GDI Newsletter – April 2017


What is the value of having a Global Mindset? Have you ever pondered this concept before? This is a question we at GDI Communications ask and answer every day. It is the basis of our mission and focus of our drive. The power of a Global Mindset cannot be underestimated. It has value in any situation and in any organization across this wonderful planet. Moreover, it can be the difference between success and failure.

The concept of a Global Mindset is based around the thinking that when one has the ability and desire to see the world through another set of eyes, or to consider a different way of thinking, the mind is opened and creative innovation flourishes. Of course this is useful on an individual basis, but when an organization takes on a Global Mindset, progress is exponential.

One way to start developing a Global Mindset right now is by learning a second language. This can actually be any language because language makes your mind work differently. It unlocks doors and passageways to areas that would usually remain closed without this stimulation. However, if you have to choose one language to learn that supports the ability to function on a global level, English is still the preferred choice.

The Japanese international cosmetics giant Shiseido knows the value of language in becoming a Global Enterprise. The president of Shiseido, Masahiko Uotani, recently stated that “Shiseido plans to make English the official company language,” as early as October 2018. Even though Shiseido is a global brand and organization, Mr. Uotani feels this is a necessary step in becoming a truly Global Enterprise.

GDI Communications knows that this will not be an easy process for Shiseido and is potentially an even harder process for many of our client organizations. However, we too believe in the power of functioning in a second language. This is why we work so hard to provide the best Global Support for our clients via our trainers, consultants, bilingual IT support personnel, Global People on Demand (GPOD), and all the GDI Communications’ staff. If you are looking for what seems to be that missing element for further growth and success in your organization, please contact us and let us convince you we can help.

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Global Support & Consulting Division


The need and steps to develop, grow and improve over time are quite often taken for granted. The child to the adult, the seed to the tree and the winter to the spring are all examples of this concept. The same goes for an organization. Growing in size, knowledge, experience, revenue, talent, etc. are all part of growing from a start-up to an SME to a large corporation. As this growth naturally takes places, many changes occur. The same evolution can be seen with GDI Communications.

From our humble beginnings to our Global network of today, we have gone through many stages, changes and learning curves. One of those most recent changes is the shift of our Consulting based division to Global Support and our GPOD (Global People on Demand) system. As previously mentioned, this is to enable us to better support our clients and broaden the areas our services can be applied to. It also allows us to focus on key areas of Training and Consulting, such as Leadership and the Global Mind.

Above in our Greeting, we wrote about the value of a Global Mindset and how to start this development through language study and experience. GDI Communications firmly believes that a Global Mindset, Leadership and Language will become a necessity as we move into the future. This belief has continued to grow over the many years of working with people from diverse countries and cultures, as well as through extensive business travel around the world supporting our clients in their Global Expansion Strategies. This belief is now shared by numerous individuals and organizations. Prestigious business schools such as Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan Management School and Thunderbird School of Global Management all continue to incorporate discussion, expansion and teaching of the Global Mindset in Leadership.

As GDI Communications moves forward with our Global Support Services, GPODs and Consulting, we are looking forward to developing, growing and improving even more, day-to-day.  As Oliver Cromwell stated, “he who stops being better, stops being good!”  At GDI, this belief sits strong. That is why we look forward to furthering even greater value to our clients.

弊社が設立してから今日に至るまで、私たちは数々の段階や変化を乗り越えてきました。最近の変化を一つ挙げるとするならば、コンサルティング部門がグローバルサポートやGPOD(Global People on Demand)システムへ移行したことでしょうか。以前お伝えしましたように、今回の部門の移行はお客様へのさらに充実したサポート提供と、弊社のサービスをより広範囲な分野へ適用させることを視野に入れて実現したものです。また、リーダーシップやグローバルマインドなどのトレーニング研修やコンサルティングの中でも重要となる分野に重点を置くことも可能になります。



Training & Seminars Division

“The best way to look back at life fondly is to meet it –
and those along your journey –
warmly, kindly and mindfully”
 Rasheed Ogunlaru
Today, I would like to talk to you about first meetings and small talk. When meeting people for the first time, it is important to make a good impression.  This is usually done through interesting and intellectual conversation.  Outside of basic greetings and asking about how someone is, there are a variety of different questions and statements that can be used to help a conversation flow.  Remember that a good conversation requires a flow of back and forth, more similar to table tennis than an interrogation. 
The first words can often determine the flow of an entire conversation.  This is why being prepared with a question or statement that reflects your intent is crucial. Saying something that is too light or, perhaps, too serious based on the situation can end a conversation before it begins.  Try to focus on specific variables, such as location and atmosphere.  For example, if you are outside at an event, comment on the weather and ask a tag-style question such as “Nice day, isn’t it?”  This is a great way to break the ice and start a conversation with someone.  Another good idea would be to think of at least three questions you would like to ask before initiating a conversation with someone.  This helps ease the stress a bit and prepare what you are going to say ahead of time.  Topics like the weather, time, attractions/events and the local environment are great conversation starters and safe in most situations.
The final two points to keep in mind are: first, listen well and follow up with interesting questions; and second, take a genuine interest in the other party or person. Most people can usually sense if you are not genuinely into a conversation; therefore be natural, interesting, and connect well!
Watch this video brought to you by TED on the topic “The Art of a Meaningful Conversation”.  



“The best way to look back at life fondly is to meet it – and those along your journey – warmly, kindly and mindfully” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru





****And there is much more to come in future issues of the GDI Newsletter ***

IT Outsourcing & Support Division

There are many Japanese people who say ”I study English because I want to be active in the world,“ or ”I work at a foreign company because I want to be a bridge in the world.” Of course, it is important to speak English and have knowledge in order to work globally. If you can speak English, you can share your knowledge with people around the world. If you have a lot of knowledge, more difficult challenges can be faced. But can you really be global by only speaking English with limited knowledge? The solution is to maintain your own identity while appreciating other cultures and beliefs. Here at our Tokyo office, we hold training courses to learn about the thought processes and ethics of many people from around the world because our aim is to provide global support. In the process, employees at GDI Communications help each other to be globally minded. Our hope is that we can extend this to improve your company’s performance.





Global Study Division

Hello GDI Clients and Students!
Some of you may have missed the full extent of cherry blossom season due to the ongoing rainy weather. Unfortunately, GDI had to cancel our Hanami party this year. However, we are looking forward to next year’s event! In this month’s edition, we would like to introduce the Summer Program from our partner language school Global Village.First, here are some of the advantages of the Summer Program:
1. The program includes a number of classes that allow you to attain a variety of cross-cultural experiences in a short period of time.
2. You can experience and learn about studying abroad before going overseas for a long-term stay.

3. You can apply for the program from the age of 12 (the short-term program is recommended for those who have not been overseas before).

Furthermore, you can use your summer break to attend the cross-cultural program without taking a leave of absence from school.

Please feel free to look through the Global Village information below, which also includes an activity schedule for the program.

– The cost for a two-week program is approximately 190,000yen*.
*Flight ticket and handling fee are not included.
– Global Village is known for its long history and stable management, so parents can send their children abroad with confidence.
Regarding the Summer Program, GDI is accepting applications from May 1st. Of course, counseling is available anytime, so please feel free to contact us if you have any comments or questions about the global study program.

We want to keep doing our best to support your global study!



さて、留学部門からは弊社が提携している語学学校より、今年のGlobal Villageのサマープログラムを紹介させて頂きます。


下記はGlobal Village の詳細です。プログラムで行われるアクティビティのスケジュールも決まっておりますので、是非ごらんください。

– 費用は、2週間の場合、約190,000円(カナダドル87円)です。

– Global Villageは古くからある語学学校のため、経営、運営もしっかりしています。保護者の方も、お子様を安心して通わせることができると大変人気です!