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Harnessing innovation for social change

When technology leaders get together, they can create a powerful force for change. But translating good intentions into real results can be challenging. How can...
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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...
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Memo from the boss: Smile

Why should a boss want to see employees smile? I’m not talking only about customer-facing employees. We’re all familiar with the “service with a smile” rule....
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To innovate globally, locate locally

To generate great innovation in a global marketplace, you must source innovation talent from around the world. Rakuten recently opened new research centers i...