Women Entrepreners

They say that entrepreneurship is born often in response to a felt need. Some of the world’s biggest and the best brands have been the result of such journeys undertaken by pioneering entrepreneurs who experienced the need themselves.  Yet, it seems that in the world of entrepreneurship, women are said to be more adept than their male counterparts at identifying needs and spotting gaps that are not serviced; thereby, more efficient at utilizing the opportunities or seizing the moment.  Forbes recently quoted the 2015 Kaufmann Index on Startup Activity, citing that WBE (women business enterprises) are agile, innovative problem solvers who are able to meet the needs of the corporate world quickly and are able to adapt to market place challenges while providing value and cost-effectiveness – as stated by Pamela Prince Eason, President and CEO of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). There’s plenty of punch packed in her statement and not just because she is a woman herself. For every woman trying to enter into entrepreneurship or a career, must also deal with the baggage that often accompanies a woman. Something most men would not have access to. Whether taking care of the home front, attending to children or taking care of ageing parents, the onus falls on the women in almost every society than it does on a man. In whatever way we approach, the whole gender game and whatever values we lay on the table concerning equal status and equal pay, etc., that’s just how it is.

Mothers, wives and daughters are almost always the primary care givers. That is not likely to change and need not change – life does include responsibilities that the majority of us do not mind shouldering. It certainly adds value to our lives. So why and how does entrepreneurship fit women better? Not only because women are good at identifying needs but also because being an entrepreneur gives a woman the flexibility to take care of other responsibilities in her life while allowing her plenty of space to engage in the work she has chosen. Entrepreneurship, in my book, is also about developing a strong sense of personal discipline. Most women are used to schedules that come with getting kids ready to school, homework and class project assistance and assignments. Not to mention cooking for a family and running errands. Personal discipline, sticking to time schedules and getting something done are factors that can come naturally after years on the school run, homework assistance and chaperoning extra classes. On the global front, these mothers and wives are taking giant steps – as The Forbes List of The Most Powerful Women confirms. The women on that list set out from their homes not to build empires and become celebrities – it happened on the way because they worked hard for everything they’ve got.  Entrepreneurship also may come easier to women because they can see the needs that exist in everyday life. Whether in grocery shopping, cooking or taking care of children and elderly parents, women can relate to needs that occur. For an example, home-cooked meals are in great demand in Colombo at the moment. Anyone who has the capability and the capacity to start a home-cooked food business, especially rice and curry, would undoubtedly see it boom. A similar demand exists for educational solutions, or for reliable day care facilities. These are needs that are experienced by women every day.

Of course, nothing comes easy. As we all know, entrepreneurship is a tough game despite the advantages it offers to a woman wanting to balance her family and work. It takes a lot to be able to source markets, develop the business and keep it going. It takes business sense and the ability to plan for the long term. It takes sacrificial hours attending to business problems but the good news is that yes, it can be done while doing everything else you have to get done. Sometimes the purpose itself gets defeated when the business grows into a dimension you did not expect it to. For some women, this is the point to let go – anything more would bite into time with the family and children. Yet, others relish the growth and are able to cope with the challenges that come with a growing business.

Dimo Sri Lanka Wins An Award

Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) has yet again been recognized as one of the ‘Great Places to Work in 2016’ in Sri Lanka. This is the fourth consecutive year that DIMO has achieved this accolade. Each year, Great Place to Work (GPTW) partners with more than 5,500 organisations with some 10 million employees worldwide to conduct the largest annual set of workplace culture studies in the world.

This research, which is laser focused, helps top leaders create their own great workplaces, according to a DIMO statement. This year, Great Place to Work Sri Lanka recognized 25 companies having the best conducive working environments for their staff. At an event held recently at Cinnamon Grand, GPTW representatives handed over the GPTW 2016 Certificate to DIMO Chairman and Managing Director Ranjith Pandithage. Moreover, DIMO carried away multiple awards at the event, which included Best Public Limited Company (PLC), Special Category award for Excellence in Talent Acquisition and the top prize for ‘We love our Workplace’ video contest.

Great workplaces are built through the day-to-day relationships that employees experience. The key factor in common in these relationships is trust. From the employee’s perspective, a great workplace is one where they: trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do and enjoy the people they work with. Building high-quality relationships in the work place, trust, pride and camaraderie are the pillars of the Great Place to Work institute. Trust is the defining principle of great workplaces - created through the management’s credibility, the respect with which employees feel they are treated and the extent to which the employees expect to be treated fairly.

The degree of pride and levels of authentic connection and camaraderie employees feel with one are additional  essential components. DIMO has been representing the best engineered brands in the world since 1939. With over 1600 employees, a rich history of 77 years and more than 75 world’s best brands under the umbrella, DIMO today offers the latest technologies, the best working environments and the most conducive surroundings for career growth and personal development. These accolades are a testament of DIMO becoming a preferred employer among the professionals and the youth in  Sri Lanka.

How to select a proper colour makeup for you

Picking the right makeup palette to complement your complexion is not hard to do if you know how to select and stick to a family of colors that works for your skin tone, eye color and hair shade.

Find Your Match

Face it: A great foundation is a must for flawless-looking skin, but it's tricky to get it right. Only 15 percent of women choose the correct shade if the appropriate tools aren't provided, says Sarah Vickery, PhD, CoverGirl's principal scientist. And color is just one piece of the puzzle. From tinted moisturizers to loose powders, there are countless formulas and finishes and different techniques for applying them. We've got you covered with this simple three-step guide to finding your perfect match and putting it on like a pro.

Step 1: Find Your Formula

Take this short quiz to determine the product that best suits you.

How would you describe your skin?

A. Oily/combination

B. Dry

C. Normal

D. Sensitive

What's your biggest foundation gripe?

A. It disappears by noon.

B. It looks flaky and dull.

C. It feels heavy.

D. It irritates my skin.

What are you trying to hide?

A. Large pores and/or acne

B. Fine lines and/or brown spots

C. Nothing; I just want to blend minor imperfections.

D. Redness

The look you crave is

A. matte

B. dewy

C. natural

D. even

How to keep you Husband Happy - Top tips for Wives

Keeping a marriage fresh and exciting can be challenging, amidst the stress of daily life. Thankfully, there are small deeds that you can do to keep your husband happy and let him know that you love him more and more each day. Share in the responsibilities of marriage, and try different approaches to leading a happy, spontaneous life that gratifies you and your spouse both emotionally and sexually. Try some of the ideas below to tug on your husband's heartstrings and make your marriage thrive.

Keeping the Flame Alive

1. Be romantic. 

Romance can easily become a back-burner priority after years of marriage. Make sure to save time for romantic activities, like candle-lit dinners, beach walks at sunset, and cuddling up to watch a movie.

2. Spice up your sex life.

One of the main aspects of marriage where the excitement can quickly fade is the sexual aspect. You'll both have to work hard to keep your sex life interesting, but thankfully there are several things that you can do.

3. Make sex a priority. 

No big surprise here. Women understand intellectually that sexual fulfillment is a top need of a man. But do your actions demonstrate that you really get it? Maybe you’ve taken care of the kids, cooked a delicious dinner, and even endured an action flick. Compared to the other wives you know, you’re doing pretty well. Yet you may be discounting his need for fulfilling sex. Most husbands would rather have dishes in the sink and a wife waiting in the bedroom.

4. Make your home a haven.

The world can be a tough place. When your husband walks in the door, he needs to breathe a sigh of relief. He’s home. Think of how you greet your husband. Does he see the back of your head as you type furiously on the computer or do you look him in the eyes and say, “Honey I’m so glad you’re home”? Make your home a place where your husband feels welcome.

5. Respect your man’s needs.

What need does your husband have that perhaps you have discounted? It may be sex, quality time, the cookies you used to bake him, or going to ball games together. Don’t get defensive when your husband voices a need. Listen instead and then act positively to meet that need the best you can.

6. Let your man lead.

The idea of submission has many women up in arms. That does not need to be the case. The New Testament speaks clearly in three passages that we wives are to submit to our husbands as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:22, Colossians 3:18 1 Peter 3:1). This doesn’t mean you become a door mat. What it does mean is that your respect your husband’s role as the leader of the home. After you’ve weighed in on a topic, the final decision belongs to your man.

7. Kiss every day for five to thirty seconds.

Here’s something your husband will really like! It doesn’t cost a penny and it hardly takes any time. A healthy daily dose of passionate kissing will boost your marriage and keep the pilot light lit between you. Give out plenty of kisses, just like when you were dating.