About the Author
Dr Steven Jeffrey Bleistein is the founder and CEO of Relansa Inc and is one of those rare international experts who bridges Western and Japanese business thinking. Fluent in Japanese and French, Steve has attracted clients from businesses such as Lenovo Japan, Reckitt Benckiser, Nikkol Chemicals, NTT Data Group and Mitsubishi Bank. Working with leaders and their teams, Steve helps both Japanese and international companies create their own new realities. Prior to Relansa, Steve represented the Balanced Scorecard Institute in Japan. Steve serves as Vice Chair of the Independent Business Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, where he takes an active role in supporting entrepreneurial and leadership capabilities inside Japanese companies. He runs the popular “Conversation With” luncheon series where he leads an on-stage conversation with a local business leader guest. In addition, Steve serves on the board of Tsukuba International School, supporting the school's leadership on the path toward full International Baccalaureate certification. Prior to returning to Japan in 2009, Steve drove innovation on a multi-million dollar project at Australia's premier government IT innovation think-tank NICTA, forging collaborative relationships with Japanese IT giants. In addition, Steve assisted Japan's Cabinet Office on issues related to e-government strategy, and organized joint meetings between Japanese Government and Australian Commonwealth officials.