Thirty Artisans

  Toshiki Akiyama, founder and president of Akiyama Woodworking. Sixty years ago, when he was sixteen, his parents entrusted him to a carpenter as an apprentice.
  The master’s craftsmanship was good, but when the master died, there were very few apprentices attending the funeral. It turned out that this master was only thinking about how to make money from his apprentice. The young Qiu Shan secretly made up his mind that if one day he brought his own apprentice, it would not be like that.
  It was his turn to lead his apprentice, but it sounded even more excessive: during the eight-year apprenticeship, both men and women must keep their heads bald and not allowed to fall in love. Get up on time at 6 o’clock every morning for a morning run, and can only go home twice a year during the Mid-year and New Year holidays. Don’t accept money from home, disable mobile phones and computers, and communicate with family members only by writing letters… I
  can’t bear to leave. Akiyama Carpentry has been established for almost 50 years, and only more than 60 qualified craftsmen have been learned. When they are finished, the master will let them leave to establish another door.
  When each apprentice leaves, the turnover of the factory will inevitably decline when the new and the old are replaced. But he didn’t want these excellent apprentices to make money only for his company, he wanted them to benefit the world. How big is the master’s heart! The master is so self-confident that everyone in his apprentice can venture into the world alone.
  Those who have heard the story of Akiyama’s company are most impressed by the thirty artisans. Ingenuity lies in precision and sincerity. To this end, Akiyama Riki specially formulated the “Thirty Tips for Craftsmen” to regulate the work of craftsmen.
  At first glance, the thirty articles are really ordinary: you can say hello, you can introduce yourself, you can thank you, your appearance is neat, and you are amiable… Isn’t this just ordinary etiquette?
  Have a sense of time, be good at calling, listen to others’ speeches patiently, answer seriously, be good at contacting, reporting, and negotiating, and writing reports in an easy-to-understand manner… If a person does not want to smash his job, these are just basic requirements.
  Prepare tools and use them well. They are good at cleaning and tidying up, including cleaning the toilets, being responsible for their work, spending money cautiously, and helpful…a bit like our traditional model workers.
  A cheerful personality, considerate to others, talk about things well, don’t let people around you feel anxious… This is the high EQ in the workplace.
  There is an interesting one: Eat fast. Qiushan means, with a grateful heart, thank the planters and cooks, eat everything with relish, instead of picking and choosing, eating and eating, squandering and wasting. It’s really a matter of style.
  What else seems “tall”? Know your own position, think positively, be persistent, plan carefully, be proud of your work…
  Well, when the 30 items are listed, the detailed regulations will be sublimated as a whole. An active, serious, humble, and friendly craftsman, everyone in the workplace Isn’t that true of the perfect colleagues who like to work with?
  Starting from the small things, everyone can become such a good person.
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