"This is a great book by an enterprising Japanese entrepreneur, Tomio Taki. It is written in such a way as to give the reader insight into the Japanese culture as well as experience the tough decisions that people go through starting a business, no matter what part of the world you′re in. This book can apply to anyone in any country its message will clearly translate to readers in any language."
Karl Eller, Chairman and CEO, The Eller Company
"As the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Philadelphia University, with confidence I can say that reading this book underscores everything I believe about business and education."
Bill Whitmore, Chairman, President, and CEO, AlliedBarton Security Services
"He is the exact opposite of a typical business man. He is the most trusting, and the most trustworthy, person I know. He was my teacher."
The late Ricky Sasaki, President and CEO, Link Theory Holdings Co.
"He is a great follower, a team player, which enables him to be a great leader."
Marin Alsop, Music Director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
"He is a symbol, an example of how best to combine disparate cultures into one personality. I always learn from him."
The late General Meir Amit, former head of Mossad and former chairman of Israel′s Center for Special Studies
PART 1 JAPAN 1
Chapter 1 Optimism, Entrepreneurship, and Raincoats 3
Chapter 2 Losing My Father 21
Chapter 3 Changing Takihyo with American Brashness 27
Chapter 4 A New Takihyo Headquarters for a New Age 37
Chapter 5 Expansion and Distribution Channel Management: The Late 1960s 51
Chapter 6 Taki Gakuen and Asking the Simple Questions 65
WRAP UP JAPAN: RESPICE, ADSPICE, PROSPICE 73
PART 2 UNITED STATES 85
Chapter 7 The Break from Culture 93
Chapter 8 Outside Factors Wound Takihyo 99
Chapter 9 Now, the Good 109
Chapter 10 The Lion 115
Chapter 11 Negotiating for Anne Klein 125
Chapter 12 Losing a Friend 133
Chapter 13 Finding New Management 141
Chapter 14 Growing Anne Klein 147
Chapter 15 No Kickbacks 157
Chapter 16 Elevating the Designer 163
Chapter 17 DKNY A New Brand, a Diffusion Line 171
Chapter 18 The Initial Public Offering of Donna Karan International 181
WRAP UP AMERICA: RESPICE, ADSPICE, PROSPICE 191
Conclusion: Zennovation in Retrospect 199