A person repairing a smartphone—an important element of sustainable technology
Electronic technician repairs mobile phone

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!

If you’re a consumer, the benefits of repairable products are clear: They last longer and help you save money. Public interest advocate US PIRG estimates that in the United States, repairing existing products (rather than buying new ones) could save the average family around $330 a year.

But things look a little different from the company side.

Disposable products have been a mainstay of cutting manufacturing costs since the 1950s. But in the age of climate change and rising environmental awareness, disposability is swiftly losing its appeal. These days, it’s all about sustainable technology.

What many businesses don’t realize is that a more repair-friendly model has real benefits for their bottom line. To reap those benefits at your company, you need to start with a mindset for sustainable innovation.

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6 Ways to Measure Sustainability Value in Your Business

When you say a product or service is “sustainable,” what does that actually mean? Here are 6 trending terms to help measure sustainability in your business.
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True or False: You’re Equipped to Support a Sustainable Business

There’s a lot to brush up on in the world of sustainable business. There’s also never been a better time to get educated—or better yet, involved.
Multi-ethnic people working together to protect the environment and sustainability in the park: together they support the planet, recycle waste, grow plants and choose renewable energy resources

The Downsides of Building for the Short Term

For sustainable innovation, first thing’s first: Forget about how “great” disposable products are.

Consumer electronics like phones are becoming more difficult to repair. This leads to more products being discarded after the failure of a single component.

The result of this pattern is an unprecedented buildup of electronic waste, or e-waste. According to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report, 53.6 metric tons of e-waste was produced globally in 2019 alone. That’s a staggering 7.3 kilograms per person. Another UN-affiliated study projects that amount could more than double by 2050.

Technology made without considering long-term environmental outcomes creates a huge toll on the environment. While avoiding the downsides of building for the short term is important, it is also good to recognize the benefits of building products with long lifespans.

The Benefits of Sustainable Technology

Businesses can benefit from manufacturing products that are easy to repair, but that repairability needs to be worked in from the design stage. Doing so makes them easier to disassemble, and therefore easier to recycle. Ease of recycling in turn enables companies to transition to a circular economy model

How does any of that translate to good news for the bottom line?


Renewables will eventually be the only cost-effective materials. By increasing the yield of recycled materials, you reduce the need for virgin raw materials and other natural resources.

Let’s face it: Those are only going to get more expensive and controversial.

Product Longevity

Product longevity is a key metric in consumer purchasing decisions. Sustainability-conscious consumers are more willing to purchase products that advertise longer lifespans. They’re also willing to pay a premium for eco-friendly products.

Even in business-to-business transactions, product longevity can serve as a competitive advantage. Businesses in fields like agriculture and logistics will find value in long-lasting products that reduce downtime and expenses.

How Companies Can Create a More Sustainable Future

Businesses tend to think that the only way to go sustainable is to make big changes to their supply chain. But there are internal changes businesses can (and should) take to increase the lifespan of their products, too.

Sustainability as Company Culture

Nirav Patel, the founder of Framework, a company that manufactures sustainable laptops, suggests prioritizing sustainability in company culture. That can be accomplished by incorporating environmental impact and device longevity metrics into performance incentives, for starters.

Another step companies can take toward a more sustainability-oriented culture is to use open specifications as much as possible. For example, rather than utilizing proprietary screwheads in their devices, you could use the more common flathead or Phillips head screws to make it easier for consumers to extend the lives of their products without having to purchase specific equipment.

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Why (and How) C-Suites Should Make Sustainability the New Bottom Line

The C-suite should care about sustainability. In fact, they MUST for survival in the coming years. Here’s how your company can make the shift to tracking sustainability financially.
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Design Thinking as Recycling

Fairphone, a modular smartphone company, implores companies to work directly with recyclers. Bringing them into the design process can help find new ways to build phones that are easier to recycle.

When manufacturing a product with an understanding of the recycling process, more resource-efficient devices are inevitable. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel dependency, too.

Consumers as Technicians

Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, suggests creating products with modular components and giving consumers the tools they need to repair them.

Offering consumers access to repair manuals is a great start. If the product requires specific tools to be repaired, they can be rented out or sold separately. For devices too complicated or dangerous for the average consumer to repair, working with independent third-party repair shops will make product repairs as accessible as possible.

By increasing the lifespan of consumer electronics, companies will actively work toward a more sustainable future.

How Consumers Can Support Sustainable Technology

You may think your business is ill equipped to move to a sustainable business model, but that likely isn’t true. If you consider sustainability from the outset all the way to end of the product life cycle, you may find that there are opportunities right in front of you that you haven’t taken advantage of yet.

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