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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!

Have you ever wondered where your career would be if you had studied something different?

Just a generation ago, changing careers was a huge risk, not to mention expensive. The path to a new industry often meant going back to school and starting back at the bottom of the ladder.

But now, if done right, it’s not a second degree that’s opening doors—it’s a certificate.

When Yan Fan realized her jet-setting career in finance wasn’t actually what she wanted, she was at a loss. “That led me down a path of asking, ‘What am I going to do with my life?’ I didn’t have the skills to do anything else.” After much soul-searching—and some inspiration from the newly founded Silicon Valley darlings Uber and Airbnb—she found her way into coding. It was a skill she had never considered, but one that would change her life.

In fact, coding as a new career skill was changing lots of lives at the time.

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Lessons from Silicon Valley: The Challenges and Triumphs of Tokyo Startup Culture

Yan Fan shares what she learned about startup culture in Silicon Valley and why she chose Tokyo to launch her coding bootcamp Code Chrysalis.
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Searching for Your Dream Career? Expect the Unexpected

As young adults entering the job market, even when we think we know what we want to do, we can still find ourselves in unexpected places—and loving it.
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The Origin of Coding Bootcamps

In November 2011, a user called kabuks posted an open offer in a YCombinator online forum: “I want to teach 6 people Ruby on Rails from scratch. Hands on. In person. 5 days a week, for 8 weeks. No computer science background required.”

Kabuks was offering a coding bootcamp—one of the first of its kind.

A few years later, when Fan was looking into retraining in 2013, coding was still considered a skill exclusive to computer science graduates or tech-savvy youngsters. But by 2016 or so, there would be an explosion of online platforms, e-learning services, and intensive retreats for professional tech skill development.

Career retraining and upskilling was becoming a thing.

The reason? Likely Moore’s Law making computing skills exponentially relevant quarter to quarter. From company apps to logistics, everything suddenly required tech expertise. Along with that came a huge demand for software engineers and computer science graduates—but not enough talent to go around. Even those hired were missing practical skills, thanks to theory-based education.

Soon enough, the coding bootcamp trend took off, providing a solution to the talent shortage and a way for people to find new direction amidst the Fourth Industrial Revolution. There are now over 500 bootcamps worldwide, and the industry is worth an impressive $350 million.

People like Fan proved the value of the trend on a human level. After months of intensive courses and a certificate in hand, she found a job as a software engineer at a startup almost immediately.

“To me, that was wild,” says Fan. “I went from not knowing anything [about coding] to getting paid to do it.”

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Yan Fan learned coding to switch from finance to tech. | ©Code Chrysalis

Women and Diversity in Coding: Addressing the STEM Gap

In the Western world, women have been outpacing men in getting university degrees for decades. But the field of STEM, specifically computer science, has a ways to go.  2018 Pew Research statistics on diversity in STEM show that, across the board, female, Black, and Latina students are all underrepresented in engineering and computer science. Even more surprising, there were more female computer scientists in 1995 (37%) than now in 2022 (22%).

As the coding bootcamp trend took off, NPOs like Black Girls Code (BGC) and Girls Who Code took on the challenge. Both organizations (among others) aim to bring more girls and underrepresented groups into coding, often targeting teenage students.

Why teenagers? According to BGC, 50% of American middle school girls are interested in computer science, but less than 2% select it as their college major.

The skill and interest are both there early. And with community-focused bootcamps rising to nurture that talent, the future of STEM careers is women.

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Coding the Way to a New Working Style

The extra burdens women face often act as career obstacles. Is an AI-driven working style the solution?
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From Student to Teacher to Coding Cofounder

Coding as a vehicle for career change turned out (for Fan, at least) to be the gift that keeps on giving.

To solidify hard-learned coding concepts and to pay it forward, Fan started volunteering as a teacher at local non-profits. Little did she know, this would set her up for the next stage in her career as a teacher—first at the bootcamp she herself completed, and then retraining refugees at the height of the Syrian civil war in 2016. Through the latter, Fan witnessed how coding wasn’t just a life-changing skill for Silicon Valley professionals like herself. The skill of coding ensured a stable future for Syria’s refugees in their new countries.

Inspired by the impact coding could have on all walks of life, Fan began to feel an entrepreneurial itch.

Soon after, Fan met her future business partner, Kani Munidasa. The two instantly clicked over the idea of starting a bootcamp of their own, right down to the logistical complexities. “Usually when I talk to other people who want to start bootcamps, they vastly underestimate the difficulty of running one. And he got it,” she explains.

By June of 2017, they were in Japan setting up Code Chrysalis.

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Fan found the perfect business partner in Kani Munidasa, a fellow tech pro with a mind for complexity. | @Code Chrysalis

Finding Inspiration in Success Stories

Code Chrysalis proudly brands itself as “Tokyo’s only Silicon Valley-style coding bootcamp.” While some students have experience in engineering or software, the majority have non-technical backgrounds, just like Fan.

One demographic, in particular, inspired Fan to create a special scholarship: single mothers.

In Japan, there is still strong social pressure on women to quit their jobs and focus 100% on motherhood. There’s also lingering stigma for single parents—the standard resume format even includes a section for marital status and number of children. Code Chrysalis ran some early initiatives in response, including The Butterfly Scholarship Fund, which helped give single mothers a marketable skill and fulfilling career path. Soon after graduating, one of the fund’s recipients went on to become a software engineer and create Find a Doc, a website to help Japanese people locate vaccination centers during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporting women in coding has proved to be a great success for Code Chrysalis. Recipients not only complete the program, but express how the coding skills expand their world for new opportunities.

“We see a lot of stories like this,” says Fan. “Japanese women find this supportive environment, and it motivates them to be more authentic and to live more fully.”

The Future of Work in Computer Science

Computing has come a long way even in the last decade, and women in tech have come with it. Thanks to coding bootcamps like Code Chrysalis, the barriers for women and disadvantaged groups pivoting into the tech field are finally being chipped away.

Fan says her female students have all sorts of reasons for learning how to code, from rekindling a love for tech to finding passion in a new career. And now that re-education and retraining are more accessible than ever, the future is bright for anyone looking to take that leap and make a change.

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