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Engaging employees in a disruptive environment

Views - 469 Monday, 18 September 2017 00:08

I had yet another memorable visit to Tamilnadu. For the second time, I was invited to be one of the speakers at the Annual Conference of the National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), India. I received much warmth of Chennai people. Represent


Enter ‘disruptive HRM’: Prospects for Sri Lanka

Views - 435 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

Disruptive technologies drive digital initiatives in diverse fields. The people-centric function of Human Resource Management (HRM) cannot escape from this wave of disruption. How do such disruptions challenge HR policies and practices, globally and


Comprehending ‘Consumer Strategy’: Memoirs of a memorable eve

Views - 1217 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

I am indeed glad to pen my 300th column. It began as a weekly column and due to my challenging commitments, now it appears bimonthly. I am also honoured to devote this special column to share memories of my mentor. In fact, this article is on the


A Centennial to the centre: Remembering my son

Views - 1850 Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:00

    The GCE (A/L) exam is round the corner. The Grade 5 scholarship exam also is scheduled for this month. One thing in common for both student groups is that they probably represent one common generation often called Cen


From ego to eco: Strengthening sustainability

Views - 2308 Monday, 17 July 2017 00:08

We are plagued with multiple environmental challenges. While garbage disposal is still chaotic, dengue mosquitoes continue to inflict misery upon millions. Do we see eco-friendly initiatives or egos clashing with individuals adamantly clinging to


“Touch-savvy” HR leaders: Caring, daring and sharing

Views - 2578 Monday, 3 July 2017 00:15

The National HR Conference (NHRC) 2017, organised by the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM), Sri Lanka was a thriving success with loads of positive feedback received. With participation exceeding one thousand, the conference focused on possi


Glimpses of emerging HR Leaders: Invitation to engage and enrich

Views - 2855 Monday, 19 June 2017 00:02

The National Human Resource Conference (NHRC) of 2017, the largest HR conference in South Asia, will begin tomorrow. Further to the discussion we had two weeks ago, this column will highlight the nature and features of NHRC 2017 in inviting the Da


Emerging HR leaders: High-Tech and High Touch

Views - 3992 Monday, 5 June 2017 00:00

South Asia’s largest HR Conference NHRC 2017 on 20 and 21 June   The National Human Resource Conference (NHRC) of 2017, the largest HR Conference in South Asia is round the corner. Whilst we are recovering fr


Leadership leap for competencies over connections

Views - 4087 Monday, 22 May 2017 00:01

The nation is awaiting a delayed cabinet reshuffle. The expectations are high that there will be better delivery in terms of ensuring an integrated plan of action towards socio-economic development. As it has been often deliberated in pro


Garbage in Meethotamulla vs. garbage in the mind

Views - 4617 Monday, 8 May 2017 00:02

Piles and piles of words have been uttered about the Meethotamulla mayhem. While the world was moving towards advanced scientific solutions concerning garbage management, were we more worried about commissions, votes or popularity? Should


PIM MBA in Oman: A Sri Lankan pride

Views - 6866 Monday, 24 April 2017 00:00

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of a brand new MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in Muscat, Oman. It was encouraging to see the spirit of Sri Lankans in Oman who actively supported our endeavo


Commuting and communicating for communityship

Views - 4999 Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:00

I am writing this column while enjoying the warm hospitality of the Philippines. It was in Manila that the bi-annual meeting and knowledge sharing forum of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM) was held. I participated


Revitalising HR research: A national need

Views - 5312 Monday, 27 March 2017 00:02

Key people involved in IPM’s second research symposium    Human resource management in the Sri Lankan context is gathering momentum, with many vibrant activities taking place. Yet capacity enhancement in bo


‘Exchange to Change’: Making things happen

Views - 6080 Monday, 13 March 2017 00:02

Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri addressing the International Human Resource Conference in Bangladesh   I was delighted to be the first Sri Lankan to be the keynote speaker at the International Human Resource Conference of Ba


Signifying ‘Sigmoid’ for Sri Lankans

Views - 6315 Monday, 27 February 2017 01:20

Being proactive is becoming a rarity. Protests for rights have become a regular occurrence. Conducting post-mortems after a tragedy is not something uncommon to us. All of the above point to the need for a fresh approach towards survival and succe


Emotionally intelligent leaders: A rare breed in Sri Lanka?

Views - 6666 Monday, 13 February 2017 00:23

It appears that the West and East alike have one common phenomenon - emotionally charged leaders making utterances that get wide media publicity leading to much talk in many social circles. Such emotional outbursts in the local political arena hav


Digitisation Dynamics: People for Progress

Views - 6790 Monday, 30 January 2017 00:20

Digital business transformation is about significant change; it should be diligently driven by leadership   Overview  Digitalisation has become a wave spreading across the world, revealing multiple varieties. T


Communicating with confidence: Clarity over chaos

Views - 7049 Monday, 16 January 2017 00:02

We witnessed the reactions of people at the inauguration of the Hambantota industrial zone. Even before, we saw how Hambantota port employees staged a protest which led to a tense situation. There were diverse responses from key decision-makers an


17 suggestions for success in 2017

Views - 6843 Monday, 2 January 2017 01:07

A brand new year has just dawned. 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 share 17 suggestions for success, especially with


Whither MBAs? Rigour, relevance and results

Views - 7778 Monday, 19 December 2016 08:07

    An MBA has always been a sought-after qualification among managers. It has been hailed as a competency builder on one hand and hacked as a money spinner for mushrooming institutions.  I read with interest the c


Men and women for SEN: Reaping research richness

Views - 7603 Monday, 5 December 2016 00:01

The research monograph is handed over to the Secretary of the Ministry of Education    It was a delight to witness a research landmark made through a comprehensive study of special education needs (SEN) of primar


High impact HR: Local and global

Views - 7497 Monday, 21 November 2016 00:01

   I was involved in two key recent global and local HR events. The annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK, was held at the Manchester Conventions Centre on 9 and 10 November


Humane results: Discovering future HR in a digital era

Views - 7550 Monday, 7 November 2016 00:01

I enjoyed speaking at the Annual Conference of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) recently. The topic assigned to me was ‘Reimagining HR’. I felt it was an encouraging exposure to deliberate the delicate value addition by


Competencies or connections? Clarity of choices

Views - 7026 Monday, 24 October 2016 00:01

   I recall the discussion that took place during the annual sessions of the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) recently. It was about the choices of picking people for key positions, particularly in the public secto


Managers and leaders in high demand

Views - 6737 Monday, 10 October 2016 00:01

 I was a speaker at the annual conference of the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) last week, held along the theme ‘Good Governance – The Way Forward’. Many expressed expectations that are yet to be fulfilled.


Ten Commandments for talent developers

Views - 6265 Monday, 26 September 2016 00:01

  Talent is in high demand both locally and globally. We saw a wave of writings such as ‘Winning the War for Talent’ spreading the word. We have witnessed the dire consequences of not having the right talent in the right p


Prison as a prism: Poignant points

Views - 6353 Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:02

Politically powerful people in prisons receive publicity. Prisons are supposed to remand and rehabilitate people. In times when much attention is paid locally, it might be pertinent to ponder on a pioneering experiment. As a prism refracts light i


Presence as a present: Practising spiritual intelligence

Views - 6218 Monday, 29 August 2016 00:01

 I read a refreshingly resourceful book titled, ‘You are here’. It is written by Rev. Thich Nhat Hanh                    (pronounced tick not hon). He is a world-renowned Zen monk,


My son as my hero: Reflections of reverse mentoring

Views - 18197 Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

I never thought I would write this column in my life. Strange are the swirls that entangle us. My son, my hero is physically no more. I truly experienced “reverse mentoring” by interacting with him, at least for the past five


Remembering a management sage: One year later

Views - 5745 Monday, 1 August 2016 00:00

When I handed over the book co-edited by me to Prof. Liyanage   Time has passed by. Almost one year is gone after the sad demise of my mentor. A lot has been said by now about this legendary marketing sage, since his


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The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.


The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.


The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme


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