Hilmy Cader

Falling in love with your strategies could be fatal

/ Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

Strategy is significantly influenced and shaped by the opportunities and challenges in the business environment. Therefore, strategising has to be ...


Relevance of brand valuation?

/ Monday, 5 June 2017 00:00

    A business valuation is the total financial figure that reflects the price at which the entire entity will be sol...


Cabinet needs to be ‘Ground-Zero’ re-structured, not reshuffled: MTI

/ Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:10

Even if the Government is unable to reduce the number of Ministers (which ideally it should), through an effective structural framework  i...


Sharing economy – a double-edged sword!

/ Wednesday, 26 April 2017 00:00

The time we have to 'consume' in a day is largely the same as we did decades ago. But per capita acquisition (of all forms of goods and ser...


‘Rich’ garbage that costs poor lives

/ Monday, 17 April 2017 00:01

Garbage is a function of consumption and consumption is a function of affordability. Therefore, it is ironic that the garbage we generate in the ri...


FDIs into capital markets?

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

  Yesterday’s FT article on the CSE road show in Melbourne, appealing to expat Sri Lankans, triggered this. Emotional pleas an...


Economic Progress Happiness of the wider population

/ Wednesday, 8 March 2017 00:00

Countries like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai are often used as examples of countries that Sri Lanka should emulate. For sure, there are great lear...


Ting, Ting!: Alarm bells for the economy, jingle bells for the banks!

/ Friday, 24 February 2017 11:31

Even after discounting for political rhetoric (on all sides), economists are convinced that our economy is in a critical stage. This cours...


What does a CEO do?

/ Monday, 30 January 2017 00:00

With some exceptions, the business leadership culture of an organisation tends to mirror the political leadership of that country, be it good, bad ...


Who treats corporate induced stress?

/ Monday, 2 January 2017 00:18

WHO calls it’s the ‘the health epidemic’ of the 21st Century and estimates its global cost-to-business  in excess of US$ 300...


FDIs – get the basics right first

/ Friday, 23 December 2016 00:13

Sri Lanka’s economy is in desperate need for a strong FDI pipeline. The first step would be to have a compelling and globally competitive &ls...


Start-ups need more logic, less magic!

/ Thursday, 15 December 2016 00:01

As part of MTI’s idea2fund, we screened 300 start-up applications and listened to 85 presentations. Here are some key learnings:  ...


Learnings from the ‘Trail’

/ Friday, 28 October 2016 00:00

Judging by the public response (qualitative) and the donations received (quantitative), the ‘Trail’ need to be commended. How do you ex...


Employee valuation

/ Tuesday, 11 October 2016 00:01

Businesses carry out financial valuation of their assets, be it property or brands. We also claim that “people are the most valuable assets&r...


Time to reengineer management education?

/ Thursday, 1 September 2016 00:00

There is growing evidence of graduate/postgraduate students (particularly in management streams) ‘out-sourcing’ their academic...


Why does the UN exist?

/ Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:53

The strategic intent of the League of Nations (in 1920) was to prevent a Second World War, which it couldn’t do, leading to it being...


Ministers should spend more time to  ‘Analyse > Strategise > Realise’

/ Friday, 5 August 2016 00:00

When a country is at economic crossroads, the policy makers should be deeply engaged in strategising, which in turn has to be based on strong ratio...


How can ‘Start-ups’ earn a living?

/ Monday, 4 July 2016 00:00

 Start-ups, like any business, have two ways of earning a living. Either get the ‘customer’ to pay for the value you create and/or...


Will we learn from Brexit?

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

Consequent to Brexit, $ 2 trillion was wiped off stock markets. Where did it ‘evaporate’ to? Did this money ever exist in the first pla...


Why only ‘dress down’ on Fridays?

/ Friday, 13 May 2016 00:00

Why do some organisations have a so-called ‘dress down Friday’?  Are the activities they perform on a Friday any different to ...


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Sri Lanka must move from politics to business

17 August 2017

Last week, the Yahapalana Government, which came on the promise of good governance and weeding out corruption, had its first blow, when a senior minister and deputy leader of the party had to resign over allegations of corruption. Whilst the sha...


Failures in education drag the country down

17 August 2017

When the country received independence in 1948, the administration and education was of extremely high standard. In 1956, the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike Government made Sinhala the Official Language and converted education to Swabasha, includi...


Three things to ponder on the 150th Anniversary of the World’s Finest Tea

16 August 2017

The Colombo International Tea Convention 2017 concluded on Friday, elegantly supported by our most accomplished cricketer and commended by several of the international delegates as the most significant gathering of the global tea industry. For ma...


Ravi K’s altruistic suicide!

15 August 2017

Ravi Karunanayake sacrificed his pride and position by tendering his resignation to save the Maithri-Ranil Government cabal. He could have faced and defeated the no confidence motion against him if Maithri (who owes his presidency to Ravi) and Ran...


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