Business Lessons

Rakuten CEO Mikitani makes a point of speaking directly to employees around the world, answering their questions and explaining the reasons behind major company decisions, a practice critical to generating – and maintaining – buy-in.

Getting your team on board

After the publication of her book on the language of global success, Harvard Business School professor Tsedal Neeley came to visit us at Rakuten Crimson House ...
The imaginary audience: The next time you find yourself in a difficult situation, try this exercise: Imagine you are an objective third party, watching the story play out on TV.

The imaginary audience in times of crisis

The next time you find yourself in a difficult situation, try this exercise: Imagine you are an objective third party, watching the story play out on TV. Sit...
Business-Do, is a detailed look at my guiding principles, offering specific instructions, stories, and techniques to help anyone realize dreams and achieve lasting success.

Business-Do: A Blueprint for Success

Business-Do by Hiroshi "Mickey" Mikitani is available now in eBook and from March 7 in hardcover. How can you realize your dreams? It takes more than passio...
Fans walk with soccer legend Thierry Henry after forming the world's largest FC Barcelona Jersey on July 22, 2017 in New York City to celebrate the kick-off of the team's US Tour.

New possibilities at Sun Valley and beyond

I was in New York City in July and was delighted to see people from all walks of life wearing FC Barcelona shirts bearing the Rakuten brand. With the launch of ...
By practicing mindfulness leaders are likely to be more successful.

5 tips for being a more mindful leader

No matter your age or stage, when it comes to the workplace, everyone leads. From managing the morning meeting to running a company of thousands, strong leaders...