Ajantha Dharmasiri

Sins against synergy

Views - 1166 Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:01

Teams are in high demand. In the worlds of sporting and business alike, this is the case. What is so special in a team? What derails team success? Today’s column will shed light in dealing with the magical factor in teams, synergy. Overview Why t


Mind mapping for managers

Views - 4225 Monday, 9 December 2013 00:00

We will be starting yet another MBA batch at PIM day after tomorrow. For me, MBA is simply ‘Mind Before Action’. My wish for the MBAs is to become ‘thinking doers’. In fact, managers really need to use their mind. Mind mapping is a versatile


Intelligence redefined

Views - 1512 Monday, 2 December 2013 00:00

I am preparing to conduct a public workshop with the above title. It gave me an opportunity to revisit the often misunderstood concept of intelligence. Today’s column is about the multiple presence of intelligence, with relevance and applications f


Personality perspectives

Views - 2403 Monday, 25 November 2013 00:00

Personalities of people play a pivotal role in both their personal and professional fronts. The Oxford Dictionary defines personality as the visible aspect of one’s character as it impresses others. Today’s column is an exploration as well as an


Uncommon wealth of Commonwealth

Views - 5464 Monday, 18 November 2013 00:26

I am writing this column while the inauguration of CHOGM 2013 is taking place in Sri Lanka. We are happy to see it happing here, as the first time an Asian country is hosting the summit in 24 years. My intention is not to praise or appraise CHOGM but


Four doors of performance passage

Views - 1548 Monday, 28 October 2013 00:52

It appears that there is a renewed interest on performance management in both private and public sectors alike. I recently got involved in developing a performance evaluation system with the Public Service Commission for the public sector. We discuss


Revitalising public service performance

Views - 12669 Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

I am happy to be a part of a small but significant step in developing a new performance appraisal mechanism for the Sri Lankan public sector. It is jointly developed by the Public Services Commission (PSC) and the Postgraduate Institute of Management


Talent challenges

Views - 2857 Monday, 14 October 2013 00:00

I enjoyed being a speaker and a panellist at the SLASSCOM HR Summit for 2013. The theme for this year was ‘Attracting, Developing and Retaining Talent in Challenging Times’. There was a variety of thoughts expressed and a wide range of actions pr


Harping on happiness

Views - 6796 Monday, 30 September 2013 00:40

It was amazing to watch a brief video clip on YouTube featuring W.V. Sugathapala. He has received global acclaim as one of the happiest persons in the world. Do happy people produce more results? Do we give adequate attention to employee satisfaction


Good to great HR hike

Views - 1408 Monday, 23 September 2013 00:34

Human resource professionals have a critical role to play. They have to think and act like leaders and not as laggards. How can they become ‘great’ leaders? What are the practical avenues possible? Today’s column will shed light on leeway of le


Synthesising Stockholm syndrome

Views - 4964 Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

It is amazing how psychological phenomena related to historical events have relevance to current workplaces. Stockholm syndrome is a case in point. Let’s see what it is and how it connects to today’s managers. Today’s column is a synthesis on S


HR imperatives for innovation

Views - 1916 Monday, 9 September 2013 00:00

I am delighted to write my 150th column on Humane Results. It was indeed a challenging task to write on a weekly basis despite my personal and professional commitments. I must confess that I never felt writing as a torture but always as a treasure. B


Fathoming five minds for the future

Views - 1625 Monday, 2 September 2013 00:00

I read the fascinating book titled ‘Five Minds for the Future’ with enthusiasm. It was informational and insightful alike in prompting me to devote a column on its possible relevance to Sri Lanka. This attempt is all about that. Overview Howard


Seven ups for HR professionals

Views - 1695 Monday, 26 August 2013 00:00

HR professionals play a vital role in driving the ‘people factor’ for organisational results. Are they on the top or still at the tap? This has been an ongoing debate. In the context that every manager has a people role to play, the contribution


Dinosaurs vs. dolphins

Views - 1574 Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

Distinct or extinct? That is the challenge in front of us in an increasingly competitive world. It is a fact that dinosaurs only exist in movies. It is also a fact that dolphins are very intelligent and can adapt to a changing environment. Today’s


Being brilliant on brain

Views - 3121 Monday, 12 August 2013 01:07

We use desktop, laptop and palmtop computers. Yet, the most powerful is the ‘neck-top’ computer. I hope all of us have it and hopefully, no one is sitting on it. Today’s column is all about the most amazing device in the universe with specific


Talent drought

Views - 1856 Sunday, 4 August 2013 23:37

Talent has always been a buzz word in business circles. We saw a wave of writings such as ‘Winning the War for Talent’ spreading the world. Despite the popularity of the concept, it is still problematic and challenging in both global and local sc


Vistas of volition

Views - 2267 Monday, 29 July 2013 00:00

“If there is a will, there is a way.” We have often heard the saying. There are deeper insights on human will power and its managerial applications towards decision making. Volition is the term used to identify the act of exercising the will. Tod


Coverage of Covey

Views - 4050 Tuesday, 23 July 2013 01:16

I still remember reading the book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ as a young school leaver. It had a profound influence on my thinking. Still, undoubtedly, it is one of my favourite management books. Let me share my thoughts on its writ


Price and prize of performance

Views - 2760 Monday, 15 July 2013 00:59

The Public Service Commission organised a national conference on performance management last Thursday. I was one of the members of the team that designed an improved performance management system for public sector, which is planned to be implemented


In search of HR research excellence

Views - 2018 Monday, 8 July 2013 00:19

We witnessed the most successfully concluded National HR Conference ever, with the theme ‘In Search of HR Excellence’. In line with that the annual volume of the research journal, ‘HR Perspectives’ was launched. Today’s column is a glimpse


Astonishing Asch Effect

Views - 4742 Monday, 1 July 2013 00:00

We often hail teams as a great way to achieve results. We say with conviction that together everyone achieves more. There is a flip side to working together. Groupthink occurs as a silent serpent that encroaches on a synergistic team. The Asch Effect


HR challenge

Views - 4657 Monday, 24 June 2013 00:04

I was happy and sad at the same time. I was happy to launch the first management book co-edited by me, last week. I was sad to miss my co-editor, late Prof. Sudatta Ranasinghe. I am referring to the newest book on HR in town, titled ‘HR Challenge:


In search of HR excellence

Views - 2411 Monday, 17 June 2013 00:03

We will witness the inauguration of the National HR Conference 2013 tomorrow. I had a critical role to play as the head of its technical committee. We decided on a simple yet significant theme, ‘In Search of HR Excellence: Thoughts, Tools and T


Being brilliant in bargaining

Views - 1406 Monday, 10 June 2013 00:00

I just finished teaching my summer course on negotiation skills. I used the text book ‘Bargaining for Competitive Advantage’ by Richard Shell. Upon reflecting on its contents, I see much relevance to Sri Lankan managers. After all, bargai


Random thoughts on ravaging tornados

Views - 2787 Monday, 3 June 2013 00:25

The tsunami was new to us until 2004. A tornado was new to me until I saw the gravity of it a few days ago. It was not just a case of another natural disaster, but a flood of outpouring of humanity in the aftermath. Today’s column is all about


Serene insights on spiritual intelligence

Views - 1848 Monday, 27 May 2013 00:29

We have just witnessed another Vesak. At a time when the whole country is united in celebrating the 2602 years of Buddhism, it is quite appropriate to discuss something serene relating to humane results. That’s why the theme of spiritual intell


Hiring as matchmaking

Views - 1395 Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

In an increasingly competitive world, people have become a cutting-edge factor. Is it just any people or the right people? Hiring the right person for the right job is important in order to achieve the right results. I would compare hiring to match


Tribute to a true teacher

Views - 1462 Monday, 13 May 2013 00:00

I never thought that I will have to write this column so early. It is a tale of a “tall” teacher. What I mean by “tall” is in terms of academic achievements whilst being a genuine human being. Today’s column is not a typ


Abusive supervision

Views - 2873 Monday, 6 May 2013 00:00

“People do not leave organisations, they leave their bosses.” I have heard this many times here and abroad. The harsh truth is that there is something not so right with regards to supervision. Let’s discuss this newly-popularised ph


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