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An Investor’s Lesson to Entrepreneurs

Business has the power to impact society for the better. But that doesn't mean entrepreneurs can't go wrong—and investors know that. Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Doug Mellinger shares some tips for realizing meaningful change.

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!

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, staetd in a Ted Talk that “every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.”

An enabling technology is typically defined as an invention or innovation that, whether alone or combined with another, is capable of driving change for users. These technologies spur subsequent development of other technologies, which are by no means limited to a single field.

Nothing holds us back from using any one technology at a given time, or in a particular order. Some of the components include cloud computing, mobile smart devices, IoT platforms, autonomous robots, authentication, human-machine interfaces, and simulations.

IoT platforms are unique among these because they enable use to connect all the elements of IoT devices, sensors, software, cyber-physical interfaces, etc., and share databases with strategic partners in the business ecosystem. We can think of an IoT platform as a table upon which we can assemble an IoT jigsaw puzzle. In Japan, Pokémon GO shares its IoT platform with McDonald’s. The two services share clients with similar behavior patterns, but no overlapping business interests.

Steve Jobs was one of the first to see such potential in platforms to strengthen the Apple business, creating a new context in which any competitor could compete with the platform’s other partners. Companies such as Amazon and Microsoft are focusing their business strategies on creating their own IoT platforms.

While many of these technologies are not new, their combination with IoT, AI, big data, and smart sensors allows for the creation of innovative products, services, and process models. In other words, they bring about gradual innovation through digitalization.

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IoT isn’t just for creating the new. It can also disrupt traditional business models, consequently putting industries at risk. Harvard Business School professor Clayton Cristensen said, “Disruptive innovation is a technologically simple innovation in the form of a product, service, or business model that takes root in a tier of the market that is unattractive to the established leaders in an industry… Large corporations—those that are well managed, pay attention to their customers, and invest in new technology—are vulnerable to being outwitted by disruptive innovators.”

Disruptions are normally generated by agents outside the traditional industry as a result of the complacency of companies who prefer to focus on gradual improvements without risk. Since disruption results in a change of context—Amazon exploded the bookseller scene, and Uber transformed transportion services without buying any cars—by the time traditional industry has noticed, it is usually too late. Clients move to the new, attractive value proposition.

There are many such examples in the history of business: the analogue photography industry disappeared when digital cameras appeared. Subsequently, the digital camera industry suffered with the arrival of high-resolution sensors on smartphones.

Businesses need to “disrupt, or be disrupted.” To disrupt, they need to experiment with emerging technologies and gain the necessary knowledge to adapt corporate culture.

BMW is a good example of how Industry 4.0 innovation can be applied in the design of cars and manufacturing. The ultra-green BMW factory in Leipzig, Germany makes BMW’s i3 and i8 electric cars. Not only have they designed a car that is 100% electric, but they have also replaced the steel chassis for one made of carbon fiber, lightening the car to compensate for the battery weight. What’s more, the steel pressing and welding line has disappeared. In the assembly zone, co-robots work alongside the operators in a safe and collaborative environment.

As Dr. Voigtsberger, head of electric vehicles, remarked, “In BMW, we apply emerging technologies only in certain areas, and [only] when it makes…a positive impact on value added, performance, or productivity.” The basic principle of any IoT strategic business plan should start with experimenting, followed by testing, iterating, implementing, and scaling.

You can’t build a house starting with the roof. The same applies to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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And speaking of houses, Christmas is coming! Not everything is about technology, but for those of you who want to include a little IoT in your Christmas presents, here are some ideas for the family, as suggested by Computer Business Review.

Oral B’s SmartSeries 7000 toothbrush
Your smartphone receives signals from the brush and displays an alert to prevent you from damaging your gums by brushing too hard.

The D-Shirt
Designed to record a person’s heart rate, GPS location, temperature and speed.

The SITU Nutrition Scale
Designed to help users weigh their food and see nutritional information on their iPad via an accompanying app. The Bluetooth-enabled device can also track the amount of calories, salt, fat, and sugar in foods, allowing dieters or athletes to see exactly what they’ve consumed on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

MIMO Baby Onesie
This is a sleep suit and baby monitor that tracks a baby wearer’s temperature, breathing rate, body position, and activity level.

Whistle Lab’s dog collar
This wireless sensor attaches to a dog’s collar, which then collects data depending on the dog’s age, breed, and weight during the day.

Beddit sleep tracker
Track your sleep, heart rate, breathing rhythm, movements, and snoring. No wearable sensors are required because this film sensor lies right under your sheets.

Babolat smart tennis racket
French tennis racket maker Babolat has embedded sensors, gyroscopes, and accelerometers in the handle, which count and measure strokes, ball speed, and where the ball hits the strings. 

Whether you go with one of these or something more traditional for your loved ones, here’s wishing you a very Merry IoT Christmas and a Happy AI New Year!

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