2014 April C8- The Unlikely Client: Million-Dollar Business with the Japanese SME

Everyone he talked to in 2009 told him the managers and owners of traditional Japanese SMEs don’t believe in paying for consulting services.

“It’s like trying to sell air,” they said. “Things, machines, products—that’s what they understand. And in any case they’re all terribly conservative! They’ll never trust a foreigner!”

However, all this turned out to be wrong—at least with the clients he found.

In April, CEO Insights will welcome Dr. Steven Bleistein to tell his story and talk about what brought success for Steven and his clients. he’ll also share some of what has not worked out. In addition, he has some nagging questions about his own business and business in Japan, which he would like to pose to the CEO. We suspect the discussion around these will bring out our collective wisdom to everyone’s benefit with great CEO INSIGHTS.

Date – Thursday, 10 April 2014 1230PM-1400PM
Roppongi Hills Club- Roppongi Hills Club- Italian Restaurant- La Cucina
51 fl. Roppongi Hills Mori Tower,
6-10-1 Roppongi,
Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-6151 Japan

About Steve- Dr. Steven Bleistein is owner and CEO of Relansa, Inc., based in Tokyo’s Marunouchi Ward. Steve helps companies and people grow capabilities and achieve outstanding performance results. Steve grew up in Denver, Colorado. He holds both U.S. and Australian citizenships. Steve speaks Japanese and French (but not Australian). Steve’s favorite sport of the moment is Nordic roller skiing. You will often find Steve skiing on the 40km Rinrin Road around Mount Tsukuba, close to his home in Japan.