Systematic initiative for developing talent to lead the transformational stages toward globalization
Developing a mindset and team-building skills for working in a global team
(Manager Human Resources Dept.)
Right now, our company operates in six domains. Some are focused on the Japanese market, but our chemical business has shifted to overseas markets because the Japanese market is not expected to grow significantly. Our overseas sales account for 50% of our total sales in the chemical department, and 30% of the company's overall sales.
With this in mind, we are proactively expanding our business in various overseas locations, including our two large production sites, Spain and Thailand. This means we need more people who can launch and manage overseas businesses and lead others. We are also in need of people who can make high-level management decisions from a global perspective in cases of alliances and M&As.
To deal with these issues, we have introduced English and cross-cultural training as part of our program for developing global talent. I know from my own experience working overseas that global leaders have a deep understanding of their identity as Japanese, know Japanese culture and history, and have the capacity to accept diversity and create new values. This idea is incorporated in our global business leader training program, which celebrates its third anniversary this year.
More than 20 members--who are candidates for the next generation of leaders from each department--participated in the program. The team projects became more diverse from the second year and produced greater results, with employees invited from our overseas production sites in Spain and Thailand. Many of the overseas participants have commented that the program was very useful for gaining a deeper understanding of the company's way of thinking and building relationships of trust. The program also strengthened the bond among the participants and they have continued to interact frequently. Everyone now says, "We are in the same boat." This connection has proven extremely useful for carrying out actual business operations.
Going forward, we plan to continue this training, expanding participation for more employees in various locations around the world. In 10 years, there will be more than 200 graduates. I am convinced that these future leaders will be the great driving force for Ube's globalization.
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