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Six thinking roles for HR professionals

Views - 4034 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 - 3536 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 - 4105 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 - 4284 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 - 3617 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 - 3508 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 - 1518 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 - 1995 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 - 1634 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 - 2076 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 - 3263 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 - 2019 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 - 1595 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 - 2081 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 - 1343 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 - 2033 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 - 2442 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 - 1594 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 - 1437 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 - 1548 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 - 2000 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 - 2667 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 - 1263 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


Radiant reflections on renewal

Views - 1076 Monday, 29 December 2014 00:00

We are in the midst of another festive season. A brand new year is just a few days away from us. Holidays give us time to refresh, reflect and renew. I personally got a much-needed break after a few ‘mega months’ with regard to duties and deliver


Convocation as Commencement

Views - 3679 Monday, 22 December 2014 00:00

I led the organising team for the graduation of 449 extraordinary managers at PIM’s largest convocation ever. That was a celebration of human imagination. We picked the theme as ‘Celebrating Richness of Human Imagination’. Convocation marks th


MBA as ‘Mind Before Action’

Views - 2351 Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of another MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM). It was even special for me as I had the first opportunity of carefully selecting 240 candidates for the MBA 2015 batch after t


The Great HR Quiz as a motivating momentum

Views - 1305 Monday, 8 December 2014 00:00

The first-ever HR Quiz in Sri Lanka will be held tomorrow. It is organised by the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM Sri Lanka). I am looking forward to this novel experience involving 50 teams of leading corporates in Sri Lanka. As the head of t


Recognising Sri Lankan researchers

Views - 1897 Monday, 1 December 2014 02:07

I participated in two research-related events during last week. One was the Annual Research Awards of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Directors (CVCD), the other was the first-ever Student Research Day at the Postgraduate Institute of Managemen


Givers and takers

Views - 1026 Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

Among the multitude of speakers I met at the Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – 2014, held in Manchester, UK, Adam Grant occupies the ace space. I was looking forward to meet him, as highly recommend


Mileage from Milgram

Views - 1208 Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

Human obedience is a fascinating area to study. It is much easier to say “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full,” than being constructively critical on a matter. How can such a scenario be linked with electric shocks? A strange connection between el


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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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