Our Story

In 2018 a group of liked-minded individuals with extensive experience in organisational psychology, software development, HR management and business management decided to pool resources and created The Kendo Way as a vehicle to disrupt traditional and outdated procedures and approaches in HR.

We worked hard building Kendo, the people centred, enterprise SaaS platform that improves performance and employee experience at all levels in the organisation. In 2020 we launched an MVP of the product winning a major ASX listed public company. Product enhancements have continued as we got feedback from the user base.

In late 2021, we got recognised as the Editors choice of HR Tech APAC.

The Kendo Way

Kendo, which translates to the way of the sword, is a martial art form developed in Japan to develop swordsmanship which was an integral part of being becoming Samurai. The Samurai, and the Samurai feudal system, was how Japan operated as a nation and culture for 1000 years or more and is still identifiable in Japanese society today. Samurai was a fundamental way of being that was most notably recognised through swordsmanship but being Samurai was to follow many important virtues. Kendo was the way that allowed a person to practice and improve and it was through the practice of Kendo that a person was able to develop their ability to live these virtues. Our interest lies with how Kendo delivers a more profound and pervasive way of being that leads to a purposeful and powerful organisational culture. When the earthquake and tsunami struck the town of Fukushima in Japan in 2011 setting off a nuclear disaster, 200 people over the age of 60 volunteered to take the front line of the crisis. Why? The volunteers said the dangers of radiation should be faced by them, and not the young. This story highlights the understanding and importance of putting the good of others before one’s self. You cannot arrive at these outcomes through politics or planning. It comes from something deeply ingrained in people, in what they believed and how they behave as a result. The Art of Kendo aims to mould the mind, body, and spirit. In The Kendo Way, this translates to moulding the individual, processes and procedures and culture to create an environment that inspires performance. As a martial art, Kendo is practised with groups of people wielding bamboo swords. The Kendo Way is focussed on teams within an organisation, wielding technology instead of swords, working collaboratively to achieve the organisations’ purpose and objectives.
To mould the mind and body
To cultivate a vigorous spirit
To engage in correct and rigid training
To strive for improvement in the art of kendo,
To hold in esteem human courtesy and honour
To associate with others with sincerity,
And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself
To love his/her country and society,
To contribute to the development of culture,
And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.
To develop one’s self and build infrastructure around us
To have passion, energy and be innovation
To commit to robust and relevant training
To improve the mastery in everything we do
To act with integrity and respect
To be empathetic and authentic
To be commit to a lifelong learning and growth
To be aligned through purpose, beliefs and culture
To make a real contribution and difference to the world
And recognise that if we all win there will be happiness and prosperity
The Art of Kendo looks beyond the improvement of one’s self with the sword, into how we behave as a community, to sincerely hold others in esteem, to be courteous and to honour those around us. The Kendo Way is focused on how we work together, with respect and trust, to build a better outcome for everyone by focussing on the team and the organisation over self, and long term over immediate results.

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