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Succeeding in the Social Age: Lessons for Lankans

Views - 3525 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 - 1531 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 - 2029 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 - 1665 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 - 2104 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 - 3291 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 - 2042 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 - 1624 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 - 2125 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 - 1356 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 - 2056 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 - 2606 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 - 1644 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 - 1475 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 - 1571 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 - 2036 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 - 2720 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 - 1288 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 - 1091 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 - 3698 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 - 2376 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 - 1318 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 - 1917 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 - 1053 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 - 1245 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 - 917 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 - 4284 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


Strengths towards success

Views - 1177 Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

We are familiar with the typical SWOT analysis including strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. I came across this interesting book based on solid research that capitalised on the key term, strength. How can we direct our strengths to succ


Asch Effect: Ashamed or astonished?

Views - 1929 Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

We often hail teams as a great way to achieve results. We say with conviction that together everyone achieves more. There is a flipside to working together. Groupthink occurs as a silent serpent that encroaches on a synergistic team. Asch Effect is o


Management research: The myths and truths

Views - 1290 Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

Last week was the inauguration of our new batch of doctoral candidates at PIM. It has always been a moment of joy to welcome ‘knowledge creators’ who would contribute to management research whist gaining the highest qualification in the world.


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Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about


The fate of the rupee: Central Bank is caught with ‘Devil’s Alternative’

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Not all are losing when the rupee depreciates The recent depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar in the market has apparently driven the entire nation to a panic mode. While it had been a field day for the media and opposition law makers, the


Southbound rupee and northbound CoL

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The Sri Lankan Rupee hit a record low of 170 per $ last week, and the Minister of Finance warns of further depreciation. This is inevitable given the chaotic state of the nation’s economy. While the rupee turns south, CoL (cost of living) has no o


In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


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