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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

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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

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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

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Using Japanese Values to Thrive in Global Business

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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

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Evernote Founder: How Tech Startups Can Break through in Japan

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Women Empowerment: Lessons from Cartier

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Marketing: Reaching Your Target

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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

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Finding Your Life Purpose with Ikigai

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

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Confirmation Bias

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An Investor's Lesson to Entrepreneurs

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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

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Leadership with Passion through Kokorozashi

The key ingredient to success? Passion.

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AI First Companies – Implementation and Impact

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Technovate in the Era of Industry 4.0

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Technovate Thinking

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Product Life Cycle

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Logic Tree

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MECE Principle

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We all have an identity, a compilation of groups or values we claim allegiance to. It can include a nationality, a religion, an organization, a school, or even the generation in which we were born.

Pew Research Center divides today’s living generations into five groups: the Silent Generation (1928-1945), the Boomers (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1980), Millennials (1981-1996), and Generation Z (1997-). Among these, Millennials tend to command a great deal of research attention, particularly from a U.S.-focused view. They are the largest population in the U.S. labor force, after all.

However, the Millennial impact on other regions should not be discounted. The population of East Asia (China, South Korea, and Japan), according to the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, consists of about 21% of the global population and 23% of the global GDP. Clearly, this region matters. Who are the Millennials of East Asia? What do businesses need to understand about them?

The best way to answer these questions is to go straight to the source. I conducted interviews with seven East Asian Millennials now studying at top schools in the region: the University of Tokyo, Peking University, and Seoul National University. While this small sampling may not represent the whole generation, the students did deliver some helpful insights.

From left to right: Ruoxin (China), Tsubasa (Japan), Hikaru (Japan)

Do East Asians identify as Millennials?

“Millenial” is largely a Western term, so the first question was whether Millenials in East Asia even recognize the word. It turned out that all but one student (from South Korea) have at least heard the term. The Japanese and Chinese interviewees explained that they align their identities with generations in their own countries, but understand that they are technically in the Millennial group.

Lai, a student from China, said, “Sometimes perception is different, but yeah, it is a fact that I was born in the 1990s, so I think I am a Millennial.”

So who are Millennials, exactly? Time magazine once labeled them as the “Me Me Me Generation.” Pew Research Center lists their personality traits as confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat, and open to change. The interviewees agreed somewhat, naming Millennials as open-minded, self-centered, individualistic, and strong.

How they came to be that way was a point of some cultural and historic difference.

The Chinese students interviewed seemed to believe that China’s famous one-child policy, which lasted from 1979 to 2015, played a role in developing these characteristics. South Korean students, on the other hand, listed “disrespectful” among Millennial traits, as this is how the elderly see them. “There are big generation gaps between us and the older generation,” says Timothy, a student from South Korea. “They know about the history of democratization, and they think we are not thinking about our country because we only care about our career.” Confucianism also may play a role in this view.

Lai (China)

What are Millennials after in a job?

Now a question that is (or should be) on every company’s mind: where do Millennials find value in work?

Global research by Manpower Group shows that Millennials see money as the most important out of four other choices: security, holidays/time off, talented coworkers, and flexible work environment. Deloitte’s global research also shows that financial reward is at the top of the list for Millennials considering where to work.

However, when I asked my interviewees to rank money, security, holidays, talented co-workers, and flexible working environment, the results were very different. None of them chose money. Rather, five of them chose co-workers as a key element to the perfect job. Rocky, from South Korea, added his own workplace factor: mission.

“I don’t want my job to be just something to make money,” Ruoxin, from China, agreed.

Tsubasa, from Japan, pointed out, “You can’t really see [how important these things are] until you start to work.”

From left to right: Rocky (South Korea), Coco (China), Timothy (South Korea)

Who do Millennials want to work with?

So what about leaders? What kind of leadership resonates with Millennials?

Deloitte’s global research categorizes the leaders we see in society into four categories, ranked according to positive impact: NGOs and not-for-profit organizations, business leaders, religious/spiritual leaders, and political leaders.

What did our East Asian Millennials think of this? The result here, again, differed a bit from the research.

None of the interviewees chose leaders of NGOS and not-for-profit organizations as having the most positive impact, though Coco from China mentioned that they do “have potential for the future.”

Japanese and Chinese students chose either business or political leaders for the top spot. Tsubasa justified his choice by saying, “Business leaders are comparatively more visible than the others.” Coco touched upon the positive mood toward innovation and startups in China.

South Korean students took a different view, again suggesting that the history of democratization has something to do with their choice. Timothy chose religious/faith leaders, mentioning that they did have a positive impact throughout the process of democratization. Rocky chose political leaders for a similar reason.

So what leadership characteristics will these young East Asians seek out in the job market? Suggestions included fairness, good communication skills, respect for the young generation, transparency, and trust. It appears that Millennials in East Asia wish to be treated equally and respectably, regardless of age and experience.

What does the future hold for Millennials and their employers?

Do Millennials have an optimistic view toward their own career? The answers from our students were quite divided. However, when I asked them whether they have an optimistic view toward society, the Korean and Japanese students were pessimistic, especially considering the current developmental stage of their nations. The Chinese students, however, had an optimistic view.

Perhaps Rocky summed it up most succinctly when he explained, “In China, you have a second chance, but in South Korea, we don’t. Once you fail, you fail.”

What can we say from here? The extensive research done on the Millennial generation has unearthed some common characteristics and tendencies, though these clearly don’t speak for everyone. It is no simple matter to understand this generation. There is no label for them that suits every situation. That is to say, their identity is fluid.

Living and working with the Millennial generation will require an open mind. It will require facing the person in front of you as unique. That, perhaps, is what leaders in any region will need to do to make efficient use of this large and crucial part of the global workforce.

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