[StudentsxCEOs] Knowledge from Indonesia General Electric CEO (Mr. Handry Satriago)


Yesterday, StudentsxCEOs team meets with Mr. Handry Satriago, General Electric Indonesia current CEO. Different from what I’ve imagined before, apart from his physical weakness, he is a very muscular person. He had many experience and values support him and guide him thru many decisions he took in his life.


Mr.Handry Satriago Photo Session
Mr.Handry Satriago Photo Session

General Electric

General electric is a company founded by Thomas Alva Edison. From a simple light bulb product, it has evolved into a big corporation with many divisions. It is a good example on how innovations becoming fuel for company’s success.


Indonesia & Globalization

Globalization had several impacts on Indonesia. We are competing with the world. Globalization creates a borderless world on economic competition.

Is it a new story for Indonesia? Unfortunately, no… We are one of trade center from many centuries ago, from Samudra Pasai Kingdom, VOC, until now. History concludes that we are an old player in global economy, yet our nation’s performance is poor (regarding a century of experience).

How can Indonesia improve, economically? The answer relies on Porter’s research. Michael Porter state that the most important indicator on a nation’s performance is how a local company grow into global company. That’s why we need strong leader in Indonesia, to create and improve local companies.


Framework for Leader

Mr. Handry suggested a framework on leadership, depicted on Figure 1, and also several things to consider :


Leader must look into reality. If it is bad, state that it is bad. If it is not, state the reality. Don’t soften the reality. From reality, do comparison! Comparison will reveal information on our performance.

Fact + comparison <=> real situation


Be creative on looking at a problem. Out of the box thinking is the one that will help you solve the problem faced.

3.Search problem to be solved

There must be problem in our organization. Find it, prioritize, and find the solution!


Be direct in our approach. Time is limited. Don’t waste your time. Learn to conquer the elevator test.


A leader must be resilient. This is the most important thing. God gave human this wonderful ability to survive. Every problem we had will make us stronger when we adapt it.

Figure 1. Thinking Framework



Chat with Mr. Handry Satriago is such a great experience. Simply, his figure can be described in 3 points as resilient, innovative, and smart. He applied the knowledge and wisdom in his life and had a success afterward.


Join us

This is a great experience for me. It is such a great chance to meet a person that we usually saw in magazine. So, you guys who want to meet great CEOs like what I’ve experienced, check our website and Facebook fan page. There you can see an opportunity to apply as our guest star. Don’t miss the chance to become our guest stars J


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