Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors

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

  • 2019-09-16 Issue 114 – Fundamental Behavior 12 – Seek improvement in everything

    2019-09-16 Issue 114 – Fundamental Behavior 12 – Seek improvement in everything

    Continuously reevaluate every aspect of your job to find ways to improve. Don’t be satisfied with the status quo.

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  • 2019-09-09 Issue 113 – Fundamental Behavior 11 – Innovate

    2019-09-09 Issue 113 – Fundamental Behavior 11 – Innovate

    Innovation and change are the forces that move society forward and allow us to overcome the challenges of everyday living.

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  • 2019-09-02 Issue 112 – Fundamental Behavior 10 – Be process driven

    2019-09-02 Issue 112 – Fundamental Behavior 10 – Be process driven

    Let’s check the definition of “Process” in the dictionary. I found the definition below in the Cambridge Dictionary and found significant meaning in it. It says, “Process: a series of actions that...

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  • 2019-08-26 Issue 111 – Fundamental Behavior 9 – Honor commitments

    2019-08-26 Issue 111 – Fundamental Behavior 9 – Honor commitments

    This is a behavior which we must truly understand. Whenever we make a deal or we commit to perform a certain task, it is very important to comply, since that creates trust. When we fail or we do...

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  • 2019-08-19 Issue 110 – Fundamental Behavior 8 – Make customers a priority

    2019-08-19 Issue 110 – Fundamental Behavior 8 – Make customers a priority

    Within our Core Values, there are three key areas: Employees, Society, and Customers.  When focused on customers, our Core Values direct us to “Insist on Quality in Everything.”  This holds true...

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  • 2019-08-12 Issue 109 – Fundamental Behavior 7 – Clarify expectations then respond quickly

    2019-08-12 Issue 109 – Fundamental Behavior 7 – Clarify expectations then respond quickly

    This important Fundamental Behavior reminds us to take a proactive step towards enhancing the probability that our personal service will meet (and hopefully exceed) the expectation of our internal...

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  • 2019-08-05 Issue 108 – Fundamental Behavior 6 – Lead by Example

    2019-08-05 Issue 108 – Fundamental Behavior 6 – Lead by Example

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  • 2019-07-29 Issue 107 – Fundamental Behavior 5 – Embrace Diversity

    2019-07-29 Issue 107 – Fundamental Behavior 5 – Embrace Diversity

    Be curious and be inclusive. Embrace people of all backgrounds and with perspectives different from your own. Be sensitive to the intrinsic differences that make us individuals.

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  • 2019-07-22 Issue 106 – Fundamental Behavior 4 – Make Quality Personal

    2019-07-22 Issue 106 – Fundamental Behavior 4 – Make Quality Personal

    When you stop and think about Fundamental Behavior #4, “Make Quality Personal,” you have to realize this had to be the most important character trait of Tadao Yoshida. This was what inspired him...

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  • 2019-07-15 Issue 105 – Fundamental Behavior 3 – Protect the Environment

    2019-07-15 Issue 105 – Fundamental Behavior 3 – Protect the Environment

    We all have choices in life and the ones we choose mold us into who we are today. The choice to protect our environment is one of those choices that people can make with no monetary cost involved...

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  • 2019-07-08 – Issue 104 - Fundamental Behavior 2 – Be Vigilant About Safety

    2019-07-08 – Issue 104 - Fundamental Behavior 2 – Be Vigilant About Safety

    The health and safety of each employee is our first priority. We have policies and work instructions to help ensure that tasks are being done safely, but to be best in class and ensure no one is...

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  • 2019-07-01 Issue 103 – Fundamental Behavior 1- Do the right thing always

    2019-07-01 Issue 103 – Fundamental Behavior 1- Do the right thing always

    I am responsible for kicking off the 5th round of the NCA Group’s 25 Fundamental Behaviors, and I thought about what kind of message I can share with you from my experiences. With nearly 20 years...

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  • 2019-06-24 Issue 102 - Fundamental Behavior 25 - Be positive

    2019-06-24 Issue 102 - Fundamental Behavior 25 - Be positive

    Family, customers, and employees easily represents and describes YKK! These principles and foundations were and still remain the heart and soul of what our founder Tadao Yoshida visualized for...

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  • 2019-06-17 Issue 101 – Fundamental Behavior 24 – Be an ambassador

    2019-06-17 Issue 101 – Fundamental Behavior 24 – Be an ambassador

    In order to “Be an Ambassador,” let’s see what an ambassador is based on the Dictionary by Merriam-Webster.  “Ambassador” is defined as “a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a...

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  • 2019-06-10 Issue 100 – Fundamental Behavior 23 – Give back

    2019-06-10 Issue 100 – Fundamental Behavior 23 – Give back

    Our Fundamental Behavior this week instructs us to express gratitude for the help we’ve been given by reaching out and helping others. Jim Reed asked me to prepare this message to all of us during...

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  • 2019-06-03 Issue 99 – Fundamental Behavior 22 – Take pride in our appearance

    2019-06-03 Issue 99 – Fundamental Behavior 22 – Take pride in our appearance

    The workplace has changed a great deal since I started my legal career years ago.  When I first started out as a young lawyer, at the law firm I worked for, and at most other law firms and banks,...

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  • 2019-05-27 Issue 98 – Fundamental Behavior 21 – Be a lifelong learner

    2019-05-27 Issue 98 – Fundamental Behavior 21 – Be a lifelong learner

    “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” This quote was said by one of the most creative and curious...

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  • 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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