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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!

As the pandemic entered its second year in 2021, many companies and employees started to question the future of remote work. Some companies clung to haphazard work-from-home measures from 2020, limping along under the assumption that, surely, the pandemic wouldn’t go on much longer. Others embraced change, scaling down brick-and-mortar offices and expanding talent pools beyond previous geographical limitations.

What does 2022 hold?

Here’s a look back at how some of the assumptions and theories around remote work could transform the workforce in 2022—and how you can stay on top of the trend for the future of remote work.

Why People Are Fighting to Stay Remote (besides the Obvious)

Many of us have grown fond of working from home for reasons other than staying safe. And while it may be tempting to transition your team back to working in the office as soon as possible—especially when getting pressure from higher-ups—it’s important to talk to your team about their needs.

The truth is, there are lots of reasons your team may be more comfortable (and productive) with a remote or hybrid work schedule. Some of your people could be struggling with long commutes or the mental stress of being excluded. Others might want to take advantage of simultaneous employment opportunities. Whatever the reason, working from home has made some people’s jobs less stressful and more enjoyable.

As a manager, you want to get the most out of your team. So ask them what they need to achieve that.

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Remote Work vs. Distributed Workforce

The sudden deluge of data available on remote work productivity in 2021 disproved what many managers had long assumed. It turns out people are just as productive—sometimes more productive—when they are working outside of a traditional office space.

In fact, according to Phil Libin, the real discussion shouldn’t be remote vs. office. Instead, we should be considering a new kind of workforce: a distributed workforce.

“Remote” implies people working from home are the outliers, while “distributed” puts everyone on the same level. Yes, some interactions work better in person, but others can easily be done via video call, email, or even a recorded session. A distributed workforce challenges businesses and employees to prioritize face time (whether in person or on a video call) and to use the right method of communication depending on the situation.

How to Manage Remote Productivity

People can be productive working remotely—we know that now. So with that argument out of the way, there is now the task of making sure everyone in a team is on the same page.

And no, that doesn’t mean endless video meetings.

With the rise of Zoom and other similar services, video calls seemed to be the answer. However, they were quickly overused, and meeting fatigue became widespread.

2021 taught us that it’s important to choose your platforms of communication carefully. Not only how, but how often you get in touch with your team should depend on many factors. It’s essential to know when checking-in becomes a distraction, and when giving team members too much space leaves them feeling abandoned.

Make sure you work out a system to manage your remote staff effectively.

How to Manage Distance

If you’re worried about managing a remote team, it’s probably because of one thing: distance. But physical distance isn’t the only kind of distance you should be thinking about.

As we have all learned, time zones can have a huge impact on your team. A 3pm meeting might work great for you, but could also mean a team member must wake up at the crack of dawn or stay up well past working hours. Managers (and team members) should be mindful of that difference.

But there’s another kind of distance that may have slipped under your radar: social distance. That might include anything from language and cultural barriers to power imbalance. A much less obvious and quantifiable distance than geographical, social distance can bubble under the surface, undetected until it’s suddenly an issue.

Make sure you’re aware of these types of distance and develop countermeasures to keep things running smoothly.

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How Remote Work Promotes Creativity

While many of the discussions about remote work usually center around productivity, creativity is often a forgotten benefit.

You can set up all the brainstorming sessions you want, but creativity remains an incredibly individual process for many people. For those people, remote work does more than remove distractions.

Want a more diverse team to bring new points of view? Geography is no longer an obstacle. Need to clear your head? Just go for a walk around the block. Want to discuss a design idea with a co-worker in a different city? No need for a business trip—just give them a quick video call and share your screen.

Managers everywhere are finding unique benefits like these just waiting to be leveraged.

Remote Work Isn’t Going Away

The biggest takeaway from 2021 when it comes to remote work is this: it’s here to stay. Many of us thought the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Christmas 2020. When it wasn’t, we figured surely within the year . . . In other words, we’ve been proven wrong again and again.

But instead of bemoaning the limitations of a (geographically) scattered team, why not focus on all the benefits? What can we do now that was not possible before?

By using the right tools and strategies, managers and employees can make the most of this new working landscape and face 2022 with an open and positive mindset.

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