Month: December 2014

Time Management Analogy

Time Management Analogy

      The time management ‘rocks in bucket’ story Use this time management story to show how planning is the key to time management. Start with a bucket, some big rocks enough to fill it, some small stones, some sand and water. Put the […]

Understanding Resource Utilization & Successful Delegation from Mahabharata war

Understanding Resource Utilization & Successful Delegation from Mahabharata war

      Knowing the SWOT of your available resources can give you optimum utilization of your resources. Delegation is a win-win when done appropriately, however, that does not mean that you can delegate just anything. Kurukshetra war gives you a perfect lesson on both […]

Understanding mergers and acquisitions from Kauravas and Pandavas

Understanding mergers and acquisitions from Kauravas and Pandavas

 

 

 

Hastinapur was the greatest empire of its time and the presence of Bhishma & Drona guaranteed the Victory of Kauravas (100 brothers) in Kurukshetra. Both the parties are going Kingdom to Kingdom for campaigning to become their allies. Kauravas, in their own world and pride did not make powerful allies except from old relations like Gandhara (Shakuni), Sindhu (Jayadrath), Kambodia (Camboja – Bhagadutta). Kauravas had enough of resources in terms of wealth, army, cavalries, elephants.
Krishna was not a king, but he had well-trained army with over 10,000 men who have been great assets in previous campaigns.
Before the war there came a situation, where Krishna was approached to become an ally, by both Duryodhan and Arjuna. Arjuna asked for Krishna and Duryodhan was happy to receive Krishna’s army.
Pandavas on the other hand did not have wealth so they focused on making powerful allies.

Panchal through marriage with Draupadi.
Dwarka through marriage with Arjuna and Subhadra.
Magadh through marriage of Sahdeva and Vijaya.
Chedi through marriage of Nakula and Karenmayi.
Kasi through marriage of Bhima and Balandhara.
Kekaya through marriage of Yudhisthira and Devika.
Matsya through marriage of Abhimanyu and Uttara.
The Rakshasas through marriage of Bhima and Hidimba.
The Nagas through marriage of Arjuna and Uloopi.
The kingdom of Virat – Arjuna saved Virat from Kauravas while disguised as Brihannala

Kauravas army and cavalry was too huge compared to that of Pandavas. Still Kauravas lost the war.
Pandavas chose powerful leaders. Krishna was a great asset. Krishna’s army was an asset only till Krishna provided his leadership. It’s not just the skills but knowledge, strategy and alertness plays a key role in winning any game!
Network with people and expand your reach. Connect with people who will fight with you because you share a similar cause.

Importance of Decision Making & context in Management

Importance of Decision Making & context in Management

      In the epic Mahabharata, Bhishma (Devavrata) took the vow of lifelong celibacy and service to whoever succeeds the throne of his father – King of Hastinapur, Shantanu. Thus sacrificing his ‘crown-prince’ title and denying himself the pleasures of conjugal love. He took an […]

Organization is bigger than the Individual

Organization is bigger than the Individual

      Yudhishtira is a noble king, an epitome of wisdom and righteousness. Yet he decides to gamble away his entire kingdom not just once but twice. Draupadi asks, who gave him to right to lose her, his brothers and the Kingdom? Being a […]

Passion in work versus doing for the sake of doing it!

Passion in work versus doing for the sake of doing it!

 

 

 

Once Arjuna asks Krishna why Yudhishthira is called Dharmaraja (Religion king) and Karna as Daanveer (Donation king), as both never refused alms to anyone. Krishna says, wait for some time &I will let you know.

After a month, in whole kingdom it was raining heavily, both (Krishna and Arjuna) in disguise of Brahmins (wise men/priests) first go to Yudhishthira, saying that we are doing a Yagna and need 100Kg of Sandal wood. Yudhishthira immediately sent his servants across the kingdom, and later regretfully refused by saying that it is difficult to find dry Sandal wood anywhere as its raining heavily. Let me know if I can arrange anything else for you. Both Brahmins said “thanks” and left the place.

Then they went to Karna and made the same demand. Karna thought for a while and said it is raining heavily outside, it is least likely to get dry Sandal wood. He takes out his bow and arrow and cuts all windows and doors of his palace and compiles them for the Brahmins.

Later Krishna says to Arjuna, it is not that Yudhishthira would have refused if we would have asked for wood from his doors and windows. But this idea didn’t strike Yudhishthira in first place. Yudhishthira donates because it is written in Dharma (religion), Karna donates because he likes to do it.

The message of the story is very subtle. So many times in our personal and professional life we are doing just for the sake of doing it. There is no heart and soul into it. There is no passion for doing it.


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