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Name: Kristoffer Loremia
Title: Managing Director
A Filipino-Australian Tech Entrepreneur with a unique combination of leadership and technical skills, bringing to the table the ability to combine management with technical applications. Helped build applications for UNDP, WorldBank and Silicon Valley Based Startups. Currently running Two Startups - Tudlo.co in Philippines and Cleaningly.com.au in Australia which are invested by Smart Communications Inc, Ideaspace Foundation, ITU World Telecom, JFDI.ASIA, HotDesq - Advance Queensland and BlueStartups.
Experienced in programming, creating and implementing comprehensive business databases, designing and developing software applications. Professional Goals include continuing to grow in leadership and knowledge, excel in innovative technology application, interact and share with team members and colleagues, and develop world-class solutions to real world challenges.
Specialties: web application development, mobile development, management, it solutions, marketing, business strategy and fund raising
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
One of the most challenging aspects of being a leader is striking a balance between setting a clear direction for the team and empowering individuals to take ownership of their work. It can be a delicate task to provide guidance and vision while also fostering a culture of autonomy and innovation. Additionally, navigating through uncertainty and making decisions amidst rapidly changing market dynamics can be quite challenging. Adapting to unexpected situations and ensuring the team remains focused and motivated can be demanding. Ultimately, the key is to continuously learn and grow as a leader, while building a strong and cohesive team that can overcome these challenges together.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Kristoffer loremia at an early age already possess some leadership skills. It is his tenacity to inspire and lead the group that made him stand out as a leader.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I believe in maintaining a structured routine to maximize productivity and maintain a healthy work-life balance. My typical day starts by waking up early in the morning to get a head start on the day. I begin with some exercise and meditation to energize both my mind and body. Afterward, I review my schedule, prioritize tasks, and set specific goals for the day.
Throughout the morning, I focus on high-priority tasks and important meetings. I allocate specific blocks of time for concentrated work, ensuring that I have dedicated periods of uninterrupted focus. I also make sure to take short breaks to recharge and stay mentally sharp. During the afternoon, I schedule meetings, collaborative discussions, and catch up on emails and communication. It’s crucial to stay connected with team members, clients, and stakeholders, fostering effective communication and maintaining alignment.
In the late afternoon, I allocate time for strategic planning, brainstorming new ideas, and reflecting on the progress made during the day. This is an opportunity to evaluate and adjust strategies, ensuring that we’re on track to meet our goals. Towards the evening, I prioritize winding down and spending time with my family and loved ones. I believe in maintaining a healthy work-life balance, so I make sure to disconnect from work-related tasks and engage in activities that help me relax and recharge.
Before going to sleep, I review my accomplishments for the day, plan ahead for the next day, and ensure that any pending tasks are appropriately addressed or delegated. This helps me clear my mind and have a restful sleep, ready to tackle the next day’s challenges.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Being fluid and open to changes. The pandemic was a clear proof that anything can happen and everything that we know of as workplace became irrelevant.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
The seven habits of highly effective people. The core being of why I will be successful in my leadership is through honing my attitude towards others and to oneself. That’s the only thing we can control.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Fail fast forward
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
When I quit my job and focus on my entrepreneurial journey. I was more resourceful thereafter.