- Founder & Executive Consultant
- San-Ten Consulting
Date of birth: April 4, 1971
Hometown: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 6 (as of October 2019)
The first time I came to Japan was as a project manager. My appointment in Tokyo was on a Friday and the next meeting on the following Monday was in Taipei. Therefore, I was able to spend the weekend in Tokyo. I was so fascinated from seeing only Shinjuku,that I wanted to live and work in Tokyo. After the project was finished, I applied for a position in Japan that I fortunately was accepted for.
“In der Ruhe liegt die Kraft,” as we say in Germany,which may be be translated as “strength comes from calmness.” One should always try to stay calm in any situation and make decisions on a well-considered basis without being upset or when under time pressure. It certainly leads to better decisions, provides confidence and creates trust.
I’m quite happy that I had the courage to quit my job and start my own business in Japan. After 15 years as an employee, it felt quite scary in the beginning to be out of the “comfort zone.” Meanwhile, the business is developing quite well and I don’t want it to be any other way.
My goals in Japan and in life are to establish and further expand my business. I want to help bridge the cultural gap and support Japanese and foreign companies to do business together in order to create benefit for companies, countries and societies.
Some Japanese behavior can sometimes be perceived by Westerners as inflexible, slow moving or even stubborn. However, it is the way Japan works and you have two choices: getting upset or accept it. My advice in these situations would be: Stay calm and use “shōganai” (it can't be helped) more often.