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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

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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.

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

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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!

Five minutes on foot from the University of Tokyo, the top university in Japan, there is a blockchain studio called HashHub. Their mission to “make the world a better place by redefining trust and building choice” challenges the traditional financial system and aims to shape the future of finance.

Cofounder Yoriko Beal is not unlike HashHub itself—she too has challenged tradition in her quest to find her place in the world. Before HashHub, she really bucked the Japanese idea that retention is a measure of employee fitness. Not only did she have three different jobs, but she also freelanced and was even a Youtuber.

A Series of Small Disasters

Yoriko Beal smiles at the camera. She is wearing a silver necklace with a shovel and pickaxe.
Image courtesy of Yoriko Beal.

When Beal was starting her career after graduating from Sophia University, she didn’t have a career in mind. “I wasn’t seriously job hunting, so I started my career at small non-Japanese software company. My internship advisor told me it was good to get sales experience at your first job,” she explained.

At first, she was assigned to do sales, but “nothing went well.” In her second year, she was appointed as the assistant to a new department head that had just entered the company. “I was panicking. It was the second year of my corporate life, and I didn’t even know basic things like how to organize client events or how to communicate effectively with clients.” But her boss surprised her. He was very calm and always guided her. After some time with him, Beal began to realize something very important:

Great steps are made from the accumulation of small steps.

Having some sense of achievement and witnessing the limitations of a singular branch in a global company, she took her first small step and quit.

Her boss, ironically, quit too.

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The Bite of Bitcoin

Beal didn’t have a next step in mind, but kept her options open. In the end, she decided to work for a company translating news about Bitcoin. It was a small step into the unknown for her, but she had interned at an investing website, so there had to be some similarities… right?

But this very typical company led to an atypical discovery: she was more than just enthusiastic about Bitcoin. She was almost obsessive. It was “a shocking experience,” she says. “For the first time, I found myself devoting all my time to thinking about one specific thing: Bitcoin.”

At the time, the cryptocurrency industry was still sluggish. There weren’t many active players in Japan. As a result, she alone was responsible for researching and expanding her network. Though this was difficult, she managed to meet numerous crypto superstars, and it fed her enthusiasm. “It was like meeting Bill Gates,” she explained of her encounter with Roger Ver, colloquially known as “Bitcoin Jesus.”

Even when her employer was dissolved by its parent company, she found she couldn’t put down Bitcoin—or her goal of creating a cryptocurrency media outlet.

Her first career goal.

“I was very frustrated about having to stop in the middle, so I decided to look for a company where I could start from the scratch.”

And she found one. Thus she launched the cryptocurrency media hub, Coin Choice. It shortly after achieved one million monthly pageviews.

Then, perhaps surprisingly, she took another step and left the company. Having achieved her goal, she thought, there was no reason to stay.

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The Great Escape

Beal may have left Coin Choice, but she hadn’t left Bitcoin. She continued reporting freelance and expanded to video format via YouTube, seeking to better engage Bitcoin users. But after publishing her thoughts on various mediums for a few years, she thought building a service would be a better use of her talents.

So when she was asked to help start a new blockchain studio, she jumped at the chance. Enter HashHub, her greatest step yet. In addition to a studio space, HashHub provides cryptocurrency information and consulting services to major Japanese companies. As the cofounder and COO, every day is a challenge, from building a good team to thinking about the future of an industry that doesn’t yet have a good business expansion model.

Yoriko Beal talks with a client in HashHub headquarters.
Beal talks with a client in HashHub headquarters.
Image courtesy of Yoriko Beal.

But as she did with CoinChoice, she has a guiding mission: To expose the shortcomings of the finance industry and use blockchain technology to fix them.  

“For instance, let’s say I want to establish my own company. Obviously, I need a bank account. But isn’t it strange that the fate my company is in the hands of a bank, just because I need a bank account?

“We can solve these problems using blockchain technology, and by doing that, I hope to see a society where everyone can choose what they want to do without any obstacles.”

HashHub is still small, but Beal isn’t discouraged. Even though she has to draw on the sales skills that made her so miserable at her first job, she’s happy to do it. This time she has a purpose, and clearly feels the difference between being forced to do something versus actively choosing it.

You need to believe in your gut instinct. Just dive in, otherwise you won’t know whether you made the right choice or not. Doing is important. That’s all I can say.

Yoriko Beal

“My favorite part of my job is my ownership. I decide and act upon my decisions with my own responsibility. And although I sometimes feel tired, I don’t have any moments when I want to escape.”

The happiness and success Beal achieved at HashHub shows that not all steps have to be planned. They can be accidental, impulsive, unattached, or even daring. Sometimes you’ve just gotta buck tradition.

“You need to believe in your gut instinct,” she says. “Just dive in, otherwise you won’t know whether you made the right choice or not. Doing is important. That’s all I can say.”

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