Long term leadership has its rewards

Kyocera Corporation, the global parent company of Kyocera Document Solutions, was originally founded by Dr Kazuo Inamori in April 1959 as a small suburban workshop where 28 young colleagues pursued big dreams. Over his 35 years as president, Dr Inamori turned a small business, Kyoto Ceramic Co Ltd into the global brand we know today, Kyocera Corporation.

Kyoto Ceramics first product was a U-shaped ceramic insulator (known as a Kelcima) for use within early television picture tubes. In 2012, Kyocera is a highly diversified global enterprise. The long lasting ceramic technology has continually developed and can today be found in a variety of products such as drill components, ceramic knives, computer chips, solar panels and printers/copiers.

It is the business philosophy of Dr Inamori that has driven the growth of Kyocera. The Kyocera Philosophy, founded by Inamori, relates to life and management. Its central principle is to “Do what is right as a human being,” a concept included in all decision making. By showing the importance of fairness and diligent effort, it serves as a paradigm for conduct.

The book, Amoeba Management: The Dynamic Management System for Rapid Market Response focuses on Inamori’s business philosophy and the unique leadership system he developed over decades, both as an entrepreneurial founder of high-tech companies and in guiding numerous other multinational, multi-billion dollar enterprises.

Inamori is widely regarded as Japan’s most respected living business leader. Simple, precise micro-divisional accounting systems distribute management responsibility into small, self-supporting units called amoebas, which can help organisations achieve a high degree of flexibility to accommodate ever-changing markets. All amoeba members are encouraged to focus their creativity on accomplishing common goals. The Amoeba Management System has been adopted successfully by more than 400 companies around the world.

“We pursue boundless dreams by accepting the challenges that others prefer to avoid. We believe that a strong will can make dreams come true, and that limitless effort can overcome any obstacle.” – Dr Kazuo Inamori

These beliefs from Kyocera’s history remain the driving force behind Kyocera’s growth. The aim is to become a creative company that grows continuously throughout the future. Kyocera Group employees around the world have adopted this pioneering spirit and personify Kyocera’s path to growth.

Further information on Dr Kazuo Inamori, Kyocera Corporation or any of its subsidiaries can be found at www.Kyocera.com. The full article detailing Inamori’s latest literary offering can be found here

Top tips: Unearth hidden business costs!

Kyocera Document Solutions Australia Managing Director, David Finn has some insightful tips about identifying hidden business costs and managing them. 

We enjoy providing solutions to business and government organisations; the solutions are robust and large scale and they demand the best of our technology. Our technology delivers reliability and cost savings for the long run. Building on this experience, I’m excited to extend our range into the SOHO (Small Office Home Office) and SME market so that we offer the benefits around large scale needs to those of you working from home.

Feedback is encouraging. Our sales and channel partners have had a great response with our range of printers that have a low purchase price, low running costs, are easy to operate, reliable, long life, quiet and compact, making them the perfect choice for both SOHOs and SMEs.

Every business at some stage has to deal with the pressures of starting up and no matter how old your business is we all know the importance of cutting hidden and unnecessary costs.  Financial experts recommend a contingency sum of about 20% of profits be set aside to meet the unexpected, but I have some handy tips to help you identify these hidden costs before it’s too late.

1.      Renting Office Space

The decision to rent a business space is more daunting than expected. There is always an initial large cash outlay and thereafter a regular and unforgiving commitment. Read through the contract very carefully, you will be surprised what you may be responsible for.

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