Organizations and Organizational Health

Dr. Yukio Ishizuka worked for 4 years at McKinsey (1969-1972) as an Associate on general management consulting.  At McKinsey he admired Marvin Bower his mentor and worked on assignments in Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto, Tokyo and NY offices in a variety of businesses.  Yukio Ishizuka also spent one year at Arthur D. Little as a Consultant (1968-69) on organizational development projects for top management teams for conflict resolution and enhancing creativity.  From 1972-1976 he did mergers and acquisitions for U.S. acquisitions as President and Director of a company financed by Mitsubishi International.

Nathalie Ishizuka studied business, negotiation and international affairs taking classes such as Managing Innovation, and Coordination, Control, and the Management of Organizations at HBS and the winter Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law.  She has an MBA from HEC Paris and a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.  After successfully completing the first year of a Ph.D. program in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations at the Haas School of Business, she left academia to pursue her interest in organizations, health, and technology by directly working with innovative firms, including starting her own.  She is grateful to Haas and in particular to Oliver Williamson for helping her understand how new paradigms in organizations are built.

Organizational Model

Based on his understanding of individual personality and health, and his experience working for a variety of companies Dr. Yukio Ishizuka has developed organizational models that integrate with the individual personality model.  They have been used to help CEOs better understand and track a variety of factors that contribute to their organization’s success and excellence.  Dr. Yukio Ishizuka has presented the individual and organizational models to corporations such as AT&T, IBM, and other elite Japanese, American and European CEOs.

Nathalie Ishizuka (MBA) has written a working paper integrating Individual and Organizational Effectiveness: a Systems View integrating Yukio Ishizuka’s model of human personality with Chris Argyris’ model of organization and pushing the two further by defining criteria for Organizational Health models.  In the paper she expands on Yukio Ishizuka’s existing organizational model with a systems view of organizations; integrating the individual model of health with organizational health. In addition to this academic interest, she works with entrepreneurs and new technologies in the creative process of innovation.

Readings, Lectures, More Info on Organizational Health and Excellence

Ishizuka, Yukio.  Lecture: “In Search of Excellence and Well-Being” Presentation of Life-Track to Mr. Ralph Pheifer, Chairman of IBM Asia and Americas and staff to help enhance executive performance. 1985 (2 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “Individual and Organizational Excellence and Well-Being” Lecture for Keizai Doyu-kai Nagoya Chapter meeting of 200 CEOs and senior executives, 1987 (1.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Facing Structural Challenges: The U.S. and Japan.”  AT&T Global Business Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, March 26, 1992 (2.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “The Breakdown of Elite Japanese Executives Abroad” Lecture for Keizai Doyu-kai meeting of 200 Japanese CEOs, 1986 (1.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio. “How To Overcome Stress at the Top” Lecture for The Japanese Chemical Manufacturers Club, 50 C.E.O.’s of the Japanese chemical manufacturing companies, September 23, 1997 (1 hour)

Ishizuka, Yukio, “The Japanese Mind: Its Implications for the U.S.-Japan Relationship”  AT&T Global Business Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, March 26, 1992 (2.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Facing Structural Challenges: The U.S. and Japan.”  AT&T Global Business Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, March 26, 1992 (2.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio. “Excellence and Wellbeing : How to Achieve and Grow Both” Lecture for Annual Meeting of IFMSA-Japan (International Federation of Medical Student Association-Japan)

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “Happiness and Success : How To Achieve and Grow Both” Lecture for Nippon Club of New York, 2007

Ishizuka, Y. and ed. Ishizuka N., “Special Report, How to Help Executives under Stress,” Nikkei Business, September 1992.

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Breakdown of a Japanese Businessman: a Trap for Business Elites,” Voice Magazine, January 1984.

Ishizuka, Yukio, “The Pitfall for Business Elites,” Nikkei Business, the leading Japanese Business Magazine, September 1986.

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “Stress is Your Friend,” Asahi Shinbun International, August 27,1992. A feature interview with Dr. Ishizuka.

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Japan’s Place in the World,” Zaikai-Koron, a Japanese business monthly, 1976.  Among those interviewed by Dr. Ishizuka were Mr. David Rockefeller, Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, Mr. George Ball, former Secretary of State, Mr. Joseph Fravin, CEO of Singer & C., Professor Henry de Bettignies, Director of the Asian Center of INSEAD, and Professor Hugh T. Patrick of Yale University.

Shiroyama, S., The Conditions for Survival. Kodansha: Tokyo, 1991. The book consists of in-depth interviews with eleven individuals from diverse fields. Dr. Ishizuka was interviewed along with the economist Milton Friedman, Andrew Night, editor-in-chief of The Economist, and golfer Jack Nicolas.

“International Front, Japanese Middle Management under Stress,” The New York Times, Sunday March 29,1992. Interview with Dr. Ishizuka.

Casey, E., “A New Computer Tool,” Wall Street Micro News, Oct. 1985.

Lewyn, Mark and Kelly, Erin. “Now, Feedback from Life-Track,” USA Today, September 26,1985.

“Mental Health for an International Businessman,” Mental Health Magazine for Management, March 1984.

Berger, M., “A Japanese Psychiatrist’s Answer to Executive Stress,” International Management, McGraw-Hill, March 1987. An interview with Dr. Yukio Ishizuka introducing Life-Track.

Yogata, M., “Personal Setback and Growth,” Marubeni, December 1985. A personal account documenting the depression and recovery of one of Dr. Ishizuka’s former patients while on assignment in New York. The article celebrates Yogata’s promotion to Director of leading Japanese corporation.

Costa, P., “The Case of Sad Success,” Gannet Westchester Newspapers, September 11, 1985. A cover-page interview featuring Dr. Ishizuka.

“From Management Consulting to Psychiatric Practice,” Trapedia, May 1982. Interview with Dr. Ishizuka.

“First Encounters,” Business Tokyo, January 1992. Dr. Ishizuka quoted as expert for American businessmen in Japan.

“Japanese Executives Under Stress,” Yomiuri Shinbun, January 12,1986.

Shiroyama, S., Getting Stronger, Overcoming Setbacks. Nippon Keizai Shimbun: Tokyo, 1983. Shiroyama is one of the most prominent authors in Japan. Quotes Dr. Ishizuka extensively.

Woller, B., “When Work is Your World,” Gannet Westchester Newspapers, February 2,1988. Dr. Ishizuka quoted in front-page article.

Woller, B., “When Work is Your World,” Gannet Westchester Newspapers, February 2,1988. Dr. Ishizuka quoted in front-page article.

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