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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

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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

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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

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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

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Conflict Management

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Evernote Founder: How Tech Startups Can Break through in Japan

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Women Empowerment: Lessons from Cartier

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Marketing: Reaching Your Target

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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

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Finding Your Life Purpose with Ikigai

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

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Confirmation Bias

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An Investor's Lesson to Entrepreneurs

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Managerial Accounting

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Finance Basics: 1

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Basic Accounting: Financial Analysis

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Career Anchors

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Digital Marketing Psychology to Transform Your Business

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Pyramid Structure

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Leadership with Passion through Kokorozashi

The key ingredient to success? Passion.

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AI First Companies – Implementation and Impact

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Technovate in the Era of Industry 4.0

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Technovate Thinking

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Product Life Cycle

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Logic Tree

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MECE Principle

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Satosi Isiguro teaches Design Thinking at GLOBIS University. Cristian Vlad recently interviewed him about helping clients commit to innovation and pursuing creativity himself as a designer.

Cristian Vlad: How do you perceive innovation?

Satosi Isiguro: It’s beautifully simple. Many people think that innovation is a matter of genius—that you have to be Einstein or Newton or Van Gogh or Beethoven in order to innovate. Really, there are opportunities for innovation everywhere in the modern world. You can find it in new products, services, and business models, or even in social transformations. It could be anything!

Vlad: If it’s so simple, why do so many organizations struggle with innovation?

Isiguro: In my view, they are not really struggling. That is to say, they’re not really trying. These days, everyone says that they want more innovation, that they want to transform their business, that they welcome disruptive ideas and want to install a culture of innovation. Too often, this is all hot air. Organizations that really want to innovate commit every single resource that they have to innovation.

Vlad: Why can’t some organizations commit?

Isiguro: I have a lot of friends and clients who are quite serious about innovative development, but hesitate when it gets too real. We often discuss opportunities to challenge the status quo and do things differently. Everyone is happy and excited…until they start seeing the risk. They have to go all in. They have to bring meaningful diversity to their payroll. Unfortunately, that’s often where the conversation ends.

For generations, business administrators have been raised to create and manage just-in-time manufacturing systems, risk-free businesses, super-efficient working environments, and corporate groupism. To them, innovation is something that needs to be served à la carte, on a shiny plate with silver cutlery. No matter how promising an innovation initiative might be, without a bullet-proof risk mitigation formula, it will never take off. What they need to understand is this: innovation means evolution.

Vlad: So you’re saying these organizations need to change their mindset.

Isiguro: Absolutely. Especially in Japan. It’s so frustrating to hear so many people talk about digital operations and high tech as if they were fashion trends. Everyone wants to have technology just for the sake of having technology. I frequently ask executives why they want to invest in AI, blockchain, or IoT, and the most frequent response I receive is, “Everyone else seems to have it.” That’s so painful to hear. Businesses without a purpose, without a vision, without the passion to create and contribute to the betterment of society can have whatever technology whey want, but it will mean nothing to their customers or their employees. Technology is a tool, not a destination.

Vlad: You mentioned that Japan, in particular, has to change. Do you have to approach Japanese clients and associates differently than their international counterparts?

Isiguro: I might adjust my approach depending on the person or organization, but my overall objective as a consultant doesn’t change. For me, the method of communication is not a major concern—only the purpose is important. Having said that, one particular skill is irreplaceable: empathy. If you design for yourself, you can do anything you wish. If, however, you want to design products and services for others, you’ll have to understand your audience—their needs and feelings. Nobody can taste food from pictures or feel fresh air by only looking at a postcard. People understand by logic, but can only be persuaded by emotion. This is what I practice and strive to convey to the people I work with, regardless of their nationality or location.

Vlad: So many companies hesitate to innovate, but how do you know when you’ve innovated enough? Is there such a thing as too much innovation?

Isiguro: Innovation is a mountain with no top. Having said that, I try to be constantly mindful of innovating with a purpose—a strong sense of value creation, social contribution, and ethics. My objective is quite simple: to make the world a better place. I’m always trying to see if there is something that needs to be fixed, improved, or created from scratch. For me, innovation is as much about creating solutions as it is about creating tools to find those solutions.

Vlad: How does design thinking fit into innovation?

Isiguro: As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Everyone has to support each other in an innovation project, whether it’s creating a new product or service, revamping a strategy, or transforming a business model. For that, we need tools. Design thinking is a process consisting of a set of tools commonly used by those seeking to innovate—business architects, product developers, marketers, talent operators, and so on. Thanks to design thinking’s role in innovation, we are better than yesterday, and tomorrow we will be better than today.

Vlad: Do you ever struggle with inspiration on your end?

Isiguro: Inspiration isn’t as much of a challenge as time management. The design process can be broadly divided into 2 phases: creation and confirmation. When we create, we work on styling, shapes, colors and so on. Sometimes, things are easy; other times, the process can take a tremendous amount of time. Time, of course, is a precious resource, but the best designs are often unpredictable. It can be hard to tell how long a particular process will take. The quality of the final result may depend on the time we can afford to allocate.

The confirmation stage includes calculations and simulations to determine the feasibility of engineering, manufacturing, and cost. These steps tend to be more predictable, time-wise, which makes it possible for designers to spend more time in the creation part—more than ever before.

Vlad: What advice do you have for young people thinking about becoming designers?

Isiguro: It’s a completely different approach to life, and it may not be for everyone. Designers work incredibly hard. There is no such thing as work-life balance for truly passionate creators, regardless of whether you are a product designer, a talent operator, a communicator, a digital engineer, a fashion designer, or an architect. The work may not be suited to those who enjoy regular eight-hour shifts in front of a computer in a corporate office. Having said that, I encourage all young people to consider how important passion is and commit to the creation of their own meaningful reality.

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