Humane Results: From the view of Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri
It was a rigorous yet rewarding process that we went through in competitive bidding towards hosting the most prestigious global event in the field of human resource management (HRM) in 2020. Today’s column conveys thoughts on the relevance of it to Sri Lanka with multiple implications to diverse spheres such as tourism, education, management and leadership.
What skills do new leaders need to have to be successful, and how can they learn them?
The world changes quickly, and as we’ve seen countless times, any company unable (or unwilling) to go with the flow, can often end up left behind. This is why new leaders are poised to take on the waves of technology, and to do so successfully requires specific skills that need cultivation. Skills that, in the past, may have been considered “nice-to-have,” but are now regarded as crucial. So what are these new emerging trends for leadership in this modern age?
Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of those workers are basically sleepwalking through their day. What gives?
According to Gallup research, an astounding 70 percent of U.S. employees are not showing up to work fully committed to deliver their best performance. Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of those workers are basically sleepwalking through their day, and 18 percent of them are busy acting out their unhappiness.
The Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson today announced that 11 Sri Lankan students will be offered the Australian Government’s prestigious Australia Awards-Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2018.
One Australian will also undertake learning opportunities in Sri Lanka as part of the awards.
“I congratulate the successful applicants, who have been identified for their potential to provide ongoing educational, research and professional links between Sri Lanka and Australia. These are individuals who will over time build a new generation of leaders,” said the High Commissioner.
Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam has handed over the Commission of Appointment to David Bruce Sherman as Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul in the state of Pennsylvania. He is the first Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in that state.
The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) chaired by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has conducted an extensive survey with the District Secretaries of eight districts in Northern and Eastern provinces resulting in the design of an Enterprise Based Village Development Project (EBVDP).
- Reverses 3-month gain to hit $ 809.7 m as garments and tea decline 6.6% y-o-y, jewellery by 47.1%
- Trade balance expands by 47.2% to $ 922.4 m but year change 7.5%
- EU seafood exports grow 171.2% y-o-y
- Crude oil imports increase by 5.8%, coal by 166.3%
- 3.8% rupee depreciation in 2016, further slip of 1% by 8 March 2017
- Long-term Govt. loans rose to $ 1.1 b in first 11 months compared to $ 210.3 m in 2015
Food Studio Chairman Lim Tai Toon gestures at the proposed Colombo City Centre with Ceylon Entertainments Ltd. Managing Director Imithiaz J. Cader (left) and Abans Group Director Rusi Pestonjee at the food court signing ceremony - Pic by Shehan Gunasekara
- Abans and Silver Needle Hospitality to open retail lifestyle store in December with top brands including Apple, Hugo Boss, Mac and The Face Shop
- Signs agreement with Food Studio for unique international food court concept
- 200-room Next Hotel and apartments to be opened in October 2018