Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors

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

  • 2020-09-28 Issue 166 - Fundamental Behavior 14 - Invest in relationships

    2020-09-28 Issue 166 - Fundamental Behavior 14 - Invest in relationships

    I realized the importance of understanding that the way of thinking naturally differs depending on one’s position

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  • 2020-09-21 Issue 165 - Fundamental Behavior 13 - Be a team player

    2020-09-21 Issue 165 - Fundamental Behavior 13 - Be a team player

    Shirley Chisholm said, “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining.” This quote speaks volumes of how individuals can impact their teams. You can either be...

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  • 2020-09-14 Issue 164 - Fundamental Behavior 12 - Seek improvement in everything

    2020-09-14 Issue 164 - Fundamental Behavior 12 - Seek improvement in everything

    Every time I witness one of our team members engaged in a deep technical discussion with a customer or colleague, I know we can attribute it to YKK’s desire to seek improvement!

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  • 2020-09-07 Issue 163 - Fundamental Behavior 11 - Innovate

    2020-09-07 Issue 163 - Fundamental Behavior 11 - Innovate

    We have all heard that adversity reveals character. Crisis also reveals business weaknesses and strengths. Once we can recognize these, then we have the power to fix the bad and leverage the good.

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  • 2020-08-31 Issue 162 - Fundamental Behavior 10 - Be process driven

    2020-08-31 Issue 162 - Fundamental Behavior 10 - Be process driven

    “Kaizen,” or constant improvement, is what really transforms the process into a better one.

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  • 2020-08-24 Issue 161 - Fundamental Behavior 9 - Honor commitments

    2020-08-24 Issue 161 - Fundamental Behavior 9 - Honor commitments

    seemingly small commitments that appear insignificant and easily declined at the time may end up resulting in a bigger impact on your life and the people around you than you could ever imagine.

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  • 2020-08-17 Issue 160 - Fundamental Behavior 8 – Make Customers a Priority

    2020-08-17 Issue 160 - Fundamental Behavior 8 – Make Customers a Priority

    Customers in our day and age are evolving and changing in this pandemic situation and YKK has had to work to change to give them the service that each and every one of them need.

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  • 2020-08-10 Issue 159 - YKK Fundamental Behavior 7: Clarify expectations then respond quickly

    2020-08-10 Issue 159 - YKK Fundamental Behavior 7: Clarify expectations then respond quickly

    Let’s recognize that the worst response is “slow, not finished, wrong.” If you respond quickly but with the wrong information, the other person has time to consider improvement measures.

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  • 2020-08-03 Issue 158 - Fundamental Behavior 6 - Lead by Example

    2020-08-03 Issue 158 - Fundamental Behavior 6 - Lead by Example

    Leading by Example is a full time job (24/7/365) , not just when you want to. You are always influencing someone by your actions.

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  • 2020-07-27 Issue 157 - Fundamental Behavior 5 - Embrace Diversity

    2020-07-27 Issue 157 - Fundamental Behavior 5 - Embrace Diversity

    Regardless of our differences, we may discover that we each want the same thing…something better!

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  • 2020-07-20 Issue 156 - Fundamental Behavior 4 - Make Quality Personal

    2020-07-20 Issue 156 - Fundamental Behavior 4 - Make Quality Personal

    The first week that I started with YKK, I had the opportunity to visit each plant and walk each process.  It gave me a great insight into vertical manufacturing.  I saw each process, from PPD...

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  • 2020-07-13 Issue 155 - Fundamental Behavior 3 - Protect the Environment

    2020-07-13 Issue 155 - Fundamental Behavior 3 - Protect the Environment

    But if I think that recycling contributes to making a better environment for the next generation, like for my two-year-old son’s generation, I feel more confident to be able to continue recycling.

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  • 2020-07-06 Issue 154 - Fundamental Behavior 2 - Be Vigilant About Safety

    2020-07-06 Issue 154 - Fundamental Behavior 2 - Be Vigilant About Safety

    Many accidents and mistakes could have been avoided if I had had the courage to leave pride and overconfidence aside.

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  • 2020-06-29 Issue 153 - Fundamental Behavior 1 - Do the right thing always

    2020-06-29 Issue 153 - Fundamental Behavior 1 - Do the right thing always

    This article will mark the start of the 7th cycle of YKK’s 25 Fundamental Behaviors. “Do the Right Thing, Always” had to be at the top of the list since it represents the most important behavior...

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  • 2020-06-22 Issue 152 - Fundamental Behavior 25 - Be positive

    2020-06-22 Issue 152 - Fundamental Behavior 25 - Be positive

    You have the power to choose your attitude.

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  • 2020-06-15 Issue 151 - Fundamental Behavior 24 - Be an ambassador

    2020-06-15 Issue 151 - Fundamental Behavior 24 - Be an ambassador

    These occurrences left me with gratitude and respect for YKK.  I heard and I witnessed the “Cycle of Goodness” come to life.

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  • 2020-06-08 Issue 150 - Fundamental Behavior 23 - Give back

    2020-06-08 Issue 150 - Fundamental Behavior 23 - Give back

    Giving is like throwing a pebble in a pond.  It makes a splash where it lands, then ripples form. Your giving back has a ripple effect beyond your own horizons to people and places you may never see.

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  • 2020-06-01 Issue 149 - Fundamental Behavior 22 - Take pride in our appearance

    2020-06-01 Issue 149 - Fundamental Behavior 22 - Take pride in our appearance

    We must understand that “Taking Pride in Our Appearance” is our reputation. Our reputation is the hardest thing in life to KEEP and the easiest thing to LOSE.

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  • 2020-05-25 Issue 148 - Fundamental Behavior 21 - Be a lifelong learner

    2020-05-25 Issue 148 - Fundamental Behavior 21 - Be a lifelong learner

    If you have the drive to leave your comfort zone and seek out new knowledge, it’s amazing what you can learn about the world. The key is to have the courage to raise your hand and seek answers.

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  • 2020-05-18 Issue 147 - Fundamental Behavior 20 - Pay attention to the details

    2020-05-18 Issue 147 - Fundamental Behavior 20 - Pay attention to the details

    If we had not noticed this subtle change at that time, the product might not have been completed yet. I realized again the importance of continuing to focus on quality and doing work accurately.

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