Tough times? Be ‘Trim and Fit’, not ‘Chop and Cripple’: MTI

Views - 179 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka, like many emerging and frontier markets, are in the midst of an economic crisis, not forgetting the self-inflected damage caused by poor internal economic management. The deprecating rupee and recent fuel price hikes and its ‘snowballing

SLID, IFC conduct Train the Trainers workshop for IFC Women on Boards and in Business Leadership

Views - 132 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

Over the years the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) has initiated many discussions to try and understand why, despite the potential benefits, there has been a remarkable lack of progress in the number of women directors on corporate boards in

Firm-level analysis of manufacturing sector investments in Sri Lanka

Views - 40 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

By Institute of Policy Studies Although Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to Sri Lanka have ‘recovered’ in 2017, hitting the much-touted $ 1 billion landmark, the underlying bottlenecks of poor ease of doing business, attracting the wrong

Living on the edge: 5 Reasons why edge services are critical to your resiliency strategy

Views - 41 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:00

By Kyle York When it comes to computing, living on the edge is currently all the rage. Why? Edge computing is a way to decentralise computing power and move processing closer to the end points where users and devices access the internet and data is g

Artificial Intelligence and the future of consumption

Views - 66 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:00

By Anjana Pillai The year is 1816. Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley are spending the summer with Percy’s best friend, the poet Lord Byron. Lord Byron proposes that they all amuse themselves by each coming up with a ghost story. What Mary drea

The $ 1 trillion question: How can efforts to digitally transform businesses succeed?

Views - 50 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:00

Tianjin, People’s Republic of China: While enormous resources are being spent on digital transformation programs by the private sector, the results are underwhelming. Today, the World Economic Forum launched a report to help senior executives avoid

The purpose of purpose: Why does it matter to the consumer?

Views - 95 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

It is now beyond doubt that purpose is critical for branding and how brands perceived as meaningful are benefitting from significantly higher share of wallet globally. The Millennials are also being referred to as “pro-social” or even the “purp

Adding value in tough times: 6 points for businesses to ponder

Views - 273 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Even the most cursory look at the headlines over the past few weeks reveal certain trends. The falling rupee, rise in fuel prices and other financial factors have dampened consumer sentiment. The latest business confidence index is reported to be at

PwC’s Academy Masterclass on Strategy Execution in Emerging Markets with Prof. Susan Lynch

Views - 66 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

Every company has big and bold growth ambitions in any given economic condition. Senior executives are tasked to craft growth plans to cater to the demands of stake holders, hence they focus on creating the most optimistic corporate plan for their co

SriLankan Airlines launches Employee Assistance Centre to provide guidance for staff

Views - 62 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

SriLankan Airlines achieved yet another milestone in Sri Lanka’s corporate sector when it became the first organisation in the country to launch an Employee Assistance Centre (EAC), which offers professional guidance and counselling for employees t

Brands cannot be what their leaders are not

Views - 329 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

Astron MD/Chairperson Marise Deckker selected Best Woman Corporate Leader 2018

Views - 159 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

Women in Management (WIM) in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) a member of the World Bank Group selected Marise Deckker as the Gold Award recipient for the Best Woman Corporate Leader of the Year at the ‘Top 50 Profession

INSEE upgrades managers with advanced course in strategic management through Glo-Bus simulation

Views - 398 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

Ensuring that the INSEE team is well equipped to face the dynamic and challenging business environment is an ongoing endeavour for Sri Lanka’s leading manufacturer of cement. INSEE Cement, Sri Lanka recently started an Advance Course in Strategic M

Ashani Jaysinghe-Dabare wins ‘Women Leadership Excellence Award’ at Sri Lanka Best Employer Brands

Views - 56 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

The World HRD Congress – an organisation connecting senior front-runners in HR and leadership to share best practices recently awarded the ‘Women Leadership Excellence Award’ at Sri Lanka Best Employer Brand Awards 2018. The awards celebrate em

Sajith Wickramaarachchi joins LAUGFS as Director/Chief Human Resources Officer

Views - 192 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

LAUGFS Holdings, the diversified Sri Lankan conglomerate, recently appointed Sajith Wickramaarachchi as the Director/Chief Human Resources Officer to steer the Group HR function. Sajith joined LAUGFS Holdings from Ceylon Biscuits Limited, where he h

Warriors who fight for a larger purpose

Views - 143 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Are women more naturally inclined to cooperation than men? Sulochana Sigera’s impassioned statement at last week’s Women in Management Awards seemed to suggest so. Addressing the under-representation of women decision-makers, Sigera pointed to th

Fifth intake for Leadership Academy now on

Views - 36 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Deepal Sooriyaarachchi, the consulting partner of Results Based Leadership Organization USA recently concluded the fourth intake for the Leadership Code Based Leadership Academy held over four days at Cinnamon Grand

CIMA Business Leaders’ Summit 2018 on 28-29 August

Views - 275 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Sri Lanka will hold its annual flagship conference, the CIMA Business Leaders’ Summit, on 28 and 29 August, at the Hotel Shangri-La, Colombo.

Doing the correct thing in the right way

Views - 80 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

In a recent interview with Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) Senior Vice Chairman A.R. Rasiah, he shared his simple version of Corporate Governance which is ‘doing the correct thing in the right way’. To do the right thing is important, but

Leading your Leaders: An innovative training program by JASTECA Institute of Management

Views - 38 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

JASTECA Institute of Management announces a day’s training titled ‘Leading your Leaders’. “Whether you were born a leader or have had leadership thrust upon you, you’re in for a whole new set of challenges when managing other leaders. Thin

SLID Independent Directors Forum says silence in the boardroom not a solution

Views - 102 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

Recent corporate governance failures suggest that there may be a problem with how businesses are run and how directors behave in the boardroom. The common thread that runs through these corporate fiascos is the failure of corporate governance control

Lessons from the cave for CEO Communicators

Views - 84 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

By Yukthi Gunasekera There were two CEOs involved in the recent Thai Cave Rescue: The football coach Ekkapol Chantawong (Ake) and the head of the rescue mission Narongsak Osotanakorn (Oso). There are important lessons in CEO Communication – esp

Changing lives through NLP

Views - 101 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

Viswanathan Natarajan (Natty), a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) coach from India, visited Just In Time Group (JIT) recently to help coach the senior and middle management. Natty was invited to coach Just In Time Group by JIT CEO Chrishan Mendis.

Eminent speakers, business leaders to address CPM Regional Management Conference 2018

Views - 303 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

The country’s foremost management event, CPM Regional Management Conference 2018 (CRMC 2018), organised by the Institute of Certified Professional Managers of Sri Lanka (CPM Sri Lanka), is to take place from 4-5 September at The Kingsbury Hotel, Co

KPMG Family Business and Board Governance team on ‘Tackling the Next Wave’

Views - 262 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

KPMG Sri Lanka hosted a workshop for family business owners on 13 July at Galadari Hotel, Colombo. The event, which

LNBTI organises guest lecture on Japanese-style business principles

Views - 70 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

Lanka Nippon BizTech Institute (LNBTI), Sri Lanka’s only Japanese-based technology university, will be hosting International

John Mattone enthrals Sri Lankan corporates

Views - 46 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Over 1,000 corporate professionals and 300 CEOs witnessed a riveting and interactive master class in leadership and corporate

Dealing with the absence of independence in the boardroom

Views - 170 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Good boardroom decision-making can be facilitated by appropriate policies and processes. However, even when combined

Inclusive leaders to vanguard management industry: British Council Country Manager

Views - 149 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

By Maleesha Sulthanagoda During the 17th Annual General Meeting of the Chartered Management Institute, UK (CMI) Sri Lanka Branch held on Thursday (21), Ambeon Capital CEO Murali Prakash was elected as President of CMI SL. British Council Sri Lanka C

IPM conducts MDP for senior management of Regional Development Bank

Views - 37 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

IPM Sri Lanka, the nation’s leader in human resource management, inaugurated a customised Advanced Management

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Those who go by social proof are easy prey to crafty schemers

Monday, 17 June 2019

Going after social proof Swiss writer and novelist, Rolf Dobelli, in one of the essays in his 2013 book ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’, has given a fine warning to his readers. He has warned against going by ‘social proof’ or ‘majority view

Poson ponderings on positional power: ‘Authority vested’ vs. ‘authority wasted’

Monday, 17 June 2019

We witnessed a serene Poson Poya, in a far more improved security setting in Sri Lanka. Whilst the Sri Lankan life slowly returning to normal, political fronts do not appear to show the same. Has the political power become the people ‘pava’ (sin)

Emperors without clothes: Is Mother Lanka naked too?

Monday, 17 June 2019

The expression ‘The Emperor without clothes’ derives from the Hans Anderson tale that is based on Sufi wisdom. The Emperor in Anderson’s story was without doubt, the finest dressed man in the land and he loved wearing fine clothes and spent al

The confusion of the collision is becoming indescribable!

Monday, 17 June 2019

Strange are the things we are witnessing in the political scene. The fast-evaporating trust and confidence in politicians and the Government are seriously destroying the harmony of the nation. The Prime Minister of the country has admitted that the

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