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Friday, November 25, 2016

Management Lessons from the Great Epic Bhagavad Gita: Part II

The entire Bhagavad Gita can be seen as the corporate dialogue between a Management Adviser and his client, the director. Here Management adviser is Krishna and the client is Arjuna. Krishna’s role as a Management Guru can be fully appreciated when the situation is looked as a takeover war between an aggressive corporation and holding corporation. This is the continuation of the previous article. In this article I will detail out the remaining management problems and how Gita answered to those.

Motivation and Self-transcendence:

Present days, motivation in many corporate companies is given by training programs for developing personality and motivation towards work. According to Gita, this alone is not sufficient to motivate the lower order needs of workers. When the lower order workers are satisfied with adequate food, clothing, shelter and seen that they do not suffer from lack of common elements, they will be motivated with any such program. However in common experience, the dissatisfaction of a lower end worker and Managing director is same- only their scales vary. Practically, when lower order needs are satisfied, automatically director should have no problem in the overall development of the company.
But this is what happens in the present day corporate world "The eagle soars high in air but keeps its eyes steadily fixed on the dead animal below".

The theory of motivation can be explained by the theory of self-transcendence. Self-transcendence involves giving up ego, emphasizing the team work, trust, cooperation. Besides this one should sacrificing the lower needs for higher goals. 

Practically, very few people in this corporate world follow these principles. If we derive antonyms from these principles, they will best suite many of the people. Emphasizing team work happens when anything different happens from what is planned and that thing damages the credibility of the manager. In such situation, the manager immediately point out to the team and keep himself in the safe zone. But when a achievement comes from the team, manager will be the first person in the team to take the reward. Such an attitude should change and work towards harmony and maintain the trust from the team mates.

Work Culture in the Corporate World:

Sri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita state two types of Work Culture.

  1. Divine work culture
  2. Demonic work culture
Two terms are quite opposite from each other. One can really assume the type of work culture he has in his company; Let me go into the detail of the two types of work culture.

Divine work culture: 

Involves fearlessness, purity in heart and action, sacrifice, calmness, absence of greed, helping nature, absence of pride

Demonic work culture: 

Involves egoism, domination, cunning nature, improper performance

Many people in the corporate world tells about work ethics. Mere work ethics are not enough. A criminal also show a very good work ethic in this duties. What is needed is a work ethic conditioned by ethic in the work. 

In my next series of the article, I will give in detail what Gita said about Manager's mental health. How it is very important to reach out the ultimate goal of the company

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