Good Boss vs Bad Boss

Business and entrepreneurship are two things that boom nowadays, particularly in Indonesia. More and more people have woken up and realized that this, what they have been doing for years of being a worker, is not good enough to live their life. They just want to release from the slavery and they struggle to build their own dreams. But, of course, there is nothing easy about this because it cost hell huge amount of bucks to build their dreams.

Despite of these conditions and blah blah blah… Look! They successfully made it. Why do I say so? Well, frankly, I live surrounded by those people, who are struggling to pursue their own goal; not others’. Some have already known their pattern and some are still trying. Some have already made money and some are still looking.  But anyway, they keep growing and get better (although there are some who give it up). How about me? Nah… I am not that kinda person, I mean, in a good way. I believe every human has their own destiny and their own proportion in life. You know, like, one can be a boss, one can be an educator, one can be a labor, etc… because if a boss needs labors working in their company, the children of a boss needs teachers to educate their families, that sort of things. And here I am, concerning to become an educator or researcher and I believe there is nothing wrong about it as far as I do nothing harm for the society. Right?

“The Boss”

 

Anyway, these entrepreneurs and these bosses are not always gonna be on top, even Steve Jobs had already passed the darkest time of his life. The road for business is not always that silky, thus they might anticipate for dwindled and rocky road ahead. Rise and fall is normal in business since business is something that is strongly influenced by its surrounding. It is quite sensitive to fuel price, even to the monsoon, believe me or not. You might see some can keep standing even the price of their products is running low, like Adaro (a coal mining company, in which the price of coal is currently getting lower and lower, yet Adaro is still optimist because they see it globally and they believe that the price is still okay since it is $50 higher compared to 2002), but some just cannot, especially for those who are still struggling to pay the loan… and of course this condition is not okay.

As a matter of fact, it is not my authority to talk about this as apalah awak ini… I am just a young woman struggling to pursue my own dreams and I am not that expert in this, business and entrepreneurship things. Yet anyway, majority of people knows that business and entrepreneurship are compounded by many factors, not only the boss but also the surroundings. Thus, the attitude of the boss might be something important in this case. Not the attitude to ‘please people’ by doing something pleasant  for a group of people, but the attitude to know what best is for the company and for the society. They strict to the rule and yeah… they made it. Some agree that a humble-boss is rarely found, but those humble-bosses do exist and look how they keep standing even in their darkest moment. Some also believe that it greatly depends on lucky. Well… frankly, it might be true. Indeed, decision making is pretty tough skill to have and it is a required skill for a good boss. However, once you are in a bunch of skillful people, it is lucky which determines your success (Model Thinking Lecture, Scott E. Page: Randomness). See, well, in this case, it is not your authority to determine your success, but God’s. Even how skillful you are and how you and your partner have similar capabilities, God might help you to find the fastest track to your goal, or God might not.

Furthermore, business and entrepreneurship relate to not only one single person, but many people. Thus human resources need to be utilized on the right track. You know, right person/people on the right track. They do not have to be smart; they just have to be on the right track. So, human management is important.

In reality, there might be big winners and big losers, particularly in business. However, knowing this might give you some perspective about… you know, at least being a little more optimist than before and surely being more humble and down-to-earth.

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Gaza Through the Eyes of Someone Far From Home

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Sixteen Minutes to Palestine

Guest contribution by Deena Kishawi

As the days of summer pass, I have tried hard to ignore the news. Not because I don’t want to know the goings-on in the world but because I know that if I see or hear something that strikes a nerve, my heart will shatter just as forcefully.

Since Israel’s aggressive operation on the people of the Gaza Strip began on July 8, I’ve shielded my eyes from the images of bleeding children, emotional mothers, and demolished houses. I’m afraid that I might see something I recognize from my visits to Gaza or someone I met — perhaps a relative or a friend. I’m afraid that my memories of Gaza will be tarnished with destruction and not the gleaming sun-lit beauty I remember from my time there exactly one year ago.

Today, I look back at my journeys to Gaza and desperately wish that I had stayed so that…

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