My first encounter with Sony came when I saw the radio cassette player that my father gave my older brother to celebrate him enrolling in middle school. I became a fan the instant I saw the product. It also just so happened that Sony was just entering the computer and workstation businesses around the time I was job-hunting, and with me being into computers, I knew that Sony was the only place for me.
Once I had secured myself a position at Sony, my wishes were granted when I was assigned to the palmtop division, with palmtops being the predecessors of smartphones. From there I went on to work overseas in America before returning to Japan right when Sony launched its VAIO business. I have been involved with the VAIO for a decade since then, serving as management and project leader in charge of the model.
Perhaps it relates to my experiences abroad, but I believe it's important to be aware sometimes that I am the minority and thus I need to express my views from a different perspective. Doing this can sometimes enable me to change the direction of a project. If I do not express different views consciously, the discussion won't progress any further. On the contrary, self-denial is an important trait for leaders. Nobody likes egotistical stories where somebody believes they are right and doesn't want to hear anyone else's opinions.
I believe that diversity equals “discovery,” because it allows you to learn new values you might not have known before. If you extend this out a bit, diversity is not a big hurdle to be overcome, but rather something enjoyable. That's why I set my own views aside and ask everyone equally what they think. This leads to new discoveries and makes the project move forward dynamically, so it makes work a lot more interesting.