Mogic Thinking

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 that process with you in this section.

President Yoichi Yamane

The buzzing feeling, seeking

Given the risk to coronavirus infection, some members work remotely (working from home).

It's been about a month since I started working remotely, so I asked them what they wanted most right now, and they said, "I want a buzzing feeling," which was both expected and unexpected.

To begin with, we have been preparing on three axes when starting to work remotely.

The first is to prepare the physical environment, the second is to redesign the work flow, and the third is to take care of the mental health.

At that time, we were predicting what would happen in a month's time, and that was that the physical environment would be mostly cleared, some issues would remain in the work flow, and the mentality would be depressed.

The result was an extension of my expectations, but I realized that I had to think more delicately and intricately on the mental side.

It wasn't just that I was depressed because I was worried about the future, but rather that I was beginning to lack and seek "something" to help me grow and develop comfortably in my work, in addition to vague concerns about the economic situation and the situation overseas.

Perhaps that's why remote work members are naturally starting to add innovations to their style.

In the morning, I would dress up and sit in a kimono on the computer, make tai-mei for lunch in a clay pot, and think about it while carrying a young child on my back.

But that doesn't fill the bill, so I think it's vaguely expressed as "buzzing sensation, seeking".

The buzz seems to have various connotations: you want to watch and copy the work of your seniors, eavesdrop on the discussion of a new project, share a little of your own personal story, or participate in a spontaneous cake baking event, etc.

It seems that there are hints of joy of working, food for growth, and new ideas in these ambiguous things, so I'll talk more about it.


Who is really in competition with

Capitalism is a competition, company management is also a competition, life may be a competition too.

It's a competition to work hard for something, to compete with someone else, to play to your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses, maybe even to fight yourself.

I'd like to dig a little deeper about competition and write about the state of the strategy.

The skeleton of competition can be extracted as "multiple players under a common set of rules to achieve a goal and decide who is better or worse," with qualification exams being the most obvious example.

The conditions of the exam, including subject matter and date, are communicated fairly to multiple players, and the scores earned on the day's test determine whether they pass or fail.

The rules are also clear and the goals are clear.

However, there are hidden prerequisites here, and tweaking them reveals a different aspect to the competition.

It's time to pre-determine the rules and eliminate or change the presence of someone who is arbitrating after the goal.

In the case of certification exams, this means that you will be on the side that changes the content of the exam and the organization itself that decides whether you pass or fail.

The person who changes the rules themselves in this case may be called a rule changer.

The rule change itself is that the field of competition becomes a field of competition.

Of course, changing the rules is not just a matter of changing the rules, because no one can be a rule changer if no one believes in them.

Just looking at the two competitions roughly, I feel that the way to survive them = strategy is ultimately about timing.

When do you fight within the predetermined rules and when do you fight towards changing the rules?

No matter how great your skills are stacked up, they become meaningless after the rules change, and even a bare-bones skill is better than zero right after the rules change.

Do you sense a structural change in the rules that is about to change and set up the signifier ahead of time, or do you quickly imitate the signifier in anticipation?

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

On a long time horizon, other companies and others are only a small part of what you see.


Crunchy, relaxed, gently

Cooking is an interesting way to gradually adjust to the rhythm of the various preparations.

Some are processed as quickly as possible to preserve their freshness; others are refrigerated until the flavors soak in; others are simmered all night long; others are marinated for up to six months.

There are short rhythms and long rhythms that must be snugly matched when they are put on the table.

In Japanese food, there is a rhythm of seasonal ingredients, and you need to pay attention to them throughout the year. There is a passage that conveys this, so I will write it down.
The suggestion that all you need to do is one dish
It's a passage that I wrote down.

Enjoy the nourishment that lies within the changing of the seasons.

To say that only the Japanese and wild birds are out of season ...... is a bit of an exaggeration, but it's not entirely untrue when you consider the breadth, detail and depth of seasonal enjoyment.

This is especially evident in the division of the season into "loincloths," "lobsters," and "lobsters," where we feel and are aware of the beginning and end of life with our five senses at the intersection.

The sensibility of Japanese food, in which everything is in line with the seasons, reminds us that our bodies are connected to nature in an orderly fashion, in the form of emotion.
The Japanese food sensibility, which is all about the seasons, reminds us that our bodies are connected to nature in an orderly and emotional way.

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

The pace of time progresses in different ways: at the pace of a new graduate who graduated at the end of the Heisei era, at the pace of a person who came out of the countryside and worked in Tokyo for 10 years to raise their children, at the pace of a project that they have been working on for more than five years, and at the pace of starting up a new business.

But I think it's natural and management is to feel the rhythm of such disparate time.


Subtracting and multiplying from "working

When you work in a company and subtract the prerequisites of "making money", you think about what's left.

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

That's why you run a company or work at a company first.

However, when I think of spending more than seven hours a day working, I feel that fulfilling something other than "making money" is important for mental balance, if a little greedy.

People have different expectations for their future selves.

From a different angle, a question I often get from interns is, "How can I insure myself for 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 being a bad boss, the risk of not being able to start a business.

Ideally, it would be nice to have an option to avoid them.

Whether there are really options or not is another debate, but I also feel like there is too much anxiety ahead.

Anxiety is born, expectations turn to expectations, worries increase, and hopes swell.

As the seasons go by, it's also ideal as the years of work increase.


ORIGAMI, how to fold the information

It may be a bit silly, but one of the ways to get along with people from different countries when you go abroad is to do the Origami Origami ORIGAMI, which is very Japanese.

Origami is very well known, and once you start making it, people are interested in it, like "Oh, that's it.

However, many people know about cranes and balloons, so as an added bonus, it is usually appreciated if you write the person's name in kanji on the finished origami.

Whenever I make origami, I always feel that I am creating value, and that this is the power of organizing information.

The material for origami is a single piece of casual paper.

It's everywhere in the world. And pens are everywhere, too.

In just a few seconds, you can create a sense of discomfort in the other person, from what everyone thinks is "there" everywhere to the Japanese worldview of the crane and your own unfamiliar name made into a kanji.

There are moments when things that are too common, too familiar, "weren't there" become "there".

The process of creating new value from mundane objects gives us insights from the vast amount of mundane information on the net.

Perhaps the framework of perception of "vast and mundane information" is itself different, and I can't see how to fold and value mundane information, and even more troubling, it seems to be uncertain and changing rapidly.


Bedroom Company Grammar

Inextricably linked to the story that housewives were plentiful in the 1950s is the fact that corporate organizations were predominantly dominated by men.

The corporate culture created at that time would naturally be a grammar created to help working men work harder = corporate culture.

They have been handed down in historic companies and come to terms with the discrepancies between now and the diversification of the workforce.

The maternity leave system, shortened working hours, and reforming the way we work have been discussed recently.

The company Mogic was founded in 2009, and the company's staffing structure is close to that of the region, with its offices located in the bedroom community of Shakujii.

The ages range from 19 to over 65 years old, some are students, some are single, some are mothers and fathers raising children, some are caregivers, some are taking care of grandchildren, and most are international students.

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

Before the rules were spelled out in the work rules, something tacit was created to lean on the workers in the community.

The various events and rules that are not typical of a company seem to have been rationalized to fit the diversity of the workforce.


Landscape Architecture

The term "landscape" is familiar in urban planning, landscape architecture, and geography, but is rarely heard of on a daily basis.

In very layman's terms, landscape is "the organic connection between man, nature, and artifacts", a concept that we at Mogic use as the basis for our IT services and company development. (The actual definition of the term "landscape" differs from field to field.

The reason why I bring up the concept of landscape when creating IT services is because IT development tends to be done in dots and dots, and we need to think of ways to cover the dots.

For example, the functions used as requirements definitions are put together, the usability is created as web design, and a place is created to organize the information as a database, which is then combined into a single system.

We also work on higher rankings in search engines, post on social media and put out press releases to get people to know us.

At first glance, they all seem important, but comparing this to the construction of a public facility makes me feel like I'm missing something.

First, put together a list of possible uses for the community, decide on the look and feel of the building, and create a multipurpose room management center.

To make the community aware of the facilities that have been created, we prioritize posting them on bulletin boards, telling people we know about them, and putting them on circulars.

Does that alone really reveal a "view" that people enjoy using?

I feel like something is missing.

Maybe the "something fun" that makes the people who live there feel more enriched in life is missing.

One of the most important aspects of creating an IT service is how to make that part of the process work.

Well, in IT, it's more of a crowdscape than a landscape.


Education as a gift

In Mogic, there are educational-like things going on in various situations.

The reason for the ambiguous term "educational-ish" is that, like classes, there is no solid curriculum or outcome goals, and the way things are done can change in response to random events.

The idea was to create a service called MicroTech, or a lassie, or a bouldering wall, and so on.

I've been doing this kind of education for a long time now, and I know that there are effects that cannot be described in a few words, but there has been no clear understanding among those who practice it as to why it is actually better to do this style of education.

I recently read a book and thought I'd like to quote from it.

Anthropology of guilt

Students eventually forget about the content of college classes.

I don't even remember much of the content of the lectures I took in college.

Not all of them know in advance what good it will do or when they will see tangible results, either to education or to the students.

Perhaps all that remains of the student is "heat". There is no way for the faculty to decide in advance what kind of energy that "heat" will be transformed into next in the students.

To begin with, students have the potential to be anything they want to be.

The words spoken in class, the "learning" evoked there, are not a "commodity" that satisfies the needs of the other person.

It is a "gift" that is handed to you without knowing how it will be received, and without knowing what it will lead to.


Because it is a gift, the "labor" for it cannot be translated into time or money, nor is it a subject that should be calculated as a loss.

If education is viewed as "labor" to be exchanged in the marketplace, the "right answer" will always be to put the least amount of effort into it, since the "results" cannot be properly measured.

That makes "education" a very fruitless task.

In fact, you may have received very little, or you may have received something you did not mean to give.

The only thing left on the part of teachers is the "unreachability".

I think education is an act of continuing to give gifts in the face of this unreachability.

Because of the management policy that emphasizes teamwork, they may see education as a gift rather than as a cost effective way to improve skills and so on.