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Strengths towards success

Views - 1200 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 - 2137 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 - 1326 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 - 2217 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 - 2288 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 - 2583 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 - 5829 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 - 1128 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 - 2485 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 - 1431 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 - 7221 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 - 5115 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 - 5057 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 - 1579 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 - 2411 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 - 2050 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 - 2676 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 - 1712 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 - 1650 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 - 1369 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 - 5054 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 - 1123 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 - 15519 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


Glimpses of NHREP: Policy into practice

Views - 2295 Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

It has been a while that the National Policy on Human Resources and Employment (NHREP) was launched in July 2012. Has it been sufficiently discussed in the HR circles? Are HR professionals aware of its contents and conduct? Has it been able to create


Reminiscences of a rare researcher

Views - 2238 Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

One year has passed after the demise of Prof. Sudatta Ranasinghe. I feel the loss dearly in missing an inspirational icon. It is a tale of a ‘tall’ teacher. What I mean by ‘tall’ is in terms of academic achievements whilst being a genuine hum


Consulting challenges in Sri Lanka

Views - 1622 Monday, 5 May 2014 00:00

We saw an insightful sharing of thoughts by a globally-renowned HR consultant, Prof. Dave Ulrich last week. Management consulting has become a thriving business in the wake of rapid economic expansion. We see a mushrooming of consultants in multiple


Ulrich’s ultimatum

Views - 4768 Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

It was refreshing to hear the brief visit of Prof. Dave Ulrich to Sri Lanka this week. I recall meeting him a few years ago and facilitating a live session via satellite during the National HR Conference last year. I will look forward to hearing some


Defining HRM for Sri Lanka

Views - 4332 Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00

There is a growing awareness and enthusiasm on people management in Sri Lankan organisations. This is evident by the increasing number of activities related to Human Resource Management (HRM) on many fronts taking place in the island. Yet, we have a


Elusive balance to illuminating harmony

Views - 6118 Wednesday, 16 April 2014 01:45

We are in the midst of Avurudu celebration from work to enjoy “life”. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review reconnected me with this ongoing debate on so called “work-life balance”. It was heartening to see the standpoint I took two


Avurudu awakening

Views - 2938 Monday, 7 April 2014 00:00

Another Avurudu is round the corner. Holidays give us time to refresh, reflect and renew. As Sinhalese and Tamils unite in enjoying the festive times together, it radiates the symbol of national unity. Today’s column on Humane Results is a relaxed


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