Staff Pick: The Mind of Management
Name: Roymax Sebastian, Collection Development Department.
Book: The Mind of Management: Fifty Years with Konosuke Matsushita
Author: Masaharu Matsushita
Translator: Lynne E. Riggs
Publisher: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.
In Japan, the name Konosuke Matsushita is spoken with a hushed reverence. Even now, twenty-one years after his death, Matsushita-san is praised by some as "the god of management," and he remains one of the most influential and inspirational business thinkers ever. Founder and father of the global corporation Panasonic, Matsushita saw the creation of wealth not as a goal or destination but as a voyage.
This book is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person.
This book is also for anyone who wants to learn how to manage stress. It explains what stress is, what might cause it and how it can affect you. It also includes information about ways you can help yourself and how to get support, as well as providing tips for friends and family.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning management skills from the Japanese perspective, including time and task management.
“All employees must work together harmoniously for the purpose of achieving peak performance. Indeed, we consider this the most crucial principle of our company. The day-to-day management of the company should reflect the wishes of all workers, who must freely express their opinions and ideas about necessary improvements. No matter how minor, these suggestions must be conveyed to supervisors or to management officials directly. Collecting as many views as possible leads to a rich synthesis of ideas, and from this, a harmonious guiding spirit will emerge. At times, of course, even the most outstanding proposals cannot all be acted upon immediately, but good ideas will eventually be adopted, although perhaps in modified form. Do not be discouraged by thinking that your ideas will never be put to use.” (Page 49, Management with Collective Wisdom)