Management Culture in Indonesia

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Guide for foreigner working with Indonesian:

  1. The boss is director, not facilitator. While being egalitarian is a very good trait to have, people here prefer you prepare something before meeting.
  2. Be clear about your expectations. Ask them to prepare 3 ideas to you before tell them what your opinion is, ask input before make decision, ask them to ask you before you ask them, ask all the time. Its not that Indonesian lazy and doesn’t initiative, but thats just how we work.
  3. Be careful about what you say. Event passing idea sometimes can be perceived as you already made decision.

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atmawarin

I love trees, typography and occasional run alone in the morning when hush still fell over the city. I live in Yogyakarta but grew up in Sorong Papua.

After the realisation set in that I would not be making it as an astronaut, I spent many evenings in my life dancing with my computer (no, not literally). And anytime I find something wicked in the dancing, I would write it out here.

Currently working at www.softwareseni.co.id

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By atmawarin

atmawarin

I love trees, typography and occasional run alone in the morning when hush still fell over the city. I live in Yogyakarta but grew up in Sorong Papua.

After the realisation set in that I would not be making it as an astronaut, I spent many evenings in my life dancing with my computer (no, not literally). And anytime I find something wicked in the dancing, I would write it out here.

Currently working at www.softwareseni.co.id

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