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Wannabe nations

Views - 167 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

They look at economically successful countries (built in the few decades) and then try to emulate their looks, not understanding that the high-rise buildings and highways you see in places like Singapore, Japan, Korea and Taiwan are all enabled by an


The rights of bank deposit holders?

Views - 298 Monday, 31 December 2018 01:45

When a business has disproportionate debt (vs. equity), they are labelled as ‘highly leveraged’ and viewed with a sense of caution. What about commercial banks? If you consider deposit holder funds as debt (which represents 80%-90% of a bank’s


Parliament Conduct: Root cause?

Views - 216 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:55

Every human action, barring insanity, has a reason behind it. Their reasons could be self-justified or driven by others. What we see in Parliament is only the manifestation.


Ghosn’s ‘magic’ uncovered!

Views - 180 Thursday, 22 November 2018 00:00

Another iconic global business leader has been exposed. Greed, both personal and corporate, it seems is the root cause. This mirrors the conduct of many political leaders around the world. Is it time to have much greater checks on CEOs, may be power-


Prosperity of a nation

Views - 187 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:45

The prosperity of a nation depends on how fair the distribution of wealth is across the economic value chain comprising of consumers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and Government. As countries progress economically, there tends to be fairer dist


It’s time for ‘Governance Model Disruption’

Views - 192 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:35

nWhy do we need MPs to represent us in Parliament?  nCan’t we all directly/digitally express our choices on issues of national importance and a well-managed civil service effectively execute such decisions? nWhat if we do away with party politics


So Sri Lanka – So what?

Views - 857 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:12

Once again the island nation is all worked up over the latest tourism tag-line i.e. So Sri Lanka.  Two key points to note here: Our tourism strategy is far more important and need greater focus than the tag-line, which is a by-product of strategy. E


Can the Light Railway lift the heavy work load?

Views - 483 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

n Any country has access only to a finite amount of funding – mainly via taxes, exports and debt. nAny country (i.e. its people) would have many needs and wants – which it has to satisfy with this funding. It is here that a Government (represen


Preventive justice

Views - 230 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

BE it the tampering of a cricket ball, clubbing a leopard to death or the daylight robbery of a jewelry shop – they must all be unconditionally condemned and the culprits punished. But equally important is to do some deep psyche research as to what


12 strategic questions for a bank CEO to reflect on

Views - 196 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:19

1. When was the last time you introduced a truly life-changing product? 2. Small businesses are the life blood of our economy – is it in your blood? 3. Is there wealth at the bottom of your pyramid? Thought of being the ‘wholesale’ banker to ta


Take a check on your Board Directors

Views - 328 Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

The public entrusts the Government to collect taxes and invest them prudently to ensure quality of life. Similarly, the shareholders (minority ones in particular) entrust the Board of Directors to protect and grow their investments.


Ethnic conflicts – root cause?

Views - 292 Friday, 27 April 2018 09:40

The root cause of most ethnic conflicts is the lack of integration. We are all born innocent. Thereon our families, our schools and the wider society shapes our values, our thinking, that then drives our actions. Early on in life if we learn to appr


‘Fun and games’ can bring out the best in you, driving creativity and productivity

Views - 207 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

As your age scoreboard accelerates towards that elusive century and knowing very well that ‘Duckworth & Lewis’ can come into play any time


The country needs more Ironmen (and women)

Views - 457 Monday, 26 February 2018 00:00

Commendation to Yasas, Julian and the team for a world class event that will have far-reaching positives for Brand Sri Lanka.


Make politicians far less relevant!

Views - 116 Monday, 19 February 2018 00:00

Think about making politicians far less relevant, far less intrusive and confine them to their role as lawmakers. The democratic vote alone does not ensure widespread socioeconomic progress.


Learnings from election results

Views - 854 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

nIdentify your real reasons for success – is it the disgust with your competitor or did you deliver? (both in 2015 and 2018) nDon’t rely on your brand reputation to do the job – the voter needs to ‘touch and feel’ the real value delivered


Strategising cricket

Views - 173 Monday, 22 January 2018 00:00

Your supply chain mechanism is weak. Your new products are not matching the quality (and therefore the blockbuster performance) of the products being phased....


MTI’s reflections for the new year

Views - 167 Tuesday, 2 January 2018 00:00

Humanly, on an ongoing basis, we can only be awake about 16-17 hours a day. This has not changed much with time. But the choice of things we can do in a day, be it with food, entertainment, socialising, travelling, etc. (and the sub-choices within e


Why aren’t professional women showing up at work?

Views - 345 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:32


Think ‘Green’ for next budget

Views - 392 Wednesday, 4 October 2017 00:00

The planet cannot keep pace with our rate of consumption. Expecting humans to take voluntary action for greater good, will only have a minimal impact. The real ecological cost (that future generations will have to dearly pay for) is hardly factored i


Some CEOs run the business, some businesses run the CEO!

Views - 782 Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:00

Much like in war, the capabilities of a CEO getting tested and strengthened depends on the intensity and diversity of the opponents and the encounters.


How productive is your management team ?

Views - 1460 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

If you are working on a production line or plucking tea, apart from being the lowest paid in the organisation, your productivity is measured and analysed by the minute. Also, unlike in management, you cannot take credit for another person&rsqu


Falling in love with your strategies could be fatal

Views - 1893 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 a dynamic process, which means strategies must be open to change. When ego and emotions start to 


Relevance of brand valuation?

Views - 3332 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 sold. The business valuation is the sum of the constituent parts of a business. This includes


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

Views - 4300 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  it can achieve a much higher level of impact. With extensive international strategizing an


Sharing economy – a double-edged sword!

Views - 4449 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 services) has significantly increased. This means a lot of idling assets in our homes and offices, from


‘Rich’ garbage that costs poor lives

Views - 5336 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 richer parts of a city  is dumped where the poor live. Successive Governments a


FDIs into capital markets?

Views - 5444 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 and guilt appeals may be good enough to generate some charity or philanthropy (and do not confuse it w


Economic Progress Happiness of the wider population

Views - 5539 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 learnings we can take from these countries. But should we not set our own balanced socio-economic goals


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

Views - 6241 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 course is the culmination effect of how the economy has been managed over the last few decades. At the sa


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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


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