As the CEO / Founder of Symmetry Japan Inc., I, Tomohiro Kida, first would like to thank you all for your continued support. My career has been mostly in the human resource development, and I’ve always had a very clear objective, which is, “to make high quality business education available to more people”.
To stay true to this objective, upon launching Symmetry Japan Inc., I shortened our shortest seminars to under 2 hours without compromising the quality. There is absolutely no compromise also to my mission, which is to provide the best educational experience applying Western business education method based on case examples and making it more accessible for Japanese people.
This approach has been highly appreciated by a great number of people, and more than 40,000 people have attended my seminars. I’m also very proud of the fact that I was invited to give a lecture in the University of Massachusetts, which is considered one of the top academic institutions in the United States.
The areas of study that we teach have become known as “Five Subjects for Adults”. “Five subjects” that children must learn are Japanese, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and English. There are also subjects that every businessman must learn; such a demand led us to create our seminars.
We have no intention to complicate things with technical jargons. We will continue upholding our mission. We will continue providing practical seminars, which are fun to study; helping participants adopt our practices, and helping them make progress.
Profile of the Founder / CEO
Founder / CEO of Symmetry Japan Inc.
Lecturer at University of Massachusetts
After graduating from University of Tsukuba, Tomohiro Kida worked as a consultant at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Inc., where he successfully implemented Performance-Based Appraisal System.
He worked with various clients ranging from venture companies with dozens of employees to foreign companies with thousands of employees. He always kept his unwavering concept in mind; he believed “human resource system is there to make employees autonomous, and not to bind them with rules”.
In 1999, craving the knowledge of human resource management which would transcend the framework of usual human resource system, he set off for Europe where EU integration was taking place at the time. However, in London, where he went to study, he struggled with the difficulties of human resource management because of a different set of values.
This experience led him to a decision to study under the deceased Sumantra Ghoshal at the London Business School, a leading authority in a cross-cultural organization management field. While receiving his friendly lessons for his graduation thesis case writing, he further learned about leadership in managing diverse human resources (acquired an MBA in 2001). This graduation thesis was mentioned later in Ghoshal’s last writing, “A bias for action: How effective managers harness their willpower, achieve results, and stop wasting time”. Also this book contains a special dedication to Mr. Kida.
After coming back to Japan, he took the lead in launching “Globis University Graduate School of Management” at Globis, an MBA School for adults, and in April 2003 his endeavor led to a successful launch of a predecessor program, GDBA. For this achievement, he received the “President Award” which is given at the company once a year. In April 2006, the school was officially approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology and was designated a graduate business school. Later on, the school made news when it reached the No.1 position in MBA student satisfaction ranking survey throughout Japan.
In 2006, “Symmetry Japan Inc.” was established. The company employed the educational method with its proved effectiveness in the field of business administration, its mission being resolving the issue of “asymmetrical nature of information”.
Mr. Kida’s expertise covers a wide range of subjects in the field of business education, such as curriculum grand design, program design, and development of teaching materials. As a lecturer he is deeply admired by his students and often receives such comments as “He is a passionate lecturer with cool looks and a wonderful career”.
His life motto is ”Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”