I am Still in Tokyo, Japan, to give some training classes. I really enjoyed visiting Jiro again and have the omakase tasting menu. The place to be to see customer centricity in practice.
When I left the ten seat Jiro restaurant in Roppingi, I got a little book called ‘JIRO Philosophy’. In this booklet you can find many quotes from the Sushi Master Jiro Ono.
I am now in the middle of a PRINCE2 Agile training class for an organisation at the start of a transformation with focus on agility. Reading this booklet I found several applicable quotes in which continuous improvement is key. I collected and clustered some statements reflecting learning, innovation, and experiment.
- Just doing what you’re taught is the same as being an apprentice
- You’ve got to master some skills to reach the next stage
- There is no job suited to you; you become suited to the job
- If you continue to do things the right way it’s a given that your sushi will turn out delicious
- Feeling you can still evolve is important
- Craftsmen must judge their work to be delicious.
- There is no limit to innovation
- Since all sushi toppings are changing, sushi craftsmen must now factor this in When working out flavors.
- I will experiment for years to obtain a new flavour that completely transcends the ordinary
- People will teach you new things and ideas. But if you don’t try them out you will not change.
I would say start experimenting with applying one or more of these quotes and your business agility will improve and whenever you have the chance give Jiro a visit!