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Personality perspectives

Views - 2400 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 - 5462 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 - 1545 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 - 12663 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 - 2854 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 - 6793 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 - 1406 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 - 4955 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 - 1912 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 - 1622 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 - 1691 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 - 1564 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 - 3119 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 - 1853 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


Vistas of volition

Views - 2261 Monday, 29 July 2013 00:00

“If there is a will, there is a way.” We have often heard the saying. There are deeper insights on human will power and its managerial applications towards decision making. Volition is the term used to identify the act of exercising the will. Tod


Coverage of Covey

Views - 4046 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 - 2757 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 - 2014 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 - 4735 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 - 4621 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 - 2410 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 - 1403 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 - 2783 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 - 1845 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 - 1392 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 - 1458 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 - 2870 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 - 1023 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 - 1260 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 - 2888 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


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