SLID continues to contribute towards good corporate stewardship

Views - 208 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

The need for good corporate governance and board room practices have never been so pertinent with increased expectations and responsibilities being placed on directors whilst key stakeholders keenly observe director behaviour and performance as a mat

The mantra of organisations that are successful

Views - 297 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

As a leader, it is our job to focus on getting things done—on time, with acceptable quality, and within the allocated budget. That requires the leader to surround himself with people who could help create the culture he desires.

Optimism booms among Davos CEOs despite geopolitical storm clouds

Views - 12 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters): Chief executives are more optimistic about the economic outlook than they have been for many years although anxieties are rising about geopolitics,

Optimism booms among Davos CEOs despite geopolitical storm clouds

Views - 14 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters): Chief executives are more optimistic about the economic outlook than they have been for many years although anxieties are rising about geopolitics,

Moody’s says Asia Pacific corporates to see continued stability in rating trend in 2018

Views - 14 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

Moody’s Investors Service expects the stable rating trend, which was evident for Asia-Pacific non-financial companies in 2017, to continue in 2018.

How not to do a strategic plan

Views - 532 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

‘Strategic planning and budgeting’ are vital items in the corporate agenda of any organisation. As a CFO and a member of the senior leadership team of several large organisations both in the private sector and the public sector, I have tasted the

Managing stress: You can do it!

Views - 99 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

By Nicholas Chow Paul is a senior executive who works in a global organisation and was posted to a senior role in Colombo early last year. Having worked in challenging roles before, Paul has some experience in managing stress, and found that his fit

Chulla Setthi Jathaka: An entrepreneur creating magical wealth out of nothing

Views - 453 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

For over a decade, I have travelled as a lending banker to every corner of the country and it has exposed me to thousands of entrepreneurs. My close interaction with them helped me to understand their attributes, qualities and characteristics that se

Pitfalls in 5Ss and how to avoid them

Views - 365 Wednesday, 17 January 2018 00:00

After many years of experience in the manufacturing industries and successful implementation of lean practices in sixty companies

Thinking ahead!: ACCA Platinum Employer WNS outline’s future of finance outsourcing

Views - 34 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:05

With many companies using finance outsourcing to add value, increase business flexibility and prepare for future growth, ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has played a significant role in being at the forefront of supporting finan

Why ‘Have a safe trip’ is taking on greater meaning

Views - 44 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:05

By Alastair Paterson Have a safe trip! Typically, when we wish someone well before they leave on a journey we are referring to their physical safety while in transit. But, increasingly, there’s another consideration – their online security. Over

How to use ‘New Global Standards’ in project management, to improve project success

Views - 318 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:02

By Dr. Madhu Fernando Two decades of the 21st century are almost completed. Some project management practitioners are still relying on the traditional project management standards which have been introduced in mid to late 20th century for projects. P

Tough journey, great destination by Ronnie Peiris

Views - 412 Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00

Recently I watched the movie ‘The hacksaw ridge’ the amazing story of how a young man called Desmond Doss went to the battle field without a gun because it was against his value system to kill. Eventually he ended up saving 75 people from death.

Not a sword; only stones for David’s defence: David’s and Goliath’s dynamics of success

Views - 25 Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00

In the Biblical context, the story of David and Goliath depicts dynamics of winning cultures in a battlefield. Goliath, a Palestinian was a strong man. His strength was measured through braveness

Global best practices in managing conduct risk introduced to Sri Lanka

Views - 59 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Insurance Institute (SLII), TCF Consulting (UK) and Global Business Counselling (GBC) collaborated to introduce the concept of Treating Customers

Digital transformation will change everything – Is the CFO ready for tomorrow?

Views - 46 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

Since its inception in 1986, Global technology giant Oracle Corporation has enabled thousands of organisations across APAC to transform their business operations.

Corporate governance important factor in strengthening capital markets: SEC Chief

Views - 70 Friday, 15 December 2017 09:12

The Code of Best Practice on Corporate Governance 2017 was released on Wednesday by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka).

KPMG hosts first Family Business Forum in the Maldives

Views - 216 Friday, 15 December 2017 09:09

Given the importance of raising awareness and ensuring family businesses carry forward their legacy, the Family Business Division of KPMG in Sri Lanka organised a forum in the Maldives to discuss key challenges faced by family businesses and the ways

Spiritual workplace strategy: A paradigm shift in contemporary work-ethics

Views - 30 Friday, 15 December 2017 09:07

In the backdrop of Triple Bottom line (People-Planet-Profit), organisations are traversing towards a spirituality culture.

Nominations called for the four international standard- setting boards

Views - 24 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

A call for nominations for the four international standard-setting boards was issued last week.

Outstanding performances at Asia-Pacific Executives Forum 2017 and AAPM Certification Ceremony

Views - 83 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

There were some outstanding performances this year at the Asia-Pacific Executive Forum 2017 & AAPM Certification Ceremony held at Hilton Colombo on 26 November.

Corporates urged to find the fit between CSR and innovation

Views - 19 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

As top corporates in the country bring Corporate Social Responsibility to the table in the quest for greater value and competitiveness, experts stress that corporate social innovation is the new CSR.

IFC, partners strengthen corporate governance practices in family-owned businesses

Views - 27 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, along with the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), are collaborating on workshops that promote good corporate governance and family

AIS Principal Harshana Perera honoured at Icons of Learning Summit, Singapore

Views - 29 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

Recognising a career filled with remarkable achievements in education and invaluable contribution to institutions of learning

Ronnie’s insights on professionals, managers and leaders

Views - 1555 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:01

Ronnie Peiris is someone with the ability to move around with kings and still not lose touch with the common man. An Executive Director on the Board of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) as its Group Finance Director, he is also a Director of several lis

Strategic significance of supply chain management in investment decisions

Views - 193 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

There were days when business owners and managers had the luxury of making significant one time investments and reaping the benefits for years to come without any major new cash infusion. In today’s rapidly evolving global

Father founder, son rich, grandson poor!

Views - 100 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

“Father founder of the company, son rich, and grandson poor” is Mexico’s powerful equivalent to Asia’s popular saying about family-owned businesses, “Wealth shall not last three generations!”

The making of an entrepreneur

Views - 48 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

Startup fever is sweeping its way across Sri Lanka. Inspired by the Silicon Valley culture, many young graduates and executives are leaving the comfort of their jobs to pursue their own ventures.

Battle of the generations: Family business legacy and passing down the crown

Views - 958 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

Family businesses are the bedrock of a country’s economy; according to statistics, 70 to 90% of the GDP is created by family businesses globally

Wake up boys; let’s walk the talk

Views - 963 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

The writing is on the wall, chaps. We need to do something. There’s a moral imperative, an economic and social necessity, but above all, it makes business sense. The facts stack up.

Today's Columnists

Strong trade agreements need 30-50 consultations

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Coming from a multinational working background, I strongly support free trade given that open competition tends to sharpen

The case of our concealed subservience to China

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

If one takes a close look at the general trend of discourse and debate that has been going on in Sri Lanka, one cannot but be

Muslim markers in Sri Lanka: Changes and challenges

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

If we exclude from our consideration the wars that owe their origin to religious hatred, or to difference in fundamental principles

A 10-point guide on bank credit facilities that suit your business best

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

As a businessman when you visit a bank seeking credit facilities you are faced with a lot of banking jargon with which you are often not conversant. You tend to learn about them only when you start utilising such facilities. Further, if are young and

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