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Gita Management Aspects

Gita Management Aspects

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Published by J.N.Vohra
Management Aspects derived fom Bhagavad Gita, Hindh Scriptures.
Management Aspects derived fom Bhagavad Gita, Hindh Scriptures.

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Gita Management Aspects (GIMA)
By J.N.Vohra, M.Tech, B.Text, F.I.E., C.Eng.(I), M.I.M.A
Although, The Bhagavad-Gita is professed to be a Hindu scripture, yet, the principlespropounded there-in have universal appeal and application. Gita ManagementAspects (GIMA) remains one of the oldest testaments of management principles,which are propounded in different phrases and theorems taught in present dayBusiness Schools and continue to be useful for shaping the character of managersto enable them attain managerial effectiveness through management of self, mindand duty.
Management, as enunciated by various scholars of management is „an art of getting
things done through people, efficiently and effectively.' Its task is to make peoplecapable of joint performance, to make their weaknesses irrelevant, says the modernday Management Guru Peter Drucker.There is no better example of man-managementand management of the resources than GIMA.For fighting the Mahabharata war, Arjuna opted
for Sri Krishna‟s support
while Duryodhanachose Krishna's large army for his help. Thewisdom, skills of Krishana was far superior to allmen of the army put together. Ultimately, Arjunawon the war. This experience embodied inBhagavad-Gita indicates that for managingeffectively
we need managers with „
technical skills, human skills and conceptualskills
. Large numbers of personnel with little skill are of no use in the corporatemanagement.
Motivational Aspect 
Many times managers get demoralised due to intra-personal conflict and they needtimely motivation from their leaders. In this respect, The Bhagavad-Gita providesbest example. When Arjuna saw his friends and relatives with whom he has to fightthe war, he was de-motivated. Sri Krishna, played the role of teacher (you can say
management trainer, developer), to revive Arjuna‟s motivation.
Sri Krishna boosted
Arjuna‟s declining morale
and spurred him to fight a righteous war against unjust,dishonest and deceit at Kurukshestra.Sri Krishna embarked on the sermon: -
“O son of 
Partha (Arjuna), do not yield to thisdegrading impotence. It does not become you. Give up such petty weakness of heart
and arise, O chastiser of enemy” (B.G. 2.3). Th
is discourse given by Sri Krishna to
 
Arjuna still remain an unparalleled example of art of self-management, conflictmanagement, stress & anger management.
Goal Setting Aspect 
In terms of corporate goal, managers who are mentally weak cannot attain theorganizational vision and mission.Bhagavad-Gita could cast off weakness of heart in performing duties. Sri Krishanaurged Arjuna that his goal is set (to defeat the enemy) and he has to condition hismind to perform his duty which chance has bestowed upon him and there is noescape from it.
Make best efforts to realize the goals and targets set
out for you‟,
but do not get
attached with the results; don‟t get frustrated in case targets/ goals are not achieved
or get elated on achieving or exceeding the targets/ goals. Always keep calm, remainfocused, practice and put all your efforts for achieving the excellence.Arjuna asks Sri Krishana:
For the mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and verystrong, O Krishna, and to subdue it, it seems to me, more difficult than controlling thewind.
(B.G. 6.34).Sri Krishna replies:
O mighty-armed son of Kunti (Arjuna), it is undoubtedly verydifficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by constant practice and bydetachment. (B.G.6.35).
 A popular verse of the Gita advises "detachment" from the fruits or results of actionsperformed in the course of one's duty. Being dedicated, work has to mean "workingfor the sake of work, generating excellence for its own sake." If we are alwayscalculating the results before putting in our efforts, then such work is not detached. Itis not "generating excellence for its own sake" but working only for the extrinsicreward that may (or may not) result.
Controlling Ego
“Pride comes before a fall” and
plenty of time is wasted before the fall. In a survey itwas found that ego costs companies 6-20% of annual revenue, and that over one-third of all failed business decisions are driven by ego (Marcum & Smith).
“What use thy Ego, which submerges you in the ocean of deprivation, a journey of no return”, says
Sri Krishana to Arjuna who was reluctant to embark on the war withhis Kith and Kins.

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