December 28, 2015,15:00 +0900(JST) Final Presentation Meeting of Executive Training Program

On December 11 and 12, I attended the final presentation meeting of this fiscal year's executive training program, which marked its 11th anniversary.

At the meeting, 55 participants, including some from abroad, were divided into nine groups. Racking their brains, they presented suggestions on a wide variety of management themes ranging from how to work on new business fields to how to change employees' working styles.

Of particular note is an overseas team with members from Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia. I guess it must have been difficult for the multinational team to prepare its presentation. However, featuring voices from local employees, the team gave a dynamic presentation on how to develop future global leaders. Suggestions from other teams were also rich in content (though I cannot share the details with you). They were all the excellent results of careful research and discussions over nearly half a year.

How should the suggestions at this presentation meeting be developed and digested? I greatly look forward to hearing from each department in charge of embodying each suggestion.

  • Final Presentation Meeting of Executive Training Program
  • Final Presentation Meeting of Executive Training Program

December 28, 2015,09:00 +0900(JST) A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The Sumitomo Electric Group has many business facilities both inside and outside Japan. I always try to visit these facilities as long as my schedule permits.

Christmas tree at the entrance of an office building at Osaka Works
Christmas tree at the entrance of an office building at Osaka Works

In the first half of December, not only did I take a business trip to China, as I wrote in my previous blog post, but I also went to the Research Group of Itami Works, Sumiden Fine Conductors Co., Ltd. (Osaka City), the Electric Wire & Cable, Energy Business Unit (Osaka Works), Sumitomo Wiring Systems Ltd. (Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture), and other business facilities.

When visiting a plant, I often find something that I cannot identify only by listening to reports in my office at the headquarters. It is no exaggeration to say that I can almost understand a department's situation by watching the faces of staff members in the department and feeling the atmosphere in the workplace there. In a way, a picture is worth a thousand words. I believe that a combination of both quantitative and qualitative information, plus analyses and understanding of relevant situations from various angles, will all lead to insightful management.

December 25, 2015,16:00 +0900(JST) Participation in the Top Executives' Conference of the Greater China

I attended Sumitomo Electric Group's first Top Executive Conference of the Greater China held on December 14 and 15 in the country's ancient capital of Suzhou. The conference was attended by more than 100 people including Japanese representatives from local group companies and local executive staff members. The conference included reports from group companies, discussions about common challenges, and tours to local plants. Despite the tight schedule, the event served as a significant opportunity to confirm the growth of approximately 60 group companies.

Participation in the Top Executives' Conference of the Greater China

At a get-together, I was able to talk with participants about a wide variety of topics ranging from individual business situations to Chinese politics, economics, and society. There were many things that I could learn only through conversations with local people. Although I was worried about air pollution due to PM2.5 and had brought masks and mouthwash, fortunately, I did not have to use them.

Participation in the Top Executives' Conference of the Greater China

It was decided that the next conference will be held in 2016 in Huizhou City, Guangdong Province. We intend to operate this conference carefully, to ensure that the event helps forge ties among executive staff members of our group companies across China, and to expand and reinforce their networks.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to those who worked hard in making this year's conference a reality.

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC President CEO Masayoshi Matsumoto

Born in 1944 in Hyogo Prefecture, Masayoshi Matsumoto joined Sumitomo Electric in 1967. After serving as General Manager of Chubu District Office, Managing Director and Senior Managing Director, he assumed office of President and CEO in June 2004.

His leisure activities include jogging, reading and art appreciation. Also a seasoned athlete, he played baseball in junior high school and practiced judo in senior high school. In university, he threw the javelin competitively and participated in all-Japan inter-university competitions.

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