Mogic thinks

We are using a combination of a small number of people + software + servers and robots.
We are promoting a new era of company management.
I hope to share some of the process in this section.

Representative Director Yoichi Yamane

Nov. 29, 2021

What is finite, what is limited

One of the most common events we have encountered with the Corona disaster is price hikes and service interruptions due to supply shortages.

At first, we ran out of masks and disinfectant, and then the hospital beds were overwhelmed, and there were few openings to change jobs.

Recently, gasoline prices have risen, rental properties in Nerima are no longer available, and the items we ordered from China have not been delivered.

What we took for granted before Corona was supported by an invisible "abundance".

At the same time, we realized that there was a limit to the amount of carbon dioxide we could emit, and we never thought that we would be unable to catch fish in Japan, a country supported by abundant fishery resources.

If you ask me, will the after-corona period make everything more plentiful again? If you ask me, I think not.

The next step is to think of replacing the former abundance with "limited and limited", and I think the last few years have been the beginning of that.

Nov. 22, 2021

Desperate desire pushes on.

I was watching a documentary program on the Chopin Competition, and something really bothered me, so I did some research and found an interesting article, which I'll quote first.

We'll see.

The ease of access to the performances of great musicians has been a great temptation for young performers to move things along quickly in order to gain public acceptance.

To get to the heart of the matter, instead of exploring the composer's life and work extensively, they try to use the interpretations that already exist.

So you think of using shortcuts to achieve success.

This desperate desire to win applause in a short period of time makes many young interpreters average, predictable, and standard.

The performance has no personality, does not stay in your memory for long, and does not touch your emotions.

I call this "second-hand interpretation".

A truly sensitive and musically interested artist avoids listening to other people's recordings and seeks inspiration in what the composer has written and in his own emotional and mental responses that arise from it.

omission (of middle part of a text)

Some of our individuality is inborn.

We can all develop our individuality through life experiences, but we can also develop it further by absorbing the experiences of other great artists, reading books, visiting museums, and watching good movies.

Many young people are so busy trying to "perfect" their playing that they forget that it is only a physical part of the art.

I don't have time to devote to the mental part. That's why they get into imitating other recordings. ......

We'll see.

What I was wondering was how I could evaluate the output on a topic where sensitivity was so important.

Another article also said that the students will be evaluated comprehensively on their ability to interpret, compose, imagine, and express themselves.

To begin with, the theme is limited to constructing a performance using only Chopin's music.

If we drop the current artificial intelligence AI here, it will play the best one based on the analysis of each judge's preference, the composition of the songs evaluated in the past, and the way they are played.

How will it be evaluated? If you ask me if I would like to listen to it, I personally would not be very interested.

Is it because I'm not used to it, or because I think I'm missing something?

I think this is an important part of creating services and products.


Sexist theories and auditing

Over the past few years, there has been even more work for Mogic, more things to use, and more things to do.

With that, I suspected that the efforts of the board members alone were becoming too limited to check the company.

So, a year ago, I gathered some people within the company and started the Risk Audit Committee.

We meet about once a month to identify possible risks and create a policy to deal with them.

Only then do we switch our stance to a sexist stance, and discuss what kind of system would be best to prevent the development of illicit feelings, should they arise.

In this way, I believe that many systems, tools, and workflows have set and improved the level of information management.

However, for some reason I felt that was not enough, so this year we decided to have an audit done by an outside firm such as an accounting firm or a law firm.

What we found as a result was that we were not paying enough attention to the things that are largely controlled but are a small percentage (in terms of cost, a few percent of the total).

Although the percentage is small, someone should check it because you never know what kind of chain of risks that may occur there.

In this way, a flow was created to systematically check even the smallest costs.

Steady maintenance is essential for everyone to enjoy the process.


Office and Field Workers

Mogic has a department called Basic Education that specializes in in-house education.

As you can see from the name "Basic," we are helping to build basic strength.

From new part-timers and interns to new hires, we support those who are not used to working with IT or thinking for themselves.

Each individual has a different personality, background, and situation, so the first step is to interview, observe, and analyze the situation.

Then, when we gradually understand the issues, we will offer a combination of workshops and group work that have worked well in the past.

Sometimes we develop completely new methods.

In the past, there was also group work training such as coffee roasting and pastry making.

The only thing to be careful of is proper involvement, not too one-sided or too frequent.

I'm just supporting him sometimes so that he can work in his own way in the Mogic field.

I thought that if I were in charge of education within the department, it might be too emotional, and if I were in charge of human resources, it might be too tied to evaluation, so I decided to use a different department with no interest.

I have been talking to the Basic Education staff every week for over two years now, and strangely enough, the discussions never stop.

November 01, 2021

The joy of starting with a clean slate

I'm helping three of our subsidiaries with their new offices in Kamishakujii.

Similar to the office in Shakujii Koen, it has designer specifications and a large terrace, and now you can see the white Mt.

Since we are on the 6th floor, we don't have any greenery as expected, but we plan to give away a lot of plants for the floor.

You have to have everything from refrigerators to vacuum cleaners, desks and chairs, pans and forks.

I remember when we first opened our office as Mogic a long time ago.

It's really fun to start with a clean slate and build it up as we go along.


No expectations, no anticipation.

Expected value is a probability term, and the definition from Wiki is "a weighted average of all values of a random variable with probability weights.

To put it crudely, it is a prediction that after a few times, you will converge on this answer.

We often use it because running a company is close to making arrangements for the future.

In recent years, Mogic has become more organized and authority has been decentralized, so that rank-and-file members handle more things related to money and resources.

It is easy to calculate the expected value of costs that have been incurred in the past or that are likely to be used by other companies.

However, the most difficult thing to do is to figure out how to invest in something that you have never spent money on before and have never heard of elsewhere.

There is no way to calculate the expected value because there is no historical data.

There is a similar statement in the rest of the wiki definition.

The expected value is meaningful when similar events occur relatively evenly. The concept of expected value is meaningful when similar events occur relatively evenly, and the concept of expected value does not fit in cases where events with very extreme values are very rare. For example, in the case of "insurance" or "lottery," the expected value is negative because the chance of obtaining a large insurance payout or winning a lottery ticket is very rare, but it is not appropriate to judge that it is meaningless to purchase insurance or buy a lottery ticket.

That's when "anticipation" makes its appearance.

The criteria is to see who will be excited about this investment and how they will talk about it in a cheerful and happy way.

If it's too vague, it's hard to use, so I make it a little more formulaic, but I still end up seeing the faces of the people I talk to.

It's strange because it's the ones where expectations are unpredictable that everyone seems to enjoy.


Separation of capital and management

One theme that must be considered in any stock company is the separation of capital and management.

I say "someday" because even if the person who provided the capital continues to run the business, it will need to be liquidated when he or she retires.

You can start a company with your own money (capital and management are the same) and let someone else take over as president once it gets going, or you can go public and have an unspecified number of people own shares.

When capital and management are integrated, it is easy to get an idea of the people who work there.

This is because the president is not the only one somewhere far away, but usually works with the employees.

However, if the shareholders are unspecified, it does not matter who is working and how they are working.

From someone else's point of view, transparency, numbers and governance will be the number one priority, so the atmosphere will probably be different than it was when we were integrated.

This is natural because it changes the logic that binds the organization together.

This seems to be the norm in a corporation, but I wondered what it would be like to replace it with a family.

Normally, all the money earned by the father and mother is the capital of the family, and how it is spent is the management.

However, what happens if more than half of the family's capital is invested by an unspecified number of people?

When we spend money, we feel that it is difficult to use it in some way.

If you spend too much and the returns are too low, they may dismiss you from the role of father or mother and send someone else in.

Goals are set every three months, and failure to reach them may result in an explanation and possibly removal from the family.

When I think about it in that way, I realize that "shifting rights (roles) according to capital ratios" is an invention that we don't think about in our daily lives.


Bringing Nonfiction to Reality

To find new meanings in what we take for granted as commonplace.

To add your own annotations to the side of a text written by someone else.

This is what I have been doing to manage my company.

The education provided at the company should be useful business skills, the career should be a steady staircase, the company should be evaluated based on individualism, the company's performance should grow in a straight line, the decision making should be top-down, the service should be one-pointed, the company should focus on speed and pivot if it makes a mistake, and the company should copy other companies ahead of it. If you make a mistake, pivot.

If I feel even a little bewildered by these common theories, I have unraveled them one by one.

Rather than saying, "This idea is better than that idea," I thought it would be quicker to take action, so I tried it first and sent it out, and that's how Mogic became what it is today.

Recently, an editing method that not only sends out information but also tries to solve problems is called solutions journalism, and I quote below.

New Generation Editor's File

Steve Hindy, a former journalist and co-founder of the Brooklyn Brewery, said he left the news agency and founded the company because he found more joy in matching hop and wheat ratios than in writing articles.

Media talent = content creators who become characters in their own stories.

Such an era has arrived. This way of thinking is similar to "solutions journalism," which has been attracting attention in recent years.

It is a way of imagining good non-fiction and making it real.

Editing, so to speak, is a term that describes the creative direction ability to create a story.

The job is to think about how the content will be read, what effect it will have, and even what kind of story it will create.
I'll be there.

As someone else said, the meaning can be generated in unlimited quantities, so it looks like we won't have any trouble for the time being.