Above or Below the Line?

Pic by epSos.de

Pic by epSos.de (license: CC BY 2.0)

I always love AAG (Agate Alliance Gathering), a quarterly meeting where all crews from my office and its alliances gather in one place… to speak up about their dreams, goals and plans. The theme of the latest AAG was Culture and Philosophies.

You see, Agate is an almost-4-year-old game studio. We are in ongoing process of building our own culture. The goal is simple: To build a company that stands for centuries.

Okay, it is not that simple, hahaha…

The CEO, Arief Widhiyasa, is a great leader. He encourages us to have ATL (above the line) mentalities and to avoid BTL (below the line) mentalities.

Find out which ones you have!

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How to Blog Regularly Using Trello

Blogging is easy. Blogging regularly is not. Fortunately, there is Trello for that. It is a project/task management application created by great folks in Fog Creek, and it has helped me publish one post a day on this blog. Here is how I use Trello for blogging regularly.

Keep reading to find the method.

A Tough Decision, Can You Make It?

Pic by Alexander Henning Drachmann

Leadership is often seen as a trait or a quality associated to managers and business leaders of corporations or organizations. It actually belongs to everyone living in this societal world. In certain life situations, I am–as well as you are–required to have a strong leadership. Especially when we have to make tough decisions.

What the heck am I talking about?

Building My ‘Fun Home’ on a Rock

Oooh… I want a house with a view like this! ^.^

I am currently in Lembang, a beautiful remote area in Bandung. As one of Agate‘s 15 core leaders, I am learning about several business processes and philosophies, including The Toyota Way. We are also discussing cases of management problem and trying to solve them. Amazing time indeed!

A wise man builds his home on a solid rock.

Agate is much more than merely an office where I get my monthly paycheck from. It is a ‘fun home,’ and I am responsible for building it on a solid rock called ‘company’s philosophy and values.’ Wish me luck! ^.^

The LEGO Story: Only The Best is Good Enough

Here is an amazing video created to celebrate LEGO’s 80th birthday. It shows us how a Danish carpentry startup has been growing into a three-generation-old toy maestro company selling plastic bricks loved by millions of kids and grown-ups around the world.

“Only the best is good enough.”

This video inspires me to make the best out of every situation. Ole Kirk Christiansen is depicted here as a strong-willed father and leader, fully responsible for his family and workers. He went through a lot of shit, but he kept calm and carried on. I can’t even imagine how anyone could run any business during a war; Denmark was occupied by Germany in 1940-1945.

Once my boss said, “Every great company has a great culture infused by the leaders to everyone working towards the same strong vision.” LEGO has it.

Happy birthday, LEGO!