Managing for Creativity in Japan Talking with Foreign Executives in Japan

Influence and Losing Your Edge

“You have to be able to influence the Japanese. Unfortunately it’s also a culture where most foreigners come in and out, and your average Japanese staff who still is life-time employment oriented will just survive the current foreigner. Working as a long-term employee side-by-side then, you are forced in a sense to reign back your ‘blue-sky tendencies” and so in a way I think it does put a damper on your creativity and people that are here a long time who aren’t the ‘template bringers’ can really lose their edge.”