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Engaging employees in a disruptive environment

Views - 525 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 - 680 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 - 1287 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 - 1933 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 - 2364 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 - 2655 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 - 2940 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 - 4059 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 - 4118 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 - 4657 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 - 6928 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 - 5053 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 - 5362 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 - 6127 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 - 6359 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 - 6818 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 - 6879 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 - 7097 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 - 6884 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 - 7818 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 - 7641 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 - 7528 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 - 7593 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 - 7147 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 - 6771 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 - 6297 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 - 6398 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 - 6269 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 - 18382 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 - 5776 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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Peace, business and prosperity

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Every nation, every community and each individual is facing the social and political impact along with the impact of violence. Interpersonal violence results in medical, policing and judicial costs immediately after the violent incident occurs and it


‘Data is the new oil’: An introduction to the proposed Data Protection Act

Friday, 6 December 2019

Data protection is not a concept we, in Sri Lanka, are familiar with. Globally, the laws surrounding data protection have been around for about 20 years. And we are only just about getting started. The proposed ‘Data Protection Act’ (hereinafter


Education: An integral part of entrepreneurship development

Friday, 6 December 2019

Governments across the world have recognised the importance of State intervention to encourage private sector innovation towards strengthening entrepreneurships in order to capitalise on comparative and competitive advantages. The main pillar of entr


Moving away from an insular mindset concerning the tea export business

Friday, 6 December 2019

Sri Lanka mainly produces Orthodox teas as opposed to CTC teas which are largely used in producing tea bags. We are ahead of others in the former category but unfortunately way behind on the latter due to our closed and insular policies. Assuming an


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