Characters pass from generation to generation heritably, but knowledge finds its way naturally. No matter who you are or where you are from, you always have something to imply in life that comes from your forefather. Even the strategies applied back 5000 years are indispensable. Diplomatic planning, organization, ethical codes, a happy workforce if implied today can take you to the next level.
Modern books are en vogue but the lessons from history are always a get-go.
Ramayana, the epic mythological book of Hindus ascribed to Valmiki not only entails the significance of dharma (duty) but also recites commitment, leadership, management and diligence that are must to run any business.
Let’s comprehend the sure-shot corporal lessons to sundry in this entrepreneurial era.
Prioritize your Brand Name
Building a long bridge to Lanka was not easy as there were limited resources and time. One of the followers inscribed the name of Lord Rama on the stone and threw it in the ocean; it floated (just the reverse, as all stone sinks). When Lord Rama thought of helping the subordinates and threw the stone without inscription, (as it was being thrown by Lord Rama itself) the stone sank.
Lesson – The incident proves that it is not the person or the position that holds power but the name of the brand you are using. You are known by your brand name and so brand name matters a lot. All the decisions should be taken in consideration of your brand and its exposure in the market. Employees under the brand name, whether high or low, should understand its importance and try to uplift it.
Limit Powers and Manage Stakeholders
King Dashratha, who ruled the vast kingdom of Kosala, the capital Ayodhya, had three wives named Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. Each of their sons was eligible to take over the charge of the kingdom and so Kaikeyi came up with the decision of sending the eldest son Rama to the forest derailing Dasharath’s ruling plan. On the other hand, Ravana after ignoring his wife, brother and grandfather got backstabbed.
Lesson – When there are too many stakeholders with decision-making power it becomes difficult to control the organization. Keeping them happy further becomes a difficult task, so it is important that you limit your stakeholders and keep them in interest else your power might dilute without you knowing.
|Quick Tip – Organizations should keep a concern on the interest of the stakeholders as individually they might not hold much power but when they come together can affect decision-making, delay your projects or stop business plans.|
Choose your Alliances Wisely
To win against Ravana, Rama needed a powerful ally, but he chose Sugriva instead of Bali as Bali was unethical and kicked his own brother Sugriva to take over the kingdom of Kishkindha and abducted his wife. On the other hand, Sugriva’s managerial skills were so accurate that he was able to make Angad work for him who could have been an arch-rival.
Lesson – If you ally with an organization that works unethically, you might nurture your business but it would sustain only for a short duration. To win a long-term reputation and maintain your brand name you need to partner wisely and look for the one that can lead strategically and be a support even in difficult times.
Create Clear Vision with In-depth Analysis
Each time a problem knocked Rama; he deeply analyzed the situation, made a clear vision and shared it with his subordinates. Whether it be the time when he was asked to leave Ayodhya, help Sugriva or save Sita, his extreme approach has always made him a success. Even when Hanuman was sent to Lanka, he first analyzed the territory of his enemies, the people, and the internal situation and then made a vision for his act.
Lesson – Only after an in-depth analysis a clear vision can be created. And once you have a clear view you can lead your team to act fruitfully. Throwing the arrows blindly without a target will lead you and your company to nothing.
Seek Experts’ Assistance
Vishwamitra, the most venerated rishis of those times also known as the Rajarshi taught Rama the art of warfare and also gave him the knowledge of Devastras to help him kill powerful demons. On seeing Rama leaving the kingdom for the commitment of his father, Bharat learned how to do the righteous things simultaneously, standing on commitments made.
Lesson – As the owner of a business it is important to understand the fast changing market trends. The assistance of the experts and learning via workshops, seminars and conferences can develop skills in your employees and make them equipped to face a challenging business environment.
|Quick Tip – Every expert has a lot to teach from his life lessons, a close interaction of your employees with these experts can make work smooth and more understandable.|
Keep your Team Motivated
The most eminent incident where Jamvant asks Hanuman to go to Lanka to locate Sita to inform her about the presence of Lord Rama was highly motivational. Jamvant knew the true potential of Hanuman and just needed to ignite it in order to make Hanuman go to the enemy camp.
Lesson – A leader always knows the true potential of his employees. It is the prime responsibility of the leader to keep the spirit ignited and motivate the employees to do their best in every project.
Compete in a Fair Game
The complete Ramayana exhibits human greed. Kaikeyi wanted Bharat on the throne, Surpanakha wanted revenge when Lakshmana cut her nose, Ravana abducted Sita to possess her which in turn created war. On the other hand Rama played with ethics and won Sita in a ‘Swayamvar spardha’ and even he warned Ravana to return Sita to avoid battle.
Lesson – In business you are always in a strong competition. Some play clean and some dirty. The tricks can work once or twice but a long term stability in the market only comes after you play it fair.
Each verse of Ramayana teaches kindness, tolerance, patience and success. The more you read the more you will learn about the tactics for true victory and its essence in the modern world.
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