Social media for talent hunt

Published : 12:00 am  September 22, 2014  |  Category: Ajantha Dharmasiri, Columnists, Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,252 views  |  
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Facebook has more than 1.2 billion fans around the globe. LinkedIn offers you connections with more than 260 million users. Social networking has started shaping our lives in a big way. How can we use it for attracting talent? Has it been successful so far? Today’s column will begin a discussion on the use of social media for hiring and other HR activities. Overview With the rapid technology advancements over the years, social media have come to the forefront offering solutions to people issues. Social media refers to the means of interactions among people, in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks hiring, essentially deals with the... 

What is the underlying purpose of reconciliation?

Published : 12:00 am  September 20, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Opinion  |  2 Comments  |  619 views  |  
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The Government is reported to be appointing a Special Bureau for Reconciliation, according to a newspaper headline, although the body of the Report refers mostly to the implementation of the LLRC Report. But the LLRC Report, although it will help in the process of reconciliation, is not equivalent to reconciliation. One wonders whether the newspaper or for that matter even the Government understands the true meaning of reconciliation and its significance. Reconciliation means that despite all that they have suffered during the war (for which the LTTE is as much responsible as the Sinhalese), they are willing to be part of the same State under a scheme of devolution of power – a State which... 

Booming Sri Lanka beckons Big Apple!

Published : 1:21 am  September 19, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Opinion  |  1 Comment  |  784 views  |  
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‘Booming Sri Lanka beckons Big Apple!’ was the title of the special report filed by the Editor of the Daily FT, following the ‘Invest Sri Lanka’ capital markets forum of CSE-SEC in New York, which had ended with record participation and strong interests. The Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation quoting the Dhamma Pada had said “come and see” to the prospective investors, whilst the Governor of the Central Bank had highlighted the Impressive results delivered under the present leadership. Ambassador Palitha Kohonna had listed why Sri Lanka should be the next investment destination for US firms. The CSE Chief had highlighted the opportunities in Lanka’s capital markets... 

Lean Six Sigma can transform services, development and government sectors

Published : 1:16 am  September 19, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  928 views  |  
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Evolvement of Lean Six Sigma Lean thinking evolved from 1910 in the Manufacturing sector and Six Sigma made its name in the 1980s within Motorola. In the Manufacturing sector, Lean led to a number of operational improvement techniques such as 5S, Kaizen, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Just In Time, (JIT), Kanban and Gemba. Whilst the Manufacturing sector had the benefit of visual processes, the Service sector was unable to benefit from these tools to the same extent. Measuring services is complex The Service sector generally does not operate from large floor spaces arranged in large wide locations, like factories. Processes are not clearly visible and every service offering is different... 

R&D factor in industrial development

Published : 12:00 am  September 18, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Opinion  |  2 Comments  |  758 views  |  
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University teacher unions (FUTA and others) have long argued that the Government must at least contribute 6% of the GDP for higher education. It is indeed an important factor that has a direct bearing on long-term economic planning. The Government of Sri Lanka must have development priorities to deal with certain requirements to attain the high growth rates. Long-term economic planning is an important aspect in taking the country to higher levels as global economic patterns keep changing and Sri Lanka should be ready to face the global economic challenges at any given time. Unpredictable though the global trade trends may be; but if there is a population with certain skill sets, and if there... 

Suppression in Sri Lankan society

Published : 12:00 am  September 18, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Harsha Gunasena, Opinion  |  1 Comment  |  847 views  |  
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There was a news item in the media a few weeks back about a girl, namely Thilini Amalka, delivering a series of slaps to a young man at the Wariyapola bus stand. The incident was videoed and published on the web by a freelance journalist. This resulted in several web comments, especially by men, criticising Amalka’s act, saying that she has done it excessively. Subsequently she was arrested by the Police, produced before the Judicial Medical Officer to examine her mental condition and then produced before the magistrate. She was later released on Rs. 50,000 surety bail. Her Attorney Lakshan Dias of Rights Now Collective for Democracy was of the view that the action taken by the Police was... 

18th Amendment and cabbages and kings

Published : 12:00 am  September 18, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Opinion  |  3 Comments  |  637 views  |  
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“Disorder was the order of the age, ideas a precious food; with humour always dressed in tears, crunching a red apple. Disorder flashed vivid as a fire in a far-off village, a wan wind blew in the crumbling castle” – Takashi Tsujii (Age of Disorder – New writing in Japan)   It is emblematic of today’s Sri Lanka that we are left uncertain and confused even as to whether the incumbent President is entitled to contest for the post a third time. Not that Sri Lankans are strangers to constitutional quibbling, uncertainty or confusion. In fact the whole scheme of affairs in this country seems to be designed to keep the people guessing as to what is in store for them each day and every... 

Outcome once unthinkable would be very tragic for Great Britain

Published : 12:37 am  September 17, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Dinesh Weerakkody, Opinion  |  2 Comments  |  529 views  |  
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Scottish referendumI am in Edinburgh the capital city of Scotland, the second most populous city in Scotland and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom, where all attention is focused on whether 7% of the UK population will take a decision of serious consequence for the 307-year-old union that can have tragic economic and political consequences for what remains of Great Britain. Strengthened and tested by the Industrial Revolution, the carnage of two world wars, it is a union that has been strengthened by the varying resources and talents of complementary identities within the Union. As political unions go, it has been a remarkably successful one. Therefore, it would be tragic if the... 

Managing talent: Board’s perspectives

Published : 12:30 am  September 17, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Opinion  |  1 Comment  |  2,905 views  |  
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Summary In today’s challenging economy and hypercompetitive business environment, CEOs and senior executive teams are facing enormous challenges when it comes to achieving and sustaining breakthrough operating results. The intensifying war for talent, globalisation, economic change, more stringent regulation and tougher governance make realising shareholder value increasingly difficult. But, there is a tougher challenge: identifying and developing new leaders which is critical for developing the sustainable competitive advantage for the organisation and its eventual success. Talent management and retention is perennially at the top of a CEO’s most pressing worries. A company’s leadership... 

What happened to Sri Lanka?

Published : 12:01 am  September 16, 2014  |  Category: Opinion, Rohantha Athukorala  |  3 Comments  |  739 views  |  
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Being actively involved in the growth agenda of Sri Lanka in the private and public sector at policy and operational level, I was quite disappointed and surprised on the recent ranking of Sri Lanka in the World Competitiveness Index released by the World Economic Forum. Sri Lanka had slid from a commanding 52nd position way back in 2011 to a low ebb of 73 in 2014, which was strange when Sri Lanka’s absolute numbers are very attractive at 7% plus GDP growth and inflation as single a digit whilst poverty is at almost 5%, tourism crossing a billion dollars and stock exchange vibrancy continuing. SL – drops to 73 If we go into the details of the competitive index 2014/15, on the attribute of... 

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