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SECI Model

The SECI model illustrates how knowledge is created and shared. Learn how to put it to use for best practices, and how the Japanese concept of “ba” fits in to broaden your perspective.

Johari Window Model

The Johari Window Model is a self-awareness framework that helps you better understand . . . you. Learn how its four quadrants can help you identify gaps between how you see yourself, and how others see you.

Sunk Costs

Wondering if you should continue an investment or look for something new? Sunk costs can have a powerful psychological impact on decision-making. Learn how to recognize them to ensure rational decisions.

CAGE Distance Framework

Want to expand overseas? The CAGE distance framework can help ensure you're constructing a solid global strategy in four areas: cultural, administrative, economic, and geographic. Learn how to leverage useful differences between countries, identify potential obstacles, and achieve global business success.

Groupthink

Groupthink refers to group pressure and the perception of consensus which together lead to ill-formed decisions—or even unnecessary risks. Learn to identify the warning signs of groupthink and apply countermeasures in this online course.

Deductive and Inductive Reasoning

Solving problems with the best results means using two types of thinking: deductive and inductive reasoning. In this online course, learn to form a broad premise, make observations, and form conclusions from different perspectives.

Critical Thinking: Hypothesis-Driven Thinking

Anyone can come up with a good idea. The real challenge is putting that idea into action. In this online course, explore how to form compelling, testable hypotheses and bring ideas to life in your own organization.

Critical Thinking: Structured Reasoning

Even a few simple techniques for logical decision making and persuasion can vastly improve your skills as a leader. Explore how critical thinking can help you evaluate complex business problems, reduce bias, and devise effective solutions.

Critical Thinking: Problem-Solving

Problem-solving is a central business skill, and yet it's the one many people struggle with most. This course will show you how to apply critical thinking techniques to common business examples, avoid misunderstandings, and get at the root of any problem.

How to Dream

Join globally renowned author and Columbia Business School professor Dr. Sheena Iyengar as she explains how to approach your dreams with a new perspective. Learn to reflect on what you long to accomplish and what stands in your way.

Logical Thinking

Logical thinking is at the heart of confident, persuasive decisions. This course will equip you with a five-point approach to more becoming a more logical thinker. Learn to classify ideas and distinguish fact from opinion.

Investing & Diversity: The Changing Faces of Venture Capitalists

Is the venture capital industry embracing diversity in investors? Watch global venture capitalists from around the world discuss the state of things and what needs to be done for a more inclusive future.

Servant Leadership

There's more to leadership than driving a team to profit. In fact, there's a word for looking beyond self-interest to prioritize individual growth: servant leadership. Try this course for a quick breakdown of what that is, how it works, and how it can lead to organizational success.

Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Ever wonder what makes a great leader? Whether your role requires leadership or not, understanding organizational behavior is useful for your career. This course from GLOBIS Unlimited can set you on your way.

Leadership vs. Management

Leadership and management are different skills, but today’s leaders must have both. Try out this course from GLOBIS Unlimited to understand the difference, as well as when and why each skill is necessary for motivation, communication, and value.

Strategy: Creating Value Inside Your Company

Have you ever wondered why certain companies are more successful than others? The answer is strategy: internal processes that control costs, allocate resources, and create value. This course from GLOBIS Unlimited can give you the tools you need for that strategic edge.

Strategy: Understanding the External Environment

To plan strategy on any level, you need to understand your company's external environment. In fact, your level of understanding can impact hiring, budgeting, marketing, or nearly any other part of the business world. Want to learn how to do all that? This course from GLOBIS Unlimited is the perfect first step!

Using Japanese Values to Thrive in Global Business

Japanese companies have unique cultural, communication, and operational challenges. But they also have values that have led to remarkable longevity. Check out this seminar to hear how these values help earn trust from overseas head offices and develop employees.

Turnaround Leadership: The Differences Between Japan and the West

What's the best way for leaders to communicate a shift in corporate strategy? How do you even know when it's time for such a change? This course explains how Japan might have one answer, Western companies another.

Conflict Management

Conflicts in the workplace are inevitable. But they can lead to positive outcomes if they’re managed well. Check out this online course for a two-step process that can help you manage conflict successfully.

Evernote Founder: How Tech Startups Can Break through in Japan

Can startup models from Hollywood and Silicon Valley succeed anywhere? Phil Libin, cofounder and CEO of startup incubator All Turtles, explains how AI can solve everyday problems to bring products to market.

Women Empowerment: Lessons from Cartier

How can women overcome gender inequality and reach their leadership goals? Cartier Japan CEO June Miyachi shares her secret in this special course from GLOBIS Unlimited.

Marketing: Reaching Your Target

Every company works hard to get its products into the hands of customers. Are you doing everything you can to compete? In this course, you’ll find a winning formula to turn a product idea into real sales. Follow along through the fundamentals of the marketing mix and see how companies successfully bring products to market.

Marketing Mix

Seeing good products into the hands of customers is no easy task. The marketing mix can help. It's a collection of strategies and tactics companies utilize to get customers to purchase their products or services, and is an essential part of the overall marketing process.

The Principles of Negotiation

With the proper skills and attitude, anyone can become a successful negotiator.  But first, you'll need to learn the basics to prepare for, assess, and respond to offers for the best results. GLOBIS Unlimited can help.

Negotiation: Creating Value

Want to create more shared value between yourself and your negotiation opponent? Discover how cognitive bias affects the judgment of others. Try this course from GLOBIS Unlimited to master the value of negotiation.

Finding Your Life Purpose with Ikigai

Ikigai can guide you in your quest for self-discovery. Listen to Japanese brain scientist Ken Mogi explain why and how.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Want to leverage Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs as a leader? Try this short course to see how the theory can be applied in practical work scenarios.

Confirmation Bias

We all subconsciously collect information that reinforces our preconceptions. It's natural . . . but it does lead to a kind of flawed decision-making called confirmation bias. To become more objective and impartial, check out this course from GLOBIS Unlimited!

An Investor's Lesson to Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs have the power to transform societies for the better. But how do you attract investors to start or grow a business? Or to sell one? Check out this seminar for the answers to these and more, straight from a master venture capitalist!

Managerial Accounting

Managerial accounting is a powerful way to measure progress, identify problems, and meet your goals. Check out this course to learn how data-backed decisions can help you run your business.

Finance Basics: 1

For a healthy mix of quantitative planning, evaluation, and management, you need solid decision-making. And finance is the secret sauce! Get the essentials of finance in this two-part course from GLOBIS Unlimited.

Basic Accounting: Financial Analysis

Want to compare your performance vs. a competitor? Or evaluate a potential vendor? Then you'll need to conduct a financial analysis. This course will teach you how to use three financial statements and evaluate financial performance in terms of profitability, efficiency, soundness, growth, and overall strength.

Career Anchors

What drives you to be good at your job?

Career anchors are based on your values, desires, motivations, and abilities. They are the immovable parts of your professional self-image that guide you throughout your career journey.

Try this short GLOBIS Unlimited course to identify which of the eight career anchors is yours!

Digital Marketing Psychology to Transform Your Business

How does digital marketing really differ from traditional marketing? How is social media changing things really? And what's going on in Asia?

Pyramid Structure

Having the pyramid structure in your communication toolkit can not only help you approach a problem, but convince others that your solution is valid. Break away from linear thinking and test your logical thinking with this course from GLOBIS Unlimited!

Leadership with Passion through Kokorozashi

The key ingredient to success? Passion.

Finding your kokorozashi will unify your passions and skills to create positive change in society. This GLOBIS Unlimited course will help you develop the values and lifelong goals you need to become a strong, passion-driven leader.

AI First Companies – Implementation and Impact

AI is changing the way companies operate. How do you structure teams to increase efficiency?

Technovate in the Era of Industry 4.0

Is Industry 4.0 is the next step of human evolution human civilization? Dr. Jorge Calvo seems to think so. Join him to learn how the past can help you set goals for an exciting future of digital innovation.

Technovate Thinking

Business leaders of tomorrow need to harness the power of technology and innovation. That means understanding algorithms and how they drive business results. Discover opportunities to make technology work for your competitive edge.

Product Life Cycle

Every product takes a natural course through the market—there's a how, when, and why customers adopt products at different stages. Check out this course from GLOBIS Unlimited to find out how a product you use every day is part of this cycle.

Logic Tree

Logical thinking is the most valuable asset any business professional can have. That's why logic trees are such a valuable tool—they can help you identify a problem, break it down, and build it back up to a solution.

MECE Principle

Using the MECE principle can help ensure you categorize without gaps or overlaps. Check out this course from GLOBIS Unlimited for a practical demonstration of how it works!

Every day, we are watching in real time as COVID-19 incites a smart working revolution. Companies are embracing new technology and distributed work is becoming the norm. A change that CEOs have tried to implement for years has become a reality for millions of people in a matter of weeks.

But in thirty years, will we remember the extraordinary measures it took to get here? Or will we slip into collective amnesia? After all, that’s happened before.

The human price paid during wars, pandemics, and other forms of global crisis is awful, but the future economic and social effects are not necessarily so. After all, we do not yet live in a binary system where choices are limited to wholly good or wholly tragic outcomes. WWI gave us the first airplanes, not to mention new methods of photography, sound recording, and communication. Afterward, Germany’s financial hardship from having to pay billions in reparations led to its transition to a welfare state.

The status of women, too, improved dramatically after WWI. They became a major part of the labor force, started wearing trousers, and gained the right to vote. And yet, a century later, there’s still discrimination between the sexes. This, despite growing proof that women are genetically stronger than men, as shown by a higher survival rate during coronavirus.

The problem is, as we adjust to the new reality coming out of a catastrophe, we adapt quickly. We embrace collective amnesia and forget.

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Collective Amnesia in Our Pursuit of Happiness

Human memory can only process a limited amount of information and, as Yuval Harari wrote in the Financial Times, this makes it easy for us to forget the weight of extraordinary measures if they’re left in place long enough. We can even forget they’re there entirely. Israel, for example, has yet to remove many of the “temporary” measures put in place in 1948 during the War of Independence.

Consider: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you? Your family members? Your country? What have you already forgotten, and what will you forget?

In 2050, will we still be washing our hands for twenty seconds? Or wearing masks when we have cold or flu symptoms? Social distancing? And will we remember why?

How long will it take us to forget that this health crisis has lowered pollution levels—an area where each world summit has failed? Will we ignore the human misery in our history, as was done with the photos included with the Voyager probe in 1977, depicting only human successes and skirting mention of Hiroshima and Auschwitz?

Nobel-awarded Daniel Kahneman mentions that happiness is how you feel about your life while you are living it, while satisfaction is how you feel about your life while you are thinking about it. And data suggests that satisfaction is more important than happiness.

Unfortunately, during this quarantine, we’re observing a search for happiness. We see it in the 652% sales increase of bread machines, as well as in the 44% and 34% respective decrease of telescope and musical instrument sales. Most people would admit that changes in consumer behavior have made humans more selfish. However, they probably wouldn’t be able to tell you how those changes happened.

In fact, it can be traced back to the Hollywood narrative, the cultural arm of the Marshall plan in the 50s which promoted an aspirational, individualistic consumer society and lifestyle. This history, despite its detrimental effects, has slipped into our collective amnesia.

And we’re letting the same thing happen again now.

Personal or Politics?

In his novel The Betrothed, Alessandro Manzoni stresses the relationship between truth and lies, false opinions and beliefs. Politicians provide an easy example of this dichotomy. At the beginning of March 2020, President Trump of the United States and President Bolsonaro of Brazil publicly denounced the virus as “just a flu.” President Lopez Obrador of Mexico has insisted that people continue to hug each other, that “nothing is going to happen.” (Encouraging collective amnesia of what we were already seeing at the time.)

Heads of state across the world continued to show a lack of leadership in favor of cheap, nationalist self-promotion. The ego trap continues to delay—or at least complicate—a global solution. This was demonstrated when Trump promised “large sums” for exclusive rights to a vaccine.

Will people remember these betrayals during the next elections? Or are we clinging to ignorance?

We all understand that markets, supply chains, and people are interconnected. The financial stimulus measures of one country will cascade-benefit another. Likewise, refusing to wear a mask or get a vaccine is a choice that impacts others—a truth that is proving slow to catch on. Despite thousands of Americans dying daily of COVID-19, fourteen US states exempted religious gatherings from social isolation stay-at-home orders.

The philosopher Hume said, “Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions.” This pandemic may come to be remembered as a great ego exercise. Will you remember how the pandemic has affected you? Or will you embrace collective amnesia, forgetting the negative effects with the positive?

Learn from History or Repeat It

Historical change is not easily measurable. In fact, disentangling the contribution of wars from other factors is difficult. But memory is our most powerful tool to avoid repeating our mistakes.

A Japanese engineer named Yanosuke Hirai demonstrated this in the 1960s when he used a devastating tsunami of 869 to argue for moving a nuclear power plant to higher ground. Thanks to advice based on an event centuries earlier, the plant did not suffer damages decades later during the 2011 Fukushima disaster—despite being only seventy-five miles away.

Predictive models from computer simulations and current data are not enough to save us. Great change can, and almost certainly will, come out of this pandemic. But now is the time to pull together by securing our memories, not to pull ahead by accelerating forgetfulness.

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