One Bowl of

Rice

One bowl for happiness
Everything else - a blessing

What is

One Bowl of Rice

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Think about a bowl of plain rice. The taste, preparation, and even the  colour of rice couldn’t be more basic, and it’s probably not your first choice of a satisfying meal. However, there are so many popular dishes that just aren’t complete without rice, from stir fries and curry to grilled chilli lobster. Both the rice and the “main” dish elevate each other, and one wouldn’t be complete without the other. So, what does this have to do with leadership? On the surface, rice may seem to have no relation to leadership (unless you’re a rice company), but in reality, it couldn’t be more relevant.

Think about a bowl of plain rice. The taste, preparation, and even the  colour of rice couldn’t be more basic, and it’s probably not your first choice of a satisfying meal. However, there are so many popular dishes that just aren’t complete without rice, from stir fries and curry to grilled chilli lobster. Both the rice and the “main” dish elevate each other, and one wouldn’t be complete without the other. So, what does this have to do with leadership? On the surface, rice may seem to have no relation to leadership (unless you’re a rice company), but in reality, it couldn’t be more relevant.

 

Think of a leader as a plain, basic bowl of rice. In this scenario, the leader’s team would be the main dishes – the stir fries, curries, chicken, and soups. If the leader (the rice) didn’t have their team (the main dishes) beside them, they would have no appeal or value. Therefore, as a leader you are nothing without your team, and similarly, your team needs you to bring out the best in them.

When we talk about leaders, we don’t just mean CEOs and managers. We’re also talking about parents, educators, coaches, pet owners, and even the co-worker that knows how to fix the printer. Whether you’re a team leader or the friend who books dinner reservations for your group, you can make a big difference in the lives of those around you. There is leader potential in all of us; sometimes, we just don’t realise it. Regardless of what kind of leader you are, our message remains the same – a leader is like a bowl of rice.

We mentioned before how the colour of rice, white, couldn’t be more basic. However, for leaders, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What other colour clashes with white? None of them. As a plain, unpretentious shade, white has the ability to complement every colour and bring out a new side of each colour. As leaders, this is what we hope to achieve with our team – to be uncompetitive, never overshadow others, and bring out the best in the people around us.

This is what One Bowl of Rice is all about. We see rice as a constant reminder of what we should be doing as leaders. We want to uplift the people around us and connect with others. We should treat everyone equally, regardless of their job title, background, gender or ethnicity. Whether we demonstrate leadership in the workplace or in our friend groups, we must remember that we are not here to order others around, but to strengthen and uplift each other, every day.

 

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Meet the founder:

Gus Arianto

Gus Arianto is the remarkable founder of One Bowl of Rice. With over two decades of management experience in Asia and Australia behind him, it’s safe to say that Gus knows a thing or two about leadership. He’s been a business development manager, regional general manager, executive general manager, and now thrives as the CEO of a multimillion -dollar company.

Just like all of us, Gus was a leader even before entering any official leadership positions. One Bowl of Rice believes that everyone can be a leader, regardless of their job position or skillset. We were leaders from the day we helped a fellow student with their homework or invited them to play with us at school. This is one of Gus’s beliefs that helped shape what One Bowl of Rice is all about. 

Gus is a full-time father and CEO, as well as a podcast host for his passion project, Leader Talk. So, what motivated Gus to create One Bowl of Rice on top of all his other commitments? You could trace his inspiration for One Bowl of Rice all the way back to his childhood.

Looking at Gus now, you wouldn’t think of him as the kind of student to fail many of his exams during high school. However, he did exactly that. Gus spent his school years in Indonesia, and from grade one to grade nine, he showed limited signs of academic aptitude and ranked near the bottom of his class every year. It wasn’t until year 10 that things began to change. After moving to a smaller school, Gus’s grades started to look up, and it wasn’t long before he ranked top of his class. So, how did Gus go from bottom of his class to top of his class within a matter of months? The answer is simple – he discovered his passion for teaching.

As Gus performed better at school, more of his peers would ask him for help. This was his main motivating force to do better at school as he absolutely loved to teach his friends. When Gus arrived in Australia and studies a Bachelor of Engineering (manufacturing) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, he would study 18 hours a day simply so he could pursue his passion for teaching and share his knowledge with his peers.

Alongside Gus’s engineering studies, during the day he worked in the office at David Brown Gear Industries – a global engineering firm in Melbourne, while at night he worked as a toilet cleaner and carpark attendant. While these experiences were hard, Gus is adamant that he wouldn’t change a thing because it taught him humility, resilience, and empathy. Even now, Gus always thanks the toilet cleaners he sees as he can truly understand the difficulties of their job.

Gus came to Australia as a non-English speaking university student living in a hostel. Now, he has a university degree, diploma and decades of engineering and management experience. Through One Bowl of Rice, Gus can turn his experiences into lessons that will help people all around the world unlock their leader potential. Gus’s genuine passion for helping others grow and succeed is a foundational aspect of his leadership journey because now, he can spend every day leading his team to success. 

In his free time, Gus enjoys cooking, reading, training his dogs (Charlie Ma Darlin’, Bailey Ma Baby, and Ms Molly) and spending time with his family and friends. Every day, Gus works on being a more authentic, kind, and courageous person. He hopes to be able to make a positive difference in the world, whether that’s through One Bowl of Rice or by helping the people around him. However, above all, Gus hopes to be a good father, a loyal husband, a helpful teacher, and a great friend. 

Find out more about me on LinkedIn.

Leader

Talk

Made by leaders, for leaders.

Hosted by Gustav Arianto, the CEO of Pierlite and founder and managing director of Elite WordsNatalie Dawson, the Leader Talk is a weekly podcast brought to you by Brainiact.

Each week, Gus and Natalie will interview an exceptional leader from Australia or around the world to gain insights and inspiration into what makes a great leader. Interviewed live on-air, audiences can trust that this isn’t a scripted conversation, instead, listeners are part of a conversation all around life, business, leadership, passion, authenticity, vulnerability, and motivation.

A mission to give back to small and medium sized businesses.

This podcast’s goal is to provide critical information and motivation for leaders across Australia and the world. We want to support small to medium sized businesses by offering unrivalled advice and information. This is a podcast made for SME businesses.

Interested in listening? We live stream the podcast across all of Brainiact’s social media channels, including:

If you aren’t able to catch it live, don’t worry! It’s also syndicated to wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts. Check out our guest list down below.

Leader Talk Podcast

Leader Talk Videos

Leader Talk
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Leader Talk - With Gustav Arianto and Natalie Dawson.
Leader Talk - With Gustav Arianto and Natalie Dawson.
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Leader Talk - Episode 1. Daniel Wood. VP Sales & Marketing. Tupperware APAC.
Leader Talk - Episode 1. Daniel Wood. VP Sales & Marketing. Tupperware APAC.
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Leader Talk - Episode 2. Mark Burgess. CEO and Managing Director. Quickstep.
Leader Talk - Episode 2. Mark Burgess. CEO and Managing Director. Quickstep.
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Leader Talk - Episode 3. Justin Burgess. Executive General Manager. Laminex.
Leader Talk - Episode 3. Justin Burgess. Executive General Manager. Laminex.
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Leader Talk - Episode 4. Liz Jones. CEO. Lotus Doors.
Leader Talk - Episode 4. Liz Jones. CEO. Lotus Doors.
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Leader Talk - Episode 5. Conrad Groenewald. CEO. Detmold.
Leader Talk - Episode 5. Conrad Groenewald. CEO. Detmold.
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Leader Talk - Episode 6. Vincent Buggs, Brigadier General (Retired) US Army Reserve.
Leader Talk - Episode 6. Vincent Buggs, Brigadier General (Retired) US Army Reserve.
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Leader Talk – Episode 7. Kaushal Kapadia. CEO. Schréder Australia.
Leader Talk – Episode 7. Kaushal Kapadia. CEO. Schréder Australia.
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Leader Talk – Episode 8. Preeti Inchody. Managing Director. Ankura.
Leader Talk – Episode 8. Preeti Inchody. Managing Director. Ankura.
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Leader Talk – Episode 9. John Arneil. General Manager Australia and New Zealand. James Hardie.
Leader Talk – Episode 9. John Arneil. General Manager Australia and New Zealand. James Hardie.
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Leader Talk – Episode 10. Jarrod Sanfilippo. Managing Director. Burbank Group.
Leader Talk – Episode 10. Jarrod Sanfilippo. Managing Director. Burbank Group.
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Leader Talk - Episode 11. Umesh Phadke. President Director of L'Oréal Indonesia.
Leader Talk - Episode 11. Umesh Phadke. President Director of L'Oréal Indonesia.
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Leader Talk – Episode 12. Max Garcia. Sergeant Major US Marine Corps. Motivational speaker.
Leader Talk – Episode 12. Max Garcia. Sergeant Major US Marine Corps. Motivational speaker.
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Leader Talk – Episode 13. Graciela Szwarcberg. Organisational Consultant and Executive Coach
Leader Talk – Episode 13. Graciela Szwarcberg. Organisational Consultant and Executive Coach
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Leader Talk – Episode 14. Catherine Cannuli. Western Sydney Wanderers Coach & Former Matildas Player
Leader Talk – Episode 14. Catherine Cannuli. Western Sydney Wanderers Coach & Former Matildas Player
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Leader Talk – Episode 15. Michael McNab. Managing Director McNab Construction.
Leader Talk – Episode 15. Michael McNab. Managing Director McNab Construction.
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Leader Talk – Episode 16. Emilee Cherry. Former Australian Rugby Union player
Leader Talk – Episode 16. Emilee Cherry. Former Australian Rugby Union player
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Leader Talk – Episode 17. Tony De Domenico OAM. Chair of Bertocchi Smallgoods
Leader Talk – Episode 17. Tony De Domenico OAM. Chair of Bertocchi Smallgoods
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Leader Talk – Episode 18. Leanne Heywood OAM. Non-Executive Director at three ASX-listed businesses
Leader Talk – Episode 18. Leanne Heywood OAM. Non-Executive Director at three ASX-listed businesses
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Leader Talk – Episode 19. Michelle Bowden. Managing Director At Michelle Bowden Enterprises.
Leader Talk – Episode 19. Michelle Bowden. Managing Director At Michelle Bowden Enterprises.
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Leader Talk – Episode 20. Jason Murphy. CEO and Managing Director at CSP Architectural
Leader Talk – Episode 20. Jason Murphy. CEO and Managing Director at CSP Architectural
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Leader Talk – Episode 21. Kari Baynes. Founder & Director of Different Strokes Swimming
Leader Talk – Episode 21. Kari Baynes. Founder & Director of Different Strokes Swimming
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Leader Talk – Episode 22. Ahmed Abbassi. Executive Director at the Qatar Stars League.
Leader Talk – Episode 22. Ahmed Abbassi. Executive Director at the Qatar Stars League.
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Leader Talk – Episode 23. Charles Brewer. Chief Executive Officer at Pos Malaysia Berhad.
Leader Talk – Episode 23. Charles Brewer. Chief Executive Officer at Pos Malaysia Berhad.
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Leader Talk – Episode 24. Todd Towers. Founder and CEO of Farmboy Fine Arts INC.
Leader Talk – Episode 24. Todd Towers. Founder and CEO of Farmboy Fine Arts INC.
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Leader Talk – Episode 25. Kobi Simmat. Founder & CEO of Bestpractice.biz
Leader Talk – Episode 25. Kobi Simmat. Founder & CEO of Bestpractice.biz
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Leader Talk – Episode 26. Yasser Zaki. CEO of Tender Loving Care Disability Services.
Leader Talk – Episode 26. Yasser Zaki. CEO of Tender Loving Care Disability Services.
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Leader Talk – Episode 27. Mimmo Lubrano. CEO of Sandhurst Fine Foods.
Leader Talk – Episode 27. Mimmo Lubrano. CEO of Sandhurst Fine Foods.
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Leader Talk – Episode 28. Steven Walker. Co-Owner of Kookaburra Homes.
Leader Talk – Episode 28. Steven Walker. Co-Owner of Kookaburra Homes.
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Leader Talk – Episode 29. Lucy Jones. Co-founder and President of Neuroblastoma Australia.
Leader Talk – Episode 29. Lucy Jones. Co-founder and President of Neuroblastoma Australia.
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Leader Talk – Episode 30. Nick Sheehan. Founder and CEO of EFEX Group.
Leader Talk – Episode 30. Nick Sheehan. Founder and CEO of EFEX Group.
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Leader Talk – Episode 31. Michele Lombardi. Senior Vice President at CNH Industrial.
Leader Talk – Episode 31. Michele Lombardi. Senior Vice President at CNH Industrial.
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Leader Talk – Episode 32. Alison Attard. Executive Director at BNI Global (Sydney South West).
Leader Talk – Episode 32. Alison Attard. Executive Director at BNI Global (Sydney South West).
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Leader Talk – Episode 33. Dan Goodwin. Content Creator & Producer at Off Limits Entertainment Ltd.
Leader Talk – Episode 33. Dan Goodwin. Content Creator & Producer at Off Limits Entertainment Ltd.
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Leader Talk – Episode 34. Jim Penman. Founder & CEO of Jim's Group
Leader Talk – Episode 34. Jim Penman. Founder & CEO of Jim's Group
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Leader Talk – Episode 35. Annette Slunjski. Managing Director IAPA.
Leader Talk – Episode 35. Annette Slunjski. Managing Director IAPA.
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Leader Talk – Episode 36. Angela Orsaris. Managing Director of The Market Intelligence Co
Leader Talk – Episode 36. Angela Orsaris. Managing Director of The Market Intelligence Co
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Leader Talk – Episode 37. Marcel Donnelly. CEO at FlatRateNOW.
Leader Talk – Episode 37. Marcel Donnelly. CEO at FlatRateNOW.

One Bowl of Rice

Stories and discussion.

Gus is passionate about helping, connecting and inspiring people.

Gus has successfully incorporated these characteristics into his life as a corporate executive. Gus has proven that these often shunned ways of leading teams can lead to wild success running a business.

Gus now wants to share his passion for leadership and people through a series of monologues, presentations and interviews covering life, leadership and business. In this series, Gus will talk with people from all walks of life who exhibit “one bowl of rice” style in their area of expertise.

 

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One Bowl of Rice Interviews
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One Bowl of Rice interview with CEO of Habitat for Humanity ( Nicole Stanmore)
One Bowl of Rice interview with CEO of Habitat for Humanity ( Nicole Stanmore)
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Steven Walker - Co-Owner Kookaburra Homes Adelaide Australia
Steven Walker - Co-Owner Kookaburra Homes Adelaide Australia
54:45
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Onebowlofrice interview with Tanya Lawrence Co-founder of RestoreOne
Onebowlofrice interview with Tanya Lawrence Co-founder of RestoreOne
54:25
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Onebowlofrice interview with Kari Baynes CEO of Different Stroke Swimming
Onebowlofrice interview with Kari Baynes CEO of Different Stroke Swimming
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ONEBOWLOFRICE INTERVIEW WITH CEO OF BLUEDRAGON
ONEBOWLOFRICE INTERVIEW WITH CEO OF BLUEDRAGON
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