Mickey's Voice

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Learn Something Every Day

Take a minute to think about it. You’re probably doing something that’s a learning experience right now. Even though what you study will vary from what other...
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Hiroshi Mikitani at Business Insider IGNITION

UPDATE: Mickey discusses his future plans for Rakuten in a video from Business Insider on the IGNITION 2015 conference. (Please note that clicking on the link w...
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Dare to Dream

They say that to dream is the privilege of the young. I think this is a beautiful saying, but it could not be more wrong. It’s not that there is anything ...
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Love Your Enemy

Whether your rival is in another company or just in the cubicle beside you, that person is helping you every day in your job -- whether you realize it or not. M...
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Rules for Breaking Rules

Successful leaders didn’t become successful by following rules. Steve Jobs broke rules when he introduced an affordable and powerful personal computer to the ma...
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Are Morning Meetings Necessary?

In the early days of a business, it may seem unnecessary to hold official “meetings.” After all, everyone in the company may well be jammed into one room, one b...
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When a Global Mindset Isn’t Enough

I have always found the expression “the world is your oyster” to be an interesting metaphor for opening up a shop on a Rakuten marketplace. In fact, I certainly...