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MBA as ‘Mind Before Action’

Views - 2383 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 - 1326 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 - 1928 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 - 1071 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 - 1256 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 - 928 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 - 4299 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 - 1186 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 - 1976 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 - 1299 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 - 2201 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 - 2265 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 - 2535 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 - 5809 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 - 1114 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 - 2474 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 - 1411 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 - 7210 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 - 5085 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 - 5020 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 - 1563 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 - 2386 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 - 2029 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 - 2652 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


Winning reflections of an HR professional

Views - 1675 Monday, 30 June 2014 00:00

It was a moment of pride and pleasure. It was also a moment of confidence and conviction that I have made the right move in transitioning from “an engineer of electrical to an engineer of hearts and minds”. This is definitely not a monkey praisin


Revitalising HR research: The Sri Lankan way

Views - 1602 Monday, 23 June 2014 00:00

I was very relieved to see the successful completion of the National HR Conference 2014. One key feature of it was the launch of the 2014 volume of the HRM Perspectives Journal (HRMPJ), the annual research publication of the Institute of Personnel Ma


Heralding NHRC 2014

Views - 1354 Monday, 16 June 2014 00:10

Another two days to go for South Asia’s biggest HR event. ‘Redefining HR for Boosting Performance’ is the theme of the National HR Conference 2014. Today’s column will highlight its novelty with associated features not as a commercial propaga


Suppressive supervision

Views - 5024 Monday, 9 June 2014 00:00

“People do not leave organisations, they leave their bosses”. I have heard this many a time here and abroad. The harsh truth is that there is something not so right with regards to supervision. In fact, there are subtle and suppressive ways a sup


Waking up on work

Views - 1105 Monday, 2 June 2014 00:00

I enjoyed reading a book with a difference. It was blended with success and spiritual flavours. The book in fact, invited me to relook the way I work. More importantly, I started asking the question ‘why do I work?’ I felt there is a lot relevanc


Cyberloafing

Views - 15478 Monday, 26 May 2014 00:01

Loafing is often associated with lazily loitering or lethargically lounging. Now we have a newer term, associated with computers. Cyberloafing is when you loaf in the cyber world. Today’s column will probe its prevalence in Sri Lanka with associate


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Lasantha, journalists and diplomats

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

We find scarce little to celebrate in a sullied land, marking our days remembering the tragedies that tell our blood-soaked history. In the troubled decades preceding, many, from the highest in the land to average citizens, have met with violent ends


Automation and machine learning: Helping organisations extract deeper value from data

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


SL tourism: From TOM to experience the brand in 2019

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


Questionable (or absurd) official report on poverty indicators

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


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