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Category: Culture

Talk at Doshisha University

I will be giving a talk at Doshisha Business School on April 13th. The topic is about the power of company culture and how to emotionally connect with employees.

This is a kind of topic where I’m spending my time a lot these days. If you are interested and happen to be in the city during that time, you can join our seminar by signing up yourself here.

Side Business Must be Encouraged at Startup

This Nikkei article caught my eyes this morning. PARCO is one of the largest department stores in Japan, and the company decided to allow employees to do side business as long as it helps them enhance their professional career and specialty. Writing a book and teaching at university are kind of activities considered as proper side businesses according to the article.

I’m particularly a big fan of employees who teach at university, and I’m encouraging our staff to do so. At our company, extra money that they make by teaching goes straight to the employee’s bank account. The company does not take any cut even though the activity is done during work hour.

By teaching, you learn a lot. In my opinion, it’s always a teacher who gets the most benefit rather than students. I’ve learnt so much by teaching in the past so this should be encouraged at all startups.