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President’s Message
Newsletter "SEI WORLD" 2016 Vol. 464

Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO

Nagging Bosses

Recently, there have been a spate of reports on scandals involving young athletes on whom great expectations had been placed for excellent performances in the Olympic Games or professional baseball games. Although they naturally should be blamed for their lack of awareness as adults, I feel at the same time that the price that they have paid is extremely high and that someone around them should have made an effort to stop them. How have we communicated with, and what have we communicated to young people? We need to reflect on our own actions in terms of our communication methods.

Looking back at the past, I find that when I was young, I was often nagged by seniors at my workplace about almost everything—from how to get ahead with work to even my private affairs. Although I felt irritated by such instructions and sometimes acted against my seniors, I feel now that the lessons they gave me have made me what I am today.

The word “communication” comes from the Latin word “communis,” which I hear means “joint, shared” “fulfilling duties together,” and “exchanging gifts.” This Latin word is also believed to be the origin of the words “common” and “community.” It can be said that in a way, the essence of communication lies not in merely giving people information, but in sharing something between message senders and receivers.

However, message receivers do not always initially understand or sympathize with the message senders’ intentions. Work ethics, legal compliance, and working methods are nothing extraordinary, but it is sometimes more difficult than expected to make everyone understand and digest them. We need to communicate repeatedly and passionately to people of the next generation what we would like them to understand and what we would like to pass on to them, even if they regard us as “nagging bosses.” The recent series of scandal reports have made me realize the necessity of doing so once again.

Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO

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