Lessons from 3/11 to 3/20, with Mike Alfant

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Delphi CEO Benchmarking Breakfast

Cost: 3,000 yen (please bring the correct change, if possible)

Time: 8-9.15am

Location: CrissCross Cafe, 5 Chome-7-28 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062, 03-6434-1266,

Web site: https://www.tysons.jp/crisscross/

Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/3hrHCA97e51NQhjj7

Due to the Coronavirus, we will be sitting outside, for not more than 75 minutes, in a small group not exceeding 8 people, with spacing. If you have had any exposure to affected regions or returning family members, or exhibit symptoms please stay away. Call me if you have any questions.

Speaker: Mike Alfant, Group Chairman Fusion Systems, board member TAC, emeritus President ACCJ.

At our regular DN CEO benchmarking session, the discussion will be sparked by Mike’s thoughts on the lessons he learned when he was running his company and also president of the American Chamber of Commerce during the 3/11 triple disaster of nuclear meltdown, tsunami and earthquake.

Just like CEOs have to do now, Mike had to balance competing stakeholders, including the US government, the Japanese government, ACCJ members and the needs of his own staff and shareholders.

There are also instructive differences.The disaster today is global rather than local. Ironically, that means companies have fewer problems today with foreign executives (quite understandably, but not always in an organized way) leaving for overseas.

Mike also recalls that social media was far less developed in 2011. Information was difficult to interpret but there was less ‘fake news’ and background noise.

Mike will also stress that leaders need to retain emotional and physical resilience. Team members and staff will be observing and taking their cues from how their managers behave. Preserving mental and physical health is essential during this period. The longer the crisis goes on, the harder this is to do.

Mike is one of the most articulate, upstanding and successful business people in Tokyo, and his thoughts are always worth listening to.

CEO wishing to discuss leadership and management issues with other Gaishikei CEOs should attend this meeting.