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7 ups for a creativity leap

Views - 4139 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 - 4347 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 - 3657 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 - 3529 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 - 1538 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 - 2036 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 - 1670 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 - 2109 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 - 3299 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 - 2047 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 - 1629 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 - 2131 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 - 1363 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 - 2061 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 - 2639 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 - 1651 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 - 1481 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 - 1574 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 - 2044 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 - 2725 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 - 1291 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 - 1097 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 - 3702 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 - 2380 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 - 1322 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 - 1921 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 - 1060 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 - 1250 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


Highlights of High Impact HR

Views - 922 Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

I had the opportunity of participating in one of the largest HR conferences in the world last week. The annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK, was held at the Manchester Conventions Centre on 5 and 6 Nov


Executive Continuity: Excel or Extinct?

Views - 4292 Monday, 3 November 2014 00:00

The sudden departure of a person handling a critical task can cripple business operations. That’s why we need to be conscious of executive continuity. I was moderating a panel discussion on new trends in succession planning, recently organised by


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The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.


Country paying for Sirisena’s childlike behaviour

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Many were surprised on 26 October to see former President Rajapaksa being appointed Prime Minister by the very man who defeated him a couple years ago, at a considerable risk to himself and to those who helped him win the election. Then events beca


The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.


The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


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