Sunday, May 9, 2010
Managerial excellence through Bhagwat Gita
Bhagwat Gita is a book of wisdom. Its full of management principles. We can bring personal excellence through the teachings of Lord Krishna. When we talk about managers, who is better manager than that of Krishna himself. Better utilisation of resources is the first task of a manager. When Duryodhana chooses Krishna's huge army and Lord himslef goes to Pandava side. Pandava had very limited resources, very limited number of soldiers. But it is his managerial skill that he uses resouces tactfully. And ultimately wins the war. First managerial principle is better utilsation of resources.
Now, we always talk about work culture. When we do vigorous and ardous effort to achieve a given task we create a good work culture. Lord Krishna tries to create a good work culture for the pandavas. He rebukes Arjuna for not having a good behaviour in the battle field. In spite of having a good knowledge and skill his behaviour was not right and he was trying to escape from his duty. God corrects his behaviour and result is well known.
Work culture can be of two types. Daivi work culture and Asuri work culture. Daivi work culture means fearlessness, purity, self-control, sacrifice, straight forwardness, calmness, absence of fault finding, absence of greed, gentleness, modesty, absence of envy and pride. Whereas asuri work culture means egoism, delusion, fear, corruption, dirty compitition and restlessness.
Mental health is very important for a good manager and a leader. Conservation of mental energy is a must. Bhagwat Gita has a solution for mental restlessness. Maintaining the eveness of mind in success and failure. When we keep our mind calm amidst of success and failure we can introspect ourself. We should keep it in our mind that success or failure is never final. In both situation we should introspect and its very important for self improvement. Do the duty without the feeling of doership. Think that divine is doing the work through you. So there is no need of thinking about the fruit of your action. Do your duty attentively, become the work then you cannot think about its outcome. Give your 100% that's it. Karma yoga is not about the outcome its all about our effort. See your effort not outcome of the effort.
In the field of management there are many theories of motivation. All the theories of motivation leads us to bondage whereas the theories of Gita leads us to real freedom and happiness. With the help of Krishna's theories of motivation Arjuna tranforms completely. Once he was not ready to fight but Lord brought a transformation in his behaviour through the light of knowledge. So, we are also like Arjuna hesitate to fight. Stand and take your bow & arrow and fight. First of all fight against your own weaknesses and limitations. Fight against your ignorance, fight against your fear. We all have some element of "Duyodhana". Fight against the Duryodhana who lives in yourself. Kill him and be a pure man, full of bliss, full of joy.
Krishna's advice "every action produces results, good actions produce good results and evil begets nothing but evil therefore always do good you will sure be awarded".