For Global Careers

Mission

We aim to provide our clients in Japan with premiere opportunities in building project know how for global careers.

Projects create new value for organizations in every country and sector. However, to create new value today, organizations confront complexity, conflict, and turbulence. Nowhere is this more true than in Japan. As Peter Drucker foresaw at the end of the last century, "The developed society that faces the greatest challenge is the society that has been most successful in the last 50 years: Japan." In Japan today, individuals, teams, and organizations face wicked problems on every time horizon, problems for which project management as practiced in the 20th Century is no longer adequate. In the last generation, however, the practice has become far more open, dynamic, inclusive, and politically savvy. In a word, it has become more global. Modern project management, from waterfall to agile, combines people skills, systems thinking and cloud-based tools. It is not only a way for organizations to work together. Among fast companies around the world, it is the architecture for innovation, collaboration, and success.

However, as is more widely agreed each day, Japan's traditional educational system does not consistently provide young people with the competencies needed to succeed in fast global companies. Formal education, including training in project management, traditionally emphasizes individual receptive skills and correct answers to problems set by the sensei. However, managing projects was never much like listening to experts, reading slides, taking tests, or watching videos. In this century, in Japan, it is even less so. For Cogent Language, this is the "greatest challenge" that Peter Drucker foresaw: building the capacity of Japan's firms and knowledge workers to move quickly, creatively, and effectively on the global stage. Cogent Language is here to engage that challenge.

The point of all our work is project know-how: not just theory, technical expertise, or test preparation, but project competency for a global world. Project know how is knowing how to build constructive relationships, and then to work in these relationships to build something of value for some particular stakeholders, whoever and wherever they are. Any project management or career education program not based on customer-centric project know-how is simply not cogent to Japan's global contexts today. To nurture project know how, our practice is project based learning (PBL). PBL is constructive, collaborative, cumulative, visual, fast, and personal. This is the design pattern of all of our product and services.