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Ranjan De Silva

Team Leadership Excellence Newsletter

Vol.32 October 2014

 Welcome to the thirty-second monthly newsletter. 

Learning is a life long pursuit for everyone. In addition to sharing my knowledge I am blessed with the opportunity of not only learning from those I train, but also having the opportunity to learn from the best professional development guru’s in the world.  This was such a month where I had the privilege of being at two such sessions. 

Firstly on the 11th of October I had the privilege of being at the launch of the book; ‘Magical Book of Affirmations’ by Jack Canfield and Ram Ganglani in Dubai. It was a treat listening to one of the authors, Ram Ganglani and his philosophy on which the book was based on during the launch. 

Secondly I was privileged to learn from David Allen who developed the GTD System (Getting Things Done) at his full day learning event in Dubai on the 30th of October. See details of the learning’s from this event in this newsletter. 

Here are my insights for the month …

The Beauty of diversity!


A new client of mine recently requested me to design and run a workshop for their top team on ‘valuing differences’. I was excited about the prospect of doing this as this is at the core of Sensei and our mission statement also states it explicitly:
The Sensei International mission is: To be the best possible global catalyst in organizational and personal transformation. To help the world celebrate its diversity and re-discover its unity … That’s Sensei!
Inspired by our mission and the prospect of designing a new workshop that resonates so well, I named the workshop ‘The Beauty of Diversity’ which the client loved too.
The objective of the workshop was to help participants realize that we are very different from each other in many ways, that all the different versions of us add value in different ways, one person alone does not have all the different aspects and therefore we need to work with others who are different to ensure all angles are covered, that the diversity adds synergy and by celebrating the beauty of this diversity we not only add synergistic value but also re-discover our unity.
I approached the design of the workshop by helping participants to look at 4 areas of differences;

Click here for the whole article that includes 4 areas of diversity

Getting things done … Superbly!

Do you generally find that your email inbox clogged with unattended mail?

Do you find that there are many important things to attended to?

Do you find that some important projects don’t get your required attention?

Do you find that some important task are neglected or delayed?

Do you feel that there are some tasks that you need to attend but you get drained trying to do them?

Do you find you just don’t have enough time to do tasks you enjoy doing that energizes you?

Well if the answer to one or many of these questions is yes, then many of the answers are with David Allen, the author of many books including, ‘Getting Things Done’ and inspirational speaker.

I was fortunate to be at David’s session recently,  organized by Right Selection, the company who also represents me in the Middle East. While I generally have an empty email inbox, have things quite well organized with most things done by the end of each week with adequate time to do things I am passionate about, I found David helps put things in perspective and provides concepts and a process that helps get things done.

Here is a summary of the learnings for you.

Click here for the whole article that gives a summary of the GTD process.




Blog posts

Two blog posts was published during this month taking the total to 65. The new blog posts are listed below for your information. The excerpts of the blog posts can be read above. 

Getting things done … Superbly!

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The Beauty of Diversity

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The new blog posts can be viewed at: 




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


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 


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


  1. I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot: together we can do great things - Saint Theresa. 
  2. #marketing2025 Congratulations CIM on the new brand identity and the new initiatives such as the Marketing 2025 Hackathon. Wish you success.
  3. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others - Bill Gates.  





Other Pages

The following pages have more information of interest and value:

Online Videos

Four videos of testimonies of the Mastery of Self programme can be found on the testimonials page:!testimonials/c1qb1 
  • Testimonial by Anika 

  • 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. 

My Journey in October 2014

  • I started the month in Colombo spending some family time and meeting many organizations who require my services.
  • I then travelled to Dubai thereafter to conduct a 1 day Team Leadership Breakthrough workshop for business leaders in Dubai, organized by the leading speakers bureau in the middle-east, Right Selection.
  • Then I travelled to Dhaka to conduct workshops for BRAC Bank, City Bank and VF Asia before returning to Dubai to guide clients  in Dubai and to take part in the ‘Getting Things Done’ [GTD] seminar conducted by David Allen, organized by Right Selection. 



What’s in store for November 2014

  • I start the month in Dubai and then travel to Jeddah to conduct a training programme for senior leaders of Unilever KSA.
  • Then I spend a few more days in Dubai before travelling to Dhaka to conduct programmes for VF Asia, E.Co.
  • Then I travel to Colombo to conduct training for Pearson Lanka and to conduct the ‘Mastery of Self’ through NLP session for the public in Sri Lanka.  
  • I will also get some family time before taking off again early December.










The website has had 453 views for the month of October. The highest number of visits have been from Bangladesh, with Sri Lanka in second place and United Arab Emirates in 3rd place. 

This month the blog has had 208 views taking the total number to 28,253 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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