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Communication challenges

Views - 2220 Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

We looked at the what, why and how of communication in relation to managers last week. In moving further, let’s look at some key challenges of communication. They are being discussed in many a forum local and global alike. The attempt here is to re


Managers as communicators

Views - 3576 Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00

All of us communicate, from the womb to the tomb. It is essential for human existence. Obviously, managers need to be effective communicators. How can Sri Lankan managers do so? Let’s discuss through what, why and how of communication. Overview C


‘S Curve’ for survival

Views - 2829 Monday, 3 March 2014 01:02

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


Driving organisational change

Views - 1803 Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00

Whether we like it or not, change has become a necessity in an increasingly-competitive world. As Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones who are most responsive to change.” Wheth


Independence to interdependence

Views - 5840 Monday, 17 February 2014 00:01

We just celebrated our 66th anniversary of “regaining independence”. True enough, as a nation with pride, we indeed treasure our political independence. Yet, the question is whether we are really independent in the holistic sense. Further, with a


Social media for hiring: Promises and pitfalls

Views - 4348 Monday, 10 February 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, l


Luring talent through social media

Views - 2209 Monday, 3 February 2014 00:00

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


In search of servant leadership

Views - 1925 Monday, 27 January 2014 00:00

How can a leader be a servant? Looks like a seemingly confusing connection. In a world where leadership is much associated with power, prestige and pageantry, a noteworthy departure of a rare breed is evident. Let’s move forward in search of servan


Focus as a force

Views - 5010 Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

I read the fascinating book titled ‘Focus’ with enthusiasm. It was Prof. Uditha Liyanage who recommended the book to me as one that is useful and practical. Surely, it was informational and insightful alike in prompting me to devote a column on i


Myth of managing managers

Views - 4698 Monday, 13 January 2014 00:00

Managers are not yet an endangered species. They will if they do not deliver results. This is relevant to global, regional and local scenes alike. Can we really manage managers? If we think we can, it is surely a myth. Let’s see why that is so in t


5S for the mind

Views - 3462 Monday, 6 January 2014 00:00

We are in the first week of the brand new 2014. Numerologists say that it is a lucky year as the sum total of its digits is 7. It remains to be seen how we use our “luck” in making the 2014 peaceful, prosperous and productive. What I mean by “l


14 fortitudes for 2014

Views - 1376 Monday, 30 December 2013 01:04

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 14 fortitudes leading to focused action, especially wit


Radiant reflections on renewal

Views - 1646 Monday, 23 December 2013 00:35

We are about to witness 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 look forward to a much-needed break after a few “mega months” with regard to duti


Sins against synergy

Views - 1147 Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:01

Teams are in high demand. In the worlds of sporting and business alike, this is the case. What is so special in a team? What derails team success? Today’s column will shed light in dealing with the magical factor in teams, synergy. Overview Why t


Mind mapping for managers

Views - 4213 Monday, 9 December 2013 00:00

We will be starting yet another MBA batch at PIM day after tomorrow. For me, MBA is simply ‘Mind Before Action’. My wish for the MBAs is to become ‘thinking doers’. In fact, managers really need to use their mind. Mind mapping is a versatile


Intelligence redefined

Views - 1498 Monday, 2 December 2013 00:00

I am preparing to conduct a public workshop with the above title. It gave me an opportunity to revisit the often misunderstood concept of intelligence. Today’s column is about the multiple presence of intelligence, with relevance and applications f


Personality perspectives

Views - 2386 Monday, 25 November 2013 00:00

Personalities of people play a pivotal role in both their personal and professional fronts. The Oxford Dictionary defines personality as the visible aspect of one’s character as it impresses others. Today’s column is an exploration as well as an


Uncommon wealth of Commonwealth

Views - 5454 Monday, 18 November 2013 00:26

I am writing this column while the inauguration of CHOGM 2013 is taking place in Sri Lanka. We are happy to see it happing here, as the first time an Asian country is hosting the summit in 24 years. My intention is not to praise or appraise CHOGM but


Four doors of performance passage

Views - 1538 Monday, 28 October 2013 00:52

It appears that there is a renewed interest on performance management in both private and public sectors alike. I recently got involved in developing a performance evaluation system with the Public Service Commission for the public sector. We discuss


Revitalising public service performance

Views - 12640 Monday, 21 October 2013 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


Talent challenges

Views - 2841 Monday, 14 October 2013 00:00

I enjoyed being a speaker and a panellist at the SLASSCOM HR Summit for 2013. The theme for this year was ‘Attracting, Developing and Retaining Talent in Challenging Times’. There was a variety of thoughts expressed and a wide range of actions pr


Harping on happiness

Views - 6778 Monday, 30 September 2013 00:40

It was amazing to watch a brief video clip on YouTube featuring W.V. Sugathapala. He has received global acclaim as one of the happiest persons in the world. Do happy people produce more results? Do we give adequate attention to employee satisfaction


Good to great HR hike

Views - 1394 Monday, 23 September 2013 00:34

Human resource professionals have a critical role to play. They have to think and act like leaders and not as laggards. How can they become ‘great’ leaders? What are the practical avenues possible? Today’s column will shed light on leeway of le


Synthesising Stockholm syndrome

Views - 4936 Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

It is amazing how psychological phenomena related to historical events have relevance to current workplaces. Stockholm syndrome is a case in point. Let’s see what it is and how it connects to today’s managers. Today’s column is a synthesis on S


HR imperatives for innovation

Views - 1894 Monday, 9 September 2013 00:00

I am delighted to write my 150th 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 as a torture but always as a treasure. B


Fathoming five minds for the future

Views - 1615 Monday, 2 September 2013 00:00

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. This attempt is all about that. Overview Howard


Seven ups for HR professionals

Views - 1682 Monday, 26 August 2013 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 that every manager has a people role to play, the contribution


Dinosaurs vs. dolphins

Views - 1546 Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

Distinct or extinct? That is the challenge in front of us in an increasingly competitive world. It is a fact that dinosaurs only exist in movies. It is also a fact that dolphins are very intelligent and can adapt to a changing environment. Today’s


Being brilliant on brain

Views - 3109 Monday, 12 August 2013 01:07

We use desktop, laptop and palmtop computers. Yet, the most powerful is the ‘neck-top’ computer. I hope all of us have it and hopefully, no one is sitting on it. Today’s column is all about the most amazing device in the universe with specific


Talent drought

Views - 1838 Sunday, 4 August 2013 23:37

Talent has always been a buzz word in business circles. We saw a wave of writings such as ‘Winning the War for Talent’ spreading the world. Despite the popularity of the concept, it is still problematic and challenging in both global and local sc


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