GDI Bi-Monthly Newsletter – 2018.08

GDI Bi-Monthly Newsletter 2018



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1. GPODs News

2. Training News

3. Global Study News

4. New Staff introduction
8月入社 渡辺さんの新入社員紹介

Dear Valued Customers, Clients and Friends of GDI


I hope this edition of the GDI Bi-Monthly newsletter finds you all well, relaxed after the Obon holiday and pushing forth with your Global goals and objectives. In this months newsletter, I would like to share some potentially useful information for those of you who are now working towards possible expansion into the global marketplace, or looking for Global talent to help you move towards being a more Globally Minded company here in Japan.

Going Global: Finding and Keeping the Right Talent

Many companies are feeling the pressure to find “The Right Talent” as an increasing need for employees with the ability to support your global team, global strategy and potentially work overseas, continues to grow. Finding the key talent is the first challenge, yet retaining the talent is just as important. Workplace diversity, clear career paths, global opportunities and clear global strategy which is shared and communicated throughout the company, are all key attributes for employers to attract and retain the right talent.

One of the largest challenges in many Japanese companies going global right now is to find the right kind of candidates with a global mindset and the language skills to help grow the company internationally. The increasing demand for these candidates are far greater than the current supply.

Companies must live up to the expectations of candidates as a global company or at least show that steps are being taken towards a more global working environment. It is also important for the company’s corporate culture to be reflective of norms and standards that are seen as progressive and global.
Remember, finding the right talent and employees starts at home!
For more information or support on creating a more global working environment or finding the key talent, feel free to contact us at GDI Communication anytime.
All the best with your Global Goals!

GDI CEO / Founder
James Hedden






ジェームズ ヘデン


Global Support / Consulting l GPODの配属で、グローバル化の目標達成を可能に

Japan Needs to Utilize the International Workforce


The need to recruit and employ people from the International Workforce is ever increasing at a rapid pace. Organizations that embrace this need and employ people of various nationalities and various skills and abilities are leading Japan’s economic growth and overseas expansion. Even the Japanese government has recognized this need and is starting to open its doors to workers from overseas. However, as Hiroshi Mikitani (the Chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc.), states in a recent article, Japan needs to do more than merely allow only “guest” status to non-Japanese workers and to develop a more open immigration system.

GDI Communications can’t agree more with Mikitani-san’s thoughts on the subject of immigration and the need for bringing more people to Japan to support Japan’s need for workers of all classes and skill levels. Internally we support this through hiring people from various countries, cultures and backgrounds. Externally, we support this need through our GPOD (Global People on Demand) Support program. Our GPOD Support Program does not only provide needed people for a shrinking workforce, but it also provides a different viewpoint within an organization and can help create a more open minded organization, which translates to a more Global organization. And as Mikitani-san states in his article, “Talented foreigners bring much needed energy” to an organization.

If you are presently considering hiring people from the International Workforce, but are unsure of how to recruit and manage them, come talk with GDI. Our GPOD program can be customized to your needs and may be the perfect solution that allows you to break through your present barriers and create a path to future growth and success.


外部では、GPOD(Global People On Demand)サポートプログラムを通じてこのニーズをサポートしています。弊社のGPODサポートプログラムは、会社様に人員削減の為に必要な人材を提供するだけでなく、会社様の組織内で異なる視点を提供し、且つより風通しの良い組織を作るのに役立ちます。



Global Training l 身につくのはグローバルマインドとコミュニケーション能力

First impression


Greetings and salutations from GDI Communications Training Division. It’s that time again, and keeping with the theme of “People”, our topic this time around will be on First Impressions. Let us first take a look at what the term “first impression” really means.

“First impression is a term applied to the initial impression we have of another person we meet for the first time. It contains positive and negative impressions and a sense of physical and psychological features.” – PSYCHOLOGY DICTIONARY professional reference
So, what does this actually mean for us. Basically, first impressions are what we think about people immediately after meeting them for the first time.

For example, “Mark’s first impression of his Japanese teacher was that she was smart and kind.” Keeping this in mind, how important do you think first impressions are? To quote Andrew Grant, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This means we only get one shot at making a good first impression.

Making a positive first impression is very important in all aspects of our lives. Whether it is for work (meeting a potential customer) or for our private lives (meeting that special someone), first impressions really count. Many people believe that people will hold on to that initial first impression for a long time and are often very hard to change. So, if you make a positive impact that first time around others will have an optimistic image of you throughout your relationship together while on the other hand, a negative first impression can stay with you indefinitely.

While meeting people from other cultures first impressions count. Remember symbolically, you act as an ambassador of your country, so that initial first impression not only effects yourself, but can sometimes change the way other view your entire culture. So be careful, respectful and always try to leave a positive first impression.

“第一印象の定義は、誰かに会った時の初めての印象を意味します。好意的なものと否定的なものを両方含み、身体的特徴と心理的特徴に対する感覚です。” – 参照:PSYCHOLOGY DICTIONARY
アンドリュー・グラン トの言葉を引用すれば、”第一印象に二度目のチャンスは無し” これは私たちが一度きりしか、良い第一印象を作ることができないことを意味しています。好意的な第一印象を作ることは、私たちの生活において様々な角度からとても大切なことであると言えます。



Global Study l 留学に必要なノウハウ、全てあります。

Canada’s seasons


Dear Valued Customers, Clients and Friends of GDI,
This year in Japan, it has been extremely hot.
Temperatures soared to 39 or 40°C on more than one day in Nagoya and we had to be especially careful not to get a heat stroke.
This month, the GDI Global Study division will introduce the “seasons” in Canada.
There is a drastic change in temperature depending on the area since Canada is 45 times larger than Japan, but we will focus on Vancouver where some of our partner schools are.
April (March – May)
The air is still chilly throughout March, so you should prepare winter clothes.
In the end of March, temperatures are similar to Japan between February and the first week of March. We recommend wearing a coat, but you don’t need a down jacket like in the middle of winter. Heading further inland it becomes colder. In the mountainous areas falls a lot of snow, so you need to protect yourself against cold weather. Flowers can be seen around Vancouver in April and its also the best time to watch cherry blossoms.
When it turns to May, the weather becomes comfortable enough to do sightseeing. You can wear casual clothing during the day, but because it is chilly in the mornings and at night, outerwear or a jacket will be needed.

Summer (June – August)
In daytime, it’s sometimes around 30°C, but it’s not humid, so you can spend a refreshing day outside. It is the best season for sightseeing or activities because it’s usually very sunny and there is no rainy season in Canada. Also, since it’s summer time, there is still daylight even after 9 o’clock in the evening.

Autumn (September – November)
In Canada including Vancouver autumn season is very short, hence some people consider November as the beginning of winter.
It rains a lot in the middle of October, sometimes temperatures fall below 10°C, so you should bring a jacket. On occasion, there are some warm days called “Indian summer”.
In November, depending on the place, rain gear like a rain coat or rain shoes and warm clothes are needed.

Winter (December-February)
Winter in Vancouver lasts longer compared to Japan, but temperatures are about the same as in Tokyo. Therefore, please make sure you will protect yourself against the cold weather and wear thick coats, pullovers, scarves and gloves. Because it is warm inside the buildings, it’s better to choose clothes that you can adjust to the temperature easily.
Winter is quite rainy in Vancouver, so we recommend bringing rain gear or a folding umbrella.

We hold orientations for students and their parents before going to Canada and explain all information like above. Giving detailed information about Canada puts our students’ minds at ease and we receive great feedback from them.

If you have any questions about Canada or anything in relation to studying abroad, please feel free to contact us.
Also, if you have any requests regarding our newsletter, please let us know.








New staff l 新入社員を紹介します。

Hello everyone, nice to meet you! 


My name is Toshifumi Watanabe. As of August 1st, I am a new member of GDI Communications’ Sales Team at the head office in Nagoya. In the past, I have worked as a bartender in various places around the world, such as Maldives, Canada, Australia, the UK and of course Japan.

I appreciate very much the opportunity GDI has given me to work with the GDI Team and I am looking forward to many new challenges with this position and in Nagoya.

It would be fantastic if my work and travel experiences can be applied to better support GDI and especially our clients. As the new rookie, I will put all my effort to making this opportunity a success.





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