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Professing in a premier enterprise

Views - 3856 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 - 5068 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 - 4621 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 - 4111 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 - 4247 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 - 3877 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 - 4087 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


Six thinking roles for HR professionals

Views - 4064 Monday, 13 July 2015 00:00

   Decision-making is a delicate part of a managerial career. This is true of Human Resource professionals as well. Thinking is the central theme when it comes to decisions. Today’s column is all about how HR profe


Being diligent when going digital

Views - 3541 Monday, 6 July 2015 00:00

   Technology has always been an enhancer of our work. From adding machines to the advanced computer this was always the case. Such extensive applications are broadly categorised as digital transformations. Today’s column e


7 ups for a creativity leap

Views - 4106 Monday, 29 June 2015 00:00

   Creativity involves breaking patterns and thinking out of the box   Creativity has become a cutting-edge factor for competitive advantage. Even though we have covered it a couple of times, it is well worth


Living strategy: People at the core

Views - 4318 Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00

  Lynda Graton I got a sigh of relief after the successful completion of perhaps the largest-ever HR conference in South Asia (NHRC 2015 of IPM Sri Lanka) a few days ago. It was encouraging to see the vibrancy of speakers, the ve


HR for national prosperity: Extending the exploration

Views - 3628 Monday, 8 June 2015 00:00

  We started a discussion on the National HR Conference (NHRC) 2015 last week. The countdown has begun. It is just seven days until the biggest HR event in South Asia. I am delighted to lead a dedicated team to make it even bigger, b


Succeeding in the Social Age: Lessons for Lankans

Views - 3513 Monday, 25 May 2015 00:00

   I came across an interesting and insightful book entitled ‘A World Gone Social’. The authors Ted Coine and Mark Babbit take us through an important journey by discussing how we have transitioned from the industrial


Serene insights into spiritual intelligence

Views - 1521 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 01:35

We have just witnessed another vibrant Vesak. At a time when the whole country is united in concluding the celebrations linked to the long years of Buddhism, it is quite appropriate to discuss something serene relating to humane results. That’s why


Treasures of Transformative CSR

Views - 2005 Monday, 27 April 2015 00:00

Sustainability is surely an aspect that business leaders cannot sidestep. It was heartening to see the three days of events organised by CSR Sri Lanka featuring Dr. Wayne Visser. Having participated in his breakfast forum for CEOs and a subsequent ch


Avurudu awakening

Views - 1639 Monday, 20 April 2015 00:01

We welcomed another Avurudu. Holidays give us time to refresh, reflect and renew. As Sinhalese and Tamils unite for festive times, a sense of national unity is radiated. Today’s column on Human Results is a relaxed reflection on the need to collect


Serenity of servant leaders

Views - 2081 Monday, 6 April 2015 00:00

Jesus Christ provided an ideal example of servant leadership     Yesterday was Easter Sunday. In the cherished tradition, Jesus Christ washed the feet of his disciples on Holy Thursday, three days earlier. It showed the world n


Rao’s reflections on HR

Views - 3268 Monday, 30 March 2015 00:18

It was so special meeting Dr. T.V. Rao after 10 years. Last time, it was at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) where he conducted a program on Human Resource Development (HRD) Audit. This time it was at the Institute of Personnel Manageme


HRM Awards, HRP and IPM

Views - 2021 Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

I was there at the recently concluded National HRM Awards organised by the Association of HR Professionals (HRP). I am actively involved in the upcoming National HR Conference organised by the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM). I was in the Exe


Halos and horns in Lankan workplaces

Views - 1603 Monday, 16 March 2015 00:28

Performance has always been a buzz word in business circles. This time of the year is the typical time for a wave of performance appraisals, particularly in organisations where the appraisals are linked to the financial year. There is a strong link b


Culture vs. climate in Lankan organisations

Views - 2099 Monday, 9 March 2015 00:10

Organisational or corporate culture is the pattern of values, norms, beliefs, attitudes and assumptions that may not have been articulated but shape the ways in which people behave and things get done     We go to Nuwara Eliya


Serious play for Sri Lankan professionals

Views - 1344 Monday, 2 March 2015 00:00

I usually write about newly-published books and their relevance to Sri Lanka. This time it is about an ‘old’ book yet highly relevant to us. I enjoyed reading it and thought it is very relevant to Sri Lankan managers. This is particularly true in


Knowledge voyage: Are we ready?

Views - 2035 Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00

The increased use of ICT has provided many Sri Lankan managers with access to information and associated knowledge     We often deal with information and in fact have even gone beyond the information era. Knowledge in multiple


Sri Lankan Millennials: Promises and pitfalls

Views - 2490 Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

Enhancing the performance of Millennials is one key challenge managers of a multi-generational workforce face     The attention of management thinkers is increasingly focused on Millennials. They are also known as Generation Y.


Servant leaders for Sri Lanka

Views - 1605 Monday, 9 February 2015 00:00

We are witnessing some interesting changes in the county’s political sphere. Different styles adopted by key political leaders before and now are increasingly becoming evident. In fact, the country needs servant leaders more and more. Let me elabor


Independence to interdependence

Views - 1447 Monday, 2 February 2015 00:00

Cricket offers many examples of interdependence - AFP     We are about to celebrated our 67th anniversary of “regaining independence.” True, as a nation with pride we indeed treasure our political independence. Yet, the que


Driving change: Promises and pitfalls

Views - 1557 Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

We are experiencing key changes in the political circles. Promises were made and fulfilling them has begun. There are several pitfalls to be avoided in ensuring change for the better with wider positive implications. It’s an opportune time to revis


Right person to right position: Competencies or connections?

Views - 2008 Monday, 19 January 2015 00:07

The country witnessed the beginning of a massive political change. We saw the appointment of Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers. Some ministerial secretaries and heads of some key institutions have also been appointed. It is the


Hurray for Hierarchy

Views - 2673 Monday, 12 January 2015 00:02

Having witnessed a change in the political arena, the nation is eagerly waiting to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis tomorrow. We saw two years ago, how, after almost thousand years, the papal legacy has shifted from Europe to Latin America. That cha


15 fittings for 2015

Views - 1269 Monday, 5 January 2015 00:00

A brand new year is ahead of us. 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 suggest 15 fortitudes leading to focused action, especially wit


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