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[Newsletter "SEI WORLD" Vol.443]

How to Use the Capabilities of Every Individual

President & CEO Masayoshi Matsumoto

The lingering fever of the soccer World Cup is now gradually fading away. Although I did not watch all the games attentively, the mere sight of game highlights broadcast on the TV news allowed me to fully know about the excellent performances of the world’s best players, and about their serious determination to win the games in order to keep their country’s honor.

Regrettably, the Japanese team was eliminated in the preliminary round. Probably because of the defeat in their first game, the team might have been put on the spot. In the second half of that game, their opponent, Cote d'Ivoire, introduced their ace into the game at the perfect time, which upset the Japanese team’s rhythm and led to them quickly losing the lead. I felt that this was the result of a wonderful strategy by the opponent team’s coach.

Despite members’ hard work, favorable results have not happened for a long time ? this frequently happens in a corporate organization. In that situation, the introduction of a key person can be an effective means of stimulating the group. If a measure taken by a company manager works as intended, as with the Cote d'Ivoire team, the manager couldn’t be happier. However, the key person that the manager introduces must have integrity, capabilities, trust from people around him/her, and the ability to change the atmosphere of the relevant organization. It’s not easy to find such individuals, and so it’s necessary to always try to find, develop, and test such persons.

At the same time, even if the best people are named to appropriate positions and the levels of their organizational performances are increasing, there are always latent problems and risks in organizations. Company managers must always stay calm to identify the current situation, continue stimulating their organizations, which tend to slacken easily, and prepare for the worst scenarios. The collapse of soccer champion Brazil, which was said to have the world’s largest pool of excellent players, in the final stage of the World Cup was unbelievable. The team might have depended too much on their aces with extraordinary talents. This is an invaluable lesson for those in charge of organizations.


President & CEO Masayoshi Matsumoto

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