Nik Gowing speaks at a G1 Global Panel
Mr. Nik Gowing, Main Presenter, BBC World News (Photos: Photocreate)

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!

Until 1986, Japan’s highest-denominated banknote featured an image of Prince Shotoku. The prince’s portrait was then supplanted by the stern countenance of Yukichi Fukuzawa, which remains on the 10,000-yen bill to this day.

Both men provided visionary leadership at crucial junctures in Japan’s history. Shotoku is credited with writing Japan’s first constitution in the seventh century, based on his vision of a united polity founded on Buddhist values. Meiji-era educator and businessman Fukuzawa is considered one of the founders of modern Japan, which he envisaged as a country that would absorb Western learning while maintaining its independence.

It’s hard to imagine a contemporary Japanese leader of similar stature whose portrait could someday grace the 10,000-yen note. Japan isn’t just in an economic slump. It’s in a leadership slump.

Japan’s Post-March 11 Search for New Leadership

In the wake of the March 11 disaster, Japan is seeking a new economic and social structure to serve as a model for the world. Speakers at the G1 Global Conference on November 3 called for new, strong leadership to help Japan move forward. Particularly in the political realm.

The fact that Yoshihiko Noda is Japan’s sixth prime minister in five years says a lot. The revolving door that seems to have been permanently installed in the Kantei (Prime Minister’s Residence) means that no premier has time to craft and implement the fundamental reforms Japan so badly needs.

There’s a lot of talk these days about the need to reconstruct and revive Japan following the March 11 triple shock of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. But Japan’s sclerotic political system and a dearth of leadership could well slow the process of getting Japan back on track.

“No one is really leading with regard to what reforms should be done before others,” says House of Representatives Member Keiro Kitagami of Japan’s post-March 11 political environment.

It’s all very well to trot out the mantra “reform.” After all, who wants to be seen favoring the status quo, given Japan’s current situation? But just what “reform” means in concrete, specific terms is less than clear.

Motohisa Furukawa, Minister of State for National Policy, Economic, and Fiscal Policy and Science and Technology Policy, seems to have some broad reformist aims. Like other speakers at the G1 Global conference, Furukawa is looking for ways to turn disaster into opportunity. “In the process of reconstruction and rebirth from the disaster, we’d like to create a new economic and social structure that the world will follow as a new model in future,” he says. “I don’t think that to be reborn means simply going back to the original.”

So what form will that new socioeconomic structure take?

“[We want to] create the world’s No. 1 energy and environmental society, and the world’s No. 1 longevity society,” Furukawa says. “Japan will accelerate green innovation.” He added that the government will review Japan’s energy policy from scratch and will work to reduce the country’s dependence on nuclear power.

As if to answer skeptics who might wonder how these lofty goals can be translated into reality, Furukawa noted that that the Noda Administration has established a council on national issues charged with finding a strategy to rebuild Japan. The council obviously has its work cut out for it.

Back to the need for leadership, to which all the panelists paid at least lip service: Can a society where a premium is placed on reaching decisions by consensus engender and support strong, visionary leaders?

“We need strong leadership and strong momentum for reform,” points out Heizo Takenaka, director of Keio University’s Global Security Research Institute and professor at Keio’s Faculty of Policy Management. “We can’t get strong leadership because we are such an insular society.” One way of reducing that insularity, he says, is for Japan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement.

House of Councillor Yoriko Kawaguchi looks within Japan itself when trying to come to grips with the country’s leadership deficit: “We are not giving education to children to create leaders,” she says.

Perhaps it was because they were speaking in their second (or third) language, but it seemed that the three politicians on the panel were speaking in unusually free and open terms.

Kitagami, in particular: “The problem is not just leadership characteristics, but the whole system itself. The Japanese people have to realize that democracy entails responsibility. When someone shows leadership, they say he’s a dictator.”

So while everyone agrees that there’s a need for Japan to be reborn, just what form that rebirth should take is unclear. And while there’s a consensus that the country desperately needs leadership, the big question remains.

Who will lead?

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