Words: Gandi Faisal
Photo: Courtesy of Philips Indonesia
Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on Sept. 28, 2015.
Suryo Suwignjo believes that despite the textbook concept, communicating the company’s vision to the staff remains an important aspect to ensuring that everyone understands what the company’s vision is. “This is necessary so that they know how the company plans to paint this big picture and how they can contribute to this objective.”
Suryo is the first Indonesian to hold the top position in Philips Indonesia. He is fully aware of the diverse ways people of different generations respond to instructions. According to him, getting everyone in the organization to understand the company’s vision is half of the objective achieved.
“We need everyone to proactively work to achieve common objectives. There should be a reward-and-punishment system; those, who do their job well, should get a proper reward, while those, who don’t, should receive guidance,” he stated.
For Suryo, a good business leader needs to have good communication skills because a leader must foster open communication and invite dialogue with everyone in the organization. “We are living in a fast-changing world, so a leader must be innovative and adaptive to what the market wants,” he said.
“We have to come up with innovations and breakthroughs to be able to move up to speed with the market. So, a good business leader needs to be innovative,” he added. And he finds this is in line with the company he is leading, Philips Indonesia, which is an innovation-based company.