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Born: 1978-10-02
Profession: Musician
Nation: Japanese
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I do what I love to do at the moment. If I wake up tomorrow and decide I want to dance, that's what I'd do. Or design clothes. I think I'd throw myself into whatever I'm doing now. It's not about abandoning what I was doing before, or giving up. It's about knowing that if I die tomorrow, I lived the way I wanted to.

Tags: Design, Love, Tomorrow

I have trouble voicing my thoughts... I can't communicate very well that way.

Tags: Thoughts, Trouble

It's hard to decide how to match words to music. It's not like it's twice the work. It's always difficult for me to explain to the composer what I'm looking for. I'm not a professional; I lack even basic knowledge about writing music.

Tags: Knowledge, Music, Work

I always like whatever I did most recently. It's the closest to who I am at the moment.

Tags: Closest, Moment, Whatever

I don't have dreams. How can I say it? I myself am a dream.

Tags: Dream, Dreams

I don't think you should meet the people you most admire. I don't want reality to interfere with my image.

Tags: Image, Meet, Reality

I understand it's my role to realize people's dreams.

Tags: Dreams, Realize, Understand

I understand it's my role to realize people's dreams. I'm O.K. with that so long as my songs are my own. No one can take my songs away from me.

Tags: Away, Dreams, Understand

I'm not a professional; I lack even basic knowledge about writing music.

Tags: Knowledge, Music, Writing

If I write when I'm low, it will be a dark song, but I don't care. I want to be honest with myself at all times.

Tags: Care, Dark, Honest

If there are rules and regulations, I can't help it, I want to break them.

Tags: Break, Help, Rules

It is necessary that I am viewed as a product. I am a product.

Tags: Necessary, Product

It sounds odd coming from me, but I realize what I say and how I look has a great impact.

Tags: Coming, Great, Realize

The way I work, typically, I do everything at the very last minute.

Tags: Last, Minute, Work

The way I work, typically, I do everything at the very last minute. Even if I was given two months, I'd do it in the last three days.

Tags: Days, Last, Work

I don't set goals. Like, that's what I want to be doing however many years from now. I do what I love to do at the moment. If I wake up tomorrow and decide I want to dance, that's what I'd do. Or design clothes.

Tags: Design, Love, Tomorrow

I read and watch movies. I can't go to the movie theater much anymore, though, because I get recognized. It's worse sometimes if I wear a costume and try not to get recognized. I watch most of my films on airplanes.

Tags: Movies, Sometimes, Try

I'd heard a lot of Asian people were rooting for me, but I had no idea. I was stunned. They were... impassioned, especially compared to Japan. I couldn't even have anticipated that kind of welcome.

Tags: Heard, Idea, Welcome

In the beginning, I was searching for myself in my music. My music was for me. I didn't have the mental room to be conscious of the listener; I wrote to save myself.

Tags: Beginning, Music, Room

A well-conceived product excels at what it does. It's close to being functionally flawless - like a Ziploc bag, a radio from Tivoli Audio, a Philips Sonicare toothbrush, a Nespresso coffee maker or Google's home page.

Tags: Close, Coffee, Home

All too often, legacy management practices reflexively perpetuate the past - by over-weighting the views of long-tenured executives, by valuing conformance more highly than creativity and by turning tired industry nostrums into sacred truths.

Tags: Creativity, Past, Tired

An adaptable company is one that captures more than its fair share of new opportunities. It's always redefining its 'core business' in ways that open up new avenues for growth.

Tags: Business, Fair, Growth

An employee who's one of hundreds, rather than one of a few, is unlikely to feel personally responsible for helping the organization adapt and change.

Tags: Change, Few, Rather

An uplifting sense of purpose is more than an impetus for individual accomplishment, it is also a necessary insurance policy against expediency and impropriety.

Tags: Against, Purpose, Sense

As human beings, we are the only organisms that create for the sheer stupid pleasure of doing so. Whether it's laying out a garden, composing a new tune on the piano, writing a bit of poetry, manipulating a digital photo, redecorating a room, or inventing a new chili recipe - we are happiest when we are creating.

Tags: Human, Poetry, Stupid

As the great grandchildren of the industrial revolution, we have learned, at last, that the heedless pursuit of more is unsustainable and, ultimately, unfulfilling. Our planet, our security, our sense of equanimity and our very souls demand something better, something different.

Tags: Great, Learned, Revolution
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At the heart of every faith system is a bargain: on one side there is the comfort that comes from a narrative that suggests human life has cosmic significance, and on the other a duty to yield to moral commands that can, in the moment, seem rather inconvenient.

Tags: Faith, Heart, Life

Building human-centered organizations doesn't imply a return to the paternalistic, corporate welfare practices of the 19th century. Most of us don't want to be nannied.

Tags: Building, Return, Welfare

During the ten years I lived in the U.K., I frequently attended an Anglican church just outside of London. I enjoyed the energetic singing and the thoughtful homilies. And yet, I found it easy to be a pew warmer, a consumer, a back row critic.

Tags: Easy, Found, Thoughtful

I live a half mile from the San Andreas fault - a fact that bubbles up into my consciousness every time some other part of the world experiences an earthquake. I sometimes wonder whether this subterranean sense of impending disaster is at least partly responsible for Silicon Valley's feverish, get-it-done-yesterday work norms.

Tags: Sometimes, Time, Work

I was frustrated for a long time with my colleagues in the business school world and with so many management authors who didn't really see themselves as innovators. They were glorified journalists.

Tags: Business, School, Time

I'm a capitalist by conviction and profession. I believe the best economic system is one that rewards entrepreneurship and risk-taking, maximizes customer choice, uses markets to allocate scarce resources and minimizes the regulatory burden on business.

Tags: Best, Business, Choice

I'm not one of those professors whose office is encased floor-to-ceiling with books. By the way, I think academics do this to intimidate their visitors.

Tags: Books, Office, Whose

If corporate leaders and their acolytes are not slaves to some meritorious social purpose, they run the risk of being enslaved by their own ignoble appetites.

Tags: Purpose, Risk, Social

If organized religion has become less relevant, it's not because churches have held fast to their creedal beliefs - it's because they've held fast to their conventional structures, programs, roles and routines.

Tags: Become, Less, Religion

In a democracy, you don't need anyone's permission to form a new political party, publish a politically charged article, or organize a 'tea party.' And in open markets, individuals are free to buy and invest as they see fit.

Tags: Democracy, Free, Political

In most companies, the formal hierarchy is a matter of public record - it's easy to discover who's in charge of what. By contrast, natural leaders don't appear on any organization chart.

Tags: Easy, Matter, Public

In most languages, 'control' is the first synonym for the word 'manage.' Control is about spotting and correcting deviations from pre-defined standards; thus to control, one must first constrain.

Tags: Control, Standards, Word

In most organizations, change comes in only two flavors: trivial and traumatic. Review the history of the average organization and you'll discover long periods of incremental fiddling punctuated by occasional bouts of frantic, crisis-driven change.

Tags: Change, Discover, History

It doesn't matter much where your company sits in its industry ecosystem, nor how vertically or horizontally integrated it is - what matters is its relative 'share of customer value' in the final product or solution, and its cost of producing that value.

Tags: Company, Matter, Value

It's not just that individuals have lost faith in the integrity of their leaders, it's that they no longer believe society's most powerful institutions are acting in their interests.

Tags: Faith, Powerful, Society

It's not unusual for a would-be entrepreneur to get turned down half a dozen times before finding a willing investor - yet in most companies, it takes only one 'nyet' to kill a project stone dead.

Tags: Dead, Takes, Times

Large organizations don't worship shareholders or customers, they worship the past. If it were otherwise, it wouldn't take a crisis to set a company on a new path.

Tags: Crisis, Past, Path

Most companies don't have the luxury of focusing exclusively on innovation. They have to innovate while stamping out zillions of widgets or processing billions of transactions.

Tags: Innovation, Luxury, While

Most of us do more than subsist. From the vantage point of our ancestors, we live lives of almost unimaginable ease. Here again, we have innovation to thank.

Tags: Again, Here, Lives

Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important. It's the only insurance against irrelevance. It's the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It's the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy.

Tags: Against, Loyalty, Understand

Over the centuries, religion has become institutionalized, and in the process encrusted with elaborate hierarchies, top-heavy bureaucracies, highly specialized roles and reflexive routines.

Tags: Become, Process, Religion

Over time, a successful company will acquire much in the way of resources and momentum, and these things often insulate it from reality once it has stopped being successful.

Tags: Reality, Successful, Time

Remarkable contributions are typically spawned by a passionate commitment to transcendent values such as beauty, truth, wisdom, justice, charity, fidelity, joy, courage and honor.

Tags: Beauty, Courage, Truth

The real damper on employee engagement is the soggy, cold blanket of centralized authority. In most companies, power cascades downwards from the CEO. Not only are employees disenfranchised from most policy decisions, they lack even the power to rebel against egocentric and tyrannical supervisors.

Tags: Decisions, Power, Real

To create an organization that's adaptable and innovative, people need the freedom to challenge precedent, to 'waste' time, to go outside of channels, to experiment, to take risks and to follow their passions.

Tags: Challenge, Freedom, Time

Today, no leader can afford to be indifferent to the challenge of engaging employees in the work of creating the future. Engagement may have been optional in the past, but it's pretty much the whole game today.

Tags: Future, Today, Work

Trust is not simply a matter of truthfulness, or even constancy. It is also a matter of amity and goodwill. We trust those who have our best interests at heart, and mistrust those who seem deaf to our concerns.

Tags: Best, Heart, Trust

Truth be told, there are lots of companies that provide exemplary phone support. DirecTV, Virgin America and Apple are a few that regularly exceed my expectations.

Tags: America, Few, Truth

What's true for churches is true for other institutions: the older and more organized they get, the less adaptable they become. That's why the most resilient things in our world - biological life, stock markets, the Internet - are loosely organized.

Tags: Life, True, Why

While one should never underestimate the ability of risk-besotted financiers to wreak havoc, the real threat to capitalism isn't unfettered financial cunning. It is, instead, the unwillingness of executives to confront the changing expectations of their stakeholders.

Tags: Financial, Real, While

You have to train people how to be business innovators. If you don't train them, the quality of the ideas that you get in an innovation marketplace is not likely to be high.

Tags: Business, High, Ideas

The biggest barriers to strategic renewal are almost always top management's unexamined beliefs.

Tags: Almost, Management, Top

At the pinnacle of great design are products so gorgeous and lust-worthy that you want to lick them: a Porsche 911, Samsung's Luxia TV, an Eames lounge chair or anything by Loro Piana.

Tags: Design, Great, Tv

A noble purpose inspires sacrifice, stimulates innovation and encourages perseverance.

Tags: Innovation, Purpose, Sacrifice

An enterprise that is constantly exploring new horizons is likely to have a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining talent.

Tags: Advantage, Likely, Talent

As human beings, we are the genetic elite, the sentient, contemplating and innovating sum of countless genetic accidents and transcription errors.

Tags: Accidents, Human, Sum

Businesses fail when they over-invest in what is at the expense of what could be.

Tags: Businesses, Expense, Fail

Fact is, inventing an innovative business model is often mostly a matter of serendipity.

Tags: Business, Fact, Matter

I am an ardent supporter of capitalism - but I also understand that while individuals have inalienable, God-given rights, corporations do not.

Tags: Rights, Understand, While

I don't know whether the universe contains any evidence of intelligent design, but I can assure you that thousands of everyday products do not.

Tags: Design, Everyday, Universe

In a well-functioning democracy, citizens have the option of voting their political masters out of office. Not so in most companies.

Tags: Democracy, Political, Voting

In a world of commoditized knowledge, the returns go to the companies who can produce non-standard knowledge.

Tags: Companies, Knowledge, Returns

In an ideal world, an individual's institutional power would be correlated perfectly with his or her value-add. In practice, this is seldom the case.

Tags: Her, Individual, Power

It's important to remember that innovators in business don't always get a platform.

Tags: Business, Platform, Remember

Like a child star whose fame fades as the years advance, many once-innovative companies become less so as they mature.

Tags: Become, Child, Less

Management innovation is going to be the most enduring source of competitive advantage. There will be lots of rewards for firms in the vanguard.

Tags: Advantage, Innovation, Management

Obviously, you don't have to be religious to be moral, and beastly people are sometimes religious.

Tags: Moral, Religious, Sometimes

Online hierarchies are inherently dynamic. The moment someone stops adding value to the community, his influence starts to wane.

Tags: Moment, Someone, Value

Power has long been regarded as morally corrosive, and we often suspect the intentions of those who seek it.

Tags: Intentions, Often, Power

The fact is, society is made more hospitable by every individual who acts as if 'do unto others' really was a rule.

Tags: Fact, Others, Society

To escape the curse of commoditization, a company has to be a game-changer, and that requires employees who are proactive, inventive and zealous.

Tags: Company, Curse, Escape

Top-down authority structures turn employees into bootlickers, breed pointless struggles for political advantage, and discourage dissent.

Tags: Advantage, Political, Turn

We owe our existence to innovation. Our species exists thanks to four billion years of genetic innovation.

Tags: Existence, Four, Thanks

When a politician bends the truth or a CEO breaks a promise, trust takes a beating.

Tags: Takes, Trust, Truth

You can't build an adaptable organization without adaptable people - and individuals change only when they have to, or when they want to.

Tags: Adaptable, Build, Change

A titled leader relies heavily on positional power to get things done; a natural leader is able to mobilize others without the whip of formal authority.

Tags: Done, Others, Power
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