Nagasaki International University was happy to welcome Joy Sakurai of the American Consulate in Fukuoka to give a guest lecture in English to our students on the topic of Global Leadership. Ms Sakurai gave an overview of Japan-America relations and the role of the consulate. She also provided examples of programs to promote cultural understanding as well as student internship opportunities at the consulate. The second half of the talk covered issues related to study abroad and how it provides a valuable opportunity to develop the skills required of future global leaders. Many thanks to the American Consulate in Fukuoka, the Japan America Association of Sasebo, and Shinwa Bank for helping sponsoring this event.
Nagasaki International University hosted the 4th annual Global Leadership Forum on 14 October 2017. This year's guest speaker was Justin Hunt, CEO of the Nagasaki-based education company Poodll.
Mr. Hunt discussed his experience of arriving in Japan as a language teacher to becoming the CEO of his own company. He told the audience about how he learned from failure early in his career to overcome the challenges of running a successful company. He also gave advice about how students can develop the skills and experience necessary to start their own companies in whatever field they choose.
Gina Whittle joined us from the Gina & Partners to present at the 2015 Global Leadership Forum.
Gina is the Managing Director (President) of Gina & Partners. The title of Gina's speech was “Reach For the Stars.”
She began by asking students to imagine themselves in 5 years. "In my future, I want to…" students made sentences.
She talked about her upbringing and her background. She gave key points about her country.
A great role model for GT students
She continued her background story. She did modeling in Aukland. She showed us some of her photos and previous experiences in Japan.
A key point of her talk: one language is not enough. She came to Japan 3 times, once for a year, the second time for a year, and 16 years in the last visit. She described her experiences as a language teacher in Japan moving from a big city to a small town.
She explained her inspiration to become a company owner - she read “Rich Dad/Poor Dad.” She has started two companies - "New Zealand Life Tours" and "Gina & Partners”
She described the declining travel industry and the increase in online self-managed travel planning trends. She also described the experience of forming her own business.
She talked about setting a goal and making a flexible plan to achieve that goal. She used a combination of English and Japanese to encourage the students.
She covered and old Chinese saying:
I hear and I forget
I see and I remember
I do and I understand
Then she covered some main things to do to increase your Global Abilities
Do something practical - be active in your efforts.
Challenge yourself - go out of your comfort zone.
Communication skills - the importance of the skills.
Influence - If you are a good communicator, you influence people. However, without that your idea will wither
Use technology - let it help simplify your life.
Invest in yourself - get skills and education.
She recommends the book “Miracle Morning” for guidance on how to start your day. Spend the first hour of the morning on you.
The forum concluded with an engaging Q & A, with students discussing the points that stood out to them most and asking follow up questions for Gina.
Presenting on how to be a Global Citizen
He covered topics popularized by H. Jackson Brown Jr. from his work Life's Little Instruction Book. Using excerpts from Brown's philosophies, he helped the students find important things for the betterment of themselves and for their growth in becoming Global Citizens.
Students worked in pairs to discuss each of Brown's philosophical viewpoints and came up with the topic which they felt was the most important to them.
Some of Brown's philosophies (credit, H. Jackson Brown Jr.):
1) Compliment three people every day.
2) Have a firm handshake.
3) Look people in the eye.
4) Say "Thank you" a lot.
5) Say "Please" a lot.
6) Learn to play a musical instrument.
7) Be the first to say, "Hello."
8) Be forgiving of yourself and others.
9) If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
10) Return all things you borrow.
11) Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
12) Make new friends but cherish the old ones.
13) Keep secrets.
14) Write "thank you" notes promptly.
15) Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.
16) Show respect for teachers.
17) Keep a tight rein on your temper.
18) Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
19) Admit your mistakes.
20) Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
21) Hug children after you discipline them.
22) Forget the Joneses.
23) Don't smoke.
24) Make it a habit to do nice things for people who'll never find out.
25) Refrain from envy. It is the source of much happiness.
26) Never cheat.
27) Smile a lot. It costs nothing and is beyond price.
28) Remember people's name.
29) Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
30) Keep your watch five minutes fast.
31) Be tough minded but tenderhearted.
32) Avoid negative people.
33) Never take action when you're angry.
34) Set short-term and long-term goals.
35) When complimented, a sincere "thank you" is the only response required.
36) Be a good loser. (winner)
37) Don't major minor things.
38) Keep your promises.
39) Seek out the good in people.
40) Evaluate yourself by your own standards, not someone else's.
41) Never overestimate your power to change others.
42) Keep expectations high.
43) Take care of your reputations. It is your most valuable asset.
44) Be there when people need you.
45) Don't expect life to be fair.
46) Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.
47) Be a self-starter.
48) When attending meetings, sit down front.
49) Be enthusiastic about the success of others.
50) Laugh a lot. A good sense of humor cures almost all life's ills.
51) Don't be afraid to say, "I don't know."
52) Don't be afraid to say, "I need help. I'm sorry."
53) Watch for big problems. They disguise big opportunities.
54) Don't make the same mistake twice.
55) Save ten percent of what you earn.
56) Be open to new ideas.
57) Remain open, flexible, curious.
58) Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90% of all your happiness or misery.
59) Send your loved one flowers. Think of a reason later.
60) Become someone's hero.
61) Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
62) Patronize local merchants even if it costs a bit more.
63) Arrive at work early and stay beyond quitting time.