Mogic considers

With the combination of a small number of people + software + servers and robots
We are promoting a new era of company management.
We hope to share part of this process with you in this corner.

Representative Director Yoichi Yamane

May 18, 2020

Switch to a brush pen.

I used to learn calligraphy and penmanship for about 10 years, and now I switch to a brush pen and a calligraphy pen, and I write a few sentences in the mornings when I am on vacation.

I was not enthusiastic enough to get out the brush and inkstone, and I was bored with just crunching and writing with a pen, so I shifted it around a bit and settled on that style.

Why do you write by hand now when you use a computer all the time? I am sure you will say, "Why do you write by hand now when you are using a computer?

The time spent writing is comfortable, even though it is not as speedy or accurate as digital typing, and it gets old fast once and for all.

With the sound of the brush brushing against the surface, various thoughts come to mind and then disappear.

Where should I start writing to make my sentences fit? How should I balance the size of kanji and hiragana? Will it bleed at this speed?

This Kanji should be protruding like a rocky mountain, this Hiragana like flowing water, I might have failed in this area before.......

When I look at what I wrote later, I am somewhat embarrassed to see that it was badly jammed in the front or off-axis.

Perhaps because my own belief that I could write better is being knocked down.

Although it is the same writing, typing digitally and holding a brush seem to have distinctly different meanings.

I don't know which is better, but I think it is important to change hands and take a closer look.

April 14, 2020

Self-sufficient Salt Bae

One of the choices we have to make in life is how much we want to become more interlocked with society and nature.

In extreme cases, if you stay on a desert island and provide everything, there is little linkage with society and maximum linkage with nature.

In other words, the actions of others do not directly affect you (although they can indirectly affect your management in international law, air pollution, etc.), but they are greatly affected by wind, rain, plant growth, etc.

In addition, if you are making a living by distributing videos on Youtube, the linkage between other Youtubers, viewers, and advertisers has increased considerably.

For those living today, there are many things to be interlocked, and once chosen, it is not something that will work for life.

If you buy mutual funds, they will be strongly linked to the global economy in the form of the stock and bond markets, and if you live in Japan, you will be influenced by the guidelines of the Japanese government.

Choosing the freelance profession is not free, but is closely related to the amount of work that is ordered.

If you use your phone all day long, the impact on those who store data is inevitable.

On the other hand, there is also a way to intentionally lower it without being overly conscious of interlocking.

It is called self-sufficiency, and the idea is to increase what we can afford.

From an economic perspective, self-sufficiency is similar to a local economy, and high linkages are strongly associated with globalization.

In familiar terms, there is a difference between what we can do ourselves and what we can pay others to do for us.

It is not a bad idea to review what we can do ourselves, putting to the side the linkages that continue to expand without our knowledge.

March 18, 2020

A sense of buzz, I'm looking for it.

Due to the risk to coronavirus infection, some members of the team work remotely (from home).

About a month after we started remote work, I interviewed them about what they wanted most at the moment, and they said, as expected and unexpectedly, "I want a sense of buzz.

When we started remote work in the first place, we prepared ourselves on three axes.

The first is to improve the physical environment, the second is to redesign the workflow, and the third is to take care of mental health.

At that time, the members predicted what would happen after one month, and that was that the physical environment would be mostly cleared, but that some issues would remain in the workflow and mental health would tend to be depressed.

The results were an extension of my expectations, but I realized that I needed to think more delicately and intricately on the mental side.

It was not just that they were depressed because of uncertainty about the future, but in addition to a vague anxiety about the macro-economic situation and the overseas situation, I felt that they were beginning to lack and seek "something" that would help them grow while working comfortably.

Perhaps because of this, members who work remotely are naturally beginning to add their own style to the mix.

I dressed up in the morning and went to the computer in my kimono, made tai-meshi in an earthenware pot for lunch, and did some thinking while carrying a young child on my back.

However, that doesn't fill the gap, so I feel that it is vaguely expressed as "a sense of pomp and circumstance, seeking.

The sense of buzz seems to include a variety of meanings, such as wanting to watch and copy a bit of a senior colleague's work, eavesdropping on a discussion of a new project, showing off a bit of your own personal material, or participating a bit in a spur-of-the-moment cake-baking event.

It seems that the joy of working, food for growth, and hints for new ideas can be found in the ambiguity of this area, so I will discuss it some more.


Who are we really competing with?

Capitalism is competition, company management is competition, and life may be competition.

It is a friendly competition with someone else to achieve something, to play to your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses, and maybe even to fight against yourself.

I would like to delve a little deeper into competition and write about the strategy.

If we take out the skeleton of the competition, it becomes "multiple players under common rules to achieve a goal and decide who is superior or inferior," and the qualification test is the most obvious example.

The conditions of the test, including subjects, date and time, are fairly communicated to multiple players, and the score earned on the day's test determines whether a player passes or fails the test.

The rules are clear and the goal is clear.

However, there are hidden assumptions here that, when tweaked, reveal a different side to the competition.

That is when you eliminate or change the presence of someone who rules in advance and adjudicates after the goal is scored.

In terms of certification exams, this means being on the side of changing the very organization that determines the content of the exam and whether it is passed or failed.

The person who changes the rules themselves in this case is sometimes called a game changer.

This means that the rule change itself becomes a competitive field.

Of course, it is not enough to just change the rules, because changing the rules cannot be a game changer if no one believes in them.

Just by looking at the two competitions roughly, I feel that the way to survive them (i.e., the strategy) is ultimately about timing.

When do we fight within the rules that are set and when do we fight for those who change the rules?

No matter how great the skills you build up, they will be meaningless after the rules have changed, and even rustic skills are better than zero right after the rules have changed.

Do we sense a structural change that is likely to change the rules and initiate symbolization ahead of time, or do we wait until after the symbolization and quickly imitate it?

As we move our thinking from competition to strategy, we sometimes wonder who we are really competing with.

In the long time horizon, other companies and others that are visible are only a small part of the picture.

January 16, 2020

Quickly, leisurely, and gradually

Cooking is an interesting way to gradually match the rhythms of various cooking styles.

Some are processed as quickly as possible to keep them fresh, some are left in the refrigerator until the flavors have infused, some are simmered overnight, and some are marinated for up to six months.

Some rhythms are short, some are long, and they must be perfectly aligned when placed on the table.

In Japanese cuisine, there is also the rhythm of the season of the ingredients, which needs to be taken care of throughout the year. There is a passage that conveys this, so I will write it down.
I will write it down here.
A suggestion that one soup and one vegetable is all that is needed

We look forward to the nourishing flavors of the changing seasons.

It is a bit of an exaggeration to say that only the Japanese and wild birds ...... do not miss the season, but considering the breadth, detail, and depth of the ways to enjoy the season, it is not a lie.

This is especially evident in the division of the season into "firsts," "seconds," and "lasts," and in the sensing and awareness of the beginnings and endings of intersecting lives with all five senses.

The sensitivity of Japanese food, which is all about the seasons, reminds us in the form of emotion that our bodies are connected to nature in an orderly way.

Company operations are similar, and the flow of time is completely different for each worker and each project.

Time progresses at different paces: the pace at which new graduates who graduated at the end of the Heisei period progress, the pace of those who came out of the countryside and have been working in Tokyo for 10 years and raising children, the pace of projects that have been worked on solidly for more than 5 years, the pace of new businesses being launched, and so on.

But that is natural, and I think management should be able to feel such disparate rhythms of time.

December 13, 2019

Subtract or multiply from "working."

When you work for a company and subtract the prerequisite of "making money," what is left?

Capitalism is so self-evident that if you choose the stance of "belonging to a corporation," you will make sales and increase profits.

That is the first reason to run a company or work for a company.

However, when we consider that we spend more than 7 hours a day in working, we feel that it is important to fulfill something other than "making money," although it is a bit greedy, in order to maintain mental balance.

People have different criteria, such as starting to do well at work, receiving a few compliments, or making new friends, but I think it depends on whether or not you have high expectations for yourself in the future.

From a different angle, another question I often receive from interns is, "How can I insure my future work?

The risk of limiting yourself to one profession, the risk of not doing the work you want to do, the risk of working long hours, the risk of being transferred, the risk of having an unpleasant boss, the risk of not being able to start your own business.

Ideally, it would be nice to have an options deal that avoids them.

Whether or not there really is an option is another discussion, but I feel that there is too much anxiety going on.

Anxiety arises, which turns into anticipation, worry grows, and hope fills the air.

It would also be ideal if the years of work increase with each passing season.

November 21, 2019

ORIGAMI, How to Fold Information

It may sound a bit strange, but one of the best ways to make friends with people from different countries when you go abroad is the Japanese way of "Origami ORIGAMI".

Origami is highly recognized, and when they start making it, they are interested in it in an "ah, that's it" kind of way.

However, many people know vines and balloons, so it is usually appreciated if you write the person's name in Chinese characters on the completed origami as an added bonus.

While making origami, I always feel that this is what is creating "value" and "the ability to organize information.

The material for origami is a sheet of plain paper.

It is everywhere in the world. And pens are everywhere.

From something that everyone thinks "exists" everywhere, in a few dozen seconds, the Japanese worldview of vines and the unfamiliarity of your name in kanji are created in the other person's mind.

There is a moment when something too common and too familiar that "wasn't there" becomes "there".

The process of creating new value from commonplace objects provides hints for gaining insight from the vast amount of commonplace information on the Internet.

Perhaps the framework of perception of "vast and mundane information" itself is different, and I don't see a way to fold mundane information into value, and even more troubling, it seems to be uncertain and ever-changing.

October 17, 2019

Bedtown Company Grammar

Inextricably linked to the story of the large number of housewives in the 1950s is the fact that the majority of corporate organizations were dominated by men.

Naturally, the company culture created at that time would be a grammar = company culture created to make working men work harder.

They have been passed down through the generations to companies with a long history and are now coming to terms with the discrepancies with the diversification of the workforce.

The recent debate over maternity leave, shorter working hours, and reform of work styles is a good example of this.

The company Mogic was established in 2009 and its office is located in Shakujii, a bedroom community, which makes the company's staffing structure close to that of the community.

They range in age from 19 to 65+, some are students, some are single, some are moms and dads raising children, some are caregivers, some are taking care of grandchildren, and most are international students.

The grammar of a company created from such a background is still fundamentally different from the grammar of only working men.

Something tacit was created by leaning on those working in the community before the rules were clearly stated in the work rules.

Various events and rules that do not look like a company are apparently streamlined to accommodate the diversity of workers.