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Poignant pondering on a patriarch: One year later

Views - 148 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

One year has gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickrema Weerasoo


Reflecting reality through research: Management and leadership in focus

Views - 305 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

We are in the midst of a golden opportunity as a nation to move ahead in solidarity with strategic aims. With refreshing leadership at the helm and renewed enthusiasm for better results in all fronts, it is seen as a positive and progressive beginnin


Unleashing the power to lead: Global presence with local pulse

Views - 594 Monday, 4 November 2019 00:00

We are indeed delighted to present 340 extraordinary managers at the PIM’s latest convocation. They have been developed as leaders with a global presence and a local pulse. That’s why we aptly picked the theme this year – ‘Unleashing the Powe


Towards better people management in Sri Lanka: Vital learning for vibrant leading

Views - 348 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:03

We see more of the absence than the presence of proper people management practices in the premier parlours of Sri Lanka. Positions filled based on connections then competencies have resulted in pressing problems than promising prospects. Politics h


Emotionally intelligent leaders for Sri Lanka: Dire need of a rare breed

Views - 772 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

Verbal diarrheal has become rampant in Presidential Election season. Emotional outbursts in the political circles ranging from “jumpers to pampers” are common these days. Leaders are supposed to be more “emotionally intelligent” according to


In search of future prosperity: Inspiration from a splendid past

Views - 278 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

The Presidential Election has taken centre stage in our discussions amidst economic challenges engulfing the country. Every time I come back from an overseas visit, the thought lingers in my mind how other nations are surpassing us in terms of growth


Radically reinvented reality: Relevance to Sri Lanka

Views - 381 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:35

I am delighted to be involved in the National HR Conference 2019, the largest HR event in South Asia. This time it is on the theme ‘Radically Reinvented Reality’. We need to take another look at the way we act institutionally and nationally, in u


Carnage of garbage: Matter vs. mind

Views - 484 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:00

There is uproar about Aruwakkalu land being dumped with raw garbage without prior preparation. Ironically the Aruwakkalu Waste Management Project was launched following the collapse of the Meethotamulla disposal site as a sustainable and scientific


Vibrancy of ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’: Lucid lessons for Lankans

Views - 824 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

I enjoyed watching the first 3D Sinhala movie last week. It is ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’ directed by Emeritus Professor Sunil Ariyarathne. It happened to be the last screenplay written by late Dr. Tissa Abeysekara. The story is based on a classical nove


Remembering a management sage, four years later

Views - 474 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

By Prof. Ajantha S. Dharmasiri Time has passed by. Four years have gone after the sad demise of my mentor. A lot has been said by now about this legendary marketing sage, since his untimely departure in August 2015. The Postgraduate Institute of Man


Of trombones and backbones: Towards a Sri Lankan shift from ego to eco

Views - 405 Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

The latest addition to the chaos that we experience is the hazardous garbage containers imported from the UK. We are plagued with multiple environmental challenges. Whilst garbage disposals are still non-systematic, dengue mosquitoes continue to infl


Competing with competencies: Developing future-proof Sri Lankans

Views - 555 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:52

Competencies are required to compete in an increasingly competitive global environment. Sri Lanka has slipped from 71st place to 85th on the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) last year. This shows a dismal picture as Sri Lanka i


Salience of ‘Strategy Safari’: Lessons for Lankans

Views - 415 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

‘Strategy Safari’ by Henri Mintzberg and others is a book that I keenly read a couple of times. Every time I read it, new insights with fresh perspectives were quite common. As a book, it’s a bit old but still gold. I referred to it recently to


Poson ponderings on positional power: ‘Authority vested’ vs. ‘authority wasted’

Views - 451 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:01

We witnessed a serene Poson Poya, in a far more improved security setting in Sri Lanka. Whilst the Sri Lankan life slowly returning to normal, political fronts do not appear to show the same. Has the political power become the people ‘pava’ (sin)


In search of sensible Sri Lankans: Seeking tranquillity amid turbulences

Views - 460 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

The aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy witnessed many a calamity, confusion and chaos. The need to rebuild trust among communities amidst the mistrust among politicians, has become crucial. In the absence of one voice from the ruling front, soli


Serenity, synergy and solidarity for Sri Lankans: A post-Vesak pondering

Views - 334 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

We have just witnessed a different Vesak with less dansals and more devotion. It was an illuminating sign of unity among diversity where Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike joined hands in showing the world what Sri Lanka really is. Despite the sporadi


An accolade for authentic leadership: Exemplary response for Easter tragedy

Views - 1138 Monday, 6 May 2019 00:00

I live in Negombo and know many who lost their lives in the Easter tragedy that engulfed serene Sri Lanka. There was surely no repetition of ‘black July’ or ‘dark Digana’. It is amazing to see the restrained response of affected masses withgr


Exalting People Professionals: Explore, Expand and Excel

Views - 487 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:10

The most premier HR event in the world will come to Colombo in 2020. It will bring prestige to the pearl of the Indian Ocean. We have selected a simply significant theme with wide-ranging implications ‘Exalting People Professionals: Explore, Expand


From Vacation to Workation: Lessons for Lankans

Views - 463 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Vacation is something we know and look forward to in our lives. What about workation? The relatively newer term comes with a mixed bag of promises and pitfalls. Some even call it a sad trend of our times. How do we Sri Lankans behave? Are we drifting


Living the strategy: Lessons for Sri Lanka

Views - 548 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

Strategy is an often confusingly used term that may mean different things to different people. I have seen this happening in Sri Lanka, where crafting and executing strategy is cluttered by myriad jargons. We need clarity and commitment towards formu


‘Thaala’ shows the way to enriching education through engagement

Views - 868 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Education is in focus these days with much talk on revamping the existing practices with a futuristic outlook, amidst the debate of tablets vs. toilets for the schools. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the family movie, Thaala, the other day. Though it


Of Mintzberg and Zuckerberg: Communities and commodities

Views - 556 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:10

Henry Mintzberg, the veteran management thinker, promotes the concept of “community,” stating that leadership should pave way for “communityship”. Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, created the largest social media platform, Facebook, with a


Enter the chartered HR professional: A new frontier for Sri Lanka

Views - 627 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:27

It is very encouraging to see the opportunities emerging for Sri Lankan HR professionals to reach a charter status. This is in fact filling a long-felt void in the profession of HR. It is in the broad context of the transformation of the Institute of


Significance of sustainable HRM: A salient Sri Lankan effort

Views - 1040 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

I witnessed the launch of a book with a difference recently. It was Senior Professor Henarath Opatha, a veteran researcher in the field of HRM presenting his newest contribution titled ‘Sustainable HRM’. Today’s column is about the nature and f


“Exciting 19” for excellent 2019

Views - 977 Monday, 31 December 2018 00:00

A refreshing 31,557,000 seconds in 2019 are with us. A brand new year invites us not only to have brand new thoughts but to convert them into grand actions. As usual, people tend to have New Year resolutions. My suggestion is to go beyond scant resol


Tale of two leaders: A Christmas reflection

Views - 587 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Leaders and laggards are much in talk these days in the midst of a political turbulence that ravaged the country. Christmas is approaching with its associated festivities as usual. Apart from the traditional message of peace and harmony, this “fest


Reaping relevant results: Reflections on ‘Mind before Action’

Views - 416 Monday, 17 December 2018 02:19

The recent political turbulence that shattered the prestige edifices of governance proved several fundamental points. For me, one such is the need to have holistic thinking with emphasis on far reaching implications before taking a crucial decision.


Bystander effect in Sri Lankan society: perils and pitfalls

Views - 496 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

It was indeed shocking to hear the inactivity of the observers in preventing a murder committed by a group of school students in Matara recently. It was equally shocking to see a video circulated in social media, showing how a person strangled his fi


PIM MBA in Bangladesh: A Sri Lankan pride

Views - 740 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of a brand-new MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was encouraging to see the spirit of Sri Lankans in Bangladesh who actively supported our endeavou


Unleashing the power to lead: Global presence with local pulse

Views - 260 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

We are indeed delighted to present 441 extraordinary managers at the PIM’s latest convocation. They have been developed as leaders with global presence and local pulse. That’s why we picked the apt theme this year as ‘unleashing the power to le


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Roots of the crisis

Saturday, 14 December 2019

The candidates who had genuinely contested the Presidential Election had elaborate and attractive election manifestos. But none of them had a pragmatic program to address the basic question of how to overcome the extensive crisis Sri Lanka is facing.


What price reforms now that progress rules?

Friday, 13 December 2019

It was a famous victory. A shadow of a doubt persists after an election commission member spoke up recently, after the event, about an alleged irregularity somewhere in the voting system works. But this would be churlish, buffoonish and academic to t


Assessment of fitness and propriety of directors and officers

Friday, 13 December 2019

In the early ’80s, a businessman turned financier from the hill capital started a public deposit canvassing drive by offering 20% interest per month. The depositors were offered on the spot payment of 20% as interest for the first month for their d


How to select top officials to public corporations

Friday, 13 December 2019

It is commendable that the President wants to select suitable decision-makers to public corporations without them being mere and ad hoc political appointments. However, the process thus far seems somewhat weak. Various people are complaining about th


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