Tokyo Shin Kenso
President Shiro Kurosaki
This company was founded by my father. I didn’t have the chance to work with him as he died when I was 15. I joined the company when I was 23 and was already the candidate to succeed my father even though I was the youngest worker at the company. No one at work liked the idea of me taking over. I was ready for that, to some extent, but I worked very hard every day to gain the older workers’ trust. I didn’t get much sleep for a year after starting the job, reading over and over catalogues and specialty books, and reviewing filings and documents from senior workers.
A year later, I was familiar with the technical terms of the industry, and had sufficient knowledge and skills to prepare a quotation by myself. After that, I tried to meet as many people as possible to grasp what was required for a successful business career. My uncle was responsible for managing the company, so, I devoted myself to marketing and improving my skills every day. I reported to him what I had done every night after finishing up the day’s work. I learned corporate management from him in sessions that lasted late into the night or until the following morning. He passed away when I was 30.
At around that time, I was recommended for an executive position at a company that had businesses with a major general contractor. With the move, I decided to take the president’s position at my company. Back then, old regimes dominated the construction industry and a young president earned little respect from the older officials. And, I, too, didn’t want to be a president until I had enough experience to gain the respect from my seniors because I didn’t want to hear them saying, “he became the president only because he was the successor of the company founder.”
Even after I became president, the work remained the same as before, but the working environment changed significantly. I had many chances to talk to people I never had done before, and the way people approached me and their attitude toward me all of a sudden changed a lot, both in a good sense and a bad sense, simply because of my new title. Above all, I couldn’t sleep because of the significant pressure of the responsibilities of my position. I had no one to talk to about it as my father, my uncle and my grandmother were all gone. I couldn’t talk about it to my mother or to my employees, either, and it was a very difficult time for me.
But I made up my mind and I believed I could do it. I was determined to be successful, whatever the cost. Then things started to turn around slowly. I had good customers and contracts, committed business partners and support companies, and a wonderful workforce. The company was progressing in the way I wanted. Now I am doing businesses with gratitude every day. From here on, I will be trying to raise customer satisfaction, and supplying safer and higher-quality products to new customers as well.
- Tokyo Shin Kenso
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