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Influencer Marketing

Expand your reach and engage with your target audience using this trending technique that blends celebrity endorsements with social media marketing.

Leading High Performing Remote Teams

How can leaders ensure that performance remains high in remote or hybrid-work environments?

Design Thinking

Learn the 5 phases of this problem-solving methodology and switch from technology-centered to user-centered thinking.


Learn what reciprocity is and how it can motivate people and boost sales.

Gantt Chart

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.

Navigating Change Successfully

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.

Halo Effect

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.

Anchoring and Framing

Want to increase your confidence during negotiations? Master the principles of anchoring and framing to take your negotiation skills to the next level.


Understanding ZOPA and BATNA will help you become a better negotiator, create more value, and feel more confident at the table.

Content Marketing

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?

It's time to find out.

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.


Blockchain is one of the most captivating technologies out there. Learn what it is and how to make use of its opportunities in this short online course.

Mehrabian’s Rule

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.

Pareto Principle

Your time and resources are limited. Efficiency means learning to prioritize. The Pareto principle (also called the 80-20 rule) can help you identify the best way to use your time for maximum results.

Country Analysis Framework

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.

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 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 lockdowns ease around the world, governments find themselves walking a tightrope. Opening up too early could risk yet more deaths, but waiting too long could send ailing economies further into uncharted territory. Citizens, eager to know where their next paycheck will come from, are nervously looking across borders to see how their own governments’ responses shape up. Are country A’s leaders doing enough, or is the grass greener across the border in country B?

The pressure is on.

Governments have responded in many ways, including monetary policies (such as issuing bonds to raise much-needed capital) and measures to ensure the banks keep lending.

But what about the fiscal response? What are governments doing for people like you and me?

Workers fill bags for a food program sponsored by Asian Development Bank in the Philippines. | Eric Sales, Asian Development Bank/Flickr

Southeast Asia: Dividing Up Cash Payouts

The daily reality is that cash is still king. Without it, parents cannot buy food for their children or pay their rent or utilities. They welcome a boost to their bank account.

Many governments have opted to give their citizens cash. But how do they divide it among the citizens? Should everyone get it? Or only those most in need?

In the Philippines, where the economy shrank for the first time in 21 years in the first quarter of 2020, 200 billion pesos (US$4 billion) were reallocated to support 18 million impoverished households, coming to two monthly payments of 5,000–8,000 pesos (US$100–160).

But many middle-class Filipinos say that they need help, too.

In other Southeast Asian countries, informal workers—such as day laborers on construction sites or market traders—make up a massive proportion of the workforce. According to ILO data, in Cambodia, more than 80% of non-agricultural workers are informal. The percentages are similar for Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Indonesia, and Laos. Governments in the region have been working hard to support these workers. Nepal and India have given cash handouts. Vietnam has expanded its social assistance programs. And Bangladesh has increased benefit amounts.

Africa: Struggling with Informal Work

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Africa is facing more than its fair share of low-income challenges.

To compensate, Kenya has cut income tax rates. Ghana is offering its citizens free water. South Africa has increased payments to those already claiming welfare. But movement restrictions and dwindling working hours have taken a massive toll on the 41% of Africans working in the informal economyーworkers who are paid daily and live hand-to-mouth below the $2-a-day poverty line.

Government measures don’t reach these people easily, if at all.

A Kenyan worker sits wearing a red scarf and a white hardhat.
Kenyan Worker | Lydur Skulason/Flickr

Japan: Finding the Fairest Middle Ground

Japan has made several U-turns in its plans.

The country first decided to distribute ¥300,000 (US$2,800) to every household, but opposition parties and regular citizens cried foul—a household of five would receive the same as a household of one. In the end, the government opted for ¥100,000 per person, regardless of income.

And citizens can choose not to receive the payment if they wish.

With finances stretched and no clear end in sight, might this be the time to talk about the divisive idea of universal basic income—not only in Japan, but everywhere?

Europe: Calling a Time-out for Debt

When money stops coming in, we must find ways to stop it going out, too.

Several governments are supporting people by delaying or waiving tax payments. Others are requiring creditors to extend loan repayments. France, Italy, the UK, and several other countries have offered payment breaks on homes or cars. Italy, which after Wuhan became the epicenter for the disease, is waiving mortgage repayments for up to 18 months. This gives breathing room for many families.

The UK and US: Encouraging Furlough Over Lay-offs

Income support and debt relief are good short-term solutions, but we also need a mid- or long-term fix.

The word furlough—a temporary unpaid leave from work for a set period of time—was unknown to most British people before this year. But since the UK agreed to pay up to 80% of furloughed workers’ salaries until October, it is a word that everyone now sadly knows. Wired reported that two-thirds of British businesses have used the scheme, and one company in three has put at least 75% of its employees on furlough, rather than fire them.

The US, meanwhile, is faced with 40 million unemployment claims, dwarfing any previous economic downturn. One response has been the Paycheck Protection Program, described by the US Small Business Administration as “a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.”

Globally, government debt was a serious issue prior to coronavirus, as illustrated by this graph from statista.

How Sustainable Are These Measures?

There’s a trade-off with every decision we make. Governments are adding new measures and changing course every day. But any support they provide is ultimately funded through taxation or monetary policies, and the longer the crisis goes on, the less money governments will have to help those who need it.

According to data compiled in April by Ceyhun Elgin, an economics professor at Columbia University, when ranked on fiscal government spending (that is, excluding monetary policies) as a percentage of GDP, Japan’s 20% is second only to Malta. While aggressive financial support may make its citizens happy now, Japan was already suffering debt over twice its GDP before this crisis. In short, the country is putting itself in a risky position.

On the other hand, countries with a lighter touch risk losing the support of citizens. The Turkish government met with media criticism when it announced a package worth $2.3 billion (0.35% of GDP) in March. On May 20, it raised the amount to 5%.

Sovereign credit ratings agencies are already downgrading outlooks around the world. S&P downgraded Italy to BBB in April—not much better than a junk bond.

So, what is the best government response? As citizens wonder what the near future will bring, it’s still hard to say where the grass is greenest. We are all learning, and no one knows the best answer.

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