What is the paradigm for integrating contradictions in management?

Management is an integration of contradictions

Having experienced the process of physics, BCG, entrepreneurship, and public listing, for me, management is an integration of contradictions. When you are involved in management, you are confronted with many contradictions and gaps. There is a gap between what you want to do and what the people around you want to do, an inability to reconcile the pursuit of ideals with the realities of running a business, a gap in the quality and quantity of resources available to meet customer demands, and it is no exaggeration to say that not a day goes by when I am faced with contradictions.

The essence of balancing and integrating is the worldview of Aufheben

Now that we’ve talked about how management is the balancing and integrating of contradictions, I’d like to dig deeper into what is meant by the word “balancing and integrating.”

When I went deeper and deeper, I got to “consciousness”

It’s not an exaggeration to say that I have been facing this question since I started to work at BCG and since I started my own business. I’ll share the details in another article, but especially in the past year, I’ve spent more than 1,000 hours in research and development on this question with like-minded colleagues. And the answer we arrived at was something very close to our daily things.


Structure and background of the phenomenon



Thoughts and feelings

Mental models (Belief systems)

Intuition (Subjective truth)

Self (The subject of self-consciousness)

And in this figure we can say that everything from “Decision” to “Self” is related to “consciousness”. Consciousness is the source of phenomena.

The 3+1 ISHIKI(Consciousness) Model

I’ve talked about how the paradigm that integrates the contradictions in management is to make consciousness conscious. Then, “How can we make consciousness conscious?” This is the question that comes to mind.

The Whole Picture of Management that Integrates Contradictions

The 3+1 ISHIKI(Consciousness) Model is the most essential in the sense that it is both a paradigm for integrating contradictions in management and a form that can be practiced by anyone at any time.



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