How it all started
At each of my programs, I would generally get inundated with questions… These questions are almost never asked during with workshop per se, but during breaks, after the program, before the session starts – or sometimes, a few days after the workshop over a phone call. Generally, I had a habit of writing the questions that come my way in a book – so that I use this as ‘material’ for the next sessions that come by way : and storytelling started this way : as a way of answering a question to enable the gleaning of a concept through an incident or a story. This is what inspired the first book Jargon Free Management – a compilation of simple management areas of focus that I generally train on during my Leadership Workshops, compiled into a simple to read book… Later, I started working on other topics – using the same story telling format.
In 2017 I had a freak accident and broke my leg – requiring me to have a titanium plate and 7 ’screws’ as part of the surgery to correct my leg. 4 months of ‘bed rest’ ensued and bored out of my mind, I dug out my old books, and all the questions posed to me and written down over the years became the inspiration for the No Nonsense Series… As we started Luminary, I was keen to get our trainers to share their perspectives and insights : and as an ‘experiment’, I tagged-team with Anton and Tatum to co-author a No Nonsense Book – and worked out a framework that would enable the three of us to work on a book together. It worked so well that we put a small, robust process around it. Then, Fahad reached out on one of my posts: and I invited him to come home and write a book with me: and this, believe it or not, was the first time I was meeting him face to face. We finished the No Nonsense on Public Speaking in just one day (with a little help from Anton as well)! Emboldened, we got others involved – and this series became a wonderful way for us trainers to put things together – and is now something we do every month.
In 2019, Shaakya (my daughter) turned 17, and we started having wide ranging conversations about ‘popular advice’ : and I, in my usual ‘unorthodox’ ways, tried challenging her… Our constant verbal sparring sessions gave rise to the ‘Cut the Crap’ series, which she later become a co-author of…
Is a series that looks at every day life and tries to glean management and related ‘lessons.’ The book is largely anecdotal, full of stories from my life…Read more
Is a series that aims to be a quick read : generally in one sitting. The ‘advice’ is to the point : no stories, no examples, no anecdotes : just Do’s and Don’tsRead more
Is a series that looks at discussing ‘popular’ advice – and taking it apart ! Somewhat of a mix between Jargon Free and No Nonsense – this series too is anecdotal in nature with lots of little stories – and rather detailed discussions on each topic at hand.Read more
About Vidusha Nathavitharana
Vidusha is currently the Destiny Architect at High5 Consultancy and Training and also the organization’s founder member. His areas of expertise lies with strategy facilitation, HR strategy development and Leadership Training. He has conducted assignments in 7 countries regionally and consulted for the World Bank, the UN as well as some of the top corporates in Sri Lanka and the Region. He is also a member of the board of directors for Chrysalis, a social enterprise working to empower women and youth by fostering inclusive growth in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. He is currently reading for his MBA while already having a MA in Leading Innovation and Change from the University of York St. John. He also has a BA in Business Management (Hons) from the University of Lincoln, UK.