In A Blink – hotel design as art

Words: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally published in JPlus of The Jakarta Post on August 13, 2016     Entering its second decade, Blink Design Group has reached great heights in the world of hospitality design, working with luxury hotel brands such as Alila, Conrad, Jumeirah, Kempinski, Mandarin Oriental, Regent, Rosewood and Six Senses. Hotel designer and creative director Clint Nagata founded the firm in 2006 in Bangkok with a staff of 20. Flash-forward to today, and … [Read more...]

8 Advantages Highly Sensitive People Bring to Business

Words: Sherrie Campbell Originally published in http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245293 Highly-sensitive people are “different” but different in the way that businesses need. The highly sensitive see things in ways others cannot and are the world’s greatest innovators. These are the people you want running your businesses. You want them on your creative teams to help push your business to the cutting edge. With their influence, your business will stand out – by creating new ide … [Read more...]

Nadiem Makarim: Innovating ideas to revolutionize ‘ojek’

Words & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on June 20, 2015. Young entrepreneur Nadiem Makarim opts for flexibility in managing a platform of transportation services. Motorcycle taxis, known as ojek, have become one efficient solution to Jakarta'€™s notorious traffic congestion. "When you are in a hurry and want to go to a certain place, an ojek is truly the most reliable mode of transport. A lot of people need their services regularly. I'€™m one of … [Read more...]

Hans Leo: People are key to company’s growth

By Sudibyo M. Wiradji. Published in The Jakarta Post. Logistics company executive Hans Leo believes in the power of people engagement in growing a logistics company. Hans Leo believes that a one-man show was not an appropriate managerial style, especially when operating a large company with an expanded network, given that a CEO had limitations in terms of expertise and time. The president director and CEO of Linc Group disclosed that engaging more people with their respective expertise … [Read more...]

Timothy Charles Parker: Sharpening business focus with pragmatic approach

Text & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in The Jakarta Post. Leading businessman Timothy Charles Parker uses a flexible management style to maintain his solid team in his luggage and travel wear empire. Envisioning a business goal takes a strategy drafted by the right people with clear direction, says Timothy '€œTim'€ Charles Parker, chairman of Samsonite International. '€œFinding the right people that can contribute to building a solid team is always the basic step. B … [Read more...]

TNT Express takes Transjakarta to Reduce C02 Emission

TNT Express Indonesia and Transjakarta Busway held a two-day eco-driving seminar with the objective of building a social initiative on how to consistently reduce the use of C02 emission. Taking place at Hotel Peninsula, West Jakarta, the seminar features in-class training, held on Friday, December 20, 2013, from 10 in the morning to late afternoon, and practical field exercise the next day.  There were 25 drivers from TNT and 15 from Transjakarta Busway taking part at the seminar. The main … [Read more...]

How personality plays a role in effective leadership

When executives identify admirable leaders, they often underestimate their struggle with certain elements of their personality. In truth, the majority of effective leaders even “naturals” like Richard Branson or PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi had to work hard to manage their personality traits to get where they are today. There are countless personality traits that distinguish us from one another, some inherited while others are learned. But recent research has converged toward five broad dimensions, e … [Read more...]

Tomy Sofhian: Taking the reins through strategic planning and execution

Tomy Sofhian broke the expatriate bar when he became the first local to helm the Indonesian operation of Amsterdam-based international logistics service provider, TNT Express. Since its establishment in Indonesia in 1979, TNT Express Indonesia had always been under a foreign managing director. His appointment to the position last June was due to the need to have a leader who understands the local market, Tomy believes. While he is a fan of motivational and leadership gurus from the West, … [Read more...]

Michael Ziesemer: Leading ways to managing global networks

Holding various senior management positions over 32 years has made Michael Ziesemer a perfect fit for leading a global giant. Ziesemer oversees some 10,000 employees in his position as chief operating officer (COO) of Endress+Hauser, a Switzerland-based instrumentation and process automation company producing instruments measuring level, flow, pressure and temperature. Ever since he was appointed COO of the company in 2008, Ziesemer has deployed his leadership savvy to help Endress+Hauser … [Read more...]

Property market outlook still buoyant despite currency volatility

Indonesia’s recent economic turmoil has led many short-term investors to exit the country, causing the equity market to fall rapidly and the rupiah to weaken to over 11,500 per US dollar. This change of sentiment was triggered by the US Federal Reserve signaling to the market that it would withdraw its large monetary stimulus and begin “tapering”. Both markets have now recovered somewhat but the spotlight has been shone on emerging economies like Indonesia with current account deficits and overh … [Read more...]