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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!

In the rapidly evolving world of artificial intelligence, OpenAI first emerged as a beacon of both innovation and contention. Founded in 2015 under the leadership of Sam Altman, the organization had the mission to develop safe and beneficial artificial intelligence (AI) in response to the increasing dominance of tech giants. It was a promising venture, uniting top minds in big tech with the aim of steering AI development along a path of ethical and altruistic principles. However, the journey has been anything but straightforward.

As OpenAI transitioned into a dual-entity model to meet financial imperatives, its commitment to its founding ideals came under intense scrutiny. The controversy surrounding its Q* algorithm, a potential breakthrough in artificial general intelligence (AGI), further complicated the situation. And it all came to a head last month with the temporary removal of Altman as CEO, quickly followed by a reinstatement facilitated by Microsoft, a significant investor.

As a result, the integrity of OpenAI’s mission was called into question, highlighting the intricate challenges of balancing pioneering scientific aspirations alongside ethical governance and commercial viability in the AI domain.

The Transformation and Controversy of OpenAI under Sam Altman

Sam Altman’s tenure at OpenAI, since 2015, has been a journey of significant transformation and controversy. And the company’s mission to counterbalance the growing dominance of companies like Google in the AI space attracted the media spotlight with figures like prominent tech CEO Elon Musk and Ilya Sutskever, a former Google star research engineer, joining the project.

Altman became known for his visionary thinking and unorthodox leadership style, an approach which has been both praised and criticized. Employees describe him as a leader unafraid to take risks and to challenge conventional wisdom. His decisions, often based on a mix of intuitive foresight and calculated strategy, have given OpenAI a unique position in the AI industry.

Under Altman’s guidance, OpenAI has taken a distinctive approach that sets it apart. Unlike the typical profit-drive model of companies in the same industry, OpenAI emphasizes a non-profit approach with open-source and ethical AI development initiatives. This distinct strategy has elevated OpenAI’s role in addressing the ethical concerns of AI, often taking the lead in shaping industry-wide conversations and exerting influence on policies and practices beyond the AI industry.

The Conflict Between Open Access and Profitability

The organization’s trajectory took a different turn due to changing financial circumstances, which subsequently led to a restructuring. In 2019, OpenAI established a profit-oriented subsidiary with the goal of generating investment. While essential for funding their ambitious artificial intelligence initiatives, this decision sparked discussions regarding the company’s dedication to its initial altruistic objectives.

The emergence of GPT-3, a sophisticated artificial intelligence system for language processing, underscores this delicate equilibrium. OpenAI, under Altman’s guidance, has provided access to GPT-3 for researchers and businesses, exemplifying its dedication to open-access AI. On the other hand, they have also successfully secured profitable licensing agreements, such as the one with Microsoft. This dual strategy highlights the intricacies involved in upholding OpenAI’s original principles while also addressing the practicalities of the commercial landscape.

The Discovery of the Q* Algorithm

The situation became more contentious after OpenAI researchers expressed concerns about a potentially powerful AI discovery, the Q* algorithm, that could threaten humanity. This warning partially contributed to Altman’s initial ousting. While the discovery generated excitement within the AI community due to its potential advancement towards artificial general intelligence, it also highlighted ethical considerations. Balancing groundbreaking innovation and ethical responsibility is crucial in the development of AI, as it needs to align with human values.

OpenAI’s board faced the risk of legal actions from concerned investors due to Altman’s termination and its potential financial consequences on the company. The internal discord shed light on the difficulties of balancing profitability, ethical concerns, and upholding the organization’s initial vision in the ever-changing realm of artificial intelligence.

In the face of these difficulties, Altman’s choices and conduct have come under close examination, revealing the intricate interplay between technology, ethics, and business in the field of AI. Altman’s experiences at OpenAI embody the ongoing struggle between visionary aspirations and pragmatic considerations, mirroring the broader discussions within the technology community regarding the trajectory and regulation of AI.

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Opportunities for Improvement and Future Direction

Currently, OpenAI, led by Sam Altman, finds itself in a crucial stage of navigating through various controversies and challenges. This situation highlights the delicate relationship between scientific exploration, ethical responsibility, and commercial demands within the AI industry. To fully harness the benefits of AI for humanity, the company must prioritize enhanced governance and ethical values, as well as maintain organizational autonomy.

Establishing a System of Governance

In the coming years, OpenAI has the potential to significantly influence the impact of AI on society. Their ongoing efforts in AI ethics research have the potential to establish new industry norms, guiding the development and utilization of AI on a global scale. OpenAI could also showcase the positive social outcome of AI by implementing initiatives in critical domains such as climate change and healthcare.

A solid system of governance is essential to maintain the integrity of both the non-profit and for-profit sectors of OpenAI while also effectively navigating the challenges that arise in the development of AI. This necessitates establishing a transparent framework that upholds the organization’s initial mission.

Defining an AI Code of Ethics

OpenAI should place the most importance on maintaining a solid commitment to ethical standards with a well-defined code of ethics guiding research and development endeavors. This code must emphasize the significance of safety, transparency, interpretability, control, and responsible utilization of artificial intelligence.

Upholding Organization Authority

Preserving public trust and upholding OpenAI’s founding principles relies heavily on maintaining clear boundaries between its non-profit and for-profit entities. This is crucial to avoid confusion regarding the company’s values, allowing both the stakeholders and public to have confidence in the organization’s direction.

OpenAI has the potential to gain valuable insights and foster a culture of responsible innovation by actively involving a more comprehensive range of stakeholders. This inclusive approach would enable a deeper understanding of the societal impact of AI.

Sam Altman’s OpenAI embodies the intricate balance between scientific exploration and ethical responsibility, as well as the business demands within artificial intelligence. Successfully navigating these factors is essential for OpenAI to fulfill its potential as a positive influence in the AI domain and to align with its mission of benefiting humanity.

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