Views - 629 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
Views - 762 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
Views - 484 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
Views - 362 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.
Views - 230 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
Views - 575 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
Views - 218 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
Views - 443 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:02
Overview Much has been said about the legal position regard to the current political phase we are going through. I am reluctant to take a side to argue or counter-argue with regards to recent actions and inactions. For me, it surely proves what we de
Views - 561 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00
I was humbly happy to be the first Sri Lankan to speak at Fiji Annual HR Convention. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet warm people of another island nation. With booming tourism and bountiful natural resources, it appears as one of the most
Views - 275 Monday, 8 October 2018 00:00
It was delightful to be a Sri Lankan speaker at the NATCON 2018, the biggest HR conference in India held in Pune recently. I spoke on the future of HR and had the opportunity to discuss it further with Dr. T.V. Rao, who is hailed as the pioneer of th
Views - 335 Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:00
It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about
Views - 495 Monday, 10 September 2018 00:02
It was amazing to see the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the much acclaimed “Fireside Chat” held recently. It not only showcased seven fiery entrepreneurs, but paved way for their frank expressions without fear or favour. They enjoyed th
Views - 228 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00
Not much time has passed since the heart-warming heroics heard from Thailand.
Views - 328 Monday, 13 August 2018 01:15
It is encouraging to see many research conferences related to management are being conducted by State and non-State higher education institutes alike. I was the keynote speaker for the second Annual Research Symposium (ARSYM–2018) organised by the
Views - 235 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00
I am so happy to present my seventh book titled, “People Perspectives”. It is a display of diverse discussion for discovery, in fact, my third collection of articles based on the “Humane Results” column published in the Daily FT. Today’s co
Views - 319 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00
I was so delighted to get involved with the national convention of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP) with the fitting theme, “National Prosperity through World Class Quality and Productivity”.
Views - 451 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00
I was so happy to meet Dr. Daniel Goleman of Emotional Intelligence fame, at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference of 2018 held in Chicago recently.
Views - 438 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00
Sri Lanka, often named as the ‘Wonder of Asia,’ has many citizens wondering what is going on.
Views - 264 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00
I am delighted to drive a dynamic community of diverse people in presenting a distinctly different experience at the National HR Conference 2018.
Views - 663 Monday, 21 May 2018 00:05
I was delighted to be reappointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) for the second term of three years.
Views - 233 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00
We in Sri Lanka observe ‘International Labour Day’ on 7th May instead of 1st May, this year. From Haymarket Square, Chicago in 1886, it has come a long way in bringing workers’ rights to the forefront. It is an opportune time to reflect on nati
Views - 1311 Monday, 23 April 2018 00:00
I hardly watch teledramas, not only because I value my time but also because of their questionable value.
Views - 486 Monday, 9 April 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 Kuwait City, Kuwait. It was encouraging to see the spirit of Sri Lankans in Kuwait who actively supported our endeavour
Views - 378 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00
Conflicts arise when communication breaks down. A prolonged strike or an ongoing dispute can have a link to improper communication.
Views - 637 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:02
Much has been said about the sad incidences in the Hill Capital. No sensible human being will endorse such acts of shameful violence, irrespective of provocation or justification.
Views - 831 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00
Producing leaders has become a national priority in a context where there are more laggards then leaders in critical positions. Among the many roles of a typical business school, enhancing leadership competencies of the students is key.In fact, an ex
Views - 592 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00
By the time this column is published I am sure the final verdict of the Sri Lankan voters will be loud and clear. Freshly elected members to the local government institutions, hopefully with 25% female representation, must be gearing to “serve” t
Views - 541 Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00
We as a nation will celebrate 70 years of independence in a few days’ time. It was Peter Drucker who said that there are no good or bad institutions but well-managed or ill-managed institutions.
Views - 429 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00
Ecosystems are so essential for nature. They provide the basis for survival and sustainability.
Views - 885 Tuesday, 2 January 2018 00:00
A refreshing 31,557,000 seconds in 2018 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 resolutions
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
The world is in the midst of a data explosion. Humans are generating an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day1, according to Forbes, and more data was created in the past two years than in all of human history. No wonder data now r
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
Last week I had just crossed the border that separates Laos from Thailand and was on route via land to Thailand. My mind was on Laos – a country branded globally as ‘Simply Beautiful’ (backed by the ADB in 2018) to attract visitors into the cou
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
The latest Report issued by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs on ‘Poverty Indicators’ is both questionable and outrageous.1This Ministry is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Most of the sta
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
When Sri Lanka got independence in 1948, it was one of the most promising nations both in Asia and in the Commonwealth countries. It had luckily emerged unscathed after the Second World War unlike our neighbours. Sri Lanka furthermore did not have to