Gen Z: Challenges vs Opportunities

A Quick Glimpse on Ronald Waas

He graduated from Pangudi Luhur High School in 1973. He was lucky at that time to study at ITB. Why were you lucky?

Because when you graduated from high school, you didn't know what you wanted to be. His wish is to be an engineer. The choice of a popular school at that time was either as an engineer or a doctor.

He considered himself lucky for getting accepted at ITB. Why? Because you didn't know what you wanted to be. At ITB, I had more than a year to think about which major to take. Because they had to compete with approximately a thousand other students, he chose his major in Civil Engineering, in line with the results of his psychological test.

He worked as a structural engineer in a consulting firm and also planned a three-stories building belonging to a government agency. So, he practiced as an engineer before being accepted to work at Bank Indonesia, Indonesia's central bank. He worked for 18 years in Bank Indonesia in the logistics sector, related to Bank Indonesia's building projects. It was still related to the field of hi study at ITB. Ronald also studied in the Extension Program at the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia. But he did not get a diploma as a Bachelor of Economics. However, this field of study was very helpful in pursuing his career in the field of education, which is always related to promotion, at Bank Indonesia.

In 1994, he got the opportunity and a scholarship from Bank Indonesia to take a Master degree in the Program in Economic Policy Management, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University in New York. He graduated holding a title as a Master of International Affairs.

He held various responsibility in Bank Indonesia, including in Information Technology (1999 - 2007), Information Management (2007 - 2009), Payment Systems (2009 - 2011), and then served as Deputy Governor (2011 - 2016).

After completing his service period at Bank Indonesia, he has been a commissioner in several companies since 2017.

Philosophy of Life

It was extracted from my hobby for decades, which is playing football.

First, that one person is nothing without ten other people, because football is a team game.

Because you have to work in a team, cooperation is very important. What makes for good cooperation? The purpose of working together is very important. In football, the goal is clear: to score against the opponent.

If we already have a team and we both know what our goals are, a strategy is needed so that together we can achieve our goals. In football, we know the tiki-taka of Spain when they became world champion, total football from the Netherlands, the kick-and-rush of England where the ball is kicked as quickly as possible, or the beautiful game of Brazil, etc. This strategy is very important to tie all components in the collaboration or in an organization to move in harmony in achieving goals.

Then a division of roles is required. In football, we know that there are those who work only to keep the goal, guard in front of the goalkeeper or we know it as defender. There are those people who work to give the ball to the striker so that goals can be created, others work to attack to score goals as the main objective of the team. It is necessary in every organization to divide the roles that must be done so that the strategy can be implemented properly to achieve goals.

The four things above, namely cooperation without selfishness, goals, strategies, and division of roles are not enough without the existence of the fifth factor, namely mutual trust or trust. In football, if a striker does not believe that a goalkeeper can keep his team's goal in order to prevent conceding a goal, he may forget his goal to score. Likewise, vice versa. Trust between roles in the organization is very important to bind all.


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