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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!

We are currently witnessing the dawn of the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Automation, an era that will change the way we live, work, and do business. Two studies carried out by the University of Oxford and OECD predict that half of all current jobs will disappear within a decade, and in turn new ones of greater value will be created. Essentially, we’re looking out at a horizon full of opportunities and challenges that will require new leaders and new organizations. Certain forums have already begun to talk about the leadership of the future as “augmented leadership.”

Augmented leaders will be those who manage to develop their vision to get the best out of people and moonshot innovation in a disruptive business environment. They’ll need to do this while keeping an eye on the goal: a values-based and human-centered mission executed responsibly, transparently, and ethically.

The concept is like a three-legged table with each leg perfectly aligned so that the table remains stable.


How can leaders enhance their augmented leadership qualities?

There are eight transformations leaders must undergo in order to become augmented leaders on both a personal and organizational level.

1. Learn to unlearn

Decisions shouldn’t be based solely on preconceived ideas or past successes—just ask Kodak, Nokia, BlackBerry, or Toys “R” Us. We must learn to unlearn in order to relearn. We have to lose our fear of not knowing and dare ourselves to make mistakes in order to evolve. Updated training, experiments, and pilot projects are good ways to relearn.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

Alvin Toffler (Author)

2. Understand technology

The media, social networks, consultancies, and gurus often enthusiastically inflate expectations of technology. Knowing how to read the current and future potential of technology is essential to developing an effective long-term vision. Being familiar with the possibilities of different technologies and how to combine them doesn’t mean that we have to be experts or engineers. We all use machines and tools without knowing how they work. Many drivers can operate a car without knowing much about engine mechanics. Technology is the vehicle that helps us develop a vision, but if we don’t know its possibilities, it will hardly take us anywhere.

“In my opinion, right now there’s way too much hype on the technologies and not enough attention to the real businesses behind them.”

Mark Cuban (Shark Venture Capitalist)

3. Develop a long-term vision that engages others

Augmented leaders will need to have a long-term vision of their business and the real capabilities of technologies—not just the specs, but the elements that can involve people and get the best out of them.

“When you have a powerful, long-term vision for something, even against all odds and adversity, you will continue to make progress and people will want to get on board. Why? Everybody wants to be a part of something great.”

– Robin Crow (Author and speaker)

4. Stay flexible in approach

Thriving in an age of automation will require execution plans that are extremely agile. Already, the global business environment is proving highly changeable. Technology evolves at breakneck speed, and leaders will need to evolve with it. Augmented leadership develops value even from failure.

“Execution is everything. Even if you start a business with the wrong idea or too many competitors, you can out-execute all the better ideas in the right market.”

– Robert Jordan (Author)

5. Delegate

In a complex technological environment, a leader cannot and should not have all the answers. His or her success is based on the coordination and motivation of talent, collectively leading a large team of experts from many different areas. Rather than giving answers, the leader must know how to ask key questions and let his or her people find the answers through technology.

“When I had all the answers, the questions changed.”

Paulo Coelho (Author)

6. Develop emotional intelligence

An environment that’s constantly changing, highly demanding, and high pressure generates stress. Leaders need to empathize with society, customers, suppliers, and team members; help staff overcome fears through the use of technology; facilitate professional development; and resolve conflicts between individuals and the collective by turning to experts. In doing so, they will be developing a socially intelligent culture in which governance is ruled by sustainability, transparency, and ethics.

“It takes something more than [human or artificial] intelligence to act intelligently.”

– Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Author)

7. Generate synergies between the physical and the virtual

Customer needs will evolve as steeply as technologies do. Organizations must adapt to both developments accordingly. AI and automation will not replace human beings in those functions where tacit knowledge, soft-skills, intuition, and creativity prevail. Augmented leadership develops and adapts the talent and capabilities of the team and the technology so that both evolve at the same time, creating value but ensuring they don’t clash.

“Technology is best when it brings people together.”

-Matt Mullenweg (Social Media Entrepreneur, founder WordPress)

8. Prepare for biases and trade-offs

AI can’t discriminate unless it’s been programmed to do so. Therefore, the success of combining AI with human talent lies with human leadership. Prepare to manage the two biases—the human and the AI—redirect them, and manage trade-offs to mitigate potential negative impact. In short, we don’t need to worry about artificial intelligence. We need to worry about human stupidity.

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. And I’m not sure about the universe.”

Albert Einstein (Theoretical Physicist)

AI is already empowering human talent, and automation will give people more time to think, create, and balance their professional and personal lives. According to a study carried out by Gartner, 1.8 million jobs will have been lost between 2017 and the end of 2020. However, AI and automation will have created 2.3 million new job opportunities in the same period. In 2021, AI alone will have generated $2.9 trillion worth of business.

The great challenge for future leaders will be to combine the physical—people and talent—with the virtual. If done correctly, this will not only generate value for business, but will also result in progress for society. The way to meet this challenge will be a matter of anticipating and minimizing the impacts on organizations so that they can adapt without leaving anyone behind.

If, as former Amazon chief scientist Andreas Weigend says, today big data is like oil, human talent will always be like the Sun. We can live without oil, but not without the Sun.

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