Hi. Today’s Blog Post is a Long One.  It’s my final lecture at Keio University where I taught for 19 years. I gave a shorter version of this talk at Roppongi Hills and you can see the video here:   The slides for the shortened version are on slides share here. There’s info about the courses I taught  here.     The Courage To Create, Dr. Bob Tobin, Professor Emeritus, Keio University Faculty of Business and Commerce January 17, 2012 Believe…

My business is courage, change and creativity. What I do is encourage people to take positive steps.  So it might seem unusual for me to write about why you should not to do something.  But here are two situations where you shouldn’t just do it! 1.  Do not do something for a hidden motive.  An example is meeting people you may not even like because you think they might help you in the future.  Do not go somewhere, like a…

You may remember this line from Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman or maybe you recall your elementary school teachers saying it in a slightly different way.  You may not have  known it at the time but they were giving you good advice for your career and your business. As a professor, I  always paid  attention to any change in the mood of the classroom.  If a usually outgoing student was particularly withdrawn, I’d check  with him or her at…

Most people want their work to matter–to make a difference in their own life and the life of others.  But too often, instead of being a source of meaning and joy, work turns out to be a hardship, and the work place becomes a source of unhappiness. People drop by  our  gallery, talk about art, their life, their kids and their work.  Sometimes they complain.  I used to say “well why don’t you do this”, or  “why don’t you talk…

I was a bit surprised when I saw the seating arrangement for the  Intercultural Communication Conference Luncheon. The intent of the conference was to get people from different Asian cultures talking with  visitors from Europe.  But you’d never know if from the way the tables were set: Forks, knives and spoons on 1/2 the tables and chopsticks on the others. It didn’t seem to make sense, and when I asked  the conference organizer about it, he told me that was…