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Can the Light Railway lift the heavy work load?

Views - 461 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 - 217 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 - 178 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 - 316 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 - 273 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 - 196 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 - 452 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 - 108 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 - 841 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 - 167 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 - 163 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 - 339 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:32


Think ‘Green’ for next budget

Views - 384 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 - 772 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 - 1447 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 - 1878 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 - 3320 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 - 4284 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 - 4434 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 - 5325 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 - 5434 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 - 5526 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 - 6230 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 - 6414 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 - 6280 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 - 6742 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 - 6570 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 - 8760 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 - 7424 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 - 8325 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


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Finishing the job of ending poverty in South Asia

Thursday, 18 October 2018

“I have a four-year-old son back in my village. I want to make a better life for him,” says Sharmin Akhtar, a 19-year-old employee in one of Dhaka’s many flourishing garment factories. Like thousands of other poor women, Sharmin came down to B


Depreciating rupee: Avoiding a money-go-round

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Sri Lanka’s excessive reliance on foreign capital to finance investment under favourable external financial conditions is now leading to disruptions, as those conditions change in a decisive interest rate tightening phase in the United States. As U


Responsible water stewardship in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Unlike many of our regional neighbours, Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundant water table. However, many companies do not feel the full value of this precious resource due to the limited regulation and monitoring of fresh water extraction for busines


Economy in disarray, banks flourishing; can this be true?

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

It is earlier reported that the growth in bank credit accelerated in August despite the tight credit and money conditions and rising non-performing loans in the banking sector. It is further reported that the year-on-year (YoY) growth in credit accel


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