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6 Corporate Lessons from Mahabharata

From managing relationships to fulfilling goals, Mahabharata is considered as the most reliable guide book for corporate that comes handy in resolving all kinds of issues in the organization.
6 Corporate Lessons from Mahabharata

World’s best leaders take a leaf out of Mahabharata every time they meet a challenge in their professional life. From managing relationships to fulfilling goals, Mahabharata is considered as the most reliable guide book for corporate that comes handy in resolving all kinds of issues in the organization.

Following are the 6 corporate lessons from Mahabharata which are widely followed.

Right mentor

Choosing your mentor is the first thing when you set foot into the corporate world. Just like Arjuna had a Dronacharaya, it is important to master the skills from the guru. Don’t let the difference of talent and age affect your leaning capacity. Seize every opportunity to ask and verify the importance of a particular task and the things you stand to gain after the completion of the task. Have faith in the mentor and stick to the training program no matter what! You will have an occasional Eklavya trying to challenge you in front of your mentor. Stay agile and remain loyal to your mentor.

Team work with talent

Don’t build a team for the sake of having a size or number. Instead, identify the key areas and talents that will help you achieve the objectives with minimum casualty. Ideally, have a team of less than 6 members. Pandavas were just five, but they had the perfect blend of guidance, talent, leadership, youth, flamboyance and strength. Despite having a full-fledged army and league of extraordinary warriors, hundred Kauravas could not defeat the fivers. All hundred perished due to over ambitious aspirations and lack of coordination. Stay small and grow big!

Believe in second innings and many more

One defeat or loss should not be the end of your career. Be strong enough to bounce back every time you are beguiled, abused, or driven out. Pandavas were forced to learn the hard way due to the differences with the ruling king. Make the most of the experiences and when the time comes, display your full scale of armoury and corporate professionalism through determination and hard work.

Win the right allies

Having a right set of friends and loyalists in the corporate world is the key to make a long lasting impression and earn fair reputation from the competitors and allies. If you are alone and have no allies, learn to protect yourself and stay away from controversies. Like Abhimanyu, you may be a casualty of collective conspiracy. No matter how talented you are, the results will be disastrous.

Make Promises sparingly

Commitments in corporate world are akin to sacrifices. Learn to stay clear of promises that can ruin your aspirations. If you are bound to promises, you may have to let go of many opportunities. If you refrain from adhering to your promises, you will be tagged as an erratic corporate professional who has no ethics.

Have the right ammunitions

Merely having the power is not enough to trail the corporate route. You should have the right set of skills, tools and attitude to win the battle of wits. Articulation, right words and proper action are all part of the corporate life that will earn you respect and further your career towards new heights.

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