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Final exam: Business Problem Solving Logics and Framework (at Yokohama National University)

This is an example of the final exam requirements of my class(“Business Problem Solving Logic and Framework) for undergraduate students at Yokohama National University.

This year, I picked up a hot topic in Japan facing the challenges to welcome lots of inbound visitors before and during Tokyo Olympic in 2020.

Problem solving

My class is all designed for the international students who spend four years for business study at the university. They already experienced how hard it is to live, study and work in Japan as non-Japanese students.


My goal of the class and exam is for them to find their own solutions but in a logical way.


In the class, the students learn some process and techniques/framework to solve a (business, social) problem in a logical way such as:

  • Logic tree development
  • Problem formulation
  • Root cause analysis
  • Hypothesis approach etc.


After spending several weeks for those individual study, we start “group exercise”, where your facilitaion skills are required to cordinate discussion among the students with different backgrounds.

It is really challenging and demanding, but it is an extremely sutable situation where you can learn how to manage possible conflicts in the “global” workplace with the people from the diverse backgrounds.


I am really excited to see their final presentations in the coming few weeks!


Good Luck!



Business planning class at Yokohama National University

I saw great progress of my students to develop their own financial plan with business strategy.

It took only three months to achieve it, who did not know even what “Revenue” is in April.

Here is an example output of a student in the class.


The business case was “web site developer” where you need to develop a business plan to reach positive profit within a year.


Reasonable business strategy in line with the assumptions in the business model is also required in the presentation.




This is a fundamental and basic business skill where you will be required in any type of business in the world.


I would be happy to discuss a chance to conduct the class (even as an intensive program).

Business logics class at Yokohama National University

The semester has just finished at Yokohama National University.

  • Business logic and team consensus
  • Problems solving


Good job! See you somewhere in the world!

I would be happy to give my lecture(s) of “practical” business logic making (for communication, negotiation and presentation etc.) for your company, university and many kinds of organization.

How you can develop your facilitation(team discussion) & problem-solving skills in a university program.

We will spend two weeks to tackle the following exercises in a team.

This is for the “Logical thinking” class:


This is not an individual exercise and you need to reach an agreement with your team members, which is exactly the same situation you will face in a company.

You may be required to use almost all the techniques(i.e. facilitation skill & logic development skills) to make an answer.


And this is for “Problem-solving” class:


This is a comprehensive exercise where all the skills learned in the class will be required to get a practical solution.


I am really excited to know how my students will use their skills learned in the class and lead to a “high-quality” answer.

How can you fix your “logic jump” in your argument?

“Logic jump” was a main topic in my Class  “Business Logics and Team Consensus” at Yokohama National University today.

Many people make mistakes when they develop a logic (or simply to say, message).

You may skip some necessary explanations or assumption you make, which causes misunderstanding and mis-communication.


They are simply explained in the following two cases:

Logic jump 1.jpg

CASE 1 is generally called “Deductive method”.

In your daily conversation, you may never clearly mention any principles, rules which are already known by anybody and are called a”Major premise”.

But what if the major premise is wrong or not the same as other people……??

Sometimes it is a powerful method to clarify the gap of the premises with others so that you make your message.conclusion more reasonable, convincing and logical.


CASE 2 is a common pitfall of skipping some layers of the logic (logic jump).

You may need to fill the gap between a conclusion and reason(s) so that other people can understand how you reach the conclusion. In many cases you may know how you reach it but others may not. By clarifying the “missing” layers, you can reinforce your story/logic significantly.


Here are some exercise, our students tackled as a team in my class:



There is not a single “right” answer but it is quite important to think what are missing and how you can strengthen your logic.

The teams competed with one another in the class and enjoyed the competition so much!


Keep on studying hard!

My new book is to be released this week in Japan!

My 5th book is to be released on Friday.
It is all about how to develop a right model of business data analysis.

Your knowledge about analysis tools may not work without knowing the fundamental process, which you can learn with this book.
I would be happy to conduct my training program and/or publish an English-edition in your countries, upon request.

Logical problem solving class finihed at Yokohama National University!

“Logical problem solving” class at Yokohama National University finished today.

The students from 13 countries learned how to solve a practical problems and develop an argument in a logical way in the global environment.

It was really precious time for me, too.

I would be very happy to conduct the program anywhere in the world.

Please contact me if you are interested in the program which is very unique and very practical.