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Colombo Leadership Academy launched

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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 prestigious series of flagship programs scheduled to commence in October 2014. CLA aims to develop leadership skills in existing and potential business leaders through industry expert viewpoints on comprehensive strategies to optimise business performance. The CLA flagship programs include High Performance Leadership, a three day workshop launching at the Kingsbury on 2 October, as well as Strategic Management, Family Business Growth Succession and Governance, General Management, Strategic Sales Management and Strategy Execution, all of which will bring together thought leaders in the industry to help businesses grow. Speaking on the organisation and its long term goals, Leadership and Success Coach Riaz Hassen explained, “Investing in the enhancement of leadership competencies of key individuals is the missing element of organisations who thrive to accelerate business performance and growth. At CLA we believe in developing people to take on the challenges that businesses face, making it possible for them to grow and take their businesses to new heights. By making cutting edge content on executive education more accessible to Sri Lankan businesses, we believe we can influence and transform the leaders of tomorrow. We believe that today’s leaders need to have a 360 degree perspective of their business strategy and a high degree of competency.” The academy boasts some of the country’s foremost business success stories as well as a host of international business leaders with proven track records of achieving business excellence, all with the singular aim of developing future strategic leaders in order to usher in the next generation of sustainable business performance. Featuring names such as Riaz Hassen, experienced leadership coach – Leadership Circle USA, member of the Strategic Management Forum UK and Leadership performance coach who will oversee Strategy Execution and Leading Transformational Change, as well as Master Coach Andy NG, with over 27 years professional experience in MNC’s in areas including sales, banking, stock-broking, human resources, management consulting and training. The core team will also include Jayantha Fernando, the first Sri Lankan to earn ACC-Associate Certified-Coach global class credentials from the International Coach Federation as well as a host of other educational and professional qualifications. Other key industry experts, thought leaders and innovators include E. Subramaniam, Deputy Chairman, Eswaran Brothers Limited and Co-founder of Carbon Consulting Co., Dilshan Rodrigo, COO Hatton National Bank and Dr. Saman Yapa, Head of the Department of Decision Sciences at the University of Sri Jayawardenapura. Commenting on the program, Dilshan Rodrigo explained, “Continuous professional development for business leaders is no longer an option. Today’s digital age demands innovation and a fundamental rethink of your company’s business model to build capacity to succeed tomorrow.” “In order to be a truly strategic leader, you need to break traditions and not accept the status quo.  Turn your back on what is for the sake of what could be. You must be clear and specific. Your work must be beneficial to society and it must be unique and compelling. Corporates today realise the need to invest in leadership development in order to fast track high performance growth,” emphasised Subramaniam. CLA’s initiative is supported by partners, Daily FT, Daily Mirror, Sunday Times, MEC – a GroupM agency, JWT, Limelight Public Relations, The Leadership Circle, Brands IMC, Metropolitan, and The Kingsbury Hotel.

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