We believe successful companies are those who understand that when their people are allowed to be and develop their fullest selves, their kokoro, they will thrive and that this is the key to driving business growth.

Business growth
starts with a smart

PEOPLE
STRATEGY

We believe that each person has unique gifts & talents
We believe people are at their best when they are allowed to let those gifts shine
We believe good companies know how to identify, cultivate & leverage those gifts
We believe that relationships are core to building a successful company
We believe in creating quality jobs
We are on a mission to help companies make their people strategy a core
driver of business growth and success

We put our heart into everything we do

 

 

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IN JAPANESE, KOKORO LITERALLY MEANS “HEART” but as a concept it also means spirit, mind, and soul — embodying who we are at our essence.

MAPPING & STRATEGY

We identify the top competencies needed at every level of your business and map the current workforce against the team needed to achieve future business goals to improve alignment in hiring, promotion/succession and learning & development initiatives.

SELECTION

We get rid of cover letters and resumes and design a competency based vetting process that allows you to see the candidate’s skills in action and ensure they are a good fit for the role, your company, and vice versa. Think on-the-job work-based activities in real-time.

GROWTH & RETENTION

We help you create a culture of trust, constant feedback and two-way communication at all levels. Managers and their direct reports have frequent touch-points that balance praise with constructive criticism that leads to performance improvement. We create opportunities for your team members to grow and add more value, in ways that are meaningful to them and aligned with your business goals.

 

LEADERSHIP ACCELERATION

We help structure your leadership development programs to better equip your leaders to communicate, think strategically, and coach and mentor their teams. We also provide 1-1 results based coaching to key team members ensuring visible improvements in their ability to lead.

TALENT OPTIMIZATION

A scientifically validated assessment platform that ensures right person, right place, and tailored management plans.

We’ve helped these great organizations with their People Strategies


KARIN FUJII, Founder

From a young age, Karin had a dream that married business with creating better communities. For over 15 years, Karin’s life has been committed to identifying and cultivating talent globally so people can achieve their greatest potential. Despite naysayers who didn’t believe you could build a business with 100 illiterate women in rural Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer Karin did that just, launching a business by using $100 worth of peanuts as seed capital growing from a 1 acre farm to an around the year farming operation. Time and time again, Karin has proved that people have the capacity to do so much more than one can imagine. Karin has financed enterprises and helped develop the leadership potential of entrepreneurs around the globe, designing and implementing a leadership development program at the Global Good Fund. She subsequently launched Kokoro, to work with companies across industries align their business strategy with their talent strategy. Karin’s work is rooted in effective leadership, building strong relationships and an understanding of what keeps employees motivated and engaged, principals that she’s applied globally from Africa, Asia, Europe to Latin America and the United States. As the Stevie Business Awards’ Employee of the Year and an American Express 50 under 40 Awardee, Karin understands what it takes to excel in a workplace. A systems thinker, Karin is committed to building a better ecosystem for work, serving as a workforce advisor for Circles of Support and Accountability and Fresno Pacific University’s Center for Community Transformation.

Karin CREATED AND EXECUTED an application process
to VET THOUSAND OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE to help The Global Good Fund
select a handful of TOP-NOTCH CANDIDATES.
She KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES to identify and ENGAGE TOP TALENT.

Carrie Rich, CEO, GLOBAL GOOD FUND

As a STRONG WORKFORCE becomes a LARGER ANNUAL INVESTMENT;
Kokoro is
UNIQUELY GIFTED to flesh out the NEEDS OF BUSINESSES,
and to MATCH THEM WITH EMPLOYEE TALENT – on both a market and individual level.

Scott Rhodes, COO, WONDERFUL ORCHARDS

Lanna Coffee Co. is INFINITELY BETTER OFF after Karin’s help. Karin helped us SET UP A PROCESS for new team members to be ONBOARDED QUICKLY and ACQUAINT them with our COMPANY’S CULTURE and work. It has been AMAZING to have someone from outside of the company PROVIDE A SYSTEM AND STRUCTURE so my team members cannot only ACHIEVE the work but THRIVE. As a business owner, there are so many hats to be worn but WITH KARIN WALKING ALONGSIDE OF ME, it made the IMPORTANT WORK EASY TO ACHIEVE. ​


Bryan Feil, CEO, LANNA COFFEE CO.

Karin helped DEVELOP our MOST IMPORTANT TEAM MEMBERS who I’m CULTIVATING FOR LEADERSHIP. I witnessed them both grow in their STRATEGIC THINKING, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION and RECEPTIVITY TO FEEDBACK.


Matt Strmiska, CEO, ADAPTIV

In a Department with poor morale, Karin helped me RE-ESTABLISH POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS with staff, IMPROVING COMMUNICATION, and enabling me to EMPOWER MY TEAM TO DRIVE CHANGE to the work process. This led to INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND ENGAGEMENT from staff who feel motivated in their day to day work.

Donna Hankins, Director of Client Services, AMERICAN AMBULANCE

Let’s talk!
347.931.3297
karin@kokoro.company