March 30, 2012

My Green Day: The Last Friday Lunch

It's the last week for a Friday lunch at the SCBD area. I sadly have to bid my current job a goodbye, since I've realised there's another thing I want to pursue in life. And that involves partly passion, partly family responsibility, and a dash of comfort.

I've worked in AXA for slightly more than 2 months now. It's brief, but there are plenty that I've learnt from the company so far. Even more from my team. It's sad that I've only got to know them in such a short period of time. They are fun people. Really warm, really friendly, really welcoming to newcomers (like me).

What I love the most from my actuarial team is probably the attitudes of the seniors. Working there, you'll immediately feel the positive atmosphere that encourages you to grow. The managers (bosses) don't just order you around doing this and that without any apparent reason. They explain things. They teach. They don't ridiculously ask you to stay under their wings while being blindfolded and clueless of which direction you're going. And for this, I'm really grateful. I've heard so many rumours, mostly negative ones, about working condition in Jakarta. AXA proves it wrong.

I really admire the executives for their personal attachment to the company. I wonder, just when I can have that sense of personal responsibility to a company I'll be working with in the future. I'm still learning, afterall.

At the end of the day, I guess leadership quality is the key factor in distinguishing certain companies (or communities) among the rest. I'll always remember a quote I once came across to: "When you delegate tasks, you create followers. When you delegate authority, you create leaders."

It takes practice - nothing taught by the academic world. Only desire of continual growth and a habit of positive learning will make it work. Time, and experience, will further sharpen the quality.

I hope I can be a great leader, someday.