Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors

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

  • 2019-05-20 Issue 97  – Fundamental Behavior 20 – Pay attention to the details

    2019-05-20 Issue 97 – Fundamental Behavior 20 – Pay attention to the details

    I have always enjoyed trying to figure out ways to do things more efficiently. As a child, whether unloading the dishwasher, or doing laundry, or weeding the garden, I always tried to get my work...

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  • 2019-05-13 Issue 96 – Fundamental Behavior 19 – Be proactive

    2019-05-13 Issue 96 – Fundamental Behavior 19 – Be proactive

    Suppose that you are going to Japan for the first time. Do you go with no plan? Or do you do solid research in advance? When you want to get a fresh viewpoint or give priority to the impression of...

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  • 2019-05-06 Fundamental Behavior 95 – Issue 18 – Take ownership

    2019-05-06 Fundamental Behavior 95 – Issue 18 – Take ownership

    A strong “sense of ownership” is essential to showing initiative and taking responsibility. Today I would like to think about this “sense of ownership.” A “sense of ownership” is one of the...

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  • 2019-04-29 Issue 94 – Fundamental Behavior 17 – Practice blameless problem-solving

    2019-04-29 Issue 94 – Fundamental Behavior 17 – Practice blameless problem-solving

    It’s only human nature that when something goes wrong, our first instinct is to look for where the blame should be placed and who is at fault.  Personally, I give 100% of the credit to my parents...

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  • 2019-04-22 Issue 93 – Fundamental Behavior 16 – Provide meaningful appreciation

    2019-04-22 Issue 93 – Fundamental Behavior 16 – Provide meaningful appreciation

    Dear YKK NCA Group team, “Bless your heart.”  It’s a phrase used in the Southeast U.S. that has multiple meanings.  It can be used as a sincere expression of sympathy or genuine concern.  It can...

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  • 2019-04-15 Issue 92 – Fundamental Behavior 15 – Listen to understand

    2019-04-15 Issue 92 – Fundamental Behavior 15 – Listen to understand

    When I was asked to pick the Fundamental Behavior for this message, there was no hesitation on my part. This week’s Fundamental Behavior, “Listen to understand,” is the one that those who work...

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  • 2019-04-08 Issue 54 – Fundamental Behavior 14 – Invest in relationships

    2019-04-08 Issue 54 – Fundamental Behavior 14 – Invest in relationships

    As we go about our daily lives, it’s easy to think that we would be happier if only we had more money, a better car or a bigger house. But in fact, scientific research tells us that it’s not money...

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  • 2019-04-01 Issue 53 – Fundamental Behavior 13 – Be a team player

    2019-04-01 Issue 53 – Fundamental Behavior 13 – Be a team player

    When I was young, I thought working with friends would be the best. In my imagination, if I worked with my best friends and we had a great time every day, and if the work was fun, there would be a...

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  • 2019-03-25 Issue 52 – Fundamental Behavior 12 – Seek improvement in everything

    2019-03-25 Issue 52 – Fundamental Behavior 12 – Seek improvement in everything

    This week’s Fundamental Behavior is “Seek Improvement in Everything.”  Like most of the Behaviors we touch on each week, this week’s Behavior is connected to our other Fundamental Behaviors. My...

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  • 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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