E: What are your responsibilities?
N: I’m fully in charge of the entire operation at Glass Rooftop & Lounge, from A to Z. So that’s basically everything from the back end to front line, from servers to budgeting. My biggest challenge is finding a way to compete in the happening location of Senopati and SCBD. I believe people will come back if the ambience is pleasant, the entertainment is fun and the service is satisfactory.
E: What makes a typical day?
N: I always start the day with positive thinking. I usually have everything planned from the day before, so I can immediately execute my plan and coordinate with my team so that I can supervise them. And I always end the day feeling happy.
E: What is your best attribute?
N: I used to be the type of leader who couldn’t control my own emotions. But as time went by, I learned to be wiser. I have a great team, but I need to know what we want to do in order to direct them in the right direction.
E: Team player or team leader?
N: Team leader. I used to have difficulties in trusting people, I used to micromanage, which stressed me out and it wasn’t efficient. Now I know how to trust my team, so early in the morning, I can manage the tasks for each of my team members, and I can just supervise them.
E: Who has been the most influential figure in your career to date?
N: My former boss whom I worked for around 10 years ago.
I was a supervisor back then before I got promoted to an assistant manager. He told me if I wanted to be an assistant manager, I had to stop thinking like a supervisor and more like an assistant manager. He was not the micromanaging type, so I had to learn to make decisions, be responsible for my own decisions and learn from my mistakes.
E: Name one really special thing about your restaurant.
N: The bands. Glass Rooftop & Lounge is a whisky bar, but we don’t want to be like your usual, old school whisky bar. We want to stay relevant by putting on different live music performances daily, from happening, up-and-coming bands in Jakarta.
E: How do you unwind?
N: My favourite thing to do is hang out with my friends, but I try to stay away from any bar. I like to look for something new, mostly natural scenery, especially beaches. I try to go out of town if I have enough time or a day off.
E: Dead or alive, who would you like to take out to dinner?
N: Probably Queen Elizabeth. I’m very laidback, and she looks like she lives by this set of rules – we are like heaven and earth, so it would be interesting to find out what our dinner would be like.
GLASS ROOFTOP & LOUNGE
Jalan Senopati No. 61,
Jakarta 12190, Indonesia