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High impact HR: Local and global

Views - 7508 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 - 7564 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 - 7072 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 - 6746 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 - 6274 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 - 6364 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 - 6229 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 - 18235 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 - 5755 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 - 5827 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 - 5418 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 - 5383 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 - 4497 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 - 4984 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 - 5462 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 - 4341 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 - 3900 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 - 3979 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 - 3958 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 - 3671 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 - 3737 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 - 4142 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 - 3981 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 - 3893 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 - 3917 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 - 4003 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 - 4723 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 - 4097 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 - 3766 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 - 4787 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


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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


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