(Reproduced from original article written in September 2012 on annapinsky.com)

Following on from my previous post, I’ll be highlighting here one aspect of Japanese culture that can work against the conditions necessary to become a learning organization.

Learning organizations and psychological safety
As outlined in last week’s post, learning organizations comprise…


[Part 4 in a collaborative series written on the topic of being a “Gaikokujin” in Japan by - Anna Pinsky and David Wagner]

While the list of “How could I have done that?” …


(Reproduced from original article written in September 2012 on annapinsky.com)

I had the opportunity to attend a symposium on global talent development last week in Tokyo. “Global Talent Development” or “Guro-baru Jinzai Ikusei” (グローバル人材育成) has been the business buzzword for the last couple of years among Japanese companies struggling to…


View from Yamadera ( 山寺) in Yamagata in the autumn

[Part 3 in a series by Anna Pinsky and David Wagner]

It is precisely because of the “outside” perspective that “gaikokujin” bring that means they can find a way forward by challenging long-held traditional organizational assumptions while unearthing what aspects of the past stories and rituals have untapped potential to…


Autumn at Nezu Shrine ( 秋の根津神社 )

[Part 2 in a series by Anna Pinsky and David Wagner ]

Due to the limited number of non-Japanese working in Japan, it is probably safe to say that most Japanese organizations have limited experience harnessing non-Japanese as work partners. …


Mt. Fuji seen from Mt. Jinba in the winter

[Part 1 of a series by Anna Pinsky and David Wagner ]

Gaikokujin (外国人). The name says it all: Outside (外 ), Country (国), Person (人) - Outsiders. That is how non-Japanese are often viewed in Japan.
People who come from outside Japan are certainly welcome to visit, but even…


(Originally Published in BCCJ Acumen Magazine September 2014 Edition)

As part of our plans to increase the accessibility and transparency of the work of the BCCJ executive committee (excom), you will see more articles over the coming months from different members of our 2014–15 excom. …


Emotional granularity had caught my attention from before we had even heard of COVID19 having recently read “How emotions are made” by Lisa Feldman Barrett and it seems particularly pertinent and timely as so many people adjust to working from home on a daily basis. Reflecting on her Theory of…

Anna Pinsky

Organizational Development Specialist: Individual & Team and Organizational Effectiveness in Asia and Europe. 組織開発・グローバル人材育成・エグゼクティブコーチ

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