What we're about

Our mission is to create a high level learning environment to develop communication skills that:

• invite diverse thinking,

• engage in difficult conversations,

• learn from one another, and

• confront prejudices and inequities on the personal and organizational levels

Action Learning -- A Powerful Tool for Developing Leaders, Solving Problems, Building Teams and Transforming Organizations.

Develop a global mindset through Action Learning- Not from a book or not in a classroom!

ACTION Learners are Ambitious and try to practice what they learn in the "real" world.

ACTION Learning Business English Workshops offer members a chance to:

Practice Business English- much less expensive than Eikaiwa

Learn Business Skills- better than MBAs

Participate in Highly Interactive and High Level Business Discussions- every week

Many of our members:

Are interested in better understanding important Business theories, tools, methods

Are working in a foreign company

Are considering working in a foreign company

Have a foreigner for a boss

Have foreign members in their team

Our goal is to offer the best way for individuals in Tokyo to obtain real-world business communication and management training in English.


Because we are a group of experienced international business professionals who have many years of experience working in business in Japan. We want to share our industry knowledge and cross-cultural experience in truly innovative ways which are not available through traditional schools and "Eikaiwa".

Our actively participating members are generally Japanese and foreign professionals who are striving to improve their English communications skills for business and investing. BUT we also have a number of younger members who have just entered the working world.

Train in English with Tokyo`s best Business Professionals

Don't expect boring lectures! Be prepared to take ACTION

We don`t "give lectures" we want our members to be able to practice techniques until they feel they have mastered a skill.

One of our primary purposes is to help all members of our group to succeed in business. Starting with those members who are considering a new career or a career change and want to work in a foreign company. Our seasoned international executives can help members work on their Resume and Interviewing skills in English. We also run lectures in which participants can learn relevant business theory. After learning the theory we also give members ample opportunity to build related business skills through instructor lead discussions and workshops.

As the saying goes, "give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish and he eats for the rest of his life".

For example, its one thing to learn that SWOT Analysis stands for STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES and THREATS but unless members get a chance to participate in an actual SWOT Analysis workshop or better yet, facilitate their own SWOT Analysis meeting they will not truly be able to put the theory into practice.

Our heroes are globally-minded change agents.

We strive to be:

Accountable, Highly Influential and Strategically Inquisitive and Transparent

We practice an approach for mutual communication and learning called "High Advocacy and High Inquiry"

What is High Advocacy and High Inquiry?

I state my thinking, I inquire into your thinking, and I encourage you to question my thinking.

Its simple to explain but hard to do consistently.

Come and try it out!

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Explore how the have difficult conversation in a multi-cultural work situation

Having Difficult Conversations Action Learning Enthusiast Paul Consalvi has gathered a Body of Knowledge for Having Difficult Conversations and designed interactive activities to share his tips and strategies for having difficult conversations. You'll discover the situations that lead up to difficult conversations, decide when the conversation is warranted, prepare for the interaction, and monitor outcomes to ensure success. Along the way, learn the secrets of turning difficult conversations into successful interactions that enhance communication and rapport. Improve both your professional and personal relationships, finding your way back from conflict through mutually successful outcomes. Topics include: What is a difficult conversation? Understanding why conversations go badly Changing your tipping point Building your ladder—and climbing down Knowing your triggers Reframing your adversary Being prepared for the conversation Taking responsibility Sharing goals and experience Co-creating a solution Developing the action plan Building better feedback

Global Business Negotiation Fundamentals
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Global Business Negotiation Fundamentals: Action Learning Enthusiast Paul Consalvi has gathered a Body of Knowledge for Negotiating Across Cultures and designed interactive activities to share his tips and strategies for negotiating with different cultural mindsets. You’ll Learn the skills that empowered communicators use to achieve mutual benefit at the negotiation table. The course delivers repeatable strategies for negotiating common issues such as setting fees, promoting teamwork, and bringing out the best in those you manage. Explore how to use interest-based negotiation, distributive bargaining, diagnostic questioning, and conflict resolution to handle both simple and complex negotiations. Topics include: Preparing for a successful negotiation Using diagnostic questioning Dealing with conflict Framing and anchoring the discussion Making concessions and asking for reciprocity Encouraging cooperation

Conflict Resolution Fundamentals and Cultural Considerations

Conflict Resolution Fundamentals and Cultural Considerations Improve your relationships with your coworkers, clients, managers and multi-cultural team members. What do you do when a conflict has arisen. In this course, we will learn techniques for effective conflict resolution and that are repeatable and apply in most business situations. We will consider frameworks for exploring and navigating conflict resolution, including identifying the issue, separating the people from the problem, overcoming roadblocks to resolution, exploring cultural differences, and getting to agreement. Topics include: Understanding how conflicts arise Navigating cognitive bias Exploring the principles of influence Building trust Reframing the argument Brainstorming solutions

Improve Your Conflict Competence
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Improving Your Conflict Competence Workplace conflict is inevitable everywhere in the world and even in homogeneous Japan. Some people, and particularly in Japan, treat workplace conflict as something to be avoided at all cost. The key to successful multi-cultural teams, however, is to both understanding how destructive poorly managed conflict can be but at the same time be able to use conflict to unleash the superior results and innovation that conflict can produce. This course is for anyone who manages or participates in a team made up of individuals from different cultures. Different cultures can defined by nationality and by mindsets such as salesperson mindset or the engineer mindset. Paul Consalvi has collected the key ideas from the body of knowledge on workplace conflict and has designed activities for participants to learn proven techniques on how conflict is managed effectively in an ‘American/ western-style’ context. Most importantly participants will assess their own situation and consider what and how to put new techniques into practice. We first explore the dynamics that create conflict, and become aware of what our conflict responses are. Once you are aware of how conflict arises, learn some practical steps you can take to manage your emotions and engage with others constructively. Defining conflict competence 1. Understanding Conflict Understanding the value of conflict competence Uncovering conflict attitudes Learning conflict dynamics Understanding and improving your conflict responses 2. Managing Your Emotions Recognizing your hot buttons Regulating your emotional responses Slowing down and reflecting 3. Engaging Others Constructively Using constructive responses Listening for understanding Reducing destructive behaviors Helping others resolve conflict Creating a constructive climate The instructor for this course has over 25 Years in International Negotiations, International Project Management and Business Analysis. He also claims to be the #1 Action Learning Enthusiast in Japan. He has been collecting and modifying frameworks for enhanced business competencies for over 10 years. He believes that although frameworks are powerful tools for "thinking outside the box" they can kill creativity if you are not careful and rely on the false confidence that filling in the boxes can produce.

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HANAMI with Us! Bring Your Family!

Edogawa Park (Edogawabashi and Waseda Stations)

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