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Driving change: Promises and pitfalls

Views - 1581 Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

We are experiencing key changes in the political circles. Promises were made and fulfilling them has begun. There are several pitfalls to be avoided in ensuring change for the better with wider positive implications. It’s an opportune time to revis


Right person to right position: Competencies or connections?

Views - 2067 Monday, 19 January 2015 00:07

The country witnessed the beginning of a massive political change. We saw the appointment of Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers. Some ministerial secretaries and heads of some key institutions have also been appointed. It is the


Hurray for Hierarchy

Views - 2738 Monday, 12 January 2015 00:02

Having witnessed a change in the political arena, the nation is eagerly waiting to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis tomorrow. We saw two years ago, how, after almost thousand years, the papal legacy has shifted from Europe to Latin America. That cha


15 fittings for 2015

Views - 1295 Monday, 5 January 2015 00:00

A brand new year is ahead of us. As usual, people tend to have New Year resolutions. My suggestion is to go beyond resolutions, to have specific reinforcements. For that, I would like to suggest 15 fortitudes leading to focused action, especially wit


Radiant reflections on renewal

Views - 1109 Monday, 29 December 2014 00:00

We are in the midst of another festive season. A brand new year is just a few days away from us. Holidays give us time to refresh, reflect and renew. I personally got a much-needed break after a few ‘mega months’ with regard to duties and deliver


Convocation as Commencement

Views - 3712 Monday, 22 December 2014 00:00

I led the organising team for the graduation of 449 extraordinary managers at PIM’s largest convocation ever. That was a celebration of human imagination. We picked the theme as ‘Celebrating Richness of Human Imagination’. Convocation marks th


MBA as ‘Mind Before Action’

Views - 2390 Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of another MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM). It was even special for me as I had the first opportunity of carefully selecting 240 candidates for the MBA 2015 batch after t


The Great HR Quiz as a motivating momentum

Views - 1333 Monday, 8 December 2014 00:00

The first-ever HR Quiz in Sri Lanka will be held tomorrow. It is organised by the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM Sri Lanka). I am looking forward to this novel experience involving 50 teams of leading corporates in Sri Lanka. As the head of t


Recognising Sri Lankan researchers

Views - 1935 Monday, 1 December 2014 02:07

I participated in two research-related events during last week. One was the Annual Research Awards of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Directors (CVCD), the other was the first-ever Student Research Day at the Postgraduate Institute of Managemen


Givers and takers

Views - 1076 Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

Among the multitude of speakers I met at the Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – 2014, held in Manchester, UK, Adam Grant occupies the ace space. I was looking forward to meet him, as highly recommend


Mileage from Milgram

Views - 1264 Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

Human obedience is a fascinating area to study. It is much easier to say “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full,” than being constructively critical on a matter. How can such a scenario be linked with electric shocks? A strange connection between el


Highlights of High Impact HR

Views - 933 Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

I had the opportunity of participating in one of the largest HR conferences in the world last week. The annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK, was held at the Manchester Conventions Centre on 5 and 6 Nov


Executive Continuity: Excel or Extinct?

Views - 4307 Monday, 3 November 2014 00:00

The sudden departure of a person handling a critical task can cripple business operations. That’s why we need to be conscious of executive continuity. I was moderating a panel discussion on new trends in succession planning, recently organised by


Strengths towards success

Views - 1192 Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

We are familiar with the typical SWOT analysis including strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. I came across this interesting book based on solid research that capitalised on the key term, strength. How can we direct our strengths to succ


Asch Effect: Ashamed or astonished?

Views - 2011 Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

We often hail teams as a great way to achieve results. We say with conviction that together everyone achieves more. There is a flipside to working together. Groupthink occurs as a silent serpent that encroaches on a synergistic team. Asch Effect is o


Management research: The myths and truths

Views - 1308 Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

Last week was the inauguration of our new batch of doctoral candidates at PIM. It has always been a moment of joy to welcome ‘knowledge creators’ who would contribute to management research whist gaining the highest qualification in the world.


‘Seven Ups’ for HR professionals

Views - 2204 Monday, 6 October 2014 00:00

HR professionals play a vital role in driving the “people factor” for organisational results. Are they on the top or still at the tap? This has been an ongoing debate. In the context of every manager having a people role to play, the contributio


Social media for hiring: Promises and pitfalls

Views - 2273 Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

We looked at prospects of luring talent through social media last week. We identified social media as Social Network Websites (SNWs) such as Facebook, MySpace and the more professionally-oriented LinkedIn. Having discussed the origins and options, le


Social media for talent hunt

Views - 2549 Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

Facebook has more than 1.2 billion fans around the globe. LinkedIn offers you connections with more than 260 million users. Social networking has started shaping our lives in a big way. How can we use it for attracting talent? Has it been successful


Harnessing thoughts on harmony

Views - 5814 Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

We looked at the ‘elusive’ work-life balance last week. The reader response was overwhelming. It all began when I had to write a paper and make a presentation at the Asia Pacific Conference of the Federation of Unions. Then I did an evening prese


Work in life and life in work

Views - 1117 Tuesday, 9 September 2014 00:40

We have often heard the term, “work-life balance”. What does it mean? Is it really possible to achieve? What are the related issues in the Sri Lankan context? Today’s column will attempt to find answers to the above. Overview We are livin


Revitalising public service performance

Views - 2478 Monday, 1 September 2014 00:00

I am happy to be a part of a small but significant step in developing a new performance appraisal mechanism for the Sri Lankan public sector. It is jointly developed by the Public Services Commission (PSC) and the Postgraduate Institute of Management


Perspectives of a people engineer

Views - 1419 Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

I am delighted to write my 200th column on Humane Results. It was indeed a challenging task to write on a weekly basis despite my personal and professional commitments. I must confess that I never felt writing was a torture, but always considered it


Five minds for future Sri Lankans

Views - 7212 Monday, 18 August 2014 00:26

I read the fascinating book titled ‘Five Minds for the Future’ with enthusiasm. It was informational and insightful alike in prompting me to devote a column on its possible relevance to Sri Lanka, particularly to the student population and to the


Communicating with confidence

Views - 5094 Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Managers, local or global alike, need to be effective communicators. How can Sri Lankan managers strengthen confidence and competence in relation to communication? Are they aware of communication challenges? The attempt here is to relate, reflect and


Stockholm syndrome and Sri Lanka

Views - 5030 Monday, 4 August 2014 00:00

Sri Lankan media gave much publicity to a kidnapped child, Dinidu from Megalewa, recently. It is yet another emotional episode involving several key players. Reflecting on multiple dimensions of this event, I thought of perusing on the strange relati


Ten Cs for crafting people strategies

Views - 1568 Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00

As we often proclaim, people are the most important asset to any organisation. In brief, people drive business. How to get the best out of people has global, regional and local relevance. Today’s column will explore the crafting of people strategie


Sensing the ‘S’ Curve

Views - 2392 Monday, 21 July 2014 00:02

Survival and success are closely associated with managers, global and local alike. I came across the interesting concept of “Sigmoid Curve”. What it is all about leads us to an informative and insightful discourse. Today’s column is all about t


Navigating the nation’s school of business

Views - 2037 Monday, 14 July 2014 00:49

I commenced working as the Acting Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) from last Thursday. It is a complex, challenging role that demands competence and commitment. The leadership of PIM has passed from one generation to another


Mind over matter: ‘Five S’ revisited

Views - 2660 Monday, 7 July 2014 00:00

Better housekeeping, higher orderliness, enhance productivity are some of the ways the benefits of a popular approach called ‘five S’ have been described. It is no stranger for the Sri Lankan workplace. I think it has much depth and breadth than


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On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q


Unholy trinity is unholy to Sri Lanka from all fronts

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Let us see the background of the unholy trinity or impossible trinity or trilemma. Every country is challenged with international monetary policy which will in return decide the fate of the economic growth. Three strategies available are;


Is it the plane or the pilot?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The two recent crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX twin-engine jetliners have brought flight safety into sharper focus than ever after many decades. This is in many ways a story of success breeding complacency. Airline safety has improved beyond belief


Is Sri Lanka capable of a course correction?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The genesis of Sri Lanka’s current political and economic problems can very well be traced back to several structural issues of the country, both politically and culturally. It is no secret that from the outset of the war in Sri Lanka, the country


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