Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors

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

  • 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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  • 2019-11-04 Issue 121 – Fundamental Behavior 19 – Be proactive

    2019-11-04 Issue 121 – Fundamental Behavior 19 – Be proactive

    Being Proactive does not eliminate events but it does prevent them from being catastrophic. Good, successful companies do this well and you can see it in their business philosophy

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  • 2019-10-28 Issue 120 – Fundamental Behavior 18 – Take ownership

    2019-10-28 Issue 120 – Fundamental Behavior 18 – Take ownership

    Take personal responsibility for making things happen. It’s never someone else’s job.

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  • 2019-10-21 Issue 119 – Fundamental Behavior 17 – Practice blameless problem-solving

    2019-10-21 Issue 119 – Fundamental Behavior 17 – Practice blameless problem-solving

    I think whether a problem can be grasped promptly depends on managers communicating with employees on a regular basis and whether they are building a relationship of trust.

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  • 2019-10-14 Issue 118 – Fundamental Behavior 16 – Provide meaningful appreciation

    2019-10-14 Issue 118 – Fundamental Behavior 16 – Provide meaningful appreciation

    Every day, we are working towards achieving our plan. There are many challenges as we work towards achieving that plan. Challenges at the time of planning, unexpected challenges, challenges that...

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  • 2019-10-07 Issue 117 – Fundamental Behavior 15 – Listen to understand

    2019-10-07 Issue 117 – Fundamental Behavior 15 – Listen to understand

    How many times have we told our children, “It would be a lot easier if you would just learn to listen?” I remember a children’s book by Howard Binkow titled, Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to...

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  • 2019-09-30 Issue 116 – Fundamental Behavior 14 – Invest in relationships

    2019-09-30 Issue 116 – Fundamental Behavior 14 – Invest in relationships

    Make decisions that enhance long-term relationships. This applies to customers, employees, and society. Strong relationships enable us to more successfully work through difficult issues.

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  • 2019-09-23 Issue 115 – Fundamental Behavior 13 – Be a team player

    2019-09-23 Issue 115 – Fundamental Behavior 13 – Be a team player

    I love sports!  I grew up playing team sports and learned valuable lessons that can be applied to life after sports, especially in the workforce.  Team sports shaped who I am today as an...

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  • 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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