Columnists,Ajantha Dharmasiri,Opinion and Issues

Of Mintzberg and Zuckerberg: Communities and commodities

Views - 318 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:10

Henry Mintzberg, the veteran management thinker, promotes the concept of “community,” stating that leadership should pave way for “communityship”. Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, created the largest social media platform, Facebook, with a


Enter the chartered HR professional: A new frontier for Sri Lanka

Views - 412 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:27

It is very encouraging to see the opportunities emerging for Sri Lankan HR professionals to reach a charter status. This is in fact filling a long-felt void in the profession of HR. It is in the broad context of the transformation of the Institute of


Significance of sustainable HRM: A salient Sri Lankan effort

Views - 724 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

I witnessed the launch of a book with a difference recently. It was Senior Professor Henarath Opatha, a veteran researcher in the field of HRM presenting his newest contribution titled ‘Sustainable HRM’. Today’s column is about the nature and f


“Exciting 19” for excellent 2019

Views - 852 Monday, 31 December 2018 00:00

A refreshing 31,557,000 seconds in 2019 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 scant resol


Tale of two leaders: A Christmas reflection

Views - 493 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Leaders and laggards are much in talk these days in the midst of a political turbulence that ravaged the country. Christmas is approaching with its associated festivities as usual. Apart from the traditional message of peace and harmony, this “fest


Reaping relevant results: Reflections on ‘Mind before Action’

Views - 369 Monday, 17 December 2018 02:19

The recent political turbulence that shattered the prestige edifices of governance proved several fundamental points. For me, one such is the need to have holistic thinking with emphasis on far reaching implications before taking a crucial decision.


Bystander effect in Sri Lankan society: perils and pitfalls

Views - 244 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

It was indeed shocking to hear the inactivity of the observers in preventing a murder committed by a group of school students in Matara recently. It was equally shocking to see a video circulated in social media, showing how a person strangled his fi


PIM MBA in Bangladesh: A Sri Lankan pride

Views - 596 Monday, 26 November 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 Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was encouraging to see the spirit of Sri Lankans in Bangladesh who actively supported our endeavou


Unleashing the power to lead: Global presence with local pulse

Views - 222 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

We are indeed delighted to present 441 extraordinary managers at the PIM’s latest convocation. They have been developed as leaders with global presence and local pulse. That’s why we picked the apt theme this year as ‘unleashing the power to le


Required: Authentic leaders to navigate the nation

Views - 445 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:02

Overview Much has been said about the legal position regard to the current political phase we are going through. I am reluctant to take a side to argue or counter-argue with regards to recent actions and inactions. For me, it surely proves what we de


Future competencies for Sri Lankans: Rhetoric and reality

Views - 569 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

I was humbly happy to be the first Sri Lankan to speak at Fiji Annual HR Convention. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet warm people of another island nation. With booming tourism and bountiful natural resources, it appears as one of the most


Paradox navigation: From potential to possibilities

Views - 280 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 - 340 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 - 500 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 - 231 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 - 334 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 - 239 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 - 325 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 - 455 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 - 441 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 - 276 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 - 669 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 - 236 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 - 1325 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 - 494 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 - 381 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 - 642 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 - 837 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 - 634 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 - 554 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.


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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


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