Saturday, 24 January 2015


When King Yudhisthira wanted to perform the Rajasuya Sacrifice, he was uncertain about the outcome of the sacrifice.  Many people gave opinions, but according to Yudhisthira, those opinions were influenced by certain back grounds.  He talks about them to Lord Krishna:
1. “because of loving relationship with me, most of my family members are unable  to tell  me my short comings.”
In other words in love we overlook  the faults, which is very good in a   relationship, but in management, this act becomes an obstacle for taking the right decision.
2. “some people out of certain selfish agenda, do speak only  that which  will make me feel nice.”
It is natural for a leader who is surrounded by subordinates to be in a state of unwillingness  to hear something  which  suggests improvement. The intoxication of praise is too difficult to give up, hence the poison of critical analysis is a hard pill to digest, and with flatterers around, it becomes extremely difficult to face suggestions for improvement.
Hence the average person does  not want to be the whistle blower and  therefore  speaks what the leader likes to hear.
3. “based on one’s own preconceived likes and dislikes  people give  opinions  to their leader, thinking whatever they personally like, the leader should or will like.”
This is the one of the greatest disasters  in management, we see things based upon our small understanding of the world . It is a  very limited world view to expect  kings or leader’s liking to be based upon the liking of subordinates.
Therefore Yudhsithra requested Krsihna to speak what is exactly good for him, and what are his short comings?  And why is Krishna considered as qualified?
Krishna is qualified because  he is  free from all vices and has no personal agenda. He did not take any position when he came to this world. He saw from an over all perspective, with an integrated approach to whatever decision Yudhisthira was planning to take. He is affectionate but detached.
In management for all decisions to find some one who has a birds eye view, is not easy.
Birds eye view,  means  someone who is not completely soaked  in, rather one who has the power to observe.
How many opinions  do we give  based on these factors? Our view is expansive if we are not influenced by our surrounding.  Does it make sense?

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