Mahabharata is known as largest epic of the world. A gift of knowledge to the world. It is not only a tale of kings, queens and war, but a story of establishing an empire, struggling for the power and knowing about in-depth human behaviour. Business today not only consist of profit and loss it makes but also many other things like amalgamation, finance, strategies and competitive advantage etc.
Kauravas and Pandavas can be considered as two strong competitors in a market. There were too many factors that made Pandavas win over Kauravas in spite of Kauravas having more resources than what Pandavas had. Well, a business has got several lessons to be learnt from Mahabharata.
Following are few of the many management lessons found in Mahabharata –
1. Inspiring Leadership– Lord Krishna undoubtedly was the leader in the whole story of Mahabharata who guided Pandavas all through their tough times and reminded them regarding their duties and objectives of life. Despite being a leader he never played any role in the battle. He just motivated all the skills required to fight for themselves and betterment of the world.
In the same way, making organisations to achieve its mission is in the hands of the leader. The success of companies like Apple, Sony, Infosys,etc.goes to their leaders because they are one who trod the path of a complete organisation to its success in difficult times.
2. Finding a Perfect Opportunity– When Pandavas were sent into exile, they did not lose their heart. They saw it as an opportunity and focused on developing their own competency. Yudhishthira worked on building his expertise in the dice game. Bhima worshipped Lord Hanuman and became expert in mace fighting. Arjun developed several skillsets apart from archery. Nakula and Sahadevh too developed their mastery over medicine.
Many Companies stood strong and continued to deliver the same efficiency and improved on their drawbacks grew stronger and passed dark clouds of recession all by finding right best opportunities from simply what we have and how we are. Amazon, Dominos are worth mentioning.
3. Neglecting none– Nakula and Sahadev were stepbrothers of Yudhishthira, Bhima and Arjuna but they were never neglected and ill-treated in their society. Even though Nakula and Sahadev played a minute role on the battlefield, they did a lot of work behind the screen. They treated all injured soldiers and healed their wounds.
Companies must give equal importance to all departments. It may be finance, HR, Marketing, R&D. None of them is taken to be light because they have their own role to play in building healthy organisations.
4. Right Teamwork– Teamwork of Pandavas is one more thing that needs to be highly appreciated. Everyone on the side of Pandavas was highly committed to their goal. They were selfless and bound to their ultimate aim of dharma. Even in times of difficulty they motivated and stood by each other.
Organisations need to build a good team spirit among its employees and care for their employees. HCL technologies always gave first credit to the teamwork for their success.
5. Women Empowerment– Kauravas never gave too much of the importance towards women for decision making. Gandhari retreated to the inner chambers but nobody listened to her. In case of Pandavas Kunti was the supreme authority for the Pandavas. Anyway, Draupadi was a companion in whatever Pandavas did. She had a big role in all the decision makings, without her, Pandavas would have probably retired to the forest.
We get to know that a Woman is equal to better half. Any team which doesn’t have a woman is unbalanced. The Masculine traits of aggression and dominance should be balanced by Feminine traits of harmony and sustenance.
6. Diversification– Today there is an intense level of competition among all organisations. Mahabharata helps us to learn that all-out zero-sum battle ends with the destruction of all. The Victors of Mahabharata suffered equally as the losers, and what they got were a desolate land and ravaged country. That’s why a company must try to find out the collaboration wherever possible, pool their resources and offer innovative solutions for customer’s money. Companies must look into social as well as environmental implications of their activities.
Mahabharata is a story of challenges which makes it comparable to business situations. Every chapter of Mahabharata has a lesson which helps business executives to plan their strategy and meaningful impact. Being Indians lets start looking Mahabharata with a business perspective and make maximum out of it.