Guest Speaker: Mr. Koji Fujiwara, President, and CEO of Mizuho Bank
"No challenge, no life."
Today, Mr. Koji Fujiwara, President, and CEO of Mizuho Bank, one of the largest Japanese banks joined the EMBA Management Essentials course as a guest speaker. He shared his passion and commitment to shaking up the traditional culture of a Japanese bank through transformational initiatives to make the bank a true partner and solution provider to the bank's clients in a globalizing and digitalizing business environment. Mr. Fujiwara talked about the challenges and opportunities that the Japanese banking industry is facing, emphasizing the importance of addressing social issues as an organization and of providing solutions to clients.
As a leader, he stressed the importance of making continual challenges by saying, "contrary to success is not a failure, it is not to challenge." He also shared his own history as a professional to become a strong leader. Students asked questions about leadership, career development to become an executive, how to change people's mindsets & corporate culture, and how to make tough decisions.