Ajantha Dharmasiri

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,...


HR Ecosystem for competitiveness – A glimpse through 10 Gs

/ Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

 Overview The National HR Conference (NHRC), the premier people event in South Asia, is just around the corner. This time they have picked a...


In search of emotionally intelligent leaders

/ Monday, 6 June 2016 00:00

Emotional outbursts in the political circles have become a much talked topic these days. Leaders are supposed to be more ‘emotionally intelli...


Authentic leaders: Are they here?

/ Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:06

Perhaps the natural disaster we are currently facing could be a wakeup call for managers and administrators at all levels alike to think a...


PIM MBA in Qatar: A source of Sri Lankan pride

/ Monday, 9 May 2016 00:00

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


Chaos of connections sans competencies

/ Monday, 25 April 2016 00:00

 Results can be delivered only when the right person is handling the right job. It is possible only when competencies are considered in hiring...


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Steamrolling of Central Bank by Minister of Finance: An unsavoury development?

23 January 2017

An unsavoury rift between the Central Bank and Minister of Finance A growing rift between Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and the senior management of the Central Bank is surfacing now, worrying both financial markets and prospective fo...


Sustainability: How that translates to agriculture

23 January 2017

Once cultivated, traditional paddy that is grown organically will establish its own markets based on the consumer demand   For the longest time the word “sustainable agriculture” was a catch phrase only. I...


Yahapalanaya lapses – Is Mahinda the option for Muslims?

21 January 2017

Former Minister, Speaker and Premadasa/Rajapaksa loyalist and National List nominee Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer along with a few other Muslim Mahinda diehards claim that Yahapalanaya under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil W...


First Sinhala talkie ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ was released 70 years ago

21 January 2017

History was made 70 years ago when the film ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ (Broken Promise) premiered at the Kingsley Theatre in Colombo on 21 January 1947. The Chief Guest was D.S. Senanayake, Minister of Agriculture and Lands under the State C...


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