Mogic considers

With a combination of a small number of people + software + servers and robots
We are moving forward with a new era of company management.
I hope to share some of that process with you in this section.

Representative Director Yoichi Yamane

December 20, 2021

Kronos and Kairos

There have always been two divisions of "time" in the West, known as chronos and kairos.

A little confusing from the Wiki, but let me quote
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https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AD%E3%83%8E%E3%82%B9_(%E6%99%82%E9%96%93%E3%81%AE%E7%A5%9E)

The two words Kronos, the god of time, and Kairos, also a Greek god, were originally common nouns for "time": καιρός (kairos) means "time" and χρόνος (chronos) means "hour," respectively.
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Kronos is the one that is continuously connected from the past all the way to the future, and kairos is the one that captures the present moment in a deeply engraved manner.

If we apply these two axes, the world becomes easier to cut out.

Although the 1cm itself is visible, it does not end infinitely when the 1cm is divided into smaller pieces, mathematics.

We are talking about the fun of enjoying a special family feast today while making a fixed deposit for the future.

This is a story about a web service that sets KPIs for goals to be achieved, while at the same time pursuing the experience (usability) of the people who actually operate the screen.

It is about company management, predicting company performance based on past figures while increasing the satisfaction of those who work for the company.

Two concepts: kronos and kairos.

I assume that this division was made because it is probably difficult to reconcile the two well.

If you immerse yourself too much in your personal world, you will not be able to come to terms with the world, and if you only care about the rules of the world, you will lose the individual.

From an Oriental perspective, however, the problem may arise because of the division into two categories for ease of understanding.

Therefore, I try to carefully consider one thing at a time when managing my business in light of this whole area.

December 13, 2021

Falling here and there, getting back up.

We have all had the experience of running full tilt, falling, and scraping our knees when we were little.

Gradually, you will learn how much force you need to use to fall, and you will not fall so easily.

Eventually, as they grow older, they fall less physically and more psychologically this time.

You fall down when you get a bad exam result, you fall down when you cut your hand cooking, you fall down when you become sensitive with a friend, you fall down when you stop improving at a sport, you fall down when you lose money, you fall down when your girlfriend dumps you, you fall down when you don't get along as a leader at your part-time job, you fall down when you don't talk with your boss.

There is no good or bad thing about falling, but you do not want to be injured so badly that you cannot get back on your feet.

The only way to learn to roll well is to get up and try again, tripping and making abrasions.

However, there are not that many opportunities to stumble upon the modern era and try again.

Before you fall, you have the support of your parents and school, and you have smart phones and entertainment, and you can live your life without having your heart scraped.

It will be painful for parents to see their children fall, so they will arrange to avoid obstacles.

Or they may fall and have no support at all, isolating themselves and deepening their own wounds.

Because of this situation, even strategy is needed to practice falling down here and there.

The doer must consider how the environment is conducive to falling, how wide the range of falls will fit, and the level at which they can try again if they fall, and at the same time, the observer must guess what to watch and what not to watch, and at what times to provide what type of support.

Since this is an issue related to people's growth, naturally the company's management has been faced with similar challenges.

It seems to me that just being nicely organized, having a great vision and plan, and having excellent systems and capabilities is no longer enough for continued development.

December 06, 2021

For them to shape the future.

I first decided to start a business when I was 25 years old, after graduating from graduate school, where I had taken a leave of absence.

I had never liked business before, mostly art and other academic places, so I didn't think I could create a company right away and decided to train in practice.

After working for a publishing company that became insolvent, an IT infrastructure company in its second year of existence, and one of the largest IT services companies, I created Mogic because I thought I knew how to take my company.

By that time, I had experience investing in startups, knew venture capital VCs and angels, and had many friends who had started their own businesses, so I knew there was a variation in funding.

But we did not want it that way.

He is over 30 years old, alone, with his own capital, no office, no work from his previous company, and no simultaneous side hustle to get started.

When I first came up with the idea of starting a business, my motivation was "I want to think as I like and create one thing at a time with my own hands, without any restrictions or ties," so you could say that this was my original intention.

Many people were skeptical and worried, but 12 years passed in the blink of an eye.

Looking back, ever since I entered the workforce, I have been able to appeal to what I want to do, find what I love, and have fun doing it.

I feel now that the first feeling is important, that it is important to carry through, and that it is important to have friends who are interesting with you.

Recently I suddenly had another opportunity to talk with a university student who is struggling again.

I hope something will be of some help to them as they forge their future.

November 29, 2021

Limited and limited

Events often encountered in the Corona disaster include price increases and service interruptions due to supply shortages.

At first we ran out of masks and disinfectants, and then the hospital beds were overwhelmed and there were fewer openings for people to change jobs.

Recently, gasoline prices have risen, rental properties in Nerima are running out of space, and the items we had ordered from China are not being delivered.

I thought that what was commonplace before Corona was supported by an invisible "abundance".

At the same time, they must have realized that there is a limit to the amount of carbon dioxide they can emit and never thought that they would no longer be able to catch fish in Japan, which is supported by abundant fishery resources.

After Corona, will all things aim for abundance again? I think not.

The idea of replacing the former abundance with "limited and limited" was the next necessary step, and the past few years may have been the beginning of this process.

November 22, 2021

Desperate desire pushes forward

I was watching a documentary program on the Chopin Competition and was really curious about something, so I did a little research and found an interesting article, which I will quote first.

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https://ontomo-mag.com/article/interview/chopin-piano-competition01/

The ease of access to the performances of great musicians is a great temptation for young performers to make a quick buck in order to gain public acceptance.

To get to the heart of the matter, instead of extensively exploring the composer's life and works, he tries to use interpretations that already exist.

So you think you can use 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 and does not linger long in the memory or touch the emotions.

I call this second-hand interpretation.

Truly sensitive and musically interested artists avoid listening to other people's recordings and seek inspiration in what the composer has written and in their own emotional and mental responses that arise from it.

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A small portion of individuality is inborn.

Life experience allows everyone to develop their individuality, but it can also be further developed 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 component of their art.

We don't have time to devote to the spiritual part. This is why we resort to imitating other recordings. ......

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What I was wondering was how we could evaluate output on a subject where sensitivity is so important.

Another article also said that they are evaluated comprehensively on the basis of interpretation, composition, imagination, and expression.

To begin with, the theme is limited to building 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 previously rated pieces, and the performance method.

How would that be evaluated? If you ask me if I would like to hear 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 believe this is an important part of creating services and products.

November 15, 2021

Sexual misconduct and audit residuals

Over the past few years, Mogic's operations have grown even more, with more things to use and more to do.

With that, I suspected that the efforts of the directors alone to check the company were reaching their limits.

So a year ago, I gathered some people within the company and started a 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 view, and discuss what kind of mechanism is best to prevent the creation of devious feelings, should they arise.

I believe this is how many systems, tools, and work flows have set and improved the level of information management.

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

What we found as a result was that there was a lack of attention to things that were largely contained but in small proportions (a few percent of the total in terms of cost).

Although it is a small percentage, someone should check it out because you never know what kind of chain of events the risks that occur there might be.

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

Steady maintenance is essential for everyone to enjoy doing this.

November 09, 2021

Office and Field Workers

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

As the name "basic" suggests, we help build basic fitness.

We support newcomers, from part-timers and interns to new hires, who are unfamiliar with IT-related work and thinking for themselves.

Since each person is unique and has a different background and situation, we start with interviews, participant observation, and situation analysis.

Then, as the issues are gradually identified, we will offer a combination of workshops and group work that has worked well in the past.

Sometimes we develop entirely new methods.

In the past, there was a group work training program called coffee roasting and pastry making.

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

I just support Mogic from time to time so that I can work in my own way in the field of Mogic.

We have set up a separate department that has no vested interest in the project because we think that an in-house educator might be too sympathetic to the project and that a human resources department might be too tied to the evaluation.

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

November 01, 2021

The joy of starting with a clean slate

I am helping three subsidiary companies with their new offices in Kamiishakujii.

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

We are on the 6th floor, so there is indeed no greenery, but we plan to give away many plants for the floor.

Everything from refrigerators to vacuum cleaners, desks and chairs, pans and forks must be provided.

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

It is really fun to start with a clean slate and build it up to be our own.