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Ranjan De Silva

Team and Leadership Excellence Newsletter

Vol.18 August 2013

Welcome to the eighteenth monthly newsletter. 

While this newsletter is designed to help you have sight of what had gone on during the month so that you can pick up on anything you might have missed, I will be adding a small article with some of my ‘reflections’ at the beginning of each newsletter. I will list relevant information with links that will help you to access content of interest with ease. I would also like to hear from you any feedback you may have on the contents as well as anything new you might want me to do. I will do my best to respond.



Team and Leadership Aha’s! – August 2013


A guru once said; ‘The Teacher will arrive when the student is ready’ and I feel I am one of those students who are always ready and I am blessed to have so many teachers in my life. What about you?


I am happy to share the Team and Leadership Excellence AHA’s for the month of August 2013. An Aha is a term we use at Sensei to describe a new learning inspired by any event.


I started the month delivering the first two days of ‘Mastery of Self through Neuro Linguistic Programming [NLP] for Hirdramani. The session was highly energizing that gave an excellent start to the month.


Aha: Even if you keep doing the same work, we can make it look new and fresh and gain energy from it by focusing on the new elements such as the new set of participants I get at trainings, their attitudes, behaviours, challenges etc.


Then I travelled to Dhaka lead the team on the ground for one week and came back to Sri Lanka on the 8th for the Eid holidays. I spend a nice relaxing holiday and we went out to the costal city of Negamgo and stayed at a beautiful boutique hotel over looking the Negambo lagoon name Amagi Lagoon.  


Aha: Use all the opportunities to spend family time, even if it means having to fly back home for a few days. The re-energizing and re-charging is worth the effort. 


I returned to Bangladesh on the 13th and things were very laid back and quite as most people of Dhaka had not returned from their village’s after Eid Holidays. I got a lot of ‘buffer’ work done during this time. Buffer work is the type of work that help you clean up messes, improve systems, delegate, learn etc. 


Aha: Buffer work is also very energizing. Seeing the inbox empty, files stored methodically, systems improved, new learning sec is highly energizing. We must use all opportunities to do ‘Buffer’ work. 


During the month I was also fortunate to do trainings for GPIT and IFIC Bank on creating a culture of growth and leadership excellence. Both sessions were highly energizing although the profile of the audience in the two companies were so different. 


Aha: Irrespective of the profile of people, they can also turn positive and become great sources of value to organisations.


The last part of the month was very interesting as we were preparing for the quarterly board meeting of the hospital. We had many proposals for the development of the hospital and almost all of them were approved. It was great teamwork and the confidence of the board of directors was the manifestation of the effort. 


Aha: Work done with passion and genuine team effort is always rewarding.


I finished the month taking the top team of Eastern Bank on a leadership Journey. This is our signature leadership development process, a real journey to the unknown. We have many community, vocational, nature related, historic activities during the journey to help leaders experience and develop adaptability, flexibility, patience, empathy, courage etc. We had some great conversations and the team came back physically exhausted but mentally energized. Please click below for videos of leadership journeys and radical conversations and many more Sensei International offerings:


Aha: leaders who travel together and do EQ generating activities have authentic conversations that deal with real adaptive issues. The ROI such teams generate are immeasurable. 


My colleague Tanzi Samsudeen conducted a NLP playshop for Children [8 – 12 years] and I was fortunate enough to be able to see the closing minutes of the event after getting to the venue direct from the airport. My youngest daughter Radeesha also attended the playshop and it was great to see the children highly energized and happy after the two day experience. The mental strength, self discipline and focus on doing the right things they gain during the playshop is so essential for children living in todays world. 


Aha: It is worth getting into positive arena’s even if it takes an effort to get there. 



Blog posts


1 blog posts was published during this month taking the total to 44. The new blog post along with a short excerpt is listed below for your information. 
‘Gearing up our children for excellence!’

‘When I first attended the personal transformation ‘playshop’ Mastery of Self [MS] through Neuro Linguistic Programming [NLP] I was amazed at the tools that are available to unleash our god-given potential in a balanced systematic and purposeful manner. While I got so much out of it to make my life a success from that programme, I felt I should have attended this programme when I was leaving school or even during school.’


14 articles have been published since the launch of this website . They are in the areas of leadership, teams, personal excellence, marketing and world affairs with relevance. Please click below to read them;!articles/cp7n


19 tweets were sent out during the month, some of which are listed below:

  1. An ordinary boss is a team players, a gifted boss is an partner in growth. 
  2. An ordinary boss allows you to keep growing, a gifted boss challenges you to your next  level. 
  3. An ordinary boss buys time & effort, a gifted boss buys help & results. 
  4. An ordinary boss provides answers, gifted boss stimulates questions. 
  5. An ordinary boss knows how to function within bureaucracy, a gifted boss nnows how to battle his own bureaucracy. 
  6. An ordinary boss sets clear rules & restrictions, a gifted boss has few rules but high standards. 
  7. An ordinary boss gives good jobs at competitive wages, a gifted boss creates an exceptional environment. 
  8. Valuable = Value + Able. Leadership provide the ability for team members to deliver value so that the team becomes more valuable.
  9. Flexibility = Ability to Flex. Leaders provide the space for team members to adjust to situations. 
  10. Accountability = Ability to Account. Leaders provide the ability [Info decision making space] to respond when they make teams accountable.
  11. Responsibility = Ability to Respond. Leaders provide the ability [Skills + Resources] to respond to needs together with responsibility.
  12. LEAD = Let Everyone Achieve Dreams. Leaders help every team member realize their dreams through providing opportunities.
  13. LUCK = Labouring Under Correct Knowladge. Leaders give the correct guidance for teams to do the right thing to create Success.
  14. EGO = Edging Growth Out. Leaders help teams to get rid of ego so that they can grow. 
  15. FEAR = False Education Appearing Real. Leaders provide the right education to eliminate fear. 
  16. ForeGo It! is the opposite of Go For It!. Leaders go for it when losers forego it. 
  17. ImPossible = I make Possible. Leaders take seemingly impossible situations and show the possibilities. 

Photos of various events conducted by Ranjan can be viewed at:!gallery/cirw 


Other Pages

The following pages have more information of interest and value:

Online Videos

New videos of testimonies of the Mastery of Self programme has been added to the testimonials page:!testimonials/c1qb1 
  • Testimonial by Anika 

  • Testimonial by Anya Cooke
  • Testimonial by Ejazur Rahman 

The other online videos have had over 3000 views. We have got positive comments and we would like to hear from you too. The details of three videos you can learn from are given below.

What’s in store for September 2013


  • September begins with me spending some time in Sri Lanka. While I will be doing trainings for Pearson Lanka on communication excellence and completing the final two days of Mastery of Self through Neuro Linguistic [NLP] programming playshop for Hirdramani I need to spend some extra days to get my visa’s to Bangladesh and Thailand. I wish they improve processes to issues same day visas rather than taking 4 days for it.  
  • Then I leave for Bangkok to attend the Hospital Management Asia conference in the Shangrila Hotel in Bangkok. I will be making a presentation on the innovation in corporate governance at Apollo Hospital in Dhaka and will be receiving the award of excellence at the gala dinner on the 13th. 
  • Then I travel to Dhaka to lead the Apollo team. During this period I also have the fortune of conducting some trainings for IFIC bank and GPIT. 
  • We will be invest some time during the month to plan and promote two Mega Learning Experiences with Omar Khan on the 28th of October. Omar will be visiting Sri Lanka after 7 years and there is so much excitement already about the impending events.  We have also set dates for the public Mastery of Self through NLP playshop in Colombo [Oct/Nov] and Dhaka [Nov/Dec] and registrations have already begun [!mind-power/cpqz]


The website has had 427 views for the month of August. The highest number of visits have been from Sri Lanka, with Bangladesh in second place and the United States in 3rd place. 
This month the blog has seen 284 hits taking the total number to 22,154 views from over 105 countries. The lists of countries are given below;  
Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, United States, United Kingdom , India , United Arab Emirates , Canada , Australia , Switzerland , Saudi Arabia , Portugal , Singapore , Netherlands , Qatar , Pakistan , Norway, New Zealand  , Italy , France , Malaysia , Sweden , Uganda , Algeria , Japan  , Indonesia  , Maldives, Russian Federation , Georgia , Bulgaria , Brunei Darussalam  , Thailand  , Fiji , Iceland , Germany , Spain , Egypt , Israel , Poland , Republic of Korea , Czech Republic, South Africa , Turkey , Mongolia, Ghana, Philippines , Croatia , Greece  , Hong Kong , Malta, Nepal , Kenya , Ecuador , Viet Nam , Bermuda , Ireland, Bahrain, Brazil, Jamaica , Bahamas, Ukraine , Cayman Islands , Morocco, Senegal  , Grenada , Nigeria, Gambia, Finland , Austria , Afghanistan , Azerbaijan, Colombia , Argentina , Panama, Oman, Jordan, Romania, Benin, Slovenia, Belgium , Trinidad and Tobago , Denmark, Swaziland , Zambia, Mauritius, Costa Rica, Palestinian Territory , Mexico, Slovakia, Puerto Rico and Myanmar. 


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