Columnists,Ajantha Dharmasiri

Paradox navigation: From potential to possibilities

Views - 244 Monday, 8 October 2018 00:00

It was delightful to be a Sri Lankan speaker at the NATCON 2018, the biggest HR conference in India held in Pune recently. I spoke on the future of HR and had the opportunity to discuss it further with Dr. T.V. Rao, who is hailed as the pioneer of th


Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Views - 320 Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:00

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about


Fireside vs fire within: Entrepreneurs at centerstage

Views - 476 Monday, 10 September 2018 00:02

It was amazing to see the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the much acclaimed “Fireside Chat” held recently. It not only showcased seven fiery entrepreneurs, but paved way for their frank expressions without fear or favour. They enjoyed th


Of cave, care and camaraderie: Serene scene of spirituality

Views - 217 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Not much time has passed since the heart-warming heroics heard from Thailand.


Management research in Sri Lanka: reflections and resolutions

Views - 300 Monday, 13 August 2018 01:15

It is encouraging to see many research conferences related to management are being conducted by State and non-State higher education institutes alike. I was the keynote speaker for the second Annual Research Symposium (ARSYM–2018) organised by the


People Perspectives: Diverse Discussions for Discovery

Views - 217 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

I am so happy to present my seventh book titled, “People Perspectives”. It is a display of diverse discussion for discovery, in fact, my third collection of articles based on the “Humane Results” column published in the Daily FT. Today’s co


National prosperity through quality and productivity

Views - 303 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

I was so delighted to get involved with the national convention of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP) with the fitting theme, “National Prosperity through World Class Quality and Productivity”.


Emotions for better or bitter results: Lessons for Lankans

Views - 436 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

I was so happy to meet Dr. Daniel Goleman of Emotional Intelligence fame, at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference of 2018 held in Chicago recently.


Sigmoid Curve and Sri Lanka: Significant signals

Views - 427 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka, often named as the ‘Wonder of Asia,’ has many citizens wondering what is going on.


Transformation of HR in the digital world

Views - 206 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

I am delighted to drive a dynamic community of diverse people in presenting a distinctly different experience at the National HR Conference 2018.


New mandate to navigate ‘Nation’s management mentor’

Views - 651 Monday, 21 May 2018 00:05

I was delighted to be reappointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) for the second term of three years.


Thoughts on National HR Policy on ‘Local’ Labour Day

Views - 225 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

We in Sri Lanka observe ‘International Labour Day’ on 7th May instead of 1st May, this year. From Haymarket Square, Chicago in 1886, it has come a long way in bringing workers’ rights to the forefront. It is an opportune time to reflect on nati


‘The Ants’ as a ‘disruptive’ teledrama: Managerial insights

Views - 1131 Monday, 23 April 2018 00:00

I hardly watch teledramas, not only because I value my time but also because of their questionable value.


PIM MBA in Kuwait: A Sri Lankan pride

Views - 458 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of a brand new MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in Kuwait City, Kuwait. It was encouraging to see the spirit of Sri Lankans in Kuwait who actively supported our endeavour


Communication excellence: Essentials for executives

Views - 366 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

Conflicts arise when communication breaks down. A prolonged strike or an ongoing dispute can have a link to improper communication.


Wanted: Authentic leaders to restore humanity

Views - 618 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:02

Much has been said about the sad incidences in the Hill Capital. No sensible human being will endorse such acts of shameful violence, irrespective of provocation or justification.


Pressure and pleasure of producing leaders

Views - 815 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00

Producing leaders has become a national priority in a context where there are more laggards then leaders in critical positions. Among the many roles of a typical business school, enhancing leadership competencies of the students is key.In fact, an ex


Perspectives on public sector performance

Views - 540 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

By the time this column is published I am sure the final verdict of the Sri Lankan voters will be loud and clear. Freshly elected members to the local government institutions, hopefully with 25% female representation, must be gearing to “serve” t


70 years after regaining independence: A managerial perspective

Views - 530 Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00

We as a nation will celebrate 70 years of independence in a few days’ time. It was Peter Drucker who said that there are no good or bad institutions but well-managed or ill-managed institutions.


Echoes of an ecosystem: Revisiting HRM in Sri Lanka

Views - 389 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00

Ecosystems are so essential for nature. They provide the basis for survival and sustainability.


Eighteen elements for excellence in 2018

Views - 870 Tuesday, 2 January 2018 00:00

A refreshing 31,557,000 seconds in 2018 are with us. A brand new year invites us not only to have brand new thoughts but to convert them into grand actions. As usual, people tend to have New Year resolutions. My suggestion is to go beyond resolutions


From manger to managers: Serenity of stillness

Views - 586 Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:00

A manager in the little town of Bethlehem became world famous because of Christmas. It is not only a time to relax and refresh, but also to reflect and to reinforce. Despite the overly commercial coverage of Christmas, the true serenity associated wi


Excellence as essence: Reaping the richness of resourcefulness

Views - 291 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

An annual convocation is an event to remember the social obligation we have in order to produce leaders of the right calibre to the nation.


World HR Congress in Sri Lanka: Opportunities galore

Views - 365 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:50

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.


Embracing the new world of work

Views - 343 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

I had the opportunity of participating in one of the largest HR conferences in the world last week. The 70th annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK, was held in Manchester Conventions Centre on 8 and 9 No


Supply Chain Management in Sri Lanka: Promising prospects

Views - 900 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

I had the opportunity to chair a session in the international seminar recently organised by the Institute of Supply and Materials Management (ISMM) with the fitting theme ‘Leveraging Supply Chain Management to Enhance Sustainability’. It showcas


Recruitment interviewing in Sri Lanka: Problems and prospects

Views - 707 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

We conduct interviews to recruit people to organisations. One common myth is that you can sit in an interview panel without any preparation. Some even sarcastically ask, “What is there to learn about interviewing?” It certainly goes beyond common


Engaging employees for enterprise effectiveness: Emerging evidence from Sri Lanka

Views - 655 Monday, 2 October 2017 00:00

As I mentioned in my previous column, employee engagement in a disruptive environment is an emerging challenge. There was an exploratory study involving more than 12,000 employees recently done by the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM).


Engaging employees in a disruptive environment

Views - 464 Monday, 18 September 2017 00:08

I had yet another memorable visit to Tamilnadu. For the second time, I was invited to be one of the speakers at the Annual Conference of the National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), India. I received much warmth of Chennai people. Represent


Enter ‘disruptive HRM’: Prospects for Sri Lanka

Views - 411 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

Disruptive technologies drive digital initiatives in diverse fields. The people-centric function of Human Resource Management (HRM) cannot escape from this wave of disruption. How do such disruptions challenge HR policies and practices, globally and


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Finishing the job of ending poverty in South Asia

Thursday, 18 October 2018

“I have a four-year-old son back in my village. I want to make a better life for him,” says Sharmin Akhtar, a 19-year-old employee in one of Dhaka’s many flourishing garment factories. Like thousands of other poor women, Sharmin came down to B


Depreciating rupee: Avoiding a money-go-round

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Sri Lanka’s excessive reliance on foreign capital to finance investment under favourable external financial conditions is now leading to disruptions, as those conditions change in a decisive interest rate tightening phase in the United States. As U


Responsible water stewardship in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Unlike many of our regional neighbours, Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundant water table. However, many companies do not feel the full value of this precious resource due to the limited regulation and monitoring of fresh water extraction for busines


Economy in disarray, banks flourishing; can this be true?

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

It is earlier reported that the growth in bank credit accelerated in August despite the tight credit and money conditions and rising non-performing loans in the banking sector. It is further reported that the year-on-year (YoY) growth in credit accel


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