Columnists,Hilmy Cader

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

Views - 670 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 - 1398 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 - 1832 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 - 3270 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 - 4214 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 - 4378 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 - 5271 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 - 5398 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 - 5491 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 - 6174 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


What does a CEO do?

Views - 6367 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 or ugly. In a world where leadership is portrayed to be infallible, ‘sacred’ and full of


Who treats corporate induced stress?

Views - 6247 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 billion.  In an increasingly competitive, fast-changing and materialistic world, ‘Corp


FDIs – get the basics right first

Views - 6719 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 ‘Country Value Proposition’ (CVP) – which should simply answer the question ‘Wh


Start-ups need more logic, less magic!

Views - 6544 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:  Pick your domain based on real ‘pain points’ in the demand or supply chain –


Learnings from the ‘Trail’

Views - 8720 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 explain such an overwhelming volunteer response to the ‘Trail’? The cause is l


Employee valuation

Views - 7383 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”. But rarely do we carry out a financial valuation of the HR factor. After all, if HR is a fact


Time to reengineer management education?

Views - 8289 Thursday, 1 September 2016 00:00

There is growing evidence of graduate/postgraduate students (particularly in management streams) ‘out-sourcing’ their academic assignments. There are now small KPOs offering such services! To an employer, this raises major con


Why does the UN exist?

Views - 8375 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 replaced by the UN in 1945. Unlike the first two WWs, the world may have not come to a grinding hal


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

Views - 7932 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 rational analysis.  For this to happen, the Minsters must develop their strategising competencies an


How can ‘Start-ups’ earn a living?

Views - 9049 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 grab share from another business by doing it better. There is of course a third way, which is to wh


Will we learn from Brexit?

Views - 8697 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 place?  Human greed to make quick big money (with a simple click transaction) has driven us to pla


Why only ‘dress down’ on Fridays?

Views - 10098 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 the rest of the working days? Why do we really need to ‘dress-up’ on the other days?


Why does a country need a national airline?

Views - 8386 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’s profits ‘compensates’ for the national airline’s losses! If intern


First round of MTI’s ‘idea2fund’ closes today

Views - 7424 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 now start the evaluation and short-listing process, with the first round of presentations to MTI sch


Will India invade or inspire IT?

Views - 7007 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-economic factors. The Indian ITES industry, globally competitive with world class operators, is &n


Why endure a second loss making airline?

Views - 6371 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 airline can better serve, in terms of costs and access new market segments? Are there internat


Build more roads or reduce traffic?

Views - 6401 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 ?, before we decide to build more roads With the advancements in affordable technology and


The ‘enemies’ of strategy

Views - 6064 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. Strategies must be market-responsive, hence even be prepared to ‘kill’ your own strategies


Talking Rubbish!

Views - 5434 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 its garbage to Puttalam, but that is only a temporary ‘cure’ to an escalating global cha


MTI highlights economic reality of Sri Lankans working abroad

Views - 6051 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 following as well: • We have 1.7 million Sri Lankans working abroad, remitting over $ 6.5 B a


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Media Freedom: alive and not so well… is it?

Friday, 22 September 2017

Today the only corpses in sight are those lining the bullpen – critics and social commentators who have fallen asleep at their desks, lulled by a democracy that offers peace but pre-empts justice. Oscar Wilde,


Rise of sustainable electric automobiles and the end of petrol and diesel vehicles

Friday, 22 September 2017

The past three years have been the hottest in recorded history and 2017 is already projected to be hotter than 2016! The cause for this heating up of the planet is clearly due to the excessive burning of fossil fuels.


The cry of ‘export or perish’ becoming real to Sri Lanka

Friday, 22 September 2017

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Annual Committee held in Colombo said for Sri Lanka to promote exports and investment, the Government will soon introduce several laws in


Why are interest rates high?

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The general public is concerned about the high level of interest rates prevailing in the recent past. Interest rates influences the day-to-day life of ordinary people as it is the benchmark for all economic decisions.


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