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Ulrich’s ultimatum

Views - 4742 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 - 4073 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 - 6093 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 - 2910 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 - 1907 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 - 2087 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 - 2226 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 - 3580 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 - 2837 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 - 1808 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 - 5845 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 - 4352 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 - 2214 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 - 1929 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 - 5016 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 - 4701 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 - 3472 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 - 1377 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 - 1648 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 - 1153 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 - 4217 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 - 1501 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 - 2391 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 - 5456 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 - 1540 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 - 12652 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 - 2845 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 - 6785 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 - 1400 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 - 4941 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


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