“Management Principles from Bhagavad Gita”

“Mind is restless, forceful and strong. O Krishna it is more difficult to control the mind than to control the wind” – Arjuna to Lord Krishna.

Bhagavad-Gita is 5000 years old. It is an Indian spiritual and philosophical text which can be studied by anyone. Bhagavad Gita shows how every challenge is an opportunity to succeed and it only depends on your self craved the alchemist. To focus on Management through Bhagavad Gita, it has shown us tactics to achieve mental equilibrium and defeat any crises situation. Gita amply demonstrates the fundamental requirements of good management.

Nowadays in modern organisations, there are extreme levels of ‘short termism’. Every company must provide something known as quarter-on-quarter guidance to their stake holders and market players. In simple terms they inform one hand prior about what can be expected of them in the next quarter. By doing so they can project a positive outcome but notably creates stress among the working employees. This will make the organisation less equipped for the future. Unfortunately companies even after recognising the turmoil’s are not able to work their way out and take decisions that can stay consistent with this requirement.

In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna gives first lesson to Arjuna is to train his mind to notion of time that is essential long term. He also gave ways to reduce stress while at work, steps to take towards efficiency building, scaling the compensation, setting KRA’s etc.

Stress Management:

Every HR manager needs good ‘people’ skills and requires confidence and good communication skills to deal in a very calm and tactful manner with a variety of situations while handling issues such as discipline, redundancy or personal problems of employees. One of the biggest problems that each one us are facing in our personal life is we don’t seem to be enjoying what we are doing. We need weekend gateway if work is perceived as an avoidable aspect of our life. Such a perspective can never get the best from the work place and this is a point to be worried about. Every one feels to be stressed and is a big issue of today.

Sukhaduhkhe-same kritwaa laabhaalaabhau jayaajayau;
Tato yuddhaaya yujyaswa naivam paapamavaapsyasi || 2:38 ||

There is no consideration of happiness or distress, profit or gain, victory or defeat in the activities of Krishna consciousness. He who acts for his own sense of gratification, either in goodness or passion, is subject to the reaction, good or bad.

 In our lives, we either run after money or we try to make our near and dear ones happy in life. Money and material things may give us joy at present but not in the long run. Management is creative problem solving method and is accomplished through four functions of management: Planning, Organising, Leading and Controlling. But this can be achieved only if one has a poise and calm mind.

Efficiency Building:

yato yato nishcharati manashchanchalamasthiram |
tatastato niyamyaitadaatmanyeva vasham nayet || 6:26 ||

From wherever the mind wonders due to its flickering and unsteady nature, one must certainly withdraw it and bring it back under the control of the self.

In this shloka, Lord Krishna says wherever your mind tries to take you, bring it back to senses. It tries to occupy the present and trying to bring the mind under full control, is the highest perfection of yoga practice.

yam yam vapi smaran bhavam tyajaty ante kalevaram
tam tam evaiti kaunteya sada tad-bhava-bhavitah || 8:6 ||

Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits the body, that state he will attain without fail. 

Lord Krishna in this shloka says, person who strives to improve upon the Mentality and Intent of his existence, Reality and Content shall pave its way which in turn adds to the profitability of the company.

Mentality improves Reality
Background improves Foreground
Roots will improve Proof
Intent will improve Content
Credibility will increase profitability

People are working for profitability. When they will start working for credibility, Profits will automatically make its way. When the roots will get stronger, fruits will automatically fall apart. Identify the reason behind the reason and the cause behind the cause.

Competency Mapping:

Competency Mapping

While fighting a battle on the grounds of kuruksetra, Arjuna starts trembling where he thought battling with his own cousins is a sin by itself and starts giving up. He says,

vepathuś ca śarīre me roma-harṣaś ca jāyate
gāṇḍīvaḿ sraḿsate hastāt tvak caiva paridahyate || 1:29 ||

My whole body is trembling, my hair is standing on end, my bow Gandiva is slipping from my hand, and my skin is burning.

Lord Krishna knew Arjuna’s Ability to fight the battle, his capacity to stand strong and beat them all. But Arjuna was not willing to work. Ability becomes 0 when you have ‘0 willingness’ to work. Then Krishna Self-started Arjuna through these verses of Bhagavad Gita. He did not Push-Start but Self-Started Arjuna.

“If you keep doing what you were doing till now, you will keep getting what you were getting. You got to start doing something new if want to achieve something in life”.

This is one of the revolutionary message of Gita i.e. always ‘Bounce Back’ at life. This training of bouncing back at situations was first given on the grounds of kuruksetra. Arjuna knew how to fight, but he was not willing to fight.

HRM is one of the field where they do psychometric analysis and give skill to the employees. Skill can be obtained in any manner, anyway, at any time. But if Willingness is missed out, then everything goes up-down. ‘Self-starting’ the employees is what every HR Manager should primarily focus on. Based on Competency Assessment and Competency Road-Mapping, we can build Human Behavioural Analysis.




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