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Indian Ethos in Management (IEM),
Indian ethos for management means the application of principles of management as revealed in our ancient wisdom brought forth in our sacred books like our Gita, Upanishads, Bible and Kuran. There are 6 basic principles, which come to light in the holy books applicable in today’s management world. They are : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Each soul is a potential God Holistic approach Equal importance to Subjectivity/Objectivity Karma yoga Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam Co-operation
Each Soul is a potential God A human being has a soul, a spark of the Divine. The divine resides in the heart of a person. The Divine means perfection in knowledge, wisdom and power. Therefore a human being has immense potential power or energy for self – development. Thus human efforts can achieve even an apparently impossible goal and convert the impossible into a reality. The partnership of God and Man can bring about extraordinary or miraculous results; only if man chooses willingly to collaborate with God and actively participates in the affairs of the society by right action under his guidance and grace. He can bring about not only personal development, harmony, happiness but also prosperity of his own organization and the society without injustice to others. Of course here, also, God helps those who help themselves. Holistic Approach Holistic approach in Management is based on spiritual principle of unity, oneness, nondual or Advaita concept. Under this principle of unity, the universe in an undivided whole where each and every particle is connected with every other particle. Thus, entire Humanity is ONE. Such an integrated human personality of self-developed manager and worker can assure best and competent management of any enterprise, involving collective works and efforts. It will achieve perfection or excellence in whatever sector you work. This is the ideal of Indian ethos : ‘Atmano Mokshartham Jagat Hitya Cha.’ (For gaining perfection in individual life, as well as for the welfare of the world.). This is the message for all managers and workers given by the Indian ethos for management.
are objective. Karma Yoga is all about identifying your priorities and trying to achieve them.e. a person should have accountability i. One should believe in Nishkama Karma i.e. creator is more important than Outsight i.etc. he should always hold only himself responsible for whatever goes right or wrong. truth. The memorable words of Gita are “ To work only you have the right and you have no right to the fruits of work”. Insight i. . What the Gita tries to say is that let not the fruits of action motivate you as they might just divert your attention from work. invisible. Our body. this does not mean that one should work day and night and the returns that he gets should be almost negligible. Karma Yoga It is yoga of selfless service to others. These subjective or subtle qualities are as important as money. materials. integrity. Also. Inner resources of human beings are more powerful than external resources. Human and ethical values or qualities such as courage. Gita says that do your duty without ego and without calculations of gain or loss. mind. the eye of Vision intution. tangible. creation. When you are doing a job.e. seen. Hence. 2. Creation is objective. senses. manager must develop his third eye. It can see even that which the normal two eyes cannot. vision. Subject is subtle and intangible. ‘Jnana Chakhu’ . pure and clear mind. This is the essence of Indian ethos for management. subtlest and subjective. We have the concept of the third eye. However.. For my own salvation and personal growth. the eye of wisdom. One has no control over the future hence never waste your present in useless dreams of future hopes and fears of present actions.. Object is concrete and tangible or visible. etc. Why Do I Work? 1.e. social awareness. put your heart and soul in to it. fruits of work should not be thought of while performing the duty. insight. But our soul atman is unseen. are subjective. Creator is subjective.. subtle and intangible concepts. This brings about the union of human being with the Divine. wisdom manager/ worker is much more important and valuable than knowledge manager/ worker. foresight and such other divine qualities or values.e. fearlessness. intangible. information or data as well as human skills.Equal Importance to Subjectivity / Objectivity Indian ethos for management distinguishes between subject and object. It can see the intangible i. Therefore. For the good of the world. machines. intellect.
becomes valuable and the person also becomes valuable to others as well as to society. You work with smartness. Minimum play of passion. Autonomous management. Team spirit and Teamwork. Individual growth and welfare. Kaushalam denotes doing work with devotion and without attachment i. arrogance and desire we have individual development and social good. which had a Western beginning in business management. minimum control and supervision. 3.The inner joy of doing something gives the doer a sense of achievement and also helps him in respecting himself more than he used to. You become a tool of God to perform the work. In total quality management(TQM) Karma Yoga and Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam provide valuable contributions. determination and ability. jealousy. 2. 9. 6. Your head. You do not hanker over the fruits of action. Self-purification and Self-development. Under this slogan we have one hundred percen concentraion coming from . Seek to perform your assigned duty or work in an excellent manner. Karma Yoga is not just meant for the common man but also for leaders and managers who if act responsibly will in turn influence the behavior of a number of people. without being a work-a-holic. You have no anticipation of reward. hatred. 2. heart and soul co-operate with your hands. 10. Collective growth and welfare. 12. harmonious and happy life: 1. 4. Such detatched attitude enhances its values and improves the concentration and skill of the worker. will have to have an Indian ending. I cannot cheat you and nature without cheating myself. Divinity of life can be used through self-development for personal growth and also for social welfare. stress and total loss of peace. Self-motivation can assure self-development. Conflicts resolved by integration. Money is important but running behind money all the time leads to tension. Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam Yoga means excellence at work. All round happiness and prosperity. 8. Perfection. Any work carried out with full concentration. 11. 5. Indians always had two great truths of successful. or personal gain. Manager acts as a Mentor.e. dedication and with all abilities that a person has. Skills and values united. When work is performed without passion. Karma Yoga thus is a good pathway for: 1. It is becoming clear that a chapter. Working for harmony and peace results in a sense of fulfillment. Self-motivation. 7. hatred.
Indian ethos are based on Indian scripture. human and ethical. Cooperation. Purnatman. We have synthesis. Peaceful co-excistence. The extrinsic incentives e. because in our hearts chamber is living the pure conciousness of the Divine. Divine element in the individual is only a portion of the universe of the universal or cosmic consciousness. harmony between the dual concepts.” Unity is strength. 4.within. Even in the holistic approach. 2. not struggle is the rule.g. synthesis and team – spirit for extraordinary performance. Balance is the keynote of Indian thought. Emphasis on duties and responsibilities. Gives greater emphasis on values. we stress the co-operation integration. Indian thoughts provide eternal knowledge All work is worthy and honorable. We are human beings having mind and power of discrimination. Excessive competetion at work can destroy many young people and our social life. 5. united efforts and striving for success leads to all round prosperity and success leads to all round prosperity and success in any field of human enterprise.e. Co-Operation Healthy competition is a powerful motivator for excellence and success. The Gita says : “ By co – operation and mutual help all shall achieve the highest human welfare. The idea of cut-throat competetion is founded on the concept of ‘struggle for existence’ and survival of the fittest. Indian insight endorses this in the management of any enterprise. The principles of modern management by Frederick Taylor Event Management – A Modern Strategic Marketing Tool Management Thoughts In Indian Epics Modern Organizations and Role of Leaders Significance of Money in modern economic life . harmony. play a very minor role as motivators. Related posts: 1. etc. The Individual is the central focus. Knowledge is not power. especially business success. Features of Indian Ethos and Insight • • • • • • • • Divinity of a human being is not merely a notion but a truth which can be experienced in the stillness of the mind. 3.. for enduring harmony and peace. Indian ethos says that for human beings the royal road is co-operation as a powerful motive for team work.. money. i. other perks.
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