It was chilly Christmas night at Yokohama Port in 1968 when my parents set feet the first time on Japanese soil. They had no idea that Japan would be their home for the next 40 years. They settled in the port city of Kobe and I was born next summer in Tokyo. I would be living in this country for at least 20 years and it would be part of my identity, my story and my destiny.
My parents spent the first two years at a Japanese language school learning to read, write, speak and behave like a Japanese. My nanny and "personal coach" was Suzuki-san who took care of me during the classes. She was like my Japanese mom and made our family to speak mixed Finnish and Japanese for the next decades to come.
It took few years and I got one sister and four brothers. We went to the local kindergarden and preschool, got bunch of Japanese friends and finally though that we were Japanese as well. The first trip abroad to Finland was a shock. I was five and I realized that I'm not Japanese but not Finnish either. Years later I learned what the phrase "Made in Oslo, born in Tokyo" meant to me. I was multipotentialite Third Culture Kid, I had hybrid identity and it would define also my career. I would be transfering intelligence between diverse cultures, communities, domains and industries.
Today I'm happy husband and a father of two children. I know who I am, I know where I'm coming from and where I'm going, I work on things I enjoy and I live in Finland, the happiest nation on earth. What a grace.
To me... a meaningful business is a combination of good people, vast network, common trust, nonobvious solutions, robust experience, touch of positive madness and bunch of will power to see great results. The crucial success factor is human being as the most important piece in the middle of everything. When touching the emotions of individual and surrounding human network, we are in meaningful business.
These are the business drivers what I implement in four business focus areas. If these drivers sound good to you, this could be the momentum to do some business together!