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

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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!

A virtual startup company

From right to left: Ted Katagi, CEO of Kenja, Monthakarn Baipowongse, intern at Kenja, and myself.

This is the first time I will be entering the majestic Mori Tower, and I’ve arranged to meet my MBA classmate Monthakarn Baipowongse ‘under the spider’. Just like in my case, her internship is the last official part of the Globis MBA experience, and I wanted to share her experience as an intern in a virtual company with you.

Kenja is all about cloud computing, offering a platform where you can communicate in ‘rooms’. Like other cloud services, you can upload files, share calendars, but Kenja is much more. It’s a one-stop solution to have everything you need to keep connected in one platform, from chat and sharing files to video conferences and setting appointments, with a user-friendly self-explanatory design .

Because Monthakarn and I shared our internship advisor, I had been hearing stories about her experience, and I was able to visit Kenja in the Academyhills library. I interviewed Monthakarn and Ted Katagi, Kenja’s CEO, on the 49th floor of Mori tower on a beautiful bright day. The view from the large glass windows was spectacular, the space open and bright and welcoming, it seems like a nice place to work.

Ted Katagi: “Rather than paying a lot of money for a private small office, I chose to work from more public locations from the beginning. In fact, when we were only 3 employees, we used to gather at a local Starbucks to work. I decided to relocate to Academyhills because of the excellent location and services they offer; we can use the public spaces or reserve a private room when necessary. But still, all our employees are extremely free in choosing where they do their work, be it at home, here, or in a different location.”

The virtual company is a new trend, but is not yet well-known or accepted in Japan. You will find many freelancers working away in locations like this one, but as soon as a company has more than a few employees they tend to revert to the traditional system. Kenja now has 12 employees, but because of the nature of the development work, not more than 2 or 3 employees have met each other in real life. Even Ted Katagi, as CEO, has only met 3 of his 12 employees in the flesh. In fact, Kenja Rooms was basically developed as a tool to communicate effectively with the employees, who are working not only in Japan but also in other Asian countries and Europe.

Pros

For employees, the flexibility the company offers is certainly appealing, to work when and where is most convenient, it’s a dream many people share. For Ted Katagi, it means that he has access to global talent wherever they might be located. Many of his current employees are referrals from other developers he has employed, it’s a close-knit community.

For a startup, the fact that he has no need to have an official office structure is also helpful. The overhead cost can be kept low, and any work that is not directly related to the development of the product, like HR or accounting, is outsourced.
The fact that the employees are located all over the world actually means that a lot of thought goes into being effective at work. At Kenja, there is a daily morning meeting through video conference, where all employees share the work they are currently busy with. The daily meeting also means that any new developments can be swiftly dealt with; the mindset of CEO and employees is extremely flexible.

Cons

It takes a special kind of person to work at a virtual startup; people have to be able to deal with the absence of structure and the freedom and flexibility this job comes with. Because the company is still in startup phase, the number of employees is limited, there are no set job descriptions, and depending on the necessity people fill in different roles. This can be a challenge.

Ted Katagi: “When you interview someone you have not met in real life, of course you try to figure out if this person will fit in your company or system. I try to pick people very carefully, what I look for are people that are self-motivated and that don’t need day-to-day instructions. This kind of job can be quite tough, you need to get used to meeting virtually and setting your own boundaries when to work and when not to. Rather than selecting people on the basis of a skill set, I look for people with the right mindset. Skills can be taught, after all. However, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. I’ve had instances where an employee was moonlighting other business on the side, which taught me to temper the trust I have in people with a system of checking on their work regularly. Still, after those initial glitches we have now arrived at a stable system, and I firmly believe that the advantages outweigh the challenges.”

Interning at a virtual company

Monthakarn tells me that although the daily virtual meetings are very useful, there is of course a difference in how you interact with your colleagues. Socializing over a cup of coffee is only possible with the people she meets in the office, but she compares this to being part of a department in a bigger company where you also only know the people you interact with daily.

Monthakarn: “This is my first working experience in a virtual company, and being responsible and having discipline can be hard, but it’s a great learning experience. We are pushed to be inventive and creative, can learn new things and try out new things without fear of failure. Then again, because of these new things popping up and changing strategies and external circumstances, it’s sometimes hard keeping to promises and deadlines. There can be a lot of talk, and sometimes I feel like it just gets in the way of delivering output. It is however a very stimulating environment and I love being a part of it.”

The virtual future

It definitely seems like the virtual company has a lot going for it, it’s certainly well suited to the global community and the new needs of companies with employees in several locations. Now if only more traditional companies would start using services like those Kenja is providing regularly to lower their ecological footprint and save time and expenses, everybody wins.

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