Happy New Year dear friends, A little late, but I am happy to be finally writing to you, with my New Year wishes, for you and me. I am happiest wishing you by sharing the lessons I am taking forward, and here is what I learnt (again!) last year. Everything was all right in the end (as predicted in my 2013 New Year greeting, based on the famous quote from the movie ‘Best Hotel Marigold’, “Everything will be alright in the end, if it is not alright, it is not the end”). The ‘end’
Dear Friends, I just made my deadline to pen my reflections down of the old year and get ready to welcome the New Year! First things first … No apocalypse … the world didn’t end. Its still here. But I think the world as we know it, has been changing (for a while now). Maybe that’s what the Mayan’s were talking about. What’s this year been for me? It’s been full of tests!! My ability to be patient, to wait, be present not knowing the future and still walk in to it. My ability
In more and more companies today, leaders manage their communication efforts in a way that calls to mind ordinary, person-to-person conversation. Where this kind of organizational conversation has taken hold, leaders build engagement and drive strategic alignment by enabling ideas and information to move efficiently across their company.
I am on a new adventure and I would like to share this journey with you too! As I enjoy a beautiful spring afternoon in London, I am only a few days away from attending the first workshop in a doctoral program in Organizational Change offered by Ashridge School of Business. Its been almost two years since I finished the MSc in Responsibility and Business Practices from University of Bath, and I am ready to learn formally once again. I would like to create a space where I share this learning journey with
Its cricket fever, and normally I am not an ardent cricket fan, but if that were true today, I would be the only person in Sri Lanka who would have been immune to it. Its no secret that I do not go out of my way to watch cricket. When I have occasioned to watch it, I have enjoyed the exciting parts, but have never been able to sit for a whole day in front of a TV watching it ball by ball. Having said that I did watch the 1996
"You cannot cross the same river twice" We think we are full stops. unchanging. but at best we are commas, in a sentence, a pause if at all, before the sentence takes shape and continue giving meaning. Most times, if there is congruency the sentence makes sense, and has a flow, so we don't always get disjointed nonsensical sentences, and in someway a flowing meaningful sorry is weaved.
Barry Schwartz talks about how we are constantly torn between doing what we think is right vs. doing what is expected of us. If people are not doing the right thing, we implement rules and incentives - like what we did with the financial industry. But we know through experience that people will find ways to circumvent rules. If we give incentives to do something right, we hen focus on the reward and stop caring about doing the right thing. But what we need to is virtue, good character, people who
I spent an enjoyable weekend with a lovely group of people from Citi Bank Sri Lanka last weekend conducting a self and leadership development program. The objective of the program was to enable participants to reflect on their own development, strengths and areas for improvement in the way they manage their work, career and personal life, and in how they communicate effectively. As is usual when I am conducting a program, I check in with the participants every half day and ask them to tell me what more they want from the
What a decade it has been!!! In June 2000 when Corporate Druids first began it’s work, I must admit that we didn't have a very clear path nor very ambitious goals. However I had some very strong intentions that I unwaveringly held on to on the kind of influence Corporate Druids wanted to have in the world we lived in. I could not have imagined the kind of journey that brought Corporate Druids here, nor this wonderful place that we are at. Standing here, stepping in to 2011, I reflect on the last