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My son as my hero: Reflections of reverse mentoring

Views - 17925 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 - 5718 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


Convocation as commencement

Views - 5787 Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

I led the organising team for the graduation of 452 extraordinary managers at PIM’s largest convocation ever. That was a celebration of human imagination. We picked the theme as ‘Celebrating the Richness of Human Imagination’.


Championing Communication: Confidence through 10 Cs

Views - 5371 Monday, 4 July 2016 00:09

  It is essential for managers to be effective communicators in order for them to drive success - AFP   Managers, local or global, need to be effective communicators. Sadly we see quite the opposite in many instan


HR Ecosystem for competitiveness – A glimpse through 10 Gs

Views - 5045 Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

 Overview The National HR Conference (NHRC), the premier people event in South Asia, is just around the corner. This time they have picked an opportune theme entitled ‘HR Ecosystem for Competitiveness’. My intention is to explor


In search of emotionally intelligent leaders

Views - 4456 Monday, 6 June 2016 00:00

Emotional outbursts in the political circles have become a much talked topic these days. Leaders are supposed to be more ‘emotionally intelligent’ according to many research findings. Do Sri Lankan leaders in many fronts demonstrate th


Authentic leaders: Are they here?

Views - 4910 Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:06

Perhaps the natural disaster we are currently facing could be a wakeup call for managers and administrators at all levels alike to think and act like authentic leaders     Overview We still bear the bru


PIM MBA in Qatar: A source of Sri Lankan pride

Views - 5345 Monday, 9 May 2016 00:00

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


Chaos of connections sans competencies

Views - 4285 Monday, 25 April 2016 00:00

 Results can be delivered only when the right person is handling the right job. It is possible only when competencies are considered in hiring and not connections. We hear various stories in the private and public sectors that reveal the clar


Avurudu Awakening

Views - 3817 Monday, 11 April 2016 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 Human Results is a r


Living with leaders and laggards

Views - 3941 Monday, 28 March 2016 00:00

  Gandhi became the epitome of a servant-leader by constantly heeding the counsel of those around him - AFP It was a memorable occasion when the alumni of the PIM organised the first PIMA Olympics, a ceremony to recognise lead


PIM Genesis for fostering entrepreneurship

Views - 3856 Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

   The PIM Genesis business incubation centre It was a moment of happiness when we had the soft launch of the PIM Genesis, the first-ever business incubation centre initiated by a State sector higher education institute i


Responding to turbulences with tranquillity: A 7R recipe

Views - 3628 Monday, 29 February 2016 00:00

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


Performance evaluation: Illusions and solutions

Views - 3680 Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00

According to Jack Welsh, the biggest injustice employees can suffer is to be deprived of knowing how they are performing  I participated on invitation as a member of the advisory committee for the Ministry of Public Administr


Consumer Strategy: A consumer’s perspective

Views - 4076 Monday, 1 February 2016 00:00

  It has been almost six months since the sad demise of Prof. Uditha Liyanage. A collection of his articles was posthumously published by the Postgraduate Institute of Management in a book entitled ‘Consumer Strategy’. Today&


Communityship

Views - 3790 Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

   Figure 1. Management as a practice    The moment I typed the heading, the Word spellchecker highlighted that there was no such word. It is in a way correct. It is refreshingly new. I came across it af


Sixteen Suggestions for Success in 2016

Views - 3865 Monday, 28 December 2015 00:03

A Brand new year is a few days ahead. 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 sixteen suggestions for success, especia


Management Research beyond barriers

Views - 3873 Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

  It was an insightful intellectual interaction when Prof. Michael O’Donnell and Prof. Mark Turner from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia visited us to conduct a doctoral workshop recently.  It was indee


HR Quiz 2015 delivers motivating momentum

Views - 3965 Monday, 30 November 2015 00:00

  There was an impressive show of young talent at the HR Quiz 2015 which was held recently. With the involvement of 50 teams representing leading corporates, a passionate battle between several bright minds took place. I remember th


Five S for the mind

Views - 4674 Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Prof. AjanthaDharmasiri delivering the key note speech at the Annual Five S Conference   It was a meaningful occasion when I had to deliver the keynote address at the Annual Five S Conference, organised by the Sri Lanka Associ


Academics as thought leaders: Promises and pitfalls

Views - 4049 Monday, 2 November 2015 00:00

I was so happy to get involved in the Annual Research Symposium 2015, organised by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, as the Plenary Speaker. As someone who does not work in the field of medicine, I picked the topic ‘Ac


Talk in Tamil Nadu on Tech-Tradi Tribe

Views - 3729 Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

   Addressing the Annual Conference (NATCON) of the National Institute of Personnel Management, India    My first visit to Tamil Nadu was a memorable one. I was one of the speakers at the Annual Conferen


PIM MBA in UAE: A new beginning

Views - 4696 Monday, 5 October 2015 00:00

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of a brand new MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was encouraging to see the spirit of Sri Lankans in Dubai who actively su


Professing in a premier enterprise

Views - 3839 Monday, 21 September 2015 00:00

I am delighted to embark on a new series of Humane Results. Having written 250 weekly columns, I thought to make it a fortnightly column. This is to create more breathing space amidst a welter of administrative tasks and a hectic teaching schedule


HRM for Managers: Launch of a learning guide

Views - 5006 Monday, 24 August 2015 00:00

      I am delighted to share some thoughts about my newly published sixth book, in fact, the fourth in English in addition to two science fiction stories in Sinhala.  Interestingly, this happens to be the 250


Myriad memories of my mentor: Management sage of our age

Views - 4613 Monday, 17 August 2015 00:15

Dr. Ajantha Dharmasiri handing over the book he co-edited with Prof. Sudatta to Prof. Uditha Liyanage   I never thought that I would have to write this column so early. Two years ago, at the demise of Prof. Sudatta Ranasinghe,


Kalam at PIM: Reflections in retrospect

Views - 4107 Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00

  Much has been written on a great human being named Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. He was much loved by the world not only as a brilliant scientist but as a diligent strategist. I still remember when Dr. A P.J. Abdul Kalam visi


Cynosure of Cyberloafing

Views - 4242 Monday, 3 August 2015 00:00

   Employees often spend extended periods of the workday cyberloafing  Loafing is often associated with lazily loitering or lethargically lounging.  Now we have a newer term, associated with computers. Cyberloaf


Glimpses of the Genovese Effect

Views - 3871 Monday, 27 July 2015 00:00

  There is a Sinhala proverb which goes “Thaman hisata thama athamaya sevanala” (It is only one’s hand is the shelter/shadow for one’s head). It highlights what we are going to discuss in today’s column.


Management marvels of a hydraulic civilisation

Views - 4077 Monday, 20 July 2015 00:02

We started an uncommon search on common sense last week, in looking into the presence of management in the east, well before the west repackaged it. Today’s focus is on our home soil. Highlights of a hydraulic civilisation in Sri La


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Bringing beedi into tax net can yield Rs. 40 b in revenue

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Last week, the Financial Times quoted an AFP article that stated Sri Lanka will start regulating the toddy industry to boost tax revenues from the informal sector. This same principle should be applied to the beedi trade, which has also grown unabate


Grade 5 Scholarship examination and the future of the country

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Grade 5 scholarship examination results have been released recently. Although this is known as the “Mothers’ exam,” the mentality of the children can be well articulated when children come from the examination halls after the exams. Today w


Need for tax reforms: Government should not lose it this time but go for them early

Monday, 23 October 2017

In the first economic policy statement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a number of pledges related to taxes and tax reforms. One was that the Government would review whether the tax concessions given to investors have really delivered the e


Lessons from Geneva

Saturday, 21 October 2017

‘Mission Impossible – Geneva’ is an inspiring account of developments at the Human Rights Council in Geneva when Dayan Jayatilleka was our Permanent Representative there. It is written by his wife Sanja, which provides for fascinating insights


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