Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors

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

  • 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 – Fundamental Behavior 2 – Be Vigilant About Safety

    2019-07-08 – 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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  • Be Positive

    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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  • 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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