Just back from Japan

My book's the one on the left, orange and white

Spent last week in Tokyo where my book on Harvard Business School recently came out. Its Japanese title is “Harvard Business School: A Factory for Unhappy People”, a fact I didn’t realize until it was explained to me by the publisher, Nikkei. I’m told it will appeal to a miserable streak in Japanese readers. And it seems to be, as the book is selling well and around 300 people showed up to two talks I did in the city, at Globis, an English-language business school, and Maruzen, a huge bookstore close the central train station. I also had the chance to do some research on my next book, which will be about the nature of salespeople. My host was an HBS classmate, Daisuke Iwase, who turned down every high-dollar, financial offer going in 2006 to help set up Japan’s first online life insurance firm, Lifenet. It’s a remarkable story, which I’ll tell in another post.

2 thoughts on “Just back from Japan

  1. Andrew

    Your book is perfect for the Japanese, who welcome honest reflection and continuous improvement. You have found an audience who do not allow their insecurities to interfere with useful insight and perspective. Even the Japanese interpretation for the book’s title was incredibly apt. What a pity elements of Harvard and it’s offspring don’t possess the same gift. Harvard could learn a lot from Japan.


  2. kaori

    I have read your book .
    It made a deep impression to me.
    I’m a student majoring in MBA in Japan.
    your book dispelled my bad feelings against MBA.
    Lately I lost control of my self in MBA.
    What is important for me? Why I’m here ?
    for what??
    I know that situation is completely different from HBS and MBA in Japan
    but I have a lot of sympathy for you.
    I found a proper way to live from your book.
    how important it is to be honest to myself.
    I thought that I want to believe my sense of value
    Sorry for my poor English , I want just to say thank you for writing such a brilliant book!!!


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