It was the early 20th century when they say the term was tossed. And since then it has been a cold war between the Orientals and the Occidentals to rule this world of management. But the argument that India was the one to toss it, is both the solution and the proof. Bhagawat Gita that was written approximately more than 5000 years ago and is a reflection of how deep (and detailed) was our study of even the daily happeningThis page includes articles on Technical Writing. To go to a specific article, hover the mouse on the Technical Writing tab, and click the desired article from the drop down box.s.
I have always said this before. To define and to put in words is to confine. Let me have an example here. Just as described in the third chapter of Bhagawat Gita, a leader is the one who preaches what he has been taught and teaches what he preaches. We can actually notice how pin-pointed is the approach of Lord Krishna on leadership by example, and yet he maintains his thought that a leader must learn to be a follower.
The purpose that I have referred to Oriental and Occidental cold war is because both these are not mere approaches, they are philosophies. I’ll try and simplify it. Take the phrase as an example – “Squeaky wheel gets the oil”. A basically western approach to look at the world, the phrase highlights employees contribution on the basis of openness and interaction. On the other hand, the phrase that follows holds a strong opinion that you must stick to the policies of the organization and wait for the right time for your boss to realize what you are doing and appreciate you. The phrase thus – “The nail that sticks out, gets hammered in”, traces the role of employee as someone who should be loyal to his organization and must not try to break free from its code of conduct. And again as I said, the purpose I am writing this blog is to see if we can stir this topic and bring out something substantial. For I suppose, we do need a platform where we can discuss fresh ideas about how and what can be done to improve the current state of management in Indian corporate. India being a place with heterogeneity has always dealt with tackling different nature of people at the same time and so we see almost every India is flexible and extremely adaptable. But this is as equal a negative factor as it is a positive one. So to say because this is the only reason then, that we do not follow rules (or even think about considering them for our good). A news within the last fortnight or so has taken my attention. European universities are making Sanskrit a compulsory language in their module and that the B-Schools there shall soon be working their way towards soliciting Bhagawat Gita as a suggested reading. I think it is high time that even the Indian corporate world realize that they already are equipped with something that they are in a search of; and that only a self-assessment (and re-assessment) is more than enough.
I would also want this blog-topic to be considered as my silent ambassador on management related consultations. If there be anything that you want to discuss then you can write to me and we will bring it off. Let this be the start of a chain so that we can discuss issues of management topic-by-topic.