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Living ‘So Sri Lanka’

Views - 375 Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:55

So much banter about this tagline. Here is a different perspective. Finally what matters to the country is:


Why are some resource-rich countries economically poor?

Views - 202 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:29

For a country to be economically prosperous, you either need to be blessed with natural resources (including strategic geographical location) or human resources (that can add significant economic value). In some cases, both. Even if you have either o


Wannabe nations

Views - 186 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 - 306 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 - 220 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 - 193 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 - 218 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 - 196 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 - 1021 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 - 492 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 - 235 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 - 207 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 - 336 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 - 308 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 - 214 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 - 463 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 - 123 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 - 861 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 - 176 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 - 170 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 - 350 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:32


Think ‘Green’ for next budget

Views - 398 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 - 790 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 - 1469 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 - 1899 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 - 3341 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 - 4305 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 - 4460 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 - 5343 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 - 5451 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


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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


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