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Winning reflections of an HR professional

Views - 1686 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 - 1615 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 - 1359 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 - 5031 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 - 1110 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 - 15491 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 - 2279 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 - 2229 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 - 1601 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 - 4753 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 - 4180 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 - 6103 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 - 2918 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


Clearing the hiring hurdles

Views - 1944 Monday, 31 March 2014 00:00

In an increasingly competitive world, people have become a cutting edge factor. Is it just any people or right people? Hiring the right person to the right job is important in order to achieve right results. I would compare hiring to matchmaking. 


Seven scents of serenity

Views - 2094 Monday, 24 March 2014 00:28

Many of us have to face the hustle and bustle of life amidst rush and push. When the outside world is turbulent, how can we maintain inner stillness? This might be the answer sought by millions of managers worldwide. What benefits it would offer? Wha


Communication challenges

Views - 2239 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 - 3588 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 - 2852 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 - 1817 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 - 5853 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 - 4363 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 - 2221 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 - 1935 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 - 5026 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 - 4708 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 - 3489 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 - 1383 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 - 1656 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 - 1164 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 - 4223 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


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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


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