Akio Morita Essay

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Many years ago, I had the privilege to meet the founder and former chairman of Sony Corporation - Mr. Akio Morita. I was amongst a group of 27 handpicked graduating students who were given the opportunity to ask him questions and find out about his success. One of our first questions was : "You built up this company from nothing into one of the largest and most successful companies in the world, how did you do it? What was the secret?" Mr. Morita calmly shared the following, "At Sony, we have a very simple vision; we do not invent anything from scratch. No, no, no what we do is watch trends, then borrow technology, take technology invented from scratch by someone else, and then make it smaller and better, smaller and better smaller and better we make it with more features, miniaturise it and then market the hell out of it! Everyone from top to bottom of Sony Corporation understands this vision. It is simple and clearly understood." The Bible says in Proverbs, "If there is no vision the people perish". Let's share more examples of Leadership 101, why any leader must have a vision : Whether you liked his politics or not, much can be Learned from the life of former President Clinton. As a teenager, Clinton thought of becoming a doctor or a reporter or even a musician. But after a fateful meeting with President John F.Kennedy, while still in high school, he made up his mind to enter politics. At that moment, a vision was born that he would hold onto - that he would glorify in his mind over and over - for the next 30 years, until he himself was elected President at the age of 46. What is the vision for the future of your organisation? Is it written down? Do you often review it and think about it? Is your work organised around goals and objectives that will ensure the vision is reached? Mr. Morita asked us how many of us had written our goals down on paper?

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