Catalyst in promoting smarter work
LIFE SKILLS: Most Sri Lankans have the skills and ability to
perform their jobs but do not have the vision and ambition go up the
corporate ladder. Most of them are happy with mediocre performances, a
leading Corporate- Trainer Gihan Talgodapitiya said.
A training session for children on team work.
Thalgodapitiya has been in corporate training for more than 20 years.
He has conducted corporate training programmes to enhance productivity
and soft skills of corporate sector company employees not in Sri Lanka
and also in other countries including Singapore and India.
In the last 15 years he has helped leading corporates to improve
human resource by providing training and development programmes for them
to work smart.
At present more than 300 leading companies are working with him which
are mostly leading corporates in the country.
The biggest problem that he sees is that top managements in every
company in this country do not have a sustained commitment to improve
their employees' knowledge.
Talgodapitiya said their training programmes are geared to all
management segments, covering lower management to top management such as
CEO level, which are conducted in Sinhala and English.
Trainer Gihan Talgodapitiya Picture by Sumanachandra Ariyawansa
Talagodapitiya Associates has conducted thousands of training
programmes for persons in all walks of life including school children.
Under his stewardship he has formed an institute called the Personal
Development Institute, which runs specialised character building
programmes for children.
Most of their training programmes focus on strategic planning on how
to manage business organisations and the unique factor is that they
constantly follow up their trainees on a regular basis to ensure that
they practice what they learned during their training programmes, he
Talgodapitiya also closely works with leading garment factories
including MAS Holdings, Hirdaramani and many more.
The Institute provides training programmes for more than 200 garment
factories in the country.
The Institute also provides training for leading corporates as well.
Generally it conducts one to four day programmes with interactive
Talgodapitiya has conducted training overseas programmes for the last
10 years in Singapore, Vietnam, India and many countries for the
In Singapore it is also working with the public sector and in
Bangalore they provide training programmes for the apparel sector.
Talgodapitiya is working closely with the International Labour
Organisation to provide training on their global factory improvement
programme. The company also works with many NGOs and foreign
In their training programmes they mainly cover innovation and
creativity, service quality improvements, leadership motivation and
teamwork and strategic management.
It also conducts training programmes on the Japanese 5 S system and
Kaizen system as well. These programmes are conducted in a professional
and understandable manner.
Recently, Talgodapitiya Associates tied up with Coca-Cola company and
launched a programme called Brave World to improve the character
building of children in the country. The company has involved them as a
part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.
This programme is also geared to improve the value systems of them as
well. Last year they held many programmes for under-privileged children
taking these programme countrywide. Up to now they had provided training
for more than 700 children covering tsunami affected areas,