A Dialogue Between a Mathematician and Toyota’s Chairman: Think, Think, and Think Again
Kobayashi (K): I believe that there are a variety of things that are fundamental but rarely perceived, that are important but too obvious to attract our attention. Do you think the value of honesty for a company is such a thing? I surmise that a sound company does not have to think about “the value of honesty” so often because people there just take it as a matter of course. On the other hand, dishonesty—needless to say fraud, but also pretending to know everything without performing investigations, which I also consider a kind of dishonesty—seems to result in a long-term loss even though it may produce a large short-term gain.