INDIAN MANAGEMENT THOUGHTS AND PRACTICES
I) Indian Ethos
Multiplicity and variety – yet has commonness
• Focus on the ultimate Principle or Intelligence to whom (or which) man seeks recourse.
Personality development through yoga – the three paths/marga – bhakti, karma and Jnana
• The three gunas – sattva, rajas, tamas.
• Individual – a being with infinite capabilities and potentials – is a result of your own actions
• Koshas: the concept of man
• Meditation – the technique for development of self
• Leadership: qualities of leaders with special reference to Indian thoughts.
• Motivation – Indian approach vis-à-vis American and Japanese approaches.
III) Society and Social Groups:
• Society – combination of individuals of diversity – values that reflect on social practices and customs – impact on individual and collective behaviors – uses coercion to enforce compliance – societal values.
• Significance of festivals – harmony with nature. Indian concept of learning – gurukul system of learning.
• The core teachings of all founders of religions.
• Spirituality vis-à-vis religion
• Concept of Maya (Illusion) – Advaita Vedanta
• Meaning, scope and implications at work
• Concept of Dharma: varna ashram dharma, svadharma
• Concept of karma – meaning and importance to managers, corporate karma.
• Concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam
This is a greater virtue than love. As it needs lot of patience to listen and understand other’s point of view, belief about an issue. However, to a true Indian it comes naturally. In India it is a common sight to see a Church, a Temple, or a Mosque or a Gurudwara or a Fire Temple in the same friendly neighbourhood. Indiansbelieve and practice respect for each other’s, religious beliefs and life style. We Indians believe in the philosophy of “Live and Let Live.”
Humanity is another value imbibed in Indian culture. Indians rise to the occasion, in times of war and have given a helping hand. A famous example is that of a humanitarian Dr. Kotnis, who went to China during the war to save the lives of the war time victims during Second World WSar, and saved many lives and while treating the people there, died. We have many such heros, who have made us proud.
Indians believe that they have to first manage themselves, before they can try and manage anybody else. Man must know himself first, “know thyself”. His strengths, weakness, his dreams and desires, his goals and his ambitions. Indian ethos emphasizes on harmony and integrity between body, mind, emotion and Jivatma or Soul. Healthy body in a healthy mind is an important value inculcated in our culture.
Divinity resides in every one of us and the journey of Man apart from his wordly duties and accomplishments is also spiritual in nature. Indians strongly believe that divine grace works only when a person puts his 100% efforts. There is a saying, “God helps, those who helps themselves...” It is this inner strength to have faith that god is with us in times of distress that gives every man the courage and power to overcome obstacles.
Indian Cultural Heritage and the Youth Today
Today’s youngsters are prone to danger – of clouding their conscience by four C’s:
Which has become so severe, that they find it difficult to cope with it? May it be a class test, an important competitive exam which makes or breaks their career like S.S.C, H.S.C and entrance exams of Engineering, Medicine or M.B.A. Hence, instead of doing deep study and get thorough knowledge of the subject, they try to find quick fix solutions and short cuts to pass these examinations.
This is not intelligence which comes form assimilation of information and insights but street smartness which makes him a “Smart Alec”. The youngsters...