Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors

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

  • 20200706 154 - 2 - Be Vigilant About Safety

    20200706 154 - 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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  • 2020-05-11 Issue 146 - Fundamental Behavior 19 - Be proactive

    2020-05-11 Issue 146 - Fundamental Behavior 19 - Be proactive

    It is very important to always to try to see beyond the problem, to see what other things can be affected and what alternative plans we have.

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  • 2020-05-04 Issue 145 – Fundamental Behavior 18 – Take ownership

    2020-05-04 Issue 145 – Fundamental Behavior 18 – Take ownership

    I am very honored to be asked to talk about this important Fundamental Behavior, “Take Ownership,” as it is very near and dear to my heart.  As a young manager within YKK many years ago, we...

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  • 2020-04-27 Issue 144 – Fundamental Behavior 17 – Practice blameless problem-solving

    2020-04-27 Issue 144 – Fundamental Behavior 17 – Practice blameless problem-solving

    The next time a problem arises, don’t point the finger. Instead,  work  on solving the problem and how to prevent this from happening in the future.

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  • 2020-04-20 Issue 143 – Fundamental Behavior 16 – Provide meaningful appreciation

    2020-04-20 Issue 143 – Fundamental Behavior 16 – Provide meaningful appreciation

    Employees who feel valued at work are more likely to stay with this organization, are more productive, and achieve more goals than someone who is not recognized or valued.

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  • 2020-04-13 Issue 142 – Fundamental Behavior 15 – Listen to understand

    2020-04-13 Issue 142 – Fundamental Behavior 15 – Listen to understand

    My husband calls me “the interrupter.”  I have a bad habit of interrupting people while they speak.  (At least I know I do it and try very hard not to do it now.)  I am not trying to be rude.  I...

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  • 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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