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KENKICHI ONO

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自由を求め、仕組みを作る男

A Man Combining Freedom and Structure

「僕の場合、単純なんです。人生は納期が決まっていて、納期までに何をやるか。ただそれだけ」

ルールに縛られず、自由に。小野さんはずっとそう思って生きてきた。帰国子女で、日本の義務教育を受けてこなかったことも関係するだろうか。

最初は飲食店の現場から入り、管理部門を経たあと、開発やコンサルをする会社に転職。「わりと大きめの会社で、一時は人前に立つような仕事もやってたんですけど、経験値足りないなと、まだそのレベルじゃないな」となり、もう一度現場へ。小さな会社で店舗の立ち上げをし、ある程度の規模に達したら卒業して、という繰り返し。「ある目的が達成されると、職場を変えていく感じでしたね」

 

“I am simple minded. In my life, there are deadlines and I just do what I have to in order to meet them.”Living life, not bound by rules, but as a free spirit. This is how Mr. Ono enjoys life. Living abroad without a Japanese education might have formed his personality this way.

Mr. Ono started his career in a restaurant, and then moved to a management role in the food and beverage industry. After that he changed jobs and enrolled in a company that was working with restaurant development and consulting for other companies.

“It was quite a big company and I was occasionally advising people, but I had a lack of experience. I felt I was not on the proper level for guiding other people.”

So, he went back to work at a restaurant again. He supported the opening of a small restaurant from the beginning. When the restaurant became successful, he moved to another company. He repeatedly changed jobs like that. “When I reached a goal, I changed my job.”

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そんな時、ある知人の紹介で出会ったのが、前身となる企画会社代表の大澤だった。

「外食産業にいると、その業界の常識に染まりがちなんですけど、大澤さんは発想が違っていて。ロジックはしっかりしてますし、情報量も多くて、クリエイティブな人だなという印象でした。それで興味を持って、将来何したいの?と聞かれ、僕も嘘つけないんで、自由になりたいですって答えて。最初はえっ?ってなったんですけど、それでも一緒にやろうっていっていただけて」

よもや思いがけない流れからこの会社に入社することになった小野さん。「そういうのばっかりなんで人生。ツテとコネと紹介で生きてます」と、自嘲のような笑みを浮かべる。

 

Around that time, he met Mr. Osawa, CEO of predecessor of the planning company, through an acquaintance. “In the food and beverage industry, we tend to have routine ideas. But Mr. Osawa was different. He had unique ideas based on a certain kind of logic and a lot of information. He seemed creative and I was very much attracted to that. He asked me, ‘What do you want to do in the future?’ and I answered, ‘I want to be free.’ At first this was confusing to him, but later we reached an agreement to work together.”

That is how Mr. Ono unexpectedly joined this company. “This is just my life. I live supported by other people’s help, consideration and kindness,” he smiled with self-deprecation.

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「どこにいっても仕事はできると思うんです。ただ年齢を重ねていくと、何をやるかというよりも、誰とやるかというのが大事になってくる。僕自身は無欲な人間なので、こうしたいというよりは、当たり前に楽しく働きたい。稼ぐだけの仕事はしたくはないんです」

現在、小野さんの所属は経営管理部門。財務や労務をメインでやりながら、人材の紹介も積極的に行っている。「人が考えたものを仕組み化するのが仕事です。もちろんこういう時代なので、法律や契約、労働環境も意識しながら。人が成長して、人が辞めない会社作りをしていく。それが一番かなと」

 

“I think I can work anywhere, but now that I am getting older, with whom I am going to work is more important than what I am going to do. I do not want to work only for money. Since I have no special desires, I just want to work happily.”

Currently, Mr. Ono works in the business management department. He mainly takes care of finance and labor issues, but he also handles recruitment, too. “My task is to implement someone else’s ideas. I need to make sure the company follows the law, abides by contracts, and upholds a good working environment. I would like to help develop a company where people can improve their skills and stay for a long time. That is my first priority.”

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それらの仕事は、小野さんの苦手なルールに縛られるようなことにもならないのだろうか。そう聞くと、ふっと笑ってこう答えた。

「タイプ的には、自由になりながら圧力をかけられるほうが、ポテンシャルを生かせるのかもしれませんね」

 

Those tasks, set by others, seem to bind him to rules that are not his own, but he smiled and said,“I can make a significant contribution and work effectively under pressure when I am free to do what I feel is best. I am this type of person.”

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小野 賢吉 / KENKICHI ONO


取締役/経営企画室長・管理本部長
Director/General Manager

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