Yoshito Hori speaks about leadership lessons with enthusiasm in a suit and tie

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!

I got off the plane at the Beijing Airport, withdrew some yuan, and caught a taxi to downtown Beijing. As I stared out the window at the familiar view, I realized nothing seemed particularly new anymore. The weather was warm and the window was open. Hot air flooded in, making me sweat. I turned my attention to solving some Go problems and, with classical music playing on my iPod, wondered how many times I’d made this trip before.

Downtown Beijing was dusty, perhaps because of the yellow sand. I arrived at the hotel and quickly checked in.

I’d come to speak at the Asian Technology Roundtable Exhibition (ATRE), an event organized by my friend, Alex Vieux. It was the sixth time I had participated in one of his events. The first was the European Technology Roundtable Exhibition (ETRE), the European version of this event, in 2001 in Seville, Spain. I’d also attended the 2004 event in Cannes and its ATRE counterpart in Seoul in 2002 and in Shanghai in 2004. I was at the 2004 retreat held in Seattle, along with Bill Gates.

Since my first ETRE, I have always attended as a speaker, though on earlier occasions, I was a panelist in a break-out session. This time, I was invited to deliver a keynote address. The preferential treatment may have been due to my appearance on the front cover of Forbes Asia. Whatever the reason, I was a little nervous, but welcomed the chance to speak before such a large audience.

My speech was scheduled to start at five o’clock on the day I arrived. I checked in to my hotel at three and had two hours until my turn. The woman at the front desk said rather curtly that the ATRE organizer wanted to speak with me and asked if I could wait. The standard of service in Beijing is not yet very high. After a while, the ATRE staff person appeared and apologetically explained that, while my speech was scheduled for five, somehow the program said it would begin at 12:30. At twelve, of course, I hadn’t shown up, so they planned for me to go on at five, as scheduled.

This explanation just didn’t seem to make much sense.

The schedule I had with me clearly noted that my speech would be at five. Evidently, there had been a last minute change that no one had told me about. There was no point in getting stressed, though, so I went to my room, took a shower, changed into my suit, and headed for the venue.

About a hundred people had gathered—startup company managers in the technology industry and venture capitalists—most of them Chinese. As usual, the meeting was behind schedule. It was highly unusual for things to run on schedule at events that Alex organized. That said, he’s very charming and always asks witty questions, and so his reputation remains intact.

When it was my turn, Alex, already on stage, called my name. I confidently strode up to join him. I wasn’t on the schedule anymore, and I had the feeling that there were fewer participants than planned. Alex and I firmly shook hands, and after a hug, I sat down on the sofa. Alex is a Caribbean-born Frenchman. Hugging and backslapping were customary whenever we meet.

The discussion began.

“Why is there such little venture capital in Japan?”
“Why have there been no global venture companies in Japan since Sony?”
“Why is M&A among Japanese electronics manufacturers not gathering momentum?”
“Why do the Japanese have such a hard time with English?”

Despite his bewildering barrage of questions, I did what I could to respond, half resigned.

“Why is reform in Japan so slow?”
“Why is GLOBIS running a business school and managing venture capital?”
“What are you really hoping for?”

Looking directly at Alex as I did my best to respond, I found myself kind of enjoying the discussion. I was smiling in spite of myself. My English seemed pretty solid, and I also felt my body language was coming across. I suppose this was the result of having participated in this kind of event over and over, or maybe of reading the Financial Times everyday with a dictionary in my hand.

When he asked about my ambitions, I told him that there are three things I want to accomplish.

First, I want to create the No. 1 business school in Asia. North America has Harvard, Stanford, and others, while Europe has INSEAD. Today, however, there is no top-level business school in Asia. I assured him that GLOBIS would occupy this position within the next 10 years and told him to remember my prediction.

Second, I want to establish the No. 1 venture capital firm in Asia. Silicon Valley is home to famous venture capital companies like Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. Yet, there are no internationally recognized companies in Asia today. We want to create the next Honda or Sony and raise many companies to be recognized around the world. We also want our investors to receive four- to five-fold returns on their original investments. We want to prove to the world what can be achieved by Japanese venture capital.

Finally, and most importantly, as the father of five children, I want to raise my children successfully. (This got a good laugh.)

With that, we wrapped up the discussion.

A relatively large number of Japanese panelists were attending this ATRE event, and they seemed to be the best speakers. eAccess chairman Mr. Senmoto’s speech was particularly impressive. Also speaking at the event were the Vice President of ACCESS, Mr. Kamata, and CFO Kobayashi of Softbrain. Mr. Sekiguchi from the editorial board of the Nikkei Shimbun was actively involved as a moderator, and Mr. Izuka, the president of Digital Forest, gave a 12-minute presentation to the assembled venture capitalists.

I have recently been struck by the vitality of Japanese venture enterprises. Their comments seemed to be both broader and more impactful. Next year’s event will apparently be held in Japan. This will be good opportunity to have the world witness the strength of Japan’s venture enterprises. Also next year, Japan will host the President’s University (a semi-annual international conference) sponsored by the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Young Presidents’ Organization. The WEF (World Economic Forum) will hold its Asia-based meeting this June, as well.

Whatever the relative impact of the Japanese economic upturn, the eyes of the world are being drawn back to Japan. I intend to use as many opportunities as I can to raise awareness of GLOBIS and Japan.

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