Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Japanese phrase of the day - Nemawashi

Japanese phrase of the day

根回し (ねまわし)(Nemawashi)

根回し means :-

1) behind-the-scenes maneuvering [maneuvers]
2) behind-the-scenes work
3) consensus-building process

Nemawashi is used worldwide to characterize the consensus-building nature of Japanese business practices.

Literally, nemawashi means cutting off excess roots and wrapping the remaining roots with o straw mat for protection when transplanting the tree.

In business terms it means on informal solicitation of agreement before formal submission of approval at a meeting.

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