Ajantha Dharmasiri

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...


Managers and leaders in high demand

/ Monday, 10 October 2016 00:01

 I was a speaker at the annual conference of the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) last week, held along the theme ‘Good G...


Ten Commandments for talent developers

/ Monday, 26 September 2016 00:01

  Talent is in high demand both locally and globally. We saw a wave of writings such as ‘Winning the War for Talent’ sprea...


Prison as a prism: Poignant points

/ Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:02

Politically powerful people in prisons receive publicity. Prisons are supposed to remand and rehabilitate people. In times when much attention is p...


Presence as a present: Practising spiritual intelligence

/ Monday, 29 August 2016 00:01

 I read a refreshingly resourceful book titled, ‘You are here’. It is written by Rev. Thich Nhat Hanh         ...


My son as my hero: Reflections of reverse mentoring

/ Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

I never thought I would write this column in my life. Strange are the swirls that entangle us. My son, my hero is physically no more. I tr...


Remembering a management sage: One year later

/ Monday, 1 August 2016 00:00

When I handed over the book co-edited by me to Prof. Liyanage   Time has passed by. Almost one year is gone after the...


Convocation as commencement

/ Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

I led the organising team for the graduation of 452 extraordinary managers at PIM’s largest convocation ever. That was a celebration of hum...


Championing Communication: Confidence through 10 Cs

/ Monday, 4 July 2016 00:09

  It is essential for managers to be effective communicators in order for them to drive success - AFP   Managers,...


Today's Columnists

Yesterday, today and tomorrow: Whence, where and whither

28 March 2017

“Gotabaya can build a new urbanised technocratic civilisation which is the 21st century equivalent of the magnificent civilisations that this island once built; civilisations that put us ahead of the rest of South Asia, until the Tamil invad...


Sri Lankan housewife further challenged

28 March 2017

    Whilst Sri Lanka at the macro end is grappling to pay the $ 15 billion debt in the next four years, private sector and civil society is pressuring the Government to bring in structured reforms and stronger governance ...


Education is not a commodity: but it is and it should be negotiable

27 March 2017

Students claim that education is not a commodity ‘Education is not a commodity’ has been a popular view almost universally held by Sri Lanka’s student community in higher learning institutions. For them, it is non...


High-tech Panama Canal, a threat to Asia-Europe trade

27 March 2017

High-tech Panama Canal, a threat to Asia-Europe trade The Panama Canal Authority is developing a computerised scheduling and resource management system that it said will help double the number of big ships that can travel through the canal...


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