Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors

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

  • 2020-04-06 Issue 141 – Fundamental Behavior 14 – Invest in relationships

    2020-04-06 Issue 141 – Fundamental Behavior 14 – Invest in relationships

    It sometimes takes years to get things done. The same is true of building relationships, which are not something that can be accomplished in a short period of time. Investment is crucial.

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  • 2020-03-30 Issue 140 – Fundamental Behavior 13 – Be a team player

    2020-03-30 Issue 140 – Fundamental Behavior 13 – Be a team player

    Being a team player is much more than a player being on a team.  To me, it means being selfless and using all of the God-given talents you have to help the team meet the defined goals.

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  • 2020-03-23 Issue 139 – Fundamental Behavior 12 – Seek improvement in everything

    2020-03-23 Issue 139 – Fundamental Behavior 12 – Seek improvement in everything

    Although we can never be perfect, it is possible to achieve our best by pushing ourselves. Seek improvement in everything.

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  • 2020-03-16 Issue 138 – Fundamental Behavior 11 – Innovate

    2020-03-16 Issue 138 – Fundamental Behavior 11 – Innovate

    The definition of “innovate” is to introduce new things to create change, meaning that small changes can make a big difference.

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  • 2020-03-09 Issue 137 – Fundamental Behavior 10 – Be process driven

    2020-03-09 Issue 137 – Fundamental Behavior 10 – Be process driven

    The great accomplishments in arts, sciences, social accomplishments, and civilization growth have been the result of long processes. Basically, our entire civilization rests upon the basis of...

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  • 2020-03-02 Issue 136 – Fundamental Behavior 9 – Honor commitments

    2020-03-02 Issue 136 – Fundamental Behavior 9 – Honor commitments

    Be the person others know they can rely on because honoring commitments is a direct reflection on you, and you could be setting an example for others.

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  • 2020-02-24 Issue 135 – Fundamental Behavior 8 – Make customers a priority

    2020-02-24 Issue 135 – Fundamental Behavior 8 – Make customers a priority

    Communicate with good or bad news to your customers and they will respect you and have great trust in you.

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  • 2020-02-17 Issue 134 – Fundamental Behavior 7 – Clarify expectations then respond quickly

    2020-02-17 Issue 134 – Fundamental Behavior 7 – Clarify expectations then respond quickly

    Market conditions affecting our business are rapidly changing. Technological innovation, globalization, and the diversification of customer requirements make it difficult to achieve consistent...

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  • 2020-02-10 Issue 133 – Fundamental Behavior 6 – Lead by Example

    2020-02-10 Issue 133 – Fundamental Behavior 6 – Lead by Example

    How you act matters because people around you will be influenced by it. That influence, positive or negative, tends to stick around, so make sure you are always leading by setting a positive example.

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  • 2020-02-03 Issue 132 – Fundamental Behavior 5 – Embrace Diversity

    2020-02-03 Issue 132 – Fundamental Behavior 5 – Embrace Diversity

    It is important to have different voices and viewpoints present so that different ideas can be heard, shared, and considered.

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  • 2020-01-27 Issue 131 – Fundamental Behavior 4 – Make Quality Personal

    2020-01-27 Issue 131 – Fundamental Behavior 4 – Make Quality Personal

    To be more positive at work, you must always aim for further growth, no matter how big a problem you face.

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  • 2020-01-20 Issue 130 – Fundamental Behavior 3 – Protect the Environment

    2020-01-20 Issue 130 – Fundamental Behavior 3 – Protect the Environment

    Always remember that protecting the environment is our highest priority. Use best practices to avoid waste, reduce emissions, recycle, and manage hazardous waste appropriately.

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  • 2020-01-13 Issue 129 – Fundamental Behavior 2 – Be Vigilant About Safety

    2020-01-13 Issue 129 – Fundamental Behavior 2 – Be Vigilant About Safety

    If we set a cultural context of taking care of ourselves and of each other, we naturally build a safety conscious environment.

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  • 2020-01-06 Issue 128 – Fundamental Behavior 1- Do the right thing always

    2020-01-06 Issue 128 – Fundamental Behavior 1- Do the right thing always

    He was smart and hardworking. But as a young black man growing up in Atlanta in the ‘40’s, Herman Russell could not rely on the kindness of others, or even luck, to make a better life....

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  • 2019-12-16 Issue 127 – Fundamental Behavior 25 – Be positive

    2019-12-16 Issue 127 – Fundamental Behavior 25 – Be positive

        The descriptive for this week’s Fundamental Behavior, “Be Positive,” is exactly right. “You have the power to choose your attitude.”  Our lives are constantly changing, and for sure the...

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  • 2019-12-09 Issue 126 – Fundamental Behavior 24 – Be an ambassador

    2019-12-09 Issue 126 – Fundamental Behavior 24 – Be an ambassador

    It is important to recognize that we are ambassadors. We influence those around us every day with how we present ourselves, how we speak, how we dress, how we overall live.

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  • 2019-12-02 Issue 125 – Fundamental Behavior 23 – Give back

    2019-12-02 Issue 125 – Fundamental Behavior 23 – Give back

    When I think about the approaching holiday season, and the theme of “giving back,” a familiar scripture verse comes to mind. “To whom much is given, much will be required.” (Luke 12:48) Living in...

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  • 2019-11-25 Issue 124 – Fundamental Behavior 22 – Take pride in our appearance

    2019-11-25 Issue 124 – Fundamental Behavior 22 – Take pride in our appearance

    Thinking of your workplace like your own home means having an attachment to the company, to the workplace, and to the products.

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  • 2019-11-18 Issue 123 – Fundamental Behavior 21 – Be a lifelong learner

    2019-11-18 Issue 123 – Fundamental Behavior 21 – Be a lifelong learner

    I’m a big believer in the importance of lifelong learning.  There is always something new to learn and our learning journeys should never come to an end.  To prepare for this opportunity to write...

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  • 2019-11-11 Issue 122 – Fundamental Behavior 20 – Pay attention to the details

    2019-11-11 Issue 122 – Fundamental Behavior 20 – Pay attention to the details

    Missing just one detail can have an enormous impact on a job. Be a fanatic about accuracy and precision. The goal is to get things right, not simply to get them done. Double-check your work.

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