As far as his leadership style goes, Johary “likes to observe. “He then shares his observations with industry peers. “I do not only share the success stories, but also the mistakes made along the way. Some people will often give constructive feedback, however there are also some that would simply judge, and profile you based on these revelations. Whatever the case, I still strongly believe in the concept of sharing and doing everything together with the team. There is more sustainability in the long run if you do this, instead of just doing it alone.” “One of the biggest challenges we faced operating in the tech industry, is how quick technology and innovation is introduced to the market.
Today, many of the new tech products and innovation have a disruptive effect on traditional businesses. This affects brand equity, shareholders, and existing customers behavior. Understanding the risks that exist within our development landscape, and drawing from experiences of our trial and error has taught us to be prepared for any upcoming solutions and upgrades. Our motivated, expert teams are also always up for the challenge, with the company always seeking to ensure that all its services and offerings follow the industry standards. We strive to ensure that we meet our client’s targets while we continuously look for means to reach more markets.”
When asked about what it takes to be successful, Johary said, “What I have learnt is that you need to have both feet planted on the ground, and to be humble and prepared for what is next to come. If you condition yourself mentally and physically, then you will be prepared to handle whatever storm comes your way.” With regards to advice he would give a young person wanting to start their own business, the CEO says, “Have focus in what you do. Focus on one thing that you are really good at, and just continue doing it day in and day out—weekly, monthly, or over the years. Success will not happen overnight. Just put your mind to it.”
“Have focus in what you do. Focus on one thing that you are really good at, and just continue doing it day in and day out—weekly, monthly, or over the years. Success will not happen overnight. Just put your mind to it.”
While his workload may not allow much leisure time, Johary shares that spending time with friends is priceless. “Loved ones and old friends are the people who appreciate us for who we are, and who value us for the time that we’ve spent with them.” This nod to the need for honest, heartfelt human interaction has shaped the way the company views its employees, or ‘talents’. “Our team is young and creative. They have constantly been contributing ideas to improve our products and services. They know that the technology industry is fast moving, necessitating that the company be fast moving too. We would like to believe we empower them, and we give them a venue for growth. Our talents see us as a diverse company with a work-life balance culture. We encourage employee engagement activities, with some of these including movie nights, free lunches in the office, quarterly team outings, annual team building, birthday and festive celebrations. We foster a home-away-from-home concept.”
Describing his average work day, Johary shares that he wakes at 6.30am, breakfasts, and spends time with his son and twin daughters before heading to the office for discussions and brainstorms with team members. “I find it a challenge to fit everything in a day, so I try to prioritize what matters most: people with questions. I try and encourage more critical thinking, so instead of simply doing the work given, I empower people in the organization to be able to think about the reasons why they want to do it, and how to do it.”
“Evenings are the time I normally use to meet people from the industry, mostly to understand and reconnect to latest trends and happenings. There are also times where it stretches into the morning, just talking about ideas and what we are passionate about. For me, the moment of creativity strikes after midnight when I am back home alone. Then I whip up the laptop, catch up on pending emails, and take the time to send out more in depth, lengthy pointers for the next day’s to-do-list.”