Do you want to “advance in your career”?
Of course, there are people who may say, “I don’t want to get promoted in my career.”
However, understanding the characteristics of individuals who are likely to “advance in their careers” can provide insights into the essence of an organization or society.
In this article, we would like to explore the traits of individuals who are likely to “advance in their careers” in Japanese society.
What kind of person succeeds in their career?
I work for a large manufacturing company.
There’s a person named Mr. A, who recently became the company president.
I’ve known Mr. A personally since I was a newcomer, and as a result, I’ve had the opportunity to observe his behavioral traits over the years.
Below, I will describe Mr. A’s characteristics.
Thorough Top-Down Management
He obediently follows the instructions of his superiors and refrains from challenging or expressing their own opinions.
They demand absolute obedience from their subordinates and do not tolerate dissent.
Whether dealing with subordinates or colleagues, when attempting to make others comply, he leverages the authority.
“Because that’s what the top management is saying…”
One could say that this approach strongly reflects a pre-war mentality from the Showa era.
He does not delegate decision-making authority to subordinates at all, insisting on frequent reporting and a desire for constant monitoring.
This is what is commonly known as micromanagement.
Emphasis on Efficiency
He makes quick decisions and takes swift actions to respond promptly to the wishes of his superiors.
The act of trial and error in creating something new is foreign to him.
His approach involves selecting the optimal solution from existing options and applying it to reality.
There is no pause for contemplation; the mantra is “move, move,” urging those around him to act swiftly.
This reflects a consciousness of not wasting time and a commitment to delivering results to superiors as quickly as possible.
Tendency to turn a blind eye to inconvenient matters:
While not fully grasping the entirety of the reality, imposing the superior’s intentions unilaterally naturally leads to drawbacks and distortions.
Due to the forcible progression of commercialization without allocating sufficient time for examination and verification, products with defects may be mass-produced.
Even when the situation worsens, He merely shifts blame onto subordinates, saying nothing more than, “What are you doing?! Hurry up!”
It is inevitable for overtime hours to increase when ordering schedule compression, but to stay within the company’s set upper limit, he manipulates recorded hours.
Even when receiving guidance from the Labor Standards Inspection Office, there is no reflection; instead, he engages in a witch hunt, asking, “Who reported this internally!?”
Prioritizing self-preservation above all else, they avidly divert their attention from inconvenient facts occurring on the field, focusing solely on pleasing their superiors.
Caught in a dilemma, mental health suffers, leading to a surge in managerial staff taking sick leave or resigning.