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Skills and competencies CEOs must have

Views - 3509 Friday, 13 June 2014 00:00

Generally, CEOs in Sri Lanka are selected based on their branch of learning and because they know how to meet customer demands, by building disciplined operational skills through understanding systems, and by ensuring financial rigor through implemen


Mahipala’s memories

Views - 20220 Wednesday, 4 June 2014 00:00

  Engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and wildlife enthusiast traces his journey over the years Chairman of BAM Holdings and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Madagascar in Sri Lanka, Bamunu Arachchi Mahipala is a firm believer in dis


How important are diversity and inclusion to our society?

Views - 2405 Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

Many talk about incorporating Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) programs into their organisations, but only few implement it for its value. With D&I becoming increasingly important in today’s world, visiting Microsoft Corporation Regional Direc


Why companies must invest in leadership

Views - 2028 Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:15

Effective leaders in organisations bring together both individuals and organisations to solve customer and organisational problems, but there is a difference between leaders and leadership. Leaders refer to individuals who have unique capabilities t


Generation Y: Are we preparing leaders to deal with this generation of new employees’ expectations?

Views - 3306 Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:12

From a Gen Y youth’s perspective Introduction So, what is all the fuss about Generation ‘Y’ (those born between 1980 and 1995)? Are they different? Yes. Are they difficult? Different is only difficult when we don’t understand or can’


“I would love to be Country Manager here”

Views - 2439 Friday, 23 May 2014 00:30

Sri Lanka is full of great business opportunities and is the jewel of the crown, asserts Head of Nestlé in South Asia and Chairman of Nestlé Lanka Etienne Benet, who was in the country this week for Nestlé Lanka’s Annual General Meeting. In an


Kingsley Bernard ends 35-year business career to join academia

Views - 3565 Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Shares key insights into his career, corporate and sectoral issues Kingsley Bernard, a well-known business leader, a veteran marketer and marketing guru has bid goodbye to the corporate business sector after completing a distinguished career of 35


The dual role of a CEO

Views - 9041 Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

To be an effective CEO one must be a manager and leader, says Ranjith Fernando By Cheranka Mendis To become an effective CEO, an individual must subjugate himself to the functions of the Board of Directors, be familiar with the function of the co


Good leadership key for organisational change

Views - 6189 Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

By Shabiya Ali Ahlam The world is now at an exciting phase of development and the role of leaders has become more challenging than ever before. While Sri Lanka has achieved much in the areas of human resource development in the past five years, it


Würth’s words of wisdom

Views - 6115 Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:56

Ambitious, creative, visionary, and diligent are terms used to describe Würth Group Chai-rman Professor Reinhold Würth (78). Having taken over the screw wholesale business with just two employees at the age of 19, Würth never imagined the compan


Company portrait

Views - 5127 Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:54

The Würth Group with its over 400 companies is a globally operating business. The business areas of the Würth Group are subdivided into two parts: The companies belonging to the Würth Line and the so-called Allied Companies. The origin of the worl


Curiosity doesn’t necessarily kill the cat

Views - 11039 Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:00

By Cheranka Mendis What does Ray Wijewardene, a great inventor and thinker of his time have in common with Mahesh Amalean, an industrialist bearing on his shoulders one of world’s best apparel manufacturing companies of our time? It is not that t


The balancing act to success

Views - 11844 Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00

Sri Lankan national Chinthaka Jayaweera has reached great heights at global Fortune 500 company A.P. Moller-Maersk and shares his story with the Daily FT By Cheranka Mendis At the age of 18, few of us have a clear plan of what we want to do wh


Why Lankan companies.........

Views - 15968 Wednesday, 3 April 2013 00:00

We live in an era where companies such as Unilever touch as much as 3.5 billion lives every day in some form, as Paul Polman, the Unilever Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) claims. One’s market penetration levels cannot be high as this unles


Dine like a Maharaja

Views - 29196 Friday, 11 May 2012 00:01

Cinnamon Lakeside puts on North Indian dinner buffet Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo is putting on a buffet of North Indian cuisine fit for a Maharaja. Indulge in this North Indian Dinner Buffet infused with aromatic traditional spices. Chef Rana of New D


Turbulent times for India’s “King of Good Times”

Views - 30828 Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:45

NEW DELHI (Reuters): With one of the world’s most expensive yachts and a cricket and Formula One team, billionaire Vijay Mallya is known as India’s Richard Branson or simply, the “King of Good Times”. Owner of the world&


Leading by example

Views - 22606 Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:43

Popularly known as the father of insurance in Sri Lanka, Chandra Schaffter is a multi-dimensional person with disarming humility and an outspoken view of life. His 60-odd years in the profession has defined the entire industry and the outspoken risk-


Former Inland Revenue Chief joins Nation Lanka Finance board

Views - 61067 Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:41

Former Head of the Inland Revenue Department Sunil Kandegedara has been appointed as a non executive director of Nation Lanka Finance Plc from 10th February 2012. He is a consultant for the Maldivian government at present and served the Inland


New Deputy Chairman at Seylan Developments

Views - 9362 Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:41

Seylan Developments Plc yesterday announced that S. Palihawadana has been appointed as the new Deputy Chairman of the Company with effect from 17 February. Previously he was a Director of the Company. Seylan Developments also announced the ap


Tennison Rodrigo appointed to board of Indo-Malay

Views - 1468 Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:40

Tennyson Rodrigo has been appointed to the board of Indo-Malay Plc as an independent non executive director from 21 February 2012. He serves as a director of Good Hope Plc and was the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Capi


Management Tip of the Day: How to identify your strengths

Views - 1760 Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:39

Reuters: A successful career strategy stands on the shoulders of a strong personal value proposition, which in turn stands on distinctive strengths, says Harvard Business Review. The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tip


COYLE to unveil leadership facets: ‘The Untold Truths of Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs’

Views - 4207 Tuesday, 23 August 2011 00:32

The Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE), the vibrant forum of the new generation entrepreneurs of Sri Lanka, plans to conduct a highly interactive short series of programmes named ‘Different facets of Entrepreneurial Success – T


Murthy steps down as Infosys Chairman

Views - 2493 Monday, 22 August 2011 00:42

Bangalore (PTI): N.R. Narayana Murthy stepped down as the Chairman of Infosys on Friday, bringing the curtains down on his 30-years of illustrious innings at the helm, even as he sought to inspire the new leadership team and the employees to take the


A man of many facets

Views - 13940 Monday, 4 July 2011 00:00

Sumal Joseph Sanjeewa Perera, widely known as Sumal Perera, is a man of many facets. To some he is a deal maker, a phrase which is not a crime in the world of legitimate businesses. To others he is a true visionary and patriotic entrepreneur and a pr


Standing the test of time – a historical take on the attributes of a good leader

Views - 3419 Wednesday, 11 May 2011 00:00

By Cassandra Mascarenhas As the Member of the Board of Directors of the global technology services company Infosys, and the Head of administration, education and research, Finacle Human Resources and Infosys Leadership Institute, Mohandas Pai has c


Scandal taints Buffett’s status as American hero

Views - 2566 Thursday, 5 May 2011 00:00

OMAHA, Nebraska: There is nothing in the world quite like Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting. Part investment seminar, part stand-up comedy, it is above all a festival dedicated to capitalism and the firm’s CEO, Warren Buffet


“I remain passionate and bullish on Sri Lanka” – Vijay Eswaran

Views - 8831 Monday, 18 October 2010 19:08

In an interview with Daily FT in Singapore, the Goldquest fame founder of QNet and currently controlling shareholder of Asia Capital shares key insights on the way forward for post-war Sri Lanka Locally he is famous for the wrong reasons, but rema


From humble beginnings to the best in business

Views - 9068 Monday, 18 October 2010 19:05

Entrepreneurs share experience at AAT Annual Conference panel discussion on ‘Own Success Stories’ At the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (AAT) Annual Conference, the highlight was the panel discussion on ‘Own Suc


Seven secure Oslo Business for Peace Awards for 2010

Views - 8004 Monday, 18 October 2010 19:01

The Business for Peace Foundation and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) announced the seven honourees for the 2010 Oslo Business for Peace Awards. Ratan Tata (India), Stef Wertheimer (Israel), Francis Yeoh (Malaysia), Roberto Servitje Se


After Mahindra’s $ 10 m, Tata donates $ 50 m to Harvard(Leadership)

Views - 1655 Monday, 18 October 2010 18:35

Washington (IANS): India’s Tata Group has given America’s prestigious Harvard Business School a $ 50 million donation, the largest gift the school has received from an international donor in its 102-year history. Earlier this month Anand


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No other country can better understand the preciousness of free trade than SL

Thursday, 19 July 2018

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

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