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President’s Message
Newsletter "SEI WORLD" Vol. 452

Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO

Full Swing and Full Sprint

I belonged to a baseball club at junior high school. When I let a strike go by, the coach often yelled at me, saying “You’ll never hit a ball without swinging your bat!” He was exactly right. If you do not swing your bat at a good ball, no opportunities will be created. If you are struck out while swinging, you may be able to accept the result. But if you are struck out while only looking, you will regret the result.

However, if you simply swing your bat without any strategies, you will not be able to hit the ball. You need to continue training, which might be sometimes boring, in order to enhance your physical strengths, and to practice your swing, with blisters bursting on your palms, in order to improve your batting form. Standing in the batter’s box, you need to watch the ball very carefully, right until the last moment, and then take a full swing with all your might. If you are fortunate enough to send the ball flying off in front of you, you need to make a full sprint to first base, regardless of the distance that the ball will travel. This is because a fielder might make an error. A team consisting of members who always take a full swing and make a full sprint is very fearsome to the opposing team.

My baseball club was small and not all of its members were very competitive. I guess the coach must have had difficulties in managing the team. To enable the team to win games, checking its members’ daily efforts, he always carefully considered the batting order, as well as who should take which fielding positions and when they should take these positions. Even if the team was outplayed, he continued to encourage and stimulate the players until the very end. He did so in the days when the concept of “motivation” had not yet been established in Japan.

This spring, once again, many promising young people began to work as full-fledged members of society. Although only small-scale jobs will be assigned to new employees at first, I hope that they will work conscientiously, and take a full swing and make a full sprint. Meanwhile, managers and leaders have the important tasks of watching over such young people’s dedicated efforts, allocating the right people to the right positions, maintaining their motivation, and ensuring that the organization demonstrates its capabilities to the fullest extent possible.

Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO

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