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The Japanese Kohai and Senpai versus the Dutch Teacher and Student principle

The Japanese concept of 'Kohai' and 'Senpai' is rooted in hierarchical relationships within organizations and can be valuable in Dutch companies for creating a positive and supportive work environment.

In the context of business in the Netherlands, 'Senpai' and 'Kohai' can be integrated as mentor-student relationships. A 'Senpai', with more experience and expertise, can act as a teacher for a 'Kohai', who in turn can benefit from guidance and advice. This system promotes knowledge transfer, professional development and team cohesion.

In practice, a 'Senpai' can share his experience, not only about professional matters, but also about corporate culture and career advice. This can help the 'Kohai' member build skills and understand business dynamics. At the same time, it offers the 'Senpai' the opportunity to hone leadership skills and experience a sense of fulfillment by contributing to the professional growth of others.

Implementation of 'Kohai' and 'Senpai' can be done by introducing mentoring programs, where experienced employees are paired with newcomers. It not only promotes professional development, but also creates a positive corporate culture based on mutual respect and collaboration. It strengthens the bonds between colleagues and contributes to a stimulating and supportive working environment within Dutch companies. Aragon Search offers tailor-made coaching programs.

Het leermeester en leerling principe


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