Export To Japan November 2014

army skills for business success

A British firm, with a proud military tradition dating back to Napoleonic times, is instilling leadership in Japanese businesses.

Established in 1999 by Damian McKinney, a former major in the Royal Marines, McKinney Rogers provides strategy execution and consulting services for corporations. Such skills are, arguably, more in demand in today’s chaotic business environment than ever before.

With offices worldwide, the firm saw an opportunity in Japan, and entered the market in 2008.

“In this country, young people do not learn leadership at all”, said Jin Iwamoto, a partner at McKinney Rogers Japan K.K. “And a failure to teach leadership is a huge problem”.

In other markets, the firm’s instructors teach executives and managers how to motivate employees, devise a clear, corporate plan, and then how optimally to execute it.

In Japan, however, the focus is more on encouraging managers to lead their operations through trust rather than through fear, and to move from a centralised to decentralised mode of operations.

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