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

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.

2021.11.15

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.

2021.11.09

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.