Now that we have entered 2023, many of you may have already set goals for the year in the form of New Year resolutions. These may include “earn a new qualification,” “take up a new hobby,” “save money.” Of course, each of us has a variety of goals. The key point is that these goals must help us achieve our ideal lives. Goals that are easily achieved don’t get us very close to where we should be, and they don’t lead to a fulfilling life.
I think the same holds true for our business.
Our goal is to be unrivalled in our competitiveness, and I want each of you to firmly resolve to achieve it. You may think that your individual goals are impossible—it may seem as if you will need to increase your abilities tenfold to succeed—but I believe this approach is the right one.
We cannot reach maximum speed to enhance our competitiveness unless we aim so high that our goals seem unattainable. To reach our destination as quickly as possible, improvements need to be made one on top of another. I encourage everyone to celebrate daily improvements with your colleagues, and day by day we will draw a little closer to our goal. With properly set goals, you will be able to look back and see that you have made solid progress, and this progress will eventually generate steady outcomes.
If you are reluctant to set ambitious goals, it could be because you fear that failure to achieve them will result in criticism from your boss or a poor evaluation. If our workplace culture fosters that kind of thinking, then the first thing we need to do is change our culture. Challenge yourself and your supervisor should praise your willingness to do so and help guide you toward a better way of doing things. My request to every member of every team is this: “Don’t hesitate to challenge yourself.”
Reflecting on the past is important, but if we are always looking back, then we won’t be able to move forward. Ultimately, the only thing we can change is the future. To get even one step closer to our ambitious vision for Panasonic, we should focus on the road ahead and approach the improvements that need to be made with a sense of urgency. The start of 2023 is as good a time as any to change our approach—so let us resolve to do so.
We have only three months to complete our two-year initiative to enhance our competitiveness. As I mentioned above, we can see some good progress. If you are only halfway through the process of strengthening the competitiveness of your business, then please work at unparalleled speed to get the necessary improvements in place. I want our individual businesses to make this happen in the remaining three months
I have high expectations for each and every one of you over the coming year, and I look forward to seeing your aggressive and bold challenges to achieve your ambitious goals.