Ajantha Dharmasiri

From ego to eco: Strengthening sustainability

/ Monday, 17 July 2017 00:08

We are plagued with multiple environmental challenges. While garbage disposal is still chaotic, dengue mosquitoes continue to inflict misery upon m...


“Touch-savvy” HR leaders: Caring, daring and sharing

/ Monday, 3 July 2017 00:15

The National HR Conference (NHRC) 2017, organised by the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM), Sri Lanka was a thriving success with loads of po...


Glimpses of emerging HR Leaders: Invitation to engage and enrich

/ Monday, 19 June 2017 00:02

The National Human Resource Conference (NHRC) of 2017, the largest HR conference in South Asia, will begin tomorrow. Further to the discussion we h...


Emerging HR leaders: High-Tech and High Touch

/ Monday, 5 June 2017 00:00

South Asia’s largest HR Conference NHRC 2017 on 20 and 21 June   The National Human Resource Conference (NHR...


Leadership leap for competencies over connections

/ Monday, 22 May 2017 00:01

The nation is awaiting a delayed cabinet reshuffle. The expectations are high that there will be better delivery in terms of ensuring an i...


Garbage in Meethotamulla vs. garbage in the mind

/ Monday, 8 May 2017 00:02

Piles and piles of words have been uttered about the Meethotamulla mayhem. While the world was moving towards advanced scientific solution...


PIM MBA in Oman: A Sri Lankan pride

/ Monday, 24 April 2017 00:00

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of a brand new MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in Muscat, ...


Commuting and communicating for communityship

/ Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:00

I am writing this column while enjoying the warm hospitality of the Philippines. It was in Manila that the bi-annual meeting and knowledge sharing ...


Revitalising HR research: A national need

/ Monday, 27 March 2017 00:02

Key people involved in IPM’s second research symposium    Human resource management in the Sri Lankan cont...


‘Exchange to Change’: Making things happen

/ Monday, 13 March 2017 00:02

Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri addressing the International Human Resource Conference in Bangladesh   I was delighted to be...


Signifying ‘Sigmoid’ for Sri Lankans

/ 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 somethin...


Emotionally intelligent leaders: A rare breed in Sri Lanka?

/ 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 le...


Digitisation Dynamics: People for Progress

/ Monday, 30 January 2017 00:20

Digital business transformation is about significant change; it should be diligently driven by leadership   Overview&...


Communicating with confidence: Clarity over chaos

/ 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 stage...


17 suggestions for success in 2017

/ 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 s...


Whither MBAs? Rigour, relevance and results

/ 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...


Men and women for SEN: Reaping research richness

/ 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 witne...


High impact HR: Local and global

/ 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 Pers...


Humane results: Discovering future HR in a digital era

/ 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 ‘Reimag...


Competencies or connections? Clarity of choices

/ Monday, 24 October 2016 00:01

   I recall the discussion that took place during the annual sessions of the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) rece...


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Should the BOI be shut down?

28 July 2017

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe very boldly stated at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit on Wednesday that the Board of Investment should be shut down. The BOI is the PM’s brainchild and an offshoot of the GCEC.  Wijeyadasa went...


Quotas with ‘zipping’ for women in local government

28 July 2017

The other day I met a woman who is a card-carrying member of a major political party. She is the president of the midwives association in her area. She exuded leadership. She has so much to share with her community about health, lifestyles and oth...


The delicious ironies of idiotic democracy

28 July 2017

Life, as a musically-inclined poet of a previous age once essayed, is what happens when you are planning to do something else. Well, the same may be said for the intentions of Good Governance: that the best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agle...


‘Into Africa’ – from troubled continent to a land of opportunities

28 July 2017

It was the continent that made headlines for all the wrong reasons: the great famine in Ethiopia and HIV pandemic in 1980s, the Rwandan genocide in 1990s, and the Somalian civil war in 2000’s grabbed headlines. By mid-2000 some of the Afric...


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