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QLC’s programme participants boost leadership skills in Japan

QLC’s programme participants boost leadership skills in Japan

Tribune News network
Doha
Qatar Leadership Centre’s (QLC) Rising Leaders Programme sent its participants on a week-long Learning Journey to Japan to engage with some of the country’s most prominent corporations.
The trip was conducted in cooperation with ITOCHU Corporation in Japan, one of the largest Japanese companies with strong economic ties with major energy companies in Qatar.
The participants also met with experts to discern how the country cultivated a world-renowned drive for innovation in products and business practices.
The annual Learning Journey reinforces the Rising Leaders Programme curriculum by imbuing its participants with special insights into how leaders manage and grow their organisations in the public, private and government sectors, bolstering their leadership skill sets as they return to Qatar’s market.
These journeys are supplemented by an in-depth look into the country’s history and culture to contextualise these insights.
“Japan’s economy is one of the strongest in the world, acquiring a reputation as the birthplace of ground-breaking technologies and revolutionary business practices, both of which have propelled its corporations to stand out on the global stage,” said Dr Ali J. al Kubaisi, acting managing director of QLC.
The Journey’s agenda gave participants the chance to engage with some of Japan’s largest private and government companies to gain an all-inclusive view of how innovation manifests in a variety of business practices.
The participants visited the Toyota Motor Corporation’s headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, where they toured one of the production plants and observed how the car company developed inventive solutions to increase productivity and reduce waste on the production line.
In the government sector, they were guided around the Ota Incineration Plant to explore how the principles of creative problem-solving can still be utilised to enhance the delivery of crucial public services
They also had the opportunity to engage with a few of Japan’s academic partners and experts in the field of industry and commerce. Dr Florian Kohlbacher, director of the Economist Corporate Network, North Asia, explained Japan’s economic growth in the post-World War 2 period to the participants.
The programme participants visited Fujitsu’s headquarters in Tokyo, where they attended a lecture on artificial intelligence, the evolution of super computers and Fujitsu’s role in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The participants also toured the Edo-Tokyo Museum.
In a lecture, Ken Kusonoki, professor at Hitotsubashi University, explained how innovation can be fostered in the workplace, outlining how an environment of problem-solving can be nurtured from executive positions.
Ambassador of Qatar to Japan HE Hassan bin Mohammed Rafei al Emadi attended the participants’ final presentations and closing ceremony.

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