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Talking Rubbish!

Views - 5438 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 - 6066 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


Budgeting revisited

Views - 5325 Monday, 30 November 2015 00:00

 As a discipline, budgeting should focus on income and expenditure, be it for a country or a business. Direction, policies and strategies (in that order) should precede budgeting.   Shouldn›t all parties in Parliament


Economic dreams await reality!

Views - 4835 Monday, 9 November 2015 00:00

Our politicians have always had big economic dreams, manifested in grand slogans that have made crispy sound bites. The best way to judge if these dreams have become a reality is to measure the socioeconomic prosperity of the base population &ndas


If…

Views - 5336 Wednesday, 4 November 2015 00:00

If my parents could have afforded private or foreign higher education? If my education gave me a reasonable chance of getting a job that gave me a decent livelihood?  If I had a fair chance of securing a job, either in p


Why all the fuss about the Budget?

Views - 5336 Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00

The Government and the private sector (in anticipation and lobbying) spends disproportionate amount of ‘energy’ on the National Budget. What is more important and an essential pre-requisite is a National Strategic Plan. This


Preventive justice

Views - 4262 Saturday, 10 October 2015 00:00

 Every time we hear of a gruesome crime, we seem to believe that a death penalty will be the deterrent.  Human behaviour is driven by one’s self-justified perception. These perceptions in turn are strongly influenced b


Putting ministers in their place!

Views - 4445 Monday, 7 September 2015 00:00

If the job of a minister is to be equated in corporate terms, it would be like a non-shareholding/non-executive chairman of a group of companies. To be a minister, neither is management competency nor subject specialisation a pre-requ


Sanga’s next job?

Views - 5253 Tuesday, 25 August 2015 00:00

My take on Sanga being offered the job of Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK: For what Sanga has contributed to Sri Lanka and cricket, he deserves the highest recognition. Foreign Service is as specialised a job as cricket


Whoever gets elected to govern

Views - 4314 Tuesday, 18 August 2015 02:10

‘Walk the talk’: Focus on delivering what you promised ‘Cut to the chase’:  Start the value-delivery process now!  Celebrations can come after you have delivered! ‘Show me the money&rsq


Elections reflections

Views - 3912 Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

If I vote for a candidate from Party A, if he/she decides to switch to Party B after winning – is that not a fundamental violation of my choice? Sri Lankans working abroad are, by far, the country’s highest export earner &


MTI proposes ‘Ground Zero’ process to restructure Cabinet

Views - 5734 Friday, 7 August 2015 00:00

MTI Consulting, over the last 18 years, have worked on organisational re-structuring projects across diverse public and private organisations in over 40 countries. In this feature, MTI applies their research, learnings and expertise to propose a &


Power Quote

Views - 3405 Tuesday, 14 July 2015 00:00

  If we believe in democracy, let the voters decide. People will get the government they deserve. The results will reflect how ‘smart’ we are as a nation! Hilmy Cader |MTI Consulting hilmy@mtiworldwide.com


Power Quote

Views - 3610 Friday, 3 July 2015 00:00

"More bonding, less bonds, no bandits - that's the need of the hour"


Simple lessons from the Greek crisis

Views - 4014 Thursday, 2 July 2015 00:00

An economy, much like a household, must learn to live within their means. If what they ‘consume’ far exceeds what they produce (domestically) and what they earn (via exports), then bankruptcy is a matter of time Printing m


What more can we export?

Views - 3480 Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00

The world’s top exporters (for the different sectors) demonstrate one or more of the following ‘base’ capabilities. These are the ‘platforms’ on which they enable profitable export industries:  


Corporate Awards: Sanity or vanity?

Views - 3463 Monday, 15 June 2015 00:00

Corporate Awards, if effectively awarded, help recognise genuinely outstanding performances and improve motivation. However, with ‘Awards’ becoming a lucrative business, the awarding could be compromised and send out the wrong


‘Be good’ before you ‘do good’

Views - 4068 Monday, 18 May 2015 10:23

In the last decade there has been a significant increase in CSR activity. However, within the same period, corporate crime reached unprecedented levels. Interestingly, some of the biggest CSR spenders have also been the biggest offenders!


Rags to riches

Views - 1163 Friday, 8 May 2015 00:00

The ‘rag trade’ (apparel) is Sri Lanka’s largest export earner ($ 5 b); thrice the size of the next highest (legacy tea). Some key learnings for the other sectors: Look outside your industry - the two biggest players


The 21st Amendment?

Views - 2256 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 00:22

Why do we need MPs to represent us in Parliament?  Can’t we all directly/digitally express our choices on issues of national importance and a well-managed civil service to effectively execute such decisions? What if we


Banking on governance?

Views - 1716 Thursday, 2 April 2015 00:00

The Govt. has described some commercial bank boards as a ‘stinking mess’. So how do we prevent history from repeating itself in the form of new ‘odours’? Let’s think about: n How are new appointees selected? Is the


Do Ministers ‘spend’ or ‘invest’ time?

Views - 3456 Monday, 30 March 2015 00:00

The socioeconomic challenges that Sri Lanka encounters today require fundamentally effective solutions as opposed to ‘knee-jerk’ responses and ‘patchwork’ solutions. This in turn, requires all relevant stakeholders to joint


Recruiting heads of State institutions

Views - 1397 Friday, 20 March 2015 00:00

Here are some ‘hard’ questions for Ministers (be they blue, green or red) to turn on their inner searchlights! * Selecting the head of an institution is a highly scientific HRM process – have ministers developed


It was not the bowling that let us down!

Views - 1361 Monday, 9 March 2015 00:00

Close but not quite and the tendency is to blame the bowlers. But what is the root cause of that poor bowling performance? Succeeding in any international competitive sport requires an effective supply chain (player development) strateg


The tea and tourism tango!

Views - 1491 Friday, 6 March 2015 00:38

The Tea Board has decided to spend more funds (collected from exporters) to run a joint promotional campaign with Sri Lanka Tourism. It sounds good, but: Do tea and tourism share the same challenges in terms of profitable demand generation (which


Why should a government be in the grocery business?

Views - 1537 Monday, 16 February 2015 00:18

Is there a shortage of retail grocery outlets in the country? Do the Government Groceries (GGs) offer preferential pricing for the under-privileged? Do the GGs stock products which are not available elsewhere and at similar prices? Do the G


The ‘better half’ of bribery and corruption!

Views - 3017 Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

The current regime has begun tackling bribery and corruption, let’s hope it will be impartial, sustainable and acts as a deterrent. However, the focus seems to be on Government institutions and politicians, who are always at the ‘receiving


‘Hire and fire’ of State-Owned Enterprise boards

Views - 2969 Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:49

With every regime change, the entire board of most major State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) are ‘sacked’ and replaced with an entirely new board, often with no formal transition or ‘knowledge transfer’ process. This can be detrimental to the busi


Corporate lessons from the elections

Views - 1435 Monday, 12 January 2015 01:15

Feel the real ‘pulse’ of your real consumer – not just the opinion of senior management who ‘surround’ you Keep a tab on your consumer sentiment and the real value delivered to them – do not get carried away with fancy office bu


Which ‘brand’ will you vote today?

Views - 3060 Thursday, 8 January 2015 01:38

Even in business, branding is exploited to gain an ‘unfair’ advantage – by ‘playing’ on human perception and portraying it ‘larger than life’. Politicians, in similar ways, have taken this to dizzying heights. Your choice today is betw


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