Hilmy Cader

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 ...


Why does a country need a national airline?

/ Tuesday, 3 May 2016 00:01

If it is a profitable business As a ‘loss leader’ to the national tourism industry – provided the tourism industry&r...


First round of MTI’s ‘idea2fund’ closes today

/ Monday, 29 February 2016 00:00

The first round of applications for MTI’s idea2fund will close today.  “The initial response has been very encouraging. We will ...


Will India invade or inspire IT?

/ Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:35

Bi-lateral trade agreements must be strategically justified and then evaluated on their mutual benefits, considering all relevant socio-economi...


Why endure a second loss making airline?

/ Tuesday, 19 January 2016 00:01

Is the main airline too big and/or growth restrained, that it warrants a second airline? Are there domestic airports that a second air...


Build more roads or reduce traffic?

/ Tuesday, 5 January 2016 00:00

Except for a ‘joy ride’, traffic on the road is a derived demand. Therefore we should we first challenge why are people on the road...


The ‘enemies’ of strategy

/ Monday, 28 December 2015 00:00

 Love:  Falling in ‘love’ with your strategies, when in fact they should be clinically challenged on a regular basis. Str...


Talking Rubbish!

/ Wednesday, 23 December 2015 00:00

If we continue to ‘consume’ the way we do, we will soon run out of space to dump our garbage. Colombo is looking to transport ...


MTI highlights economic reality of Sri Lankans working abroad

/ Thursday, 3 December 2015 00:00

There have been calls to ban Sri Lankan maids from going abroad. Emotionally, this is understandable, but logically and realistically consider the ...


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SAITM and private medical schools: One bad start should not lead to throwing away a good idea

20 February 2017

Opposition to SAITM SAITM, the abbreviation for Sri Lanka's newest private university, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (available at: http://www.saitm.edu.lk/), has been denoting a derogatory meaning in Sri Lankans' pres...


Delightfully imperfect?

18 February 2017

  A foreign national passing through the Colombo Private Bus Terminal on the day of a private bus strike  – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara     “Forty-year-old Mrs. Doreen Kulandivelu ...


Mother Lanka pregnant for the third time!

18 February 2017

A nattami carrying goods at Manning Market; the National Flag is seen on the wall in the background                                      &nbs...


Acting now for a better Sri Lanka

17 February 2017

Soldiers looking for survivors after a massive landslide in Aranayaka last year. The consequences of climate change will create a new pool of conflicts and will force people to survive and find a suitable way to live somewhere else – Pic by ...


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