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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

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!

It may be a developing country, but the Philippines is one of the world’s last and richest natural frontiers. With more than 7,100 islands full of diverse flora and fauna, the Pearl of the Orient–a historical moniker for the country since 1751–contains two-thirds of Earth’s biodiversity and approximately 75% of the world’s plant and animal species.

That biodiversity is also the backbone of economic growth potential, providing employment across industries ranging from agriculture, energy, food, and production to pharmaceuticals, biomass fuels, and ecotourism.

Yet despite the Philippines’ vast ecological wealth, deforestation, illegal logging and mining, overfishing, urbanization, and heavy pollution are just some of the glaring socio-environmental problems hindering socioeconomic progress. That’s even with some of the best environmental protection laws in the world.

As climate change continues to threaten the economic security of a country already vulnerable to natural disasters, the Philippine government and the United Nations mapped a strategic action plan for biodiversity conservation through 2028. The country is also working to help the UN achieve its seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. These SDGs include clean water, gender equality, zero waste, and sustainable consumption and production.

Then there are the individuals putting their visions and skills to work for change. Here are five young leaders shaping the future of Philippine sustainability toward those noble goals.

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ANNA OPOSA

Cofounder & Executive Director, Save Philippine Seas

With its thousands of islands and long coastlines, the Philippines is a country where the ocean is life: a major source of income, livelihoods, food, and economic productivity. But a study published in the Philippine Journal of Science found that 90% of the country’s 10,000-square miles of coral reefs are in poor-to-fair condition.

In 2011, at the age of twenty-three, Anna Oposa cofounded Save Philippine Seas, an NGO that protects and restores Philippine coastal and marine environments through education and community initiatives. A child of the Philippines’ first environmental lawyer, Oposa is an eco-pioneer herself, having helped create the country’s first shark and ray sanctuary.

Today, Oposa works with the Asian Development Bank on matters regarding ocean health. She is the project director of Sea and Earth Advocates Camp, an environmental leadership youth program she founded in 2014, and actively campaigns against illegal wildlife trafficking.

ILLAC DIAZ

Founder, Liter of Light

Poverty is still widespread in the Philippines, where approximately 30% of the population does not have access to electricity. Thanks to social entrepreneur Illac Diaz’s “lightbulb” idea, many disadvantaged Filipinos living in rural areas with little or no access to electricity were given a unique and practical solution.

In 2013, Diaz spearheaded Liter of Light, an eco-friendly bottle lamp produced by his NGO of the same name, which focuses on sustainable grassroots lighting. Using simple, open-source technology, Liter of Light combines sunshine with water and chlorine inside a used one-liter plastic bottle. In this way, not only does Diaz mass produce cheap solar light, but he also recycles tons of plastic waste. The scavenged plastic bottle lamp is hung from the ceiling to refract natural sunlight during the day, producing light as bright as a 55-watt bulb that can last another ten hours into the night.

Liter of Light continues to brighten the lives of people living in energy poverty in the Philippines and across the world. Today, the NGO operates in fifteen countries and provides low-cost, zero-carbon light to more than 353,000 homes.

JOHN LESTER MENDOZA

Cofounder & Chief Executive Officer, Farm Box

Agriculture contributes to more than 10% of Philippine economic output and half of national income. However, it faces major headwinds. A large number of Filipino farmers still live below the poverty line. Their average age is just fifty-nine years old, which is creating a severe workforce shortage. Climate change, limited diversification, and low productivity also limit agricultural progress and threaten the future of Philippine food security.

John Lester Mendoza understands the financial struggles of the Filipino farmer well. Born to a farming family, he saw the difficulties of having bank loans approved every year during harvest season. That’s why he and his cofounders started Farm Box–a social enterprise and digital crowdfunding platform aiming to uplift the lives of local farmers. The platform connects farmers with investors who can finance their needs.

Farm Box investors can fund a farmer by sponsoring a box containing much-needed farming supplies and solutions. The business also makes quality, affordable farming supplies and services accessible for farmers, connecting them with direct buyers. To date, Farm Box has helped 122 farmers and helped plant 12,000 seedlings–not to mention winning various local and international awards.

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Young business leaders are leading the way to solving sustainable development issues in the Philippines. | iStock/bortnikau

KEISHA MAYUGA

Founder, Life Cycles PH

Traffic is a severe problem in Metro Manila, which ranked second worst in traffic congestion in a 2020 global survey of 416 cities in 57 countries. In the pre-COVID-19 era, three-hour commutes were common along EDSA–Metro Manila’s main highway–and cost the Philippine economy an estimated loss of Php3.5 billion a day in potential income.

Like many frustrated commuters, urban planner and biking advocate Keisha Mayuga turned to cycling as an efficient way to navigate Metro Manila’s traffic nightmare. However, it wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic hit that mass public transport became a crisis that left many Filipinos stranded between work and home, spurring Mayuga into action.

Within twenty hours, Mayuga launched Life Cycles PH in March 2020. The donation drive supplied more than a thousand health workers and frontliners with bicycles to help them with their daily commutes.

Today, Mayuga works with the World Bank as a local urban planning consultant and continues to advocate for improved mobility and public transport, as well as safer biking roads in Metro Manila.

MARK JACINTO

Cofounder and Curator, Online SDG Youth Action Forum (OSYAF)

In a post-capitalist era fraught with complex climate change problems, the future of people and the planet rests heavily on the shoulders of the next generation. Multi-awarded youth and civic community leader Mark Jacinto holds the torch for Philippine sustainable digital development.

Jacinto is the curator of the Online SDG Youth Action Forum (OSYAF), a web-based community of more than 24,000 members aiming to educate and engage young Filipinos with SDGs. OSYAF has connected more than 800 local and global opportunities with Filipino youth leaders through inter-organizational seminars, workshops, and local government partnerships.

The Power of Youth for (Positive) Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Climate change is rapidly changing the world and revolutionizing the ways people live and do business everywhere, including the Philippines. Sustainable development and economic growth are now inseparable routes for progress. Industry and government leaders are starting to value the Earth and its natural resources as the core of economic prosperity.

The urgent call to sustainably address climate change, protect the planet, and provide universal peace and prosperity for all people is one that will ring ever more loudly over the coming decades. With such innovative young entrepreneurs answering that call, the Philippines might soon rise from developing country to leading nation of natural talent and beauty.

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