Dinner With The Japanese Mafia Yakuza + What I Learned

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Intro

The phone rings in my office. I picked up; the Sales VP asked me to come to his office as our Japanese partners arrived to greet them. I was not prepared. I was in jeans and a t-shirt as we had to install a lot of computers for the new shops. Anyway, I went down.


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That’s not done! Let’s say I completely messed up the first impression to put it nicely.


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VP of Sales and our CEO told me to talk about everything except business, or Ranbir would sell directly to Haruto.


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I had no other choice than going some more explicit, some more non-political correct matters. So I asked about Tattoos.


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You can imagine my team was not happy at all, but what happened next was a lesson for my team and me about doing business. It is about trust.


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Yes, I got one of the highest respect possible as a non-Japanese person. The trust was created. Mr Haruto didn’t see the presentation; he signed a blank contract as asked me to fill in and send it to him.


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Respect is the base of doing business,
Trust is what makes you sign contracts


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