備忘録 印象深い日々の出来事や、気付き等を記す

Review of 'BECOMING'

  • Summary of background

The advertisment of this book was appeared in every tube station this fall.

Since I was getting concerned about the political movement towards nationalism in some countries, I chose to pick up this book as the first reference to learn why Trump won the election, why British people opted to exit EU, and so on. 

In addition to my interest in the poltics, I also wanted to know about one of the most powerful women in the world, because I become to realise gender inequality in Japan and wonder how those women working hard but taking care of their family are keeping a balance between work and family.


  • My review

I will add my findings about the politics later, and write down a quick review...


I was surprised cultural differences between US and Japan as follows:

  1. Social movements to support unprivileged people, such as women, child, coloured, were much more enthusiastic in US than in Japan.
  2. The value of parents to cherish their children are different, US parents seems to devote themselves to their children more than Japanese parents.

The first point is, in my opinion, partly because of Japanese social structure. The wealthy gap is smaller in Japan compared to US, furthermore Japan is a kind of homogeneous country.

I attribute this fact to the low level of the social activites in Japan, because most Jpanese don't need such activities to get fundamental individual rights. Considering that, in other words, it might be said that the social system of Japan is sophisticated and well balanced.

Actually the second item is relevant to the first item. Since it is not free or easy to have their children good education more frequently in US than in Japan, parents are high conscious to ensure to give the opportunities to their children.

On the other hand, in Japan, every children can reach quality-assured education from primary school to high school. Also, the university tuition fees are much lower in Japan, therefore Japanese parents tend to leave it for their children, though I think they should care of it much as well as Amerian parents.


... Since I feel sleeply I finish my review at this moment and update later....


  • Background

 I decided to read English book since I reserved an exam of GMAT, which requires high English reading skills to achieve a good score, next March.

Also I wanted to choose academic or business books, because all the questions in GMAT test are relevant to either of them.

Then I picked up this book - FACTFULNESS written by a Swedish doctor, Hans Rosling- as a first book of my reading practice.

Actually this is quite popular among business people in Japan as well.


  • Summary of my review

Suprisingly I scored 6 out of 12 on a test in the first chapter. The test consists of 12 quizzes with three multiple choices.

According to the author, my score is good. That's because many experts or business leaders get a lower score in avarage than chimpanzees's score, 3 out of 10. The author explains that chimpanzees can score as much as people who pick up their answers randomly without looking questions and answer choices. He also explains that those who are recognisesd as exports or business leaders tend to see the world too negatively.

Though I was able to score higher than chimpanzees, I got suprised the fact descibed in the book. I realised that I had a lot of biases for/against some social problems unconciously.

In addition to that, since the statements in the book are based on the fact as well as the author's opinions sound neutral, I felt that my knowledges and point of view have been updated correctly while reducing my biases.


  • Points which surprised/inspired me

In all low-income countries accross the world today, how many girls finish primary school? Correct answer:60%

There are two billion children in the world today, aged 0 to 15 years old. How many children will there be in the year 2100 according to the United Nations? Correct answer:2 billion children

How many of the world's one-year-old children today have been vaccinated against some disease? Correct answer: 80% 

Worldwide, 30-year-old men have spent 10 years in school, on avarage. How many years have women of the same age spent in school? Correct answer: 9 years 


Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think



本の感想「「超」入門 失敗の本質」








  • 米軍:「目標達成につながる勝利」が多かった(主要なポイントに絞って戦力を重点的に割いた)

  • 日本軍:「目標達成につながる勝利」が少なかった(戦争勝利に影響の薄い土地・島を攻めるのに戦力を割く)



  • 米軍:戦略をもとにゲームに勝つための戦術を考える

  •  日本軍:既存のルールを洗練させることが得意



Review of 'Watching the English'

I started to read this book to work smoothly with British colleagus, customers, and any other stakeholders. Although this is about English people, technically speaking not about overall British people, it was informative. Especially the following topics left the biggest impression on me (there are lots of other usefule rules, but what I remember now are the follows) :

  • The importance of not being earnest
Sincerity is allowed, but Earnestness is strictly forbidden.
  • Weather-speak
English weather-speak is a form of code, evolved to help us overcome our natural reserve and actually talk to each other. It is a form of ‘grooming talk’ - the human equivalent of what is known as ‘social grooming’  among our primate cousins
  • The money-talk taboo
English just cannot talk about money face-to-face, you have to do it in writing. It can be explained, at some extent, with reference to other basic rules of Englishness to do with modesty, private, polite egalitarianism, and other forms of hypocrisy.
Of course these rules cannnot be applied to all English people, it depends on individuals, but these information was very helpful, because some of them are difficult for me - Japanese person - to expect.
For example, Japanse encourage to be the earnest. We sometimes even pretend to be the earnest to leave the good impression on others. However, in UK, I should not say 'I will do my best!!!' to appeal my motivation to my boss.
I need to observe colleagus carefully and consider how to behave so that I make them feel unconfortable.
Again I realized that how great this experience is. I will never experience this concerns if I keep working in Japan... I want to maximize this as much as possible... :)




異文化理解の問題地図 ~「で、どこから変える?」グローバル化できない職場のマネジメント

異文化理解の問題地図 ~「で、どこから変える?」グローバル化できない職場のマネジメント






異文化理解を目的に読むのであれば、「異文化理解力 Culture Map」の方が100倍中身がある。


異文化理解力――相手と自分の真意がわかる ビジネスパーソン必須の教養

異文化理解力――相手と自分の真意がわかる ビジネスパーソン必須の教養




本の感想「100 Tricks to Appear Smart In Meetings」


日本でいう「意識高い系」な人になるための、会議における所作 TIPSが100個紹介されている。半分コメディ・半分皮肉 って感じかな。面白い!

100 Tricks to Appear Smart In Meetings (English Edition)

100 Tricks to Appear Smart In Meetings (English Edition)



・#1 Draw a Venn Diagram

・#5 Repeat the last thing the software engineer said but very, very slowly

・#16 When your colleague brings up an issue, ask for an example

・#20 Have a meta-conversation about the meeting

・#37 Use the royal 'we' even when you aren't involved

・#52 Say you really want this to be interactive






















  • ボスコン創業者ブルース・ヘンダーソン
    • コンサルタントの仕事は、企業と市場との間にある定量的に有意な関係を見つけること」
    • 「良い戦略は経験に基づく直感ではなくロジックに拠るべきである」





  • 企業活動を一連の作業(workflow, process)として捉え、それを再設計しシステム化
  • 結果、サービスの質をあげたり、合理化を狙う活動Business Process Re-engineering
  • IT系ファームと戦略系ファームの垣根が消滅した





  • 提言だけでなく、実行支援(=オペレーション)も求められるようになった
  • オペレーションにおいては、人的リソースが多く必要。結果、ファームの規模拡大
  • 業種やテーマに特化した人材も必要のため、組織内での細分化も進む



  • 超大手・準大手で2極化が進む
    • 超大手の課題:一体性をどう維持するか。コンサルタントの品質・社のカルチャー
    • 準大手の課題:どう差別化するか
  • ITコンサルは、SIは縮小。上流のプロセス・コンサルティング下流SaaS型システムサービスへの2極化が進む




  • 大きく分けて2つ存在する
    • 「顧客企業の経営課題の解決のために、スケールや専門性を活かした知財を提供する」=Tool
    • 「第三者としての立ち位置から、客観的に、顧客企業の業績向上を第一義的達成目標として動く」=Style



  • Commitment, Choice, Change, Charge
      • Commitment: 潜在顧客への認知の確率=> RFPの受領と提案=>コンペによるスクリーニング
      • Choice: Collect(情報収集)=>Create(仮説構築)=>Confirm(仮説の事実での検証) 3ヶ月の戦略PJであれば、最初の2wksにこのConfirmまでを終わらせる
      • Change: Crystalize(プレゼンテーション・パッケージまとめ)=>Communicate(合意形成、合宿討議、ワークショップなどの実行)=>Coach(現場変革のコーチング)





  • 「異質の視点」
  • 具体的方法論の前に、仕事を行う上での行動規範を規定している。コンサルティングが業として成立するための必要条件の1つ





  • 上からパートナー、マネジャー、アソシエイト、アナリスト
  • 規範意識の醸成
    • 組織的には各社の行動規範として教育され、ブランドに対する誇りにより支えられる
    • 日常的にはパートナーの行動を持って示され、ピアプレッシャーを通じ強化される



  • 「知見・知恵」から「結果・業績」へ
    • 頭のアウトソーサーだけでなく、事業の共同パートナーとしての役割に拡張した
  • 複雑化する顧客組織への対応