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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

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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

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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

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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!

Internships can pass the time between university semesters, or they can build careers. While some of this is entirely chance, there are ways to maximize your internship experience, regardless of what comes after.

We collected testimony from GLOBIS MBA interns, as well as their supervisors at the companies they interned with. From that testimony, we assembled these four rules for being a good intern:

1. No matter the type, you gotta have goals!

Some companies will have pre-defined goals for you. Others will want you to define your own goals. There’s no consensus on which approach is better, but everyone is in agreement that goals are an important part of the interning process.

Expect a period of discovery during which the team looks for the overlap between their goals and your previous experiences. They’ll also probably ask what you’re hoping to learn during your internship. This is a great opportunity to communicate your short-term and long-term career plans. Your supervisor may be able to adjust your responsibilities to a role that will match the company’s objectives to your personal career aspirations.

The importance of goal setting doesn’t end there, either.

A supervisor at Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Yokogawa) recommends that interns discuss their goals explicitly with their supervisor, then regularly revisit the goal as a way to avoid big mistakes.

They may also ask you to track and report on your progress—possibly even present it to the team.

This process will keep you laser focused on whatever you’ve set your mind to. You may also get a chance to showcase (or hone) your presentation skills and leave a great impression on the company.

2. Be proactive, especially with communication.

Regardless of the reason your company brought you on, they want you to give it your all. Bring all your experience to the table, from education to previous work experience. The internship will be that much more rewarding.

According to a manager at Asahi Mutual Life Insurance Company, “materials created using MBA skills,” and “fresh viewpoints” were two of the most helpful things interns brought to the company.

Showing your skills will help you feel your own value, too. “Getting the chance to apply my complete package was one of the best things I got from my internship,” said Sumit Awasthi.

Lumina Xenia Mesaros agrees. “I thought it would take time, but being on the job taught me I could use my MBA skills right away.”s

Work relationships are the most important area of your internship to take initiative in, especially now that work-from-home is becoming more regular. “Interns needs to make more of an effort to communicate,” says one manager from Yokogawa. “Proactive communication with many coworkers will help teams get to the bottom of both issues and goals.”

Making positive relationships, says the Yokogawa manager, is a key factor to both internship success and career success in general.

3. Prepare to be surprised.

You’re going to be surprised by what you learn, by what you use, by the company culture—so keep expectations and assumptions to a minimum.

“I didn’t expect to learn how to better align myself with my team, says Mesaros. “I thought I was fine, but during my internship I realized I could do better.”

Your internship may also ask you step up in ways you don’t expect.

“Because I was an intern, I thought of myself as a team member instead of a leader. To my surprise, leadership skills were actually very important for my internship. Because our team had a very high level of startup spirit, every member had to be able to lead,” says Tianshu Rosie Zhang, who interned with Oisix ra Daichi Inc., a Japanese online supermarket with a focus on quality food. She went on to accept a full-time offer from the company.

An internship with an old, refined company doesn’t mean the culture will be stuffy, either. Natcha Kittimongkolchai’s experience with Asahi really surprised her. “Asahi is a big, traditional corporation, but the team I worked for had less than 15 members. The team was quite young and diverse, with members from more than five countries. They made such quick decisions and weren’t afraid to try new methods. It was like working at a startup. It was so different from what I expected.”

All-in-all, keeping assumptions to a minimum will help you adjust to whatever internship environment you find yourself in.

4. Prepare to think critically.

While employers value almost any skill you bring to the table—especially MBA-related skills—those related to critical thinking are still considered some of the most important. Data analysis, logical thinking, and a basic understanding of marketing principles are strongly valued by employers.

According to research by Deloitte AU, the expansion of ways to analyze business operations is leading to an increase in demand for data science skills, especially in non-IT areas.

This means any of these skills will be a plus. Even if you’re interning in a field you don’t have a long-term interest in, you can make the best of your time by honing these skills. That will increase your value and flexibility as an employee in your future dream job.

“Before my internship, I thought I could only work on an R&D or engineering team. Now I know I can also be useful on a marketing team that promotes, develops, and applies new technologies or solutions,” says Nil Postius of his internship with Yokogawa.

And if you don’t have a strong background in critical thinking, don’t fret. There are lots of resources out there to help you brush up your skills before your internship begins.

In Short

While there are some key skills that companies definitely value more than others, attitude can really influence what you get out of your internship. Your experience might not be what you expect—it might exceed those expectations in exciting ways.

No matter what, learning to work constructively in a new or challenging environment is great practice.

Happy interning!


Are you supervising interns? Keep your eye out for next month’s article about increasing intern performance!

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