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‘Exchange to Change’: Making things happen

Views - 6106 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 - 6342 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 - 6765 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 - 6841 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 - 7076 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 - 6867 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 - 7803 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 - 7626 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 - 7517 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 - 7577 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 - 7103 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 - 6757 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 - 6285 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 - 6379 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 - 6244 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 - 18293 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 - 5765 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 - 5836 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 - 5431 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 - 5458 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 - 4511 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 - 5004 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 - 5485 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 - 4368 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 - 3957 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 - 3994 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 - 3989 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 - 3680 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 - 3754 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 - 4153 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&


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Whither Sri Lanka?

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

On Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019, suicide bombers from an extremist group caused carnage in six separate locations in Sri Lanka. Over 250 lives were lost and as many injured. The magnitude and co-ordination of their operation indicate several months o


Our Cricket Board simply cannot deliver – why not they all quit honourably?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

“It is necessary, therefore, for the Government to pay serious attention to the doings of Sri Lanka Cricket [board] and take immediate action to lift their game for the progress of our glorious game.” Question for Sri Lanka Cricket (board) Sri La


Yesterday Tamils, today Muslims and tomorrow who?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

From the time of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s election victory in 1956, one and only one issue had dominated political party campaigns in this country; and that was communalism. The Tamil community was the main focus of these campaigns for over 50 years


Those who go by social proof are easy prey to crafty schemers

Monday, 17 June 2019

Going after social proof Swiss writer and novelist, Rolf Dobelli, in one of the essays in his 2013 book ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’, has given a fine warning to his readers. He has warned against going by ‘social proof’ or ‘majority view


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