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IESL Corporate Planning - Workshop in Kandy on the 31st of August 2013.

03 Sep 2013 11:00 AM | IESL (Administrator)

It was a full day workshop with Dr. Travis Perera from PIM (Post Graduate Institute of Management) facilitating the discussion among fifty plus members. The team members came by invitation extended by the President of IESL.



The purpose of the workshop was to come up with a Working Business Plan to execute the draft Corporate Plan (Click). The morning session was dedicated to a message from the President that articulated the challenges he faced during his tenure so far in executing operational aspects of the institution and the opportunities we have to improve. Dr. Travis Perera made a great presentation on why an organization like ours should examine structural changes as time goes on. His presentation is here. He summed it up with a video clip of now famous management book "Who Moved My Cheese". Link to Video. In the afternoon session teams were broken according to the nine goals set out in the corporate plan and was tasked to provide specific action items to accomplish the objectives under each goal ( how, who, when, KPI, costs etc.). This followed with presentations from each group and ensuing discussions. 


The team including some IESL staff went to Kandy in one of the newly acquired railway compartment with all the facilities. It was organized by none other than Eng Palitha Ariyarathna – GM Railway Dept.  who is a corporate member of the institution. The trip allowed much needed bonding among the members and idea sharing in an informal and a comfortable setting. The workshop was followed with a fun filled night of good food, music and fellowship at The Hotel Topaz roof top. On Sunday morning, the team continued informal discussions before leaving to Colombo and other destinations. About 50 attended and more than 40% came from all the provinces and the Council was well represented with President Elect, Vice Presidents, etc. among them. Our Executive Secretary and the two Deputy Executive Secretaries were part of the team. All who attended felt much was accomplished and the time has come to move forward.


Next step will be to collate all the information from the groups and obtain an analysis from Dr. Travis to be presented to the Council. The President is handling this phase of the project.



Special thanks go to Eng. S B Wijekoon who organized and coordinated everything in Kandy and made it a productive session and a fun filled fellowship. Similarly, thanks to our IESL staff including Mr. Bimal Samantha ( operations manager) who were behind the arrangements from Colombo and the rest of the staff who traveled with us contributed in many ways.

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