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Coverage of Covey

Views - 4036 Tuesday, 23 July 2013 01:16

I still remember reading the book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ as a young school leaver. It had a profound influence on my thinking. Still, undoubtedly, it is one of my favourite management books. Let me share my thoughts on its writ


Price and prize of performance

Views - 2744 Monday, 15 July 2013 00:59

The Public Service Commission organised a national conference on performance management last Thursday. I was one of the members of the team that designed an improved performance management system for public sector, which is planned to be implemented


In search of HR research excellence

Views - 1996 Monday, 8 July 2013 00:19

We witnessed the most successfully concluded National HR Conference ever, with the theme ‘In Search of HR Excellence’. In line with that the annual volume of the research journal, ‘HR Perspectives’ was launched. Today’s column is a glimpse


Astonishing Asch Effect

Views - 4710 Monday, 1 July 2013 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 flip side to working together. Groupthink occurs as a silent serpent that encroaches on a synergistic team. The Asch Effect


HR challenge

Views - 4474 Monday, 24 June 2013 00:04

I was happy and sad at the same time. I was happy to launch the first management book co-edited by me, last week. I was sad to miss my co-editor, late Prof. Sudatta Ranasinghe. I am referring to the newest book on HR in town, titled ‘HR Challenge:


In search of HR excellence

Views - 2397 Monday, 17 June 2013 00:03

We will witness the inauguration of the National HR Conference 2013 tomorrow. I had a critical role to play as the head of its technical committee. We decided on a simple yet significant theme, ‘In Search of HR Excellence: Thoughts, Tools and T


Being brilliant in bargaining

Views - 1398 Monday, 10 June 2013 00:00

I just finished teaching my summer course on negotiation skills. I used the text book ‘Bargaining for Competitive Advantage’ by Richard Shell. Upon reflecting on its contents, I see much relevance to Sri Lankan managers. After all, bargai


Random thoughts on ravaging tornados

Views - 2768 Monday, 3 June 2013 00:25

The tsunami was new to us until 2004. A tornado was new to me until I saw the gravity of it a few days ago. It was not just a case of another natural disaster, but a flood of outpouring of humanity in the aftermath. Today’s column is all about


Serene insights on spiritual intelligence

Views - 1835 Monday, 27 May 2013 00:29

We have just witnessed another Vesak. At a time when the whole country is united in celebrating the 2602 years of Buddhism, it is quite appropriate to discuss something serene relating to humane results. That’s why the theme of spiritual intell


Hiring as matchmaking

Views - 1378 Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

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


Tribute to a true teacher

Views - 1443 Monday, 13 May 2013 00:00

I never thought that I will have to write this column so early. It is a tale of a “tall” teacher. What I mean by “tall” is in terms of academic achievements whilst being a genuine human being. Today’s column is not a typ


Abusive supervision

Views - 2857 Monday, 6 May 2013 00:00

“People do not leave organisations, they leave their bosses.” I have heard this many times here and abroad. The harsh truth is that there is something not so right with regards to supervision. Let’s discuss this newly-popularised ph


Clarity on culture

Views - 1014 Monday, 29 April 2013 03:21

Culture is often blamed for most of our wrong-doings. By the term culture, we fundamentally mix up two concepts, national culture and organisational culture. Today’s column of Humane Results will focus on impact on national culture on organisat


Mileage from Milgram

Views - 1247 Monday, 22 April 2013 00:00

We are going through tough times with few having “holes in hearts” and many having “holes in pockets”. With the shocking electricity price hike in the aftermath of the New Year, I thought of writing on another type of an elect


Avurudu awakening

Views - 2879 Tuesday, 16 April 2013 00:00

We have just witnessed another Avurudu celebration. 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 Re


Happiness for higher results

Views - 5240 Monday, 8 April 2013 00:00

Happy people produce more results. Is it a mere rhetoric or the reality? Do we give adequate attention to employee satisfaction? Today’s column will shed light onto this happiness factor, in the context of Sri Lankan organisations. Backgroun


Outing on ‘outside-in’

Views - 1561 Monday, 1 April 2013 00:00

HR professionals have a critical role to play. This is true globally, regionally as well as locally. The newest book by eminent HR thinker, Prof. Dave Ulrich offers fresh insights into critical competencies of HR. Today’s column will have a loo


Hurray for hierarchy

Views - 1657 Monday, 25 March 2013 00:16

Last week, the whole world witnessed the ordination of a new Catholic Pope with many firsts. After almost thousand years, the papal legacy has shifted from Europe to Latin America. Some even speculated the remote possibility of an Asian Pope or in so


Listening lessons for Lankans

Views - 2654 Monday, 18 March 2013 00:00

There are many seminars, workshops, programs or trainings on communication skills, presentation skills, writing skills, etc. I am yet to come across a session on listening. Why? The reason is simple. We take it for granted. For me, it is the neglecte


Seven ups for a creativity leap

Views - 2366 Tuesday, 26 February 2013 00:00

Creativity has become a cutting edge factor for competitive advantage. As we discussed last week, Sri Lankan managers have to be creative in facing the increasingly fierce competition. It has become more a necessity than a choice. Today, let’s


Halos and horns

Views - 1806 Monday, 11 February 2013 00:00

Performance has always been a buzz word in business circles. This is the time when a wave of performance appraisals, particularly in organisations where the appraisals are linked to the calendar year, takes place. There is a strong link between perfo


Leadership leverage

Views - 1692 Monday, 4 February 2013 00:00

The independence of a nation is closely associated with leadership. Leaders are not only masters but servants as well. In a world where leadership is much in focus, it is worthwhile to discover this rare breed. Let’s move forward in search of s


Triple trends of HR: Be lean, seen and green

Views - 1911 Monday, 28 January 2013 00:00

Human Resource (HR) has always been an evolving function. It not only focuses on the most precious resource in any organisation but also engages in actions to ensure the presence of competencies for competitive advantage. As much as it has had in


Tailoring Taylor for today

Views - 5443 Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

Frederick Winslow Taylor is widely regarded as the father of scientific management. I come across him every year in the teaching during the first term of our MBA program. He devised a system called scientific management, a form of industrial engineer


Fathoming five fallacies

Views - 1565 Monday, 7 January 2013 00:00

New Year festivities are almost over. Annual plans are being made and efforts are being focused to implementing them. Organisations must be reviewing their performance with regard to last year. It is an opportune time to look at employee performance


13 thoughts for 2013

Views - 1746 Monday, 31 December 2012 00:00

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 13 thoughts leading to thorough tasks, especially with


Competency canvass

Views - 3996 Monday, 17 December 2012 00:00

Competency has become a buzz word in the business circles. We talk of developing competencies for competitive advantage. What is a competency? What components are associated with it? What is the relevance of it, particularly to Sri Lankan managers? T


The seven sins of sabotaging change

Views - 1490 Monday, 26 November 2012 00:01

Whether we like it or not, change has become a competitive 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


Mind mapping for managers

Views - 3764 Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

Managers need to use their mind. Last Saturday, I was in Ahungalle at a residential program for the Master of Public Administration students of PIM. Among many other learning inputs, I took them through the process of developing a Mind Map. It reinfo


Career as a carrier

Views - 1878 Monday, 12 November 2012 00:00

These days I am sitting as an interviewer for the MBA admissions at the Postgraduate Institute of Management. We ask the candidates to produce a brief write-up of how an MBA would benefit them. At times we have a candidate having a “carrier obj


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Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about


The fate of the rupee: Central Bank is caught with ‘Devil’s Alternative’

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Not all are losing when the rupee depreciates The recent depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar in the market has apparently driven the entire nation to a panic mode. While it had been a field day for the media and opposition law makers, the


Southbound rupee and northbound CoL

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The Sri Lankan Rupee hit a record low of 170 per $ last week, and the Minister of Finance warns of further depreciation. This is inevitable given the chaotic state of the nation’s economy. While the rupee turns south, CoL (cost of living) has no o


In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


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