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Echoes of an ecosystem: Revisiting HRM in Sri Lanka

Views - 436 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00

Ecosystems are so essential for nature. They provide the basis for survival and sustainability.


Eighteen elements for excellence in 2018

Views - 889 Tuesday, 2 January 2018 00:00

A refreshing 31,557,000 seconds in 2018 are with us. A brand new year invites us not only to have brand new thoughts but to convert them into grand actions. As usual, people tend to have New Year resolutions. My suggestion is to go beyond resolutions


From manger to managers: Serenity of stillness

Views - 598 Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:00

A manager in the little town of Bethlehem became world famous because of Christmas. It is not only a time to relax and refresh, but also to reflect and to reinforce. Despite the overly commercial coverage of Christmas, the true serenity associated wi


Excellence as essence: Reaping the richness of resourcefulness

Views - 310 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

An annual convocation is an event to remember the social obligation we have in order to produce leaders of the right calibre to the nation.


World HR Congress in Sri Lanka: Opportunities galore

Views - 422 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:50

It was a rigorous yet rewarding process that we went through in competitive bidding towards hosting the most prestigious global event in the field of human resource management (HRM) in 2020.


Embracing the new world of work

Views - 359 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

I had the opportunity of participating in one of the largest HR conferences in the world last week. The 70th annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK, was held in Manchester Conventions Centre on 8 and 9 No


Supply Chain Management in Sri Lanka: Promising prospects

Views - 1072 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

I had the opportunity to chair a session in the international seminar recently organised by the Institute of Supply and Materials Management (ISMM) with the fitting theme ‘Leveraging Supply Chain Management to Enhance Sustainability’. It showcas


Recruitment interviewing in Sri Lanka: Problems and prospects

Views - 850 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

We conduct interviews to recruit people to organisations. One common myth is that you can sit in an interview panel without any preparation. Some even sarcastically ask, “What is there to learn about interviewing?” It certainly goes beyond common


Engaging employees for enterprise effectiveness: Emerging evidence from Sri Lanka

Views - 753 Monday, 2 October 2017 00:00

As I mentioned in my previous column, employee engagement in a disruptive environment is an emerging challenge. There was an exploratory study involving more than 12,000 employees recently done by the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM).


Engaging employees in a disruptive environment

Views - 494 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 - 489 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 - 1233 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 - 1869 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 - 2319 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 - 2598 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 - 2873 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 - 4007 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 - 4095 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 - 4626 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 - 6884 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 - 5011 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 - 5327 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 - 6093 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 - 6327 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 - 6710 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 - 6820 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 - 7059 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 - 6855 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 - 7793 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 - 7613 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


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Discipline and the devil’s disciples

Monday, 18 February 2019

That coach who repeatedly slapped a boy under his care has generated a storm of controversy on social media. On one side are aunties, bleeding hearts, civil rights champions et al who are outraged or at the very least shocked or surprised. On the oth


SL growth profile: Arrest moving down the staircase immediately to avoid hard landing on the floor

Monday, 18 February 2019

Strong message in the Sri Lanka Development Update 2019 Sri Lanka Development Update for 2019 was released by the World Bank last week. This document contains a review by the bank’s residential staff of the present state of the country’s economy


Prudential banking and saga of MTD Walkers

Monday, 18 February 2019

The matters referred to in the article under this title published in the Daily FT (15 February) are spotlighted in more detail under this scrutiny. While the general attention of the public remains more focused on recently arrested underworld kingpin


Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Monday, 18 February 2019

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (WR) has joined President Sirisena’s reckless verbal onslaught on the Constitutional Council (CC) that was set up by the 19th Amendment (Daily Mirror 15 February). I use “verbal onslaught” intentionally since, as


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