気合を入れました … I’m Fired up!!

Posted on February 20, 2012. Filed under: My Lemon Recipes | Tags: , , , |

I was reading the Feb. 6 edition of Fortune Magazine and came across an article about executives in Greece and Italy seeking out jobs in more stable markets.  These executives were having their resumes translated into other languages by translation firms.  The writer asked, “If these job applicants have such lousy language skills that they need their resumes translated, how do they hope to get through an interview, let alone work in these other countries?”

Smack-down time:   HOW DARE YOU!!!!

Anyone can pick up a CD and practice a few words and phrases, but the real talent, the real skill, comes from that person’s experience and insight.  Any bloke can walk into a company and speak the country’s language fluently.  DO they have thinking skills, such as creative thinking, problem solving, decision making, and knowing how to learn?  Will speaking a language be enough to turn a company’s profitability around and make 70% gains?

I think not. Duh.

Let me give bandwidth to someone deserving.  This past week, I was in an intensive Master Coach Training  course, taught exclusively by Andrew Neitlich http://www.centerforexecutivecoaching.com/ .  This is part of my certification process. I met an elegant man by the name of Shinya Wada, CEO of Wada Management Lab in Tokyo, Japan http://wadalab.jp .  Shin had an interpreter, Yuka, to help him through the course.  He took his time and chose his words carefully, in turn, we listened wholeheartedly.  My batch-mate Shin showed an elegance and eloquence in presenting his thoughts and aspirations.  Shin demonstrated his frameworks for training executives and political leaders and the reasons why it’s crucial to his country (and ours).  He presented the power of elegant leadership and it’s impact on society.

I wont go into heavy detail, the point is that here is an example of someone a little shaky in a language, being a solid contributor to a common recognized goal.  Giving sound direction, diagnosing a problem, being creative, making solid decisions, knowing how to lead and make leaders, that’s what really matters and transcends.  You can teach technique, but raw talent and ability is at a person’s core.  I can buy a Japanese-English dictionary to communicate, but knowing how to navigate, how to make meaningful impact, can’t be bought.

I’ll take Shin in my corner anytime!

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