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Handicapped by poor health, lack of formal schooling, and the early loss of his parents and siblings, Konosuke Matsushita seemed destined for loneliness and misfortune, yet he managed to rise above these obstacles and carve a place for himself in the world of business. Out of his varied experience and travails grew a humanistic philosophy of life that he strove to put into practice throughout the years.
Many of the anecdotes contained in this autobiography reflect the background of postwar Japan and its industrialization within the global economy. The fundamental spirit and ideals expressed are universal and should provide food for thought for readers of any background.
“This collection sets forth my management principles, or my management philosophy; that is, my basic thoughts on how to manage an enterprise based on 60 years of experience and lessons learned. The term “management philosophy” sounds perhaps a bit grandiose, as this work is neither the result of disciplined academic study nor a systematically developed treatise. Rather, it is a compilation of practical lessons which, in my experience, will surely create the foundations for success for any company that builds its management upon them.” (from the Preface)
In the late autumn of 1904, Japan was caught up in the Russo-Japanese War. All alone, a nine-year-old boy left his hometown for Osaka to begin an apprenticeship. His mother, in tears, watched him board the train at Kinokawa Station in Wakayama. Her lonely figure as the train pulled out of the station was a scene that was to be deeply engraved in his mind forever. His first days on his own began. Struggling in the big city, he lived through his days with hope for the future.
This was the start of the career of Konosuke Matsushita, who went on to live out a life filled with lofty aspirations.
In 1918, 23-year-old Matsushita set up his own business and began working on his own inventions. Relentlessly pursuing innovation in products and management, that tiny workshop grew into the global corporation we know today as Panasonic.
My Way of Life and Thinking is the self-told story of one of the most outstanding entrepreneurs of the 20th century. No ordinary autobiography, this inspirational volume provides insight into Matsushita’s approach to life and philosophy of management and is a testimony to his lifelong pursuit of entrepreneurship, leadership and an idealistic vision that began at an early age. The implications of his story are powerfully relevant today to people seeking to question what it is to live a meaningful life.
This volume presents 105 principles drawn from the massive body of Konosuke Matsushita’s writing, interviews, tapes of speeches, and other materials from his 94-year (1894-1989) life, from the time he founded a workshop made up of three people to its growth into one of the world’s largest enterprises. All these principles, whether regarding business, work, or life in general, are those that have proven practical and effective in achieving success.
How did Konosuke Matsushita concretely deal with the full range of functional areas and concepts of corporate management, including basic management principles, organization, product development, production, sales, accounting, and personnel? This volume attempts to answer those questions by presenting a compendium of good management. It is a carefully considered selection of Matsushita’s thought on these issues, designed to provide a reliable compass for negotiating the route to management success even in the most difficult of business.
This work presents a selection of 71 essays culled from experiences described in four books Konosuke Matsushita published in Japanese. Encapsulating the essence of Japanese management and presenting the author’s business ethos and management ethic, Not for Bread Alone is the ideal reference for anyone running a business. It provides a balanced and thoughtful look at the ethical and business issues facing every manager today.
This autobiography is a compilation of reports written between 1935 and 1976. Starting with his days as an apprentice in a brazier shop, Konosuke Matsushita reflects on the experiences which led him to develop the managerial and leadership vision that made him so successful. Often referred to as “The God of Management,” Matsushita likened his career as a journey of discovery. He was convinced that a commitment to humanistic goals, a willingness to face facts, attention to detail, and an ability to listen were more important for success than individual talent. Quest for Prosperity will inspire readers with the dynamic power of his management vision that is rooted in a deep understanding of human nature and society.
Divided into five chapters, excerpts from Matsushita’s writings collected in this book focus on the nuts and bolts of basic business practices, good habits and attitudes to cultivate on the job, business secrets that reflect the larger picture of human wisdom, and insights about working with people. Each story offers useful hints not only in dealing with management challenges but also for life in general.
This collection of anecdotes and reflections will provide valuable insights for everyone in positions of leadership or responsibility, from foreman to CEO. Divided into five chapters, these excerpts from Matsushita’s writings focus on cultivating good relationships with employees, the attitudes and discipline that make for effective leadership, the role and character of the corporate organization, knacks for responsible managers, and the eternal task of learning on the job.
Konosuke Matsushita was known for his outstanding knack for management, and the anecdotes and opinions recorded in this volume contain advice and experience that have stood the test of time. His stories in this book speak about many of weaknesses managers need to overcome and the hurdles they must face.
The essays included here reflect Konosuke Matsushita’s convictions on topics ranging from many ways industry can help improve living conditions in local communities and environment, to people-to-people diplomacy, the benefits of sensible competition, perspectives on natural resources, and even ideas on integrating ex-convicts back into society.
A Collection of Essays in Honor of the Centenary of His Birth
The founder of the Panasonic Group and PHP Institute passed away on April 27, 1989. He gave himself body and soul to managing the companies from the time he started his own business at the age of 23. He had left school to make his living in the world when he was only 9 years old, and it was in 1973, exactly 70 years later, that he resigned as chairman to become executive adviser. However, even after retiring from the day-to-day management responsibilities of the group, he continued to work with undiminished enthusiasm to support the development of his companies in his capacity as founder. Since the year of 1994 marked the centenary of Konosuke Matsushita’s birth, it is a fitting time to look back on the man and his legacy.
Born in a small farming village in rural Wakayama, Konosuke Matsushita was forced to leave school at the age of 9 for an apprenticeship in Osaka because of his family’s poverty. At 23, he set up his own business and began working on his own inventions. Relentlessly pursuing innovation in products and management, that tiny workshop grew into the global corporation we know today as Panasonic.
Known as the “God of Management” in Japan, Matsushita's business books have sold more than 18 million copies in Japanalone.
The Million-Dollar Knack for Successful Management summarizes Matsushita’s timeless essentials of business management gleaned from more than 60 years of business experience. As you will learn from Matsushita, “Grasping the knack of management is worth a million dollars.”
The century that Konosuke Matsushita’s life (1894-1989) nearly spanned was a tumultuous period for Japan and the world. He faced many difficulties and hardships in rapidly changing times, and he threw himself completely into every endeavor he undertook to overcome each challenge.
Konosuke once remarked, “There is one thing I can say about my entire life and career: from the time I started as an apprentice to when I went to work at the Osaka Electric Light Company, and from the moment I began my independent business career, I not only performed my work sincerely, conscientiously, and to the best of my abilities, but I enjoyed what I was doing and achieved a great sense of fulfillment.”
The 38 essays in this volume will help you discover ways to successfully develop your career by enjoying your business life and devoting yourself to it. They are all themes that Konosuke spoke about to the employees of Panasonic throughout his business career.