
Mr. T, who started WCR, said
“I heard a lot about ISOWA and thought it must be a good company.
When I got a result, it was surprising. But visiting your office today made me realize I was right. I have visited all kinds of companies because of my business, and my intuition really can tell if it’s a good one or not.”
He also told me about Ms. H who showed him around the office.
“I could see how much she loved ISOWA.”
What I’m trying to say is that this test measures our teamwork by our own standard, it’s the absolute value, not relative value. The important thing is how we are going to bring up this absolute value.
You only can share the goal with other people when you get to know what they are thinking and what they value at work.
Generally speaking, goal sharing is not an easy thing. But just sharing goals is not good enough.
How could you share them with someone not knowing their thought?
What we have been doing is just sharing what they call “goal” or “belief” or “value”.
I’ve been thinking that we have to take that up to higher levels.
That doesn’t mean things worsened.
It means that our corporate cultural reform developed so far that now we are all starting to think that we have to move on to the next stage.
However, while some are trying to step up on the next stage like me, others are still on the former stage complaining and passing the blame.
What I want to emphasize is that these two are at the completely different level.
But their answers to the questions may coincide, and this WCR results were just an add-up of them.
The common goal can’t be achieved without mutual understanding.
This is what I learned today. We also discussed how to improve it.
It was a fruitful discussion.
Mr. N said,
“It was really eye-opening. I noticed what I was thinking might be wrong.”
As for me, I'll work hard and make some actions in "verbalizing meeting", in which our managements literally try to verbalize our cooperate philosophy or our strategies so that every ISOWA member heads for the same goal.
The results will be available soon to all involved.
Thank you very much, Mr. T and Mr.N.