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Leadership development: Ignore at your own peril

Views - 926 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:38

Q: How important is leadership in today’s context at both country and corporate levels? A: “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be” – Rosalynn Carter

Brands cannot be what their leaders are not

Views - 406 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 11:49

Brands are just as much about people as they are products. In fact, some of the most iconic brands are people who have found and embraced their sense of purpose, and, in turn, made a dramatic impact in their time and place. Think, for example, of the

Trailblazer Dhammika Perera outlines his philosophy and ‘10 Rules for Success’

Views - 7314 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

A business leader who is considered the richest man in Sri Lanka, Dhammika Perera recently kept a 1,400-packed ballroom of Shangri-La Colombo spellbound with very straightforward yet visionary address with his wisdom and smart insights on a range of

Mantras to true success from Gaur Gopal Das

Views - 1122 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

An Indian spiritual leader, lifestyle coach and motivational speaker, Gaur Gopal Das is here in Sri Lanka for the first time to conduct two sessions that are aimed at motivating and spiritually uplifting the local community.

Key to ensuring family businesses deliver returns across generations

Views - 677 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

In Sri Lanka, as in many parts of the world, family-run businesses contribute substantially to the country’s economic growth

Entrepreneur’s key to success: Risk taking, embracing innovation and an evolving mindset

Views - 433 Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:00

Kulathunga Rajapakse is no stranger to Sri Lanka’s industry and entrepreneur circles. As Managing Director of the DSI Samson Group, the country’s premier business conglomerate and leading manufacturer of footwear and bicycle tyres in Sri Lanka, h

Sunil’s 30-year creative journey

Views - 269 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka, which is known to be a natural film location, would soon be promoted as a destination for film tourism among international film producers, the Consultant of the Global Film and Television Production

The 3 Es of effective Board Leadership

Views - 292 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00 Boards of directors often get media attention when something goes wrong. The board of VW, for instance, was recently in the news after it received a terrible corporate governance rating based on the 2015 emissions scandal and it

Scarcity of role models deters progress of Sri Lankan women

Views - 2341 Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:03

In a recent address, SANASA Development Bank Chairperson Samadanie Kiriwandeniya drew attention to the obstacles faced by present day women, stressing on the fact that scarcity of role models and hesitation to share success stories by women achiev

Microsoft inspires women at inaugural gathering

Views - 2344 Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:02

Microsoft introduced a worldwide community for professional women in Sri Lanka called Women Think Next, recently. The inaugural event touched on changing workplace roles of women, revealed how digital transformation provides them opportun

EY includes IronOne Technologies’ Lakmini Wijesundera in Entrepreneurial Winning Women program

Views - 2400 Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:01

Becomes first Sri Lankan to be selected for coveted executive leadership program Ernst and Young (EY), a global professional services company, has chosen IronOne Technologies and BoardPAC Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Lakmi

Sunshine Holdings: Scaling new heights with 50 years of responsible entrepreneurship

Views - 4842 Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:00

With its humble beginning as a retail pharmacy in Gampola town in 1967, Sunshine Holdings has become a leading conglomerate today, diversifying its roots of expertise into agribusiness, healthcare and consumer sectors. Since its beginnings, Suns

Tyre lord yachts ahead

Views - 4672 Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:00

  At 33 he came to Sri Lanka to set up an industrial tyre factory for his  principals in Europe. Within five years, he quit his job as the General Manager to go solo and joined with local investors to set up what has n

“Challenge the rules”: Dilith Jayaweera

Views - 8974 Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

  By Devin Jayasundera From advertising to television and now with his increasing presence in the leisure sector, business magnate Dilith Jayaweera has emerged as one of the most prominent – and sometimes controversial –

Emerging markets guru Dr. Mark Mobius gets candid on Sri Lanka

Views - 10888 Thursday, 19 November 2015 00:00

  Dr. Mark Mobius – Pix by Daminda Harsha Perera By Nisthar Cassim Q: What brings you to Sri Lanka? A: I am here to visit companies that we have invested in.   Q:: Is this an annual exercise?

Dileepa, from globetrotting to building Sri Lanka’s connected future

Views - 12022 Wednesday, 23 September 2015 00:00

Sri Lanka Telecom Group PLC Chief Executive Officer Dileepa Wijesundera during a recent interview reflected his undogmatic approach to his triple value propositions for the SLT in the next five years; namely the People Proposition, the Value Propo

Alexander Blass reminds business leaders that ‘regret is far worse than failure’

Views - 13130 Tuesday, 23 June 2015 00:01

Alexander Blass, CEO of Innovation Institute of America, International Keynote Speaker and Grand Prize Winner, Top Innovator of the Year Award recently visited Sri Lanka to deliver the keynote presentation at the CIMA Business Leaders Summit theme

Inspiring leadership: Fighting for equal justice

Views - 11489 Monday, 8 June 2015 00:00

Rabia Siddique to address forum on 17 June in Sri Lanka   Rabia Siddique was born in Perth, Australia in 1971 the eldest child of an Indian Muslim father and an Australian mother and spent the first five years of her

Nestlé Lanka: Sowing seeds for the future

Views - 14449 Friday, 27 March 2015 00:09

Local multinational is focused on contributing towards people’s nutrition, health and wellness, and development of the rural economy     Nestlé Lanka’s vision is to contribute towards enhancing

Contemporary practices vital for Sri Lankan architecture

Views - 4222 Thursday, 19 February 2015 00:00

The once-ridiculed building ArcelorMittal Orbit, which was even criticised by some as a ‘monstrosity’ when it was in construction stages, has evolved into an iconic emblem of the London Olympics. It even became one of the key milestones in Cecil

Virtusa’s virtuous success: Lessons for Sri Lanka and private sector

Views - 18170 Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:37

Co-founder and Chairman/CEO Kris Canekeratne shares key insights into how once a start-up 18 years ago has grown today to make Rs. 64 billion revenue, enjoying double digit growth and employing 10,000 people Emphatic Sri Lanka can prod

Should corporates invest in leadership development?

Views - 10122 Friday, 31 October 2014 01:48

The role of leaders came under fresh debate at the recently held forum facilitated by the Colombo Leadership Academy. At the inaugural event of the flagship leadership coaching program ‘Winning Leadership Strategy for High Performance’, a prolif

Tourism targets and tilting the balance

Views - 12341 Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:50

Following 40 years of continuous senior management employment in human resources and hotel management in public and private sectors, Sunil Dissanayake retired recently, stepping down from his position as Director/General Manager of The Kingsbury. Be

Colombo Leadership Academy launched

Views - 5753 Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

 Powered by  industry experts Colombo Leadership Academy (CLA), Sri Lanka’s first dedicated leadership development and executive education facility recently announced its formal launch in Colombo. The academy is set to launch with a

Nimal Perera wins global award for contribution to quality and leadership

Views - 4939 Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Nimal Perera, the President of Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Quality & Productivity (SLAAQP), has been conferred with the ‘Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Quality & Leadership’ during the World Quality Congress and

The challenging role of today’s CFOs

Views - 14287 Friday, 1 August 2014 00:00

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) recently featured two key international accounting personalities, Fayez Choudhury, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), and Rob Ward, Hea

What if your leaders are bad decision-makers?

Views - 9962 Friday, 1 August 2014 00:00

By Institute for Corporate Productivity from i4cp Good decision-making is influenced by a number of variables – and not all of them are under the control of the decision-makers. Excellence in decision-making is influenced in equal parts by leaders

Global Agenda Council launches Guide to Good Government and Trust-Building

Views - 4184 Friday, 1 August 2014 00:00

The Future of Government Smart Toolbox offers leaders insight on how to restore trust and deliver better services to informed societies Other areas of focus include tackling corruption, improving political representation and providing leadership

“It’s the dreamers who determine what’s going to happen in the future”

Views - 10641 Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

By Senuri De Silva Q: How did your parents and your earlier experiences in school foster your interest in this field at a young age? A: There was a culture of science in my home and lots of books on astronomy to which I had access from an early age

“Banks will have to balance growth, profitability and focus more on risk management”

Views - 10407 Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00

Commercial Bank of Ceylon Chairman Dinesh Weerakkody completes his nine-year term today (28 July). In this wide-ranging interview Weerakkody talks about how the industry looked like in 2003 when he joined the Board of DFCC Bank and later Commercial B

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Origins, rise and irrelevance of SLMC

Friday, 20 September 2019

Andreas Johansson’s ‘Pragmatic Muslim Politics: The Case of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress,’ Switzerland: Springer, 2019, is the latest piece of academic research on SLMC, based on Parliamentary Hansards, official party documents and information rec

Questions about Speaker’s candidacy for the presidency?

Friday, 20 September 2019

It is rather unfortunate that Mr. Karu Jayasuriya has issued a statement (17 September), as the Speaker, ‘that he is willing and ready to contest the Presidential Election, on the request of some organisations and individuals, including Maha Sangha

Mr. NOTA and understanding the Presidential Election

Friday, 20 September 2019

The Presidential Election is round the corner, but the public is still confused about the powers of the next president. It can be said that the 19th Amendment has made a significant change in the system of governance despite the fact that it had bee

The dark tower – a lighter loftier look after its initial illumination

Thursday, 19 September 2019

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE LIGHTS CAME ON AT THE LOTUS TOWER? Wait, what? Are you being serious? Do you mean in the midst of our sea of troubles – from addressing poverty to abolishing presidencies – a singular erection has stolen their thunder? (I

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