Columnists,Ajantha Dharmasiri

Required: Authentic leaders to navigate the nation

Views - 387 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 - 530 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 - 263 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 - 328 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 - 485 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 - 221 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 - 307 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 - 225 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 - 308 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 - 444 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 - 429 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 - 220 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 - 655 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 - 227 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 - 1153 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 - 462 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 - 371 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 - 625 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 - 821 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 - 551 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 - 534 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 - 404 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 - 879 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 - 589 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 - 296 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 - 378 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 - 347 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 - 934 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 - 738 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 - 674 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).


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Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme


Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall


When scholars turn slayers of reason

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be


A stable democracy is a prerequisite for the wellbeing of Sri Lankans

Thursday, 15 November 2018

In Sri Lanka, despite the complexity of overlapping policies, the slow pace in implementing economic policies has been of central concern in the past few years. The current political state in Sri Lanka poses a series of e


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