Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors

YKK employees give their thoughts about our Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors

  • 2019-03-18 – Issue 91 – Fundamental Behavior 11 – Innovate

    2019-03-18 – Issue 91 – Fundamental Behavior 11 – Innovate

    Innovation is the backbone of any successful company. YKK has strong traditions and those should be respected, but we should not let those traditions hinder innovation. The goal of innovation is...

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  • 2019-03-11 Issue 90 – Fundamental Behavior 10 – Be process driven

    2019-03-11 Issue 90 – Fundamental Behavior 10 – Be process driven

    I would like to start off this week’s Fundamental Behavior, “Be Process Driven,” with a few profound thoughts: The workplace is a teacher. You can find answers only in the workplace. Waste is...

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  • 2019-03-04 Issue 89 – Fundamental Behavior 9 – Honor commitments

    2019-03-04 Issue 89 – Fundamental Behavior 9 – Honor commitments

    As I write to you this week I am coming up on my two year anniversary of joining YKK. One of the many things that I have come to appreciate working here has been the fact that the company’s Core...

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  • 2019-02-25 Issue 88 – Fundamental Behavior 8 – Make customers a priority

    2019-02-25 Issue 88 – Fundamental Behavior 8 – Make customers a priority

    Who is a customer? I have always been fascinated by this question and the overall concept of customer. To me, it is really a philosophical question and a matter of perspective that is hard to...

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  • 2019-02-18 Issue 87 Fundamental Behavior 7 Clarify Expectations, Then Respond Quickly

    2019-02-18 Issue 87 Fundamental Behavior 7 Clarify Expectations, Then Respond Quickly

    In today’s fast-moving world, this Fundamental Behavior, which seems straightforward at first glance, has actually become a challenge for many of us. Email and other forms of constantly tethered...

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  • 2019-02-11 Issue 86 Fundamental Behavior 6 Lead By Example

    2019-02-11 Issue 86 Fundamental Behavior 6 Lead By Example

    This week’s Fundamental Behavior, Lead by example, is very personal to me. In 1994, as a young adult, I had the privilege to personally experience the end of apartheid in South Africa. When I...

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  • 2019-02-04 Issue 85 Fundamental Behavior 5 Embrace Diversity

    2019-02-04 Issue 85 Fundamental Behavior 5 Embrace Diversity

    Globally, the barriers to people moving across boarders are increasingly being lowered, and people from all over the world visit various countries and regions and interact with the people living...

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  • 2019-01-28 Issue 84 Fundamental Behavior 4 Make Quality Personal

    2019-01-28 Issue 84 Fundamental Behavior 4 Make Quality Personal

    Some of us were lucky enough to have had one or two really great teachers when we were in school. Mine was Mr. Gupton. He taught French and English grammar in my middle school. Mr. Gupton was a...

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  • 2019-01-21 Issue 83 Fundamental Behavior 3 Protect The Environment

    2019-01-21 Issue 83 Fundamental Behavior 3 Protect The Environment

    YKK Macon manufacturing generally hosts around 40 customer tours/meetings each year. When I am presenting an overview to them, I usually make the comment that YKK was “green” before it was cool to...

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  • 2019-01-14 Issue 82 Fundamental Behavior 2 Be Vigilant About Safety

    2019-01-14 Issue 82 Fundamental Behavior 2 Be Vigilant About Safety

    Do you know how to say “safety” in Japanese? We say “AN-ZEN.” In English we use the alphabet, and in Japanese we use characters called “kanji.” Each kanji has its own meaning. The meaning of the...

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  • 2019-01-07 Issue 81 Fundamental Behavior 1 Do The Right Thing, Always

    2019-01-07 Issue 81 Fundamental Behavior 1 Do The Right Thing, Always

    While I write this message, the country is celebrating the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush. I have always thought that Bush #1 was one of the best presidents we have had in the modern age....

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  • 2019-12-10 Issue 80 Fundamental Behavior 25 Be Positive

    2019-12-10 Issue 80 Fundamental Behavior 25 Be Positive

    Psychologists, through their studies on the evolution of humankind, believe that we are hardwired toward negative thinking — the fight or flight premise. While the fears and threats of today are...

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  • 2019-12-03 Issue 79 Fundamental Behavior 24 Be An Ambassador

    2019-12-03 Issue 79 Fundamental Behavior 24 Be An Ambassador

    When I was 14 years old, I traveled to Japan for the first time as an exchange student. Foreigners were a rarer sight in Japan at that time than they are now, especially in rural Hiroshima, and my...

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  • 2019-11-26 Issue 78 Fundamental Behavior 23 Give Back

    2019-11-26 Issue 78 Fundamental Behavior 23 Give Back

    “No one prospers without rendering benefit to others.” Our founder Tadao Yoshida put it best when he established our corporate philosophy, the CYCLE OF GOODNESS. Mr. Yoshida was dedicated to this...

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  • 2018-11-19 Issue 77 Fundamental Behavior 22 Take Pride In Our Appearance

    2018-11-19 Issue 77 Fundamental Behavior 22 Take Pride In Our Appearance

    Before I came to YKK, and before I even went to law school, I was a commercial real estate broker. As is typical of kids coming out of college with a degree in Foreign Affairs, two things were...

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  • 2018-11-12 Issue 76 Fundamental Behavior 21 Be A Lifelong Learner

    2018-11-12 Issue 76 Fundamental Behavior 21 Be A Lifelong Learner

    The poet and philosopher Paul Valéry once wrote, “The future…is no longer quite what it used to be.” Try explaining a social media manager, ride share service driver, or drone operator to someone...

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  • 2018-11-05 Issue 75 Fundamental Behavior 20 Pay Attention To The Details

    2018-11-05 Issue 75 Fundamental Behavior 20 Pay Attention To The Details

    Nick Saban, one of the all-time great college football coaches with the University of Alabama, said, “It’s not human nature to be great. It’s human nature to survive, to be average and do what you...

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  • 2018-10-29 Issue 74 Fundamental Behavior 19 Be Proactive

    2018-10-29 Issue 74 Fundamental Behavior 19 Be Proactive

    When we read the description of this week’s Fundamental Behavior, “Be Proactive,” we can probably agree that life would be better and run smoother if everyone lived and acted this way. However,...

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  • 2018-10-22 Issue 73 Fundamental Behavior 18 Take Ownership

    2018-10-22 Issue 73 Fundamental Behavior 18 Take Ownership

    What does “Take Ownership” mean? I think it means to have a sense of involvement and responsibility, to think about the role you play in various tasks, and to see things through to the end without...

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  • 2018-10-15 Issue 72 Fundamental Behavior 17 Practice Blameless Problem-Solving

    2018-10-15 Issue 72 Fundamental Behavior 17 Practice Blameless Problem-Solving

    Alan Mulally, described by Wikipedia as “an American engineer and business executive,” left the role of CEO at Boeing and became President and CEO of Ford Motor Company in 2006. Little did he know...

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