Invented in the early 20th century, the Gantt Chart is one of the building blocks of modern project management. In this online course, you'll learn how this tool can be used effectively to monitor progress and achieve your team's goals.
The working landscape is continually shifting and being disrupted, so how to employees maintain a sense of stability? Listen to CEO and president of Carl ZEISS Japan Stefan Sacre share his expertise on dealing with change in organizations and entire industries.
The halo effect is often leveraged for marketing and promotion. But as a type of cognitive bias, it can also have a subconscious impact on decision-making in the workplace. Learn why and (how to overcome it) in this online course.
In this course, you’ll learn how compelling blogs, videos, podcasts, and other media can reach customers and drive sales. You’ll also learn steps for creating an effective content marketing plan, and some important ways to measure its impact and success.
Content marketing is a essential digital marketing strategy for companies looking to provide relevant and useful information to support your community and attract new customers.
Get started on your content marketing journey today.
Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption: Choices for a Better Society
There are opportunities for progress all around us. The key is to innovate on these opportunities sustainably.
To help identify most effective path forward, you'll need to gain a global perspective to these challenges in an open discussion. How can Japan and the world take action to create a more sustainable, innovative world? Where do you fit in?
Social Media & Digital Communications: Impact on Global Public Opinion
Social and digital media have dominated the communications industry for decades. But it's no secret that social media has the power to sway public opinion, and the way in which many companies use these platforms could be seen as manipulative.
What do companies need to be aware of when utilizing social and digital media? How can these mediums be used to better communicate strategically with the world?
Discover what top media and communications experts have to say.
The 7-38-55 Rule, developed by Albert Mehrabian, suggests that effective communication relies less on the words we choose than on our tone of our voice, appearance, and body language. Learn how to put this theory to use for better communication in business.
Overseas expansion requires careful planning. The Country Analysis Framework can help you look beyond an industry-level analysis and reframe your view based on performance, strategy, and context. Try this short course to learn how it works.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you comfortable with uncertainty in your professional life? How about in your personal life? Does one inform the other?
Investment banker, entrepreneur, and GLOBIS lecturer Dr. Paris de l’Etraz researches the connections between innovation, uncertainty, and levels of emotional intelligence (EQ) in life and work. We spoke to him about what his research shows and how his findings can help you become more socially skilled in your professional life.
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Emotional Intelligence & Entrepreneurship
Insights: A big part of your research is about being comfortable with uncertainty in your personal and professional life. Can you tell us about that correlation?
De L’Etraz: Yes. Our theory states that we can separate uncertainty in our personal life from our professional life. We break these into two scales: P for personal life and W for work life, with 1 being low uncertainty and 4 being high uncertainty.
We tend to think that people who hate uncertainty hate it all around—if you don’t like surprises at home, you avoid them at work, as well. This is why we tend to think introverted, quiet, nerdy people are bound to be engineers, for example, and spontaneous, crazy party people will be Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
But our research shows that’s not the case. We might actually be more or less comfortable with what uncertainty offers depending on where that uncertainty comes from.
You can be a P1, for example, in your personal life. That means maybe you’re a bit introverted, you like your routine at home every evening, etc. But you, even as a P1, can be a W4 in your professional life, constantly getting out of your comfort zone and embracing uncertainty.
De L’Etraz: The higher your W, the more you seek opportunities. We’ve seen in our research that when an individual increases his or her level of comfort with uncertainty in their professional life, their emotional quotient increases, as well. And yes, you see that a lot in entrepreneurs.
We’ve also seen that you can teach people to understand and manage their comfort with uncertainty in their professional lives. How comfortable you are with uncertainty at this present moment doesn’t mean that’ll always be who you are. You can overcome habitual patterns if you decide that’s important to you.
Your placement on the P scale does not directly correlate to your ability to grow on the W scale. In fact, we surveyed over 5,000 people, and 80% of those who were comfortable with uncertainty in their professional lives—innovators, entrepreneurs, etc.—see opportunity in uncertainty. This was true even if they were P1 or P2 in their personal lives.
Insights: So if you don’t have to be off-the-charts eccentric to be a successful startup founder with emotional intelligence, what does it take to succeed entrepreneurially?
De L’Etraz: Life is a balance for many people. Look at Steve Jobs—he was a P1, W4. He hated uncertainty in his personal life, but loved it professionally. Zero EQ at home, lots of EQ at work.
What it takes is this: Entrepreneurs see opportunity in uncertainty, and this usually translates into above average EQ. After all, few things are as uncertain as human emotions.
Embracing innovation tech (even if you’re not an engineer) can make all the difference for your business’s competitive strategy in a world of disruption.
Insights: What is emotion-driven innovation?
De L’Etraz: Emotion-driven innovation is about delivering unique and engaging experiences to customers. It’s been shown that customers today prefer the product experience over the actual product. It’s not enough anymore for business professionals to simply rely on the quality of a product.
In other words, people don’t care about what you say or do. They care about how you make them feel. EQ can, in situations like these, matter more than IQ.
Insights: Is this why we have the so-called “innovation dilemma” of keeping up constant innovation?
De L’Etraz: Let’s look at Apple as an example. Apple engages with customers on an emotional level and at a product level.I have a relationship with my iPhone. Of course, I expect Apple to deliver me a good product, but I don’t really care if it is technically the best. It doesn’t have to be because there’s that emotional tradeoff.
Emotion-driven innovation is difficult for companies that are used to just focusing on delivering superior products. It’s those companies that suffer the innovation dilemma. These days, overtaking the market is not necessarily about a better product. It’s about achieving better engagement with your customers.
Insights: Is that the next big thing? Understanding the emotions of customers to raise engagement?
De L’Etraz: Actually, that’s the now. The next big thing will be using customer data to predict what they want before even they know they want it. This is where Amazon is going, and it will enable companies to create even better user experiences.
How to Make Work Emotions Work for You
Insights: Is it possible to teach emotional intelligence or make people comfortable with uncertainty?
De L’Etraz: Yes, you can teach EQ. I just finished teaching this at GLOBIS University, and the overwhelming majority of students said they increased their EQ and ability to innovate after the course. Most of them were surprised at how innovative their own final projects were.
Increasing your emotional intelligence takes training and reflection. There are exercises you can do to start stepping out of your comfort zone, heightening your awareness, and overcoming personal obstacles, as well. Pay attention to your progress. That’s important.
My main advice is simple: Don’t use your personality as an excuse to not develop yourself professionally. Anyone can do it!