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M.Peer Mohamed Sardhar
31st March 2012
From India, Coimbatore
23 MAR, 2012, 11.34AM IST, DEVDUTT PATTANAIK,
Management Mythos: What Krishna tells us about not being wrong in breaking rules, if dharma is upheld
Narada had the power to travel through space and time. One day, he
decided to pay a visit to Ayodhya , the city of the rule-following Ram
and to Vrindavan, the village of the rule-breaking Krishna. At
Ayodhya, he told the story of Krishna; the residents did not
appreciate the rakish, mischievous cowherd at all.
He is not serious at all, they said. At Vrindavan, he told the story
of Ram; the residents did not appreciate the upright and rather
serious king at all. He is no fun, they said. Narada then went to
Hanuman, the mighty monkey, and asked him who he preferred : Ram or
Krishna? And Hanuman said, "What is the difference? Both are Vishnu to
me; Lakshmi follows him, whether he is Ram or Krishna."
So what is the difference between Ram and Krishna? Both belong to two
different contexts: Ram lives in Treta yuga and Krishna in Dvapara
yuga. One context demands Vishnu to be the upright rule-following Ram
and the other context demands Vishnu to be the lovable rule-breaking
Krishna. Both are same, but different. Both are upholding social
order, dharma; one by keeping the rules and the other by breaking
In corporations, we seek people who comply and frown upon people who
do not. But people love breaking rules. Often being in a senior
position is an excuse to break rules. Being in the creative profession
is seen as a chance to be undisciplined. But being Ram or Krishna is
not about whether rules are upheld or broken; it is about the reason
why rules are upheld or broken. Few pay attention to that.
Ankita is the chief operating officer of a large design studio. She
has a staff of designers , colourists, architects and painters. It
annoys her a great deal that they never come to office on time, never
keep deadlines , never stick to timelines, and plan things only when
compelled to. How can she run the company like this? The staff argued
, they are all creative artists who cannot function with rigid rules.
It hampers their innovative spirit.
One day, the following month, salaries did not reach people on time.
Ankita took a vacation that day and was not reachable on phone. When
she returned to office on the following Monday, after a long weekend,
she saw an angry mob of employees demanding an explanation . "Surely ,
I have the right to be creative too and not keep deadlines and
commitments," she said. The staff was not amused, but the message was
passed loud and clear. It was a risk Ankita took and it paid off.
We all want to be Krishnas and want others to be like Ram, without
really understanding what it means to be either. To be Ram or Krishna,
we have to be Vishnu and to be Vishnu, we have to ensure there is
social order that brings Lakshmi our way.
The author is the Chief Belief Officer of the Future Group.
As appeared in the Economic Times.
31st March 2012
From India, Mumbai
very nice. Our ultimate focus should be towards to achieve the target which should be justifiable (Dharmanusar), for that either we should follow the rules or we may break the rules like Krishna
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