Shutterstock/donskarpo

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!

Yoshito Hori, president of GLOBIS University, managing partner of GLOBIS Capital Partners, shares his views from an entrepreneur’s perspective.

One day in March this year I arrived at work to find a large hand-addressed envelope on my desk. It was an invitation to the Emperor’s annual garden party in Tokyo in April. National politicians, governors, mayors and high-grade civil servants make up the majority of the guests, along with a smattering of sportspeople, entertainers and writers. As only two thousand people get to go, my wife and I felt privileged to be invited.

The invitation included detailed instructions on what to wear. Dress for men was a morning coat, Japanese traditional costume, official uniform or regular suit; for women it was evening wear or a formal kimono. There was also a note about protocol. Don’t speak to the Emperor unless spoken to; don’t give him anything; and don’t take any photographs.


On the day, our taxi dropped us off at Akasaka Palace, a little to the west of the main Imperial Palace. We registered at the reception desk and made for the garden. It was a beautiful spring afternoon with soft golden sunshine and the cherry blossoms reflected in the lake.

There were plenty of political figures there, some of whom I know through the conferences we organize. The biggest attractions, however, were celebrities like figure-skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu, and Noriaki Kasai, the 41-year-old ski jumper with a record seven Olympics under his belt. People were lining up to take their photographs with them.

After a while, we noticed that everyone was drifting away toward a path encircling the lake. This was the route the Imperial Family were going to take to greet the guests. My wife and I set off to find a place in the front row.

We ended up standing next to the Mayor of Kyoto and the new Governor of Tokyo, Yoichi Masuzoe. Haruhiko Kuroda, the head of the Bank of Japan and a key figure in Japan’s economic revitalization strategy, was a little further up the line.

It was strange—but also moving—to see the most powerful people in the nation waiting humbly and patiently for the Emperor to pass by. It took him about 45 minutes to reach us. He stopped to give some words of encouragement to the Tokyo governor and the Kyoto mayor.

For me, it was a sublime moment. As LinkedIn readers know, I try to do my bit for Japan through things like fostering young entrepreneurs or organizing conferences aimed at generating solutions to Japan’s economic, political and fiscal problems.

The sight of the Emperor at the garden party inspired me to redouble my efforts. The Emperor is so rarely seen in Japan, that a smile and a few simple words from him remain enormously powerful.

I tried to analyze exactly what caused me to experience this surge of idealism at the sight of him. I think it came down to several different elements: exposure to a select group of powerful people; access to a beautiful place that’s normally off-limits; the unusual formality with which everyone was dressed; and finally the ceremoniousness of the occasion.

Almost all of the guests at the Emperor’s garden parties work in the public sector. As a rule, these are people motivated less by money than the desire to serve society. In return for their efforts, the most prominent of them—such as the Bank of Japan governor—get mauled in the media, while many of the others are simply ignored.

What, then, is the best way to keep the motivation of public servants high?

From what I observed in others and felt myself that day (the emotional afterglow has yet to die down after more than a month!), I am convinced that these garden parties must be one of the most effective tools that exist to reward and motivate people in the public sector—the ultimate motivational experience.