Does it sound a little weird? Bhagavad Gita and management lessons??? How can the Bhagavad Gita be a source of guidance for modern-day managers? Trust me, it can be.
The Bhagavad Gita is a holy text for the highest spiritual realization. To add to it, this holy book offers a wide array of answers to the conflicts we experience in this age of materialism. The Bhagavad Gita offers various dimensions to explore. The depth of which can be applied to achieve higher work efficiency. At the same time, you can manage to strike a balance between your personal life and work life.
Below let us explore some of those dimensions.
Lessons from Bhagavad Gita for modern-day managers
Motivation from Bhagavad Gita
To extract the most from your co-workers and executives, you need to ensure you give them a motivating work environment to thrive in. Akin to the way Sri Krishna transformed the depressed and dejected Arjuna to stand up and fight. [pullquote]Do not fall a prey O Arjuna to this meanness, this chicken-heartedness. Give up this weakness of heart, stand up. – Bhagavad Gita 2.3[/pullquote]
You must encourage the staff to explore their imagination and creativity with freedom. Sometimes, it can be even at the cost of short-term results. Leaders will thus come out for the sustenance of the organization in the long run.
Concept of Neutrality
You must train your managers to understand the dual aspects of the outcome.
They must develop a broader understanding of the risks involved. Developing a sense of neutrality, equanimity in certain ups and downs in the undertaken projects gives the leadership an edge over others.
Short-term results by hook or crook may look fanciful. This encourages the organization to go for unethical shortcuts at times. Let us not go for practices detrimental in the long run to the organization.
Let the focus be more on developing R&D. You may invest in training the personnel in manipulating EQ. Your staff will be able to withstand pressure situations better. The staff will be able to handle targets better. As well as strike a balance between their personal life and work life, leading to a happier workforce.
- Right to Work
Managers must motivate the workforce to focus on work rather than the on the outcome of the project. Akin to what Sri Krishna says in the Gita. The Lord asserts on our right to work and not on the fruits of action.
[pullquote]Your right is to work only; but never to the fruits thereof. May you not be motivated by the fruits of actions, nor let your attachment be towards inaction. – Bhagavad Gita 2.47[/pullquote]
This idea may sound a little absurd to managers focussing on monthly or quarterly targets. But too much of result orientation can cause stress. And to achieve that, the quality of work may be compromised.
The work culture may resort to shortcuts to achieve results. It also may instill fear and stress among the staff. And that may lead them to compromise on the long-term value and objectives of the organization.
Therefore, focus on work and not much on the outcome may introduce a newer sense of freedom and creativity.
To conclude, do keep an eye on your goals but never be obsessed with it. Be open and learn to adapt to the changes and outcomes. Last but not the least, do give your best.
Good luck 🙂