Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors

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

  • 2020-01-20 Issue 130 – Fundamental Behavior 3 – Protect the Environment

    2020-01-20 Issue 130 – Fundamental Behavior 3 – Protect the Environment

    Always remember that protecting the environment is our highest priority. Use best practices to avoid waste, reduce emissions, recycle, and manage hazardous waste appropriately.

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  • 2020-01-13 Issue 129 – Fundamental Behavior 2 – Be Vigilant About Safety

    2020-01-13 Issue 129 – Fundamental Behavior 2 – Be Vigilant About Safety

    If we set a cultural context of taking care of ourselves and of each other, we naturally build a safety conscious environment.

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  • 2020-01-06 Issue 128 – Fundamental Behavior 1- Do the right thing always

    2020-01-06 Issue 128 – Fundamental Behavior 1- Do the right thing always

    He was smart and hardworking. But as a young black man growing up in Atlanta in the ‘40’s, Herman Russell could not rely on the kindness of others, or even luck, to make a better life....

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  • 2019-12-16 Issue 127 – Fundamental Behavior 25 – Be positive

    2019-12-16 Issue 127 – Fundamental Behavior 25 – Be positive

        The descriptive for this week’s Fundamental Behavior, “Be Positive,” is exactly right. “You have the power to choose your attitude.”  Our lives are constantly changing, and for sure the...

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  • 2019-12-09 Issue 126 – Fundamental Behavior 24 – Be an ambassador

    2019-12-09 Issue 126 – Fundamental Behavior 24 – Be an ambassador

    It is important to recognize that we are ambassadors. We influence those around us every day with how we present ourselves, how we speak, how we dress, how we overall live.

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  • 2019-12-02 Issue 125 – Fundamental Behavior 23 – Give back

    2019-12-02 Issue 125 – Fundamental Behavior 23 – Give back

    When I think about the approaching holiday season, and the theme of “giving back,” a familiar scripture verse comes to mind. “To whom much is given, much will be required.” (Luke 12:48) Living in...

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  • 2019-11-25 Issue 124 – Fundamental Behavior 22 – Take pride in our appearance

    2019-11-25 Issue 124 – Fundamental Behavior 22 – Take pride in our appearance

    Thinking of your workplace like your own home means having an attachment to the company, to the workplace, and to the products.

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  • 2019-11-18 Issue 123 – Fundamental Behavior 21 – Be a lifelong learner

    2019-11-18 Issue 123 – Fundamental Behavior 21 – Be a lifelong learner

    I’m a big believer in the importance of lifelong learning.  There is always something new to learn and our learning journeys should never come to an end.  To prepare for this opportunity to write...

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  • 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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