Wonderful Indonesia to join berlin Tourism Bourse

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Indonesia will participate in Berlin Internationale Tourism Bourse (ITB Berlin) in Germany, March 9-13, 2016.

The Indonesian delegation to the ITB Berlin would be headed by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, Nia Niscaya of the tourism ministry told Antara on Sunday.

Indonesias pavilion themed “Wonderful Indonesia” will feature a Phinisi traditional boat of South Sulawesi.

Some 100 travel operators will join the Indonesian delegation to promote the countrys tourist destinations and offer various tour packages to buyers from all over the world.

“The point is to market tourist destinations from Sabang (Aceh) to Merauke (Papua),” Nia Niscaya said.

The ITB Berlin is expected to attract 10 thousand participants from 185 countries as well as at least 23 thousand visitors.

In 2015, Indonesias delegation consisting of 88 travel agents, recorded business transactions worth Rp4.8 trillion in the ITB Berlin.

This year, Indonesia expects to generate an increase of some 20 percent from last years value, as 850 qualified top buyers have confirmed their participation in the ITB Berlin.

The Indonesian government hopes to generate foreign exchange amounting to Rp172 trillion from 12 million foreign tourist arrivals and Rp223.6 trillion from 260 million domestic tourists this year.

Morals At Work

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You have probably heard the word “ethics” thrown around quite a bit, but do you know what ethics are? Ethics are a person or corporations moral philosophy, which involves how a person or business defines and handles right and wrong behavior. A solid ethical foundation is generally based upon human rights, what is fair and what is in the best interest of the workplace (both employer and employee).

Due to the fact that ethics can vary greatly depending on many factors, it can be difficult for a business to determine where the lines are drawn in the sand when it comes to quandaries involving ethical decisions. It is important not to confuse ethics with the law, as some laws may not be in line with what we consider to be ethical. What is ethical can change based on where we work and who we interact with.

Almost all employees will find themselves from time to time in a position where they are being asked to do something that is unethical. If a superior requests a financial report but asks that the numbers be manipulated, it

Morals At Work

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You have probably heard the word “ethics” thrown around quite a bit, but do you know what ethics are? Ethics are a person or corporations moral philosophy, which involves how a person or business defines and handles right and wrong behavior. A solid ethical foundation is generally based upon human rights, what is fair and what is in the best interest of the workplace (both employer and employee).

Due to the fact that ethics can vary greatly depending on many factors, it can be difficult for a business to determine where the lines are drawn in the sand when it comes to quandaries involving ethical decisions. It is important not to confuse ethics with the law, as some laws may not be in line with what we consider to be ethical. What is ethical can change based on where we work and who we interact with.

Almost all employees will find themselves from time to time in a position where they are being asked to do something that is unethical. If a superior requests a financial report but asks that the numbers be manipulated, it

Indonesian fishery products showcased at Boston expo

Maritime Affairs and Fishery Minister Susi Pudjiastuti hoped that the visitors and prospective buyers of fishery products at the seafood exhibition in Boston, the United States, would recognize the progressive market and potential of Indonesia.

“With our sincere efforts to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the people will witness a rapid growth in our fishery products,” the minister noted on the sidelines of the seafood fair held in Boston on Sunday local time.

The minister was also optimistic of receiving valuable feedback from both the exhibitors and visitors to boost the exports of its maritime products and to garner global recognition.

“I also hope that the Indonesian fishery businessmen would engage in fishing in a responsible manner,” Susi said, adding that the Indonesian fishery community is not only selling the products but also engaging in rightful fishing practices and not violating IUU.

The minister also urged the Indonesian businessmen to continue developing the fishing industry in ways that are environment-friendly.

“I see a great opportunity for the exports of Indonesian marine products, although there are still obstacles to be faced, and certainly, we can solve such problems,” she emphasized.

Susi also gave assurance to the Indonesian maritime businessmen that curbing illegal fishing

Indonesia cuts exports of natural rubber to prop up market

Indonesian rubber exporters agreed to cut their exports of that commodity in line with the Agreed Export Tonnage Scheme (AETS) starting March until August this year.

“AETS scheme agreed upon by the three member countries of the International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC) is aimed at propping up the natural rubber market by cutting supply of that commodity to the world market,” Foreign Trade Director General Karyanto Suprih said in a statement here on Monday.

The government has asked the business players to comply with the scheme, Karyanto pointed out.

The commitment was declared at a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with theme “Readiness of Indonesian Rubber Exporters to implement the AETS scheme in 2016 in line with the agreement reached on February 4, 2016 between the governments of Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia to cut supply of natural rubber to the world market.

The export cut would be effective from March 1 to August 31 this year.

Under the AETS scheme Thailand, the worlds largest producer is to reduce its exports of natural rubber by 324,005 tons, Indonesia, the second largest producer by 238,736 tons, and Malaysia, the third largest by 52,259 tons.

Altogether ITRC member countries agreed to reduce exports of natural rubber by 615,000

Indonesia to reopen banking transactions with Iran

Indonesia said it is open to resume banking transactions with Iran following the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran.

“Banking relations, an obstacle we are facing, will soon be resumed,” President Joko Widodo said after receiving Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the 5th Organization of Islamic Cooperation Extraordinary Summit on Palestine and Al Quds here on Monday.

The President said economic and investment cooperation between the two countries had been hindered because banking transactions were closed due to the imposition of economic sanctions against Iran.

He said Indonesian banking authorities had agreed to follow up on the cooperation plan.

“The chairman of the Financial Service Authority (OJK) said just now that the banking transactions would soon be resumed to develop and strengthen economic relations between the two countries,” he said.

Bank Indonesia (the Central Bank) and OJK would discuss the mechanism for cooperation with Iranian banking officials.

Due to the imposition of economic sanctions several years ago, Iranian banks were unable to conduct transactions with overseas banks.

Since Irans nuclear program came to be known in 2002, the United Nations, the European Union, the US and several other countries had imposed economic sanctions on Iran.

Deloitte buys Monitor Global Strategy Consulting business

Monitor’s talent and assets will combine with Deloitte’s consulting strategy service lines and operate under the Monitor Deloitte brand, Deloitte today said in a statement.No financial details of the deal were disclosed. “This acquisition further enhances our ability to serve clients from strategy to execution – helping them solve their most critical challenges and capitalize on opportunities in a dynamic global economy,” Deloitte Consulting LLP chairman and chief executive officer Jim Moffatt said.

Revealed Satyam global strategy

In keeping with the changing global business landscape, Satyam Computer Services is realigning its client partnership strategy to substantially narrow the gap that exists between the company and global IT majors.

The company is renewing its focus on relationship management and domain competence by bringing on board senior level management with sufficient experience in varied verticals.

Speaking to The Economic Times , Satyam’s president for commercial and healthcare business Ram Mynampati said the next 2 to 3 years is a period of opportunity for Satyam to emerge as one of the major global solutions player. To achieve the goal, the company will continue to invest in its core competence and service the strategic partnership objective of the global customer base across 45 countries, he said.

The company has ramped up its strength of senior level management by hiring experienced domain experts as principal relationship managers for global clients for all its verticals. Typically, each vertical would have two or more such relationship principals. Such relationship management experts have been deployed across Satyam’s global operations, who guide the company’s growth strategy besides maintaining relationships with clients.

“We believe that by renewed focus on relationship management

Twenty Dumb Things Organizations Do to Mess Up Their Relationship With Employees

Even the best organizations periodically make mistakes in dealing with people. They mess up their opportunity to create effective, successful, positive employee relations.

They treat people like children and then ask why people fail so frequently to live up to their expectations. Managers apply different rules to different employees and wonder why workplace negativity is so high. People work hard and infrequently receive positive feedback.

At the same time, many organizations invest untold energy in actions that ensure employees are unhappy. They ensure ineffective employee relations results. For example, one of the most important current trends in organizations is increasing employee involvement and input. Organizations must find ways to utilize all of the strengths of the people they employ. Or, people will leave to find work in an organization that does.

According to former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, the number of people in the labor force ages 25 to 34 is projected to decline by 2.7 million in the next seven years. To meet this challenge, work places need to recruit new populations and non-traditional employees. And, workplaces urgently need to retain valued employees.

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Lessons Learned From Enron

We all get complacent sometimes. We have comfort zones. We do the things we enjoy, that feel good, that come easily. That’s why many people surround themselves with people who agree with them, think like them, and support them. The CEO of a large company does not have that luxury.

In return for the outlandish compensation being heaped on them by the shareholders, the CEO must immerse himself or herself in the uncomfortable, the unfamiliar, the different opinion. Only in that way can they keep the company strong and growing. Only then can they earn what they are being paid. Only then can they, and their shareholders, avoid a debacle like Enron.

There are many lessons that can be learned from the collapse of Enron. Any organization has an obligation to all of its stakeholders, not just its shareholders, and those obligations were not met in this case. Executives at Enron made decisions that were wrong. Some of their decisions may have involved illegal activities. Many people also are beginning to question the professional conduct of auditors Arthur Andersen. Did their interest in preserving their income cloud their judgment? We will leave those discussions for others and focus

Hiring and Retaining Good Employees

Hiring good employees is not only important to your business, it’s essential. Employees are the heart and soul of a any business; they are the mechanism that makes a business run; they are the breath of life that enables a business to be something more than an  just idea. A business can’t run unless someone (employees, in this case) are doing the work. Any intelligent business owner or manager should want good employees.

Employers Are Not the Only Ones to Feel the Effect 

Bad employees not only affect an employer by driving down sales, costing the company unwanted expenses due to negligence or simple lack of motivation, etc, but they affect the customer as well. Once a customer has a bad experience with an employee, it could have the snowball effective were that customer will tell other potential customers about the negative experience. Although this seems like common sense to most people, it is uncanny how most employers will overlook this fact, whether it’s because of time constraints to effectively deal with the problem or lack of better judgment. Whatever the case, it is a fact that sales get driven down and production slowed for a

How Leaders Build Effective Teams through Quality Management and Teamwork

Leadership is a big word. It means more than what it appears to be and is written about in millions of books around the world. Leading a person or a group of people is an infinite responsibility. Of course, we have different kinds of leaders and people are constantly looking for leaders who can create more leaders than followers. At work, in business, in families and within friends, leaders are important because they just don’t show directions but help people identify their strengths and bring out the best in them.

Supreme quality work is one of the main attributes of management or leadership. Quality management is crucial for the people involved as it is for the end result of any work. Managing the quality of the team does not always have to do with work. It also means maintaining a healthy, cheerful, enthusiastic and result-oriented atmosphere within a team. Great managers always focus on creating a code of honor for the team before they get started. It is an excellent, result-oriented and an effective way to lay rules that everybody in the team must play by. It is unspoken on many occasions but firmly agreed by all.

The Green Benefits of Computer Recycling

Computers are an important part of our daily lives these days. We use them for sending e-mails and other office correspondence, and we also use them for surfing the Internet, or for watching our favorite movies and TV shows. We also use the PC for networking with friends or family.

However, what happens when the PC you have at home becomes obsolete? Will you be simply throwing these down the landfill? Let’s have a closer look at the benefits of recycling computers.

Obsolete Computers Are a Good Source of Raw Materials

Even if you’re home computer is already one useless piece of equipment after a few years, it won’t mean that it’s totally useless. An obsolete computer actually serves as a wonderful source of useful raw materials. However, if the old computer is not properly disposed or handled, it can be a source of harmful toxins and carcinogens, which pollute the environment and can cause death and injury to both man and animals.

Rapid advances in technology, coupled with low initial costs has resulted in an ever-increasing surplus of computers and computer parts worldwide. The Environmental Protection Agency of the US estimates that there

What is Workplace Conflict

The workplace is your second home. In fact, some of you probably spend more time at work than you do at home. You are indeed fortunate if you have the opportunity to work in a job which you find challenging and interesting. But, however satisfying your job is, there always seem to be some type of conflict.

Workplace conflict happens regularly between team members, departments, managers, suppliers, vendors and sometimes customers. If you are a manager, then the problem of workplace conflict becomes a major issue as you are confronted with it on a regular basis. As one manager complained, it seemed like they were spending more time mediating between people who behaved like spoiled children rather than creative and productive individuals.

What Is Workplace Conflict?

Conflict in the workplace can be defined as a strong difference of opinion that occurs in the workplace. It may start out as a simple complaint or just a difference of opinion. In many cases, such issues are either solved gradually or they die a natural death. However, statistics show that these differences are consuming a large portion of a manager’s time and happening more frequently. These situations may

Handling Workplace Conflict Myths and Reality

Workplace conflict is much more common than you probably think. Yet, it is nothing to be ashamed of or swept under a rug. To truly understand workplace conflict, you need to understand some basic facts about the myths and reality of workplace conflict. The myths about workplace conflict are:

  1. It is not nice to have conflict. This idea is ingrained in our psyche. From childhood, you are taught that it is not nice to have conflict and you should always put a smiling face on it. Therefore, it is simply wrong to have conflict.

  1. Conflicts will resolve themselves over time, so there is no need for me to get involved. This is one of the more common approaches taken by managers. It’s a hands-off approach to dealing with conflict.

  1. A true team would never have any conflict. When true team spirit prevails, there would be no conflict or even a chance for it. All is sweetness and light in a good team.

……. And now for the reality:

  1. It is not nice to have conflict – If it is not nice to have conflict, is it better to grind

Maintaining Focus in Public Speaking

A public speaking situation can be intimidating for even the most seasoned of public speaking professionals. That is because when speaking to a live audience, you really never know what is going to happen. Never mind the freak occurrences of problems with the audience and the room, you as a human being could be subject to momentary memory halts that often come as the result of nervousness or just looking up and seeing all those eyes looking at you.

So much of the discipline of giving a public presentation is to establish an internal structure to your talk that helps you stay on task and maintain the focus of your subject for the entire time you are speaking. That structure can also be of huge value in helping you gauge your time and make adjustments so you get the most crucial parts of your talk presented within the allocated time frame even if that means leaving out less important parts of your presentation.

There is a simple directive many public speakers live by that gives you a fine guideline for that structure. It goes like this…

  • Tell them what you are going to do.
  • Do what

Delivering A Speech Maintain Eye Contact

Body language is very important when delivering a speech.

Have you ever seen our great leaders fidget or make unnecessary movements while addressing the nation?

Since you are the center of attention while making the presentation, you should mind every move that you make so as not to bore or distract the people listening to your speech.

So you already have a speech prepared, you know the topic well and you are now standing in front of the audience.

They are in for a treat because you have prepared a great presentation, yet you also know that they have a very short attention span.

How would you keep them interested with what you are saying?

The answer is to maintain eye contact.

This is one public speaking technique that great speakers use when addressing a large group of people. Here are some tips on how you can use this “trick” to keep your audience interested while delivering a speech:

Once you have already started speaking and have delivered your introduction, take a look at your audience.

Do not be nervous if you see one or two people frowning as

Lessons Learned From Enron

We all get complacent sometimes. We have comfort zones. We do the things we enjoy, that feel good, that come easily. That’s why many people surround themselves with people who agree with them, think like them, and support them. The CEO of a large company does not have that luxury.

In return for the outlandish compensation being heaped on them by the shareholders, the CEO must immerse himself or herself in the uncomfortable, the unfamiliar, the different opinion. Only in that way can they keep the company strong and growing. Only then can they earn what they are being paid. Only then can they, and their shareholders, avoid a debacle like Enron.

There are many lessons that can be learned from the collapse of Enron. Any organization has an obligation to all of its stakeholders, not just its shareholders, and those obligations were not met in this case. Executives at Enron made decisions that were wrong. Some of their decisions may have involved illegal activities. Many people also are beginning to question the professional conduct of auditors Arthur Andersen. Did their interest in preserving their income cloud their judgment? We will leave those discussions for others and focus

What you Need to Know

Ethics is a standard of acceptable behavior or a set of rules by which to judge decisions and conduct. In the workplace, ethics may be referred to as business ethics or corporate responsibility, but the overall idea is that of instilling a sense of values and knowledge of what is right and wrong throughout the organization.

Why is Ethical Conduct Important?

First, of course, there are the negative consequences of unethical conduct to consider. Many corporate leaders have been prosecuted and incarcerated for their unethical behavior. Furthermore, federal laws have set strict guidelines for required conduct in areas where unethical behavior is particularly risky—for example, in financial reporting. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines have placed strict legal requirements on covered employers. But there are also positive rewards for engaging in ethical conduct. Ethical conduct is good for business and is the basis for long-term success in any organization. It promotes a strong public image for the organization because people respect an organization that makes ethical choices. Customers like doing business with an organization they can trust.

Ethical conduct also makes the best use of resources. Money, time, and effort

Ethics in the Workplace

Ethics are about making choices that may not always feel good or seem like they benefit you but are the right choices to make. They are the choices that are examples of model citizens and examples of the golden rules. We’ve all heard the golden rules: Don’t hurt, don’t steal, don’t lie, or one of the most famous: Do unto others as you would have done to you. These are not just catchy phrases; these are words of wisdom that any productive member of society should strive to live by.

In our personal lives, most people try to do exactly that. Ethics are thought of by many people as something that is related to the private side of life and not to the business side. In many businesses, having ethics is frowned upon or thought of as a negative subject. This is because business is usually about doing what’s best for number one, not about what’s really the right thing to do. You probably are already feeling uneasy just reading this.

A Good Example

Take ENRON, for example. Were the actions of ENRON CEO a good example of ethics? No. But, what they WERE was