Zennovation. An East-West Approach to Business Success

  • ID: 2216111
  • Book
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Zennovation

"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

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Preface ix

Introduction xiii


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



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


Conclusion: Zennovation in Retrospect 199

Acknowledgments 209

Index 211

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TOMIO TAKI is credited with bringing Western fashion to Japanese consumers. He guided his family′s 250–year–old company, Takihyo Co., through nearly forty years of unprecedented growth, transforming it from a leading kimono manufacturer to a broad–based publicly held company. He was first to implement mass–manufactured sportswear in the US when he bought the Anne Klein Company, ultimately becoming the owner of the company and the man behind Donna Karan. He has consulted for, financed, or directly managed both private and public companies on nearly every continent. He has been involved in ventures ranging from the birth of high–definition television to owning and operating private golf clubs around the world.
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