Composed somewhere between the 8th century and the 9th century BCE, the Mahabharata happens to be the most significant epic of India. Literary critics have described it as the longest epic of the world. It is ten times’ the Greek epics Iliad and the Odyssey combined.
While the epic may seem a little distant and archaic in present times to many, it’s relevance continues to remain with all till date. The world of corporate business and management is one of the best places where the ethics from the epic be easily applied. From managing business relationships to achieving goals, Mahabharata is considered as the most reliable guide for the corporates that often comes handy in resolving certain issues in the business world.
Some of the major lessons followed in the corporate world from the Mahabharata are explained below:
#1. Choosing/having the right mentor
Once you step into the corporate world, having the right mentor is very essential. Just like Arjuna had Dronacharaya. It is important to have a master from whom you can learn all kinds of skills that will enable you to go ahead and fight your future battles. Have full faith in the mentor and seize every opportunity to learn everything that’s possible. Understand, these are the skills that will prepare you for your future in the corporate world. However, you might have an occasional Eklavya or Karna trying to challenge you. But do not be perturbed.
#2. Teamwork with proper talent
Building a team is not an easy thing. Avoid making the team just for the sake of it. It is important to identify the key areas of the talent that you actually need to achieve your goals. If you have the right talent in place, your team can do wonders. Talent management within a small team becomes much easier. The Pandavas were only five in numbers, guided by Lord Krishna. But they had the perfect blend of everything required to win—talent, proper guidance, leadership, strength, intelligence, flamboyance, and youth.
On the other hand, having a large team with too many members does not mean, they would be the best. Despite having a full-fledged battalion, several strong warriors, a hundred Kauravas were unable to win over the five brothers. The Kauravas perished due to over ambitious nature and lack of coordination. Stay small and grow big.
#3. Believe in second innings
It is often said failure is the pillar of success. True that! Failures would be there in the corporate world. However, one defeat or loss should not be the end of your professional career. Learn from your failures and be strong to bounce back every time you are beguiled or driven out.
The Pandavas were forced to learn the hard way due to the ample differences between the two kin and their kingdoms. Make the most of the experiences and learn from each and every experience, and when time comes display your full armoury and abilities through determination and hard work.
#4. Win the right allies and make promises wisely
Having a right set of loyal friends in the corporate world is the key to creating a long lasting impression and also earn a sterling reputation. If you are alone, without any allies, you have to learn how to protect yourself. And have to get to stay away from controversies/ office politics. In case you are unable to do so, like Abhimanyu, you might turn out to be a victim of a corporate conspiracy. No matter how talented you are.
Alternately, making promises in the corporate world is equivalent to making sacrifices. Always try and stay away from promises that can ruin your professional aspirations. The matter may seem a bit dicey. If you are obliged to promise, you may have to let go many opportunities. On the other hand, if you do not adhere to your promises, you might be labeled as unethical.
#5. Acquire/have the right ammunition
Merely having power/talent might not allow you to win the corporate battle. You have to have the precise ammunition, in this case, the skills. You have to have the skills, tools, and attitude, and must know how to channelize them in the right direction to reap the maximum benefits.
Just as the Pandavas did, when Bhima killed Duryodhana at the indication of Krishna or Yudhisthira lied to Dronacharaya about the death of the latter’s son.
Using the right words, proper action all are an integral part of the corporate life that will earn you respect and enhance your career towards new heights.