Lord Ganesha—also known as Siddhidata, Vinayak and Mangalmurti is the Elephant-headed God of Hindu pantheon who is highly regarded all over. Considered as the remover of all obstacles, Lord Ganesha is always worshipped first and revered first before any new task is about to be undertaken.
Lord Ganesha symbolizes the victors that are vital to excelling in professional as well as personal life. While in our own lives we often resort to Lord Ganesha for guidance and offer him prayers, even in our professional lives, in the corporate world, this revered Hindu deity has a unique role to play.
Some of the major traits that Lord Ganesha’s physique demonstrates comprise the following:
Big Elephant Head (Broad Thinking & Wisdom)
Lord Ganesha’s big elephant head is symbolic of deep thinking and wisdom, which is always a necessity for managers in the corporate world. A manager must exercise wisdom to be able to manage his or her team properly. Talent management does require proper thinking and wisdom.
Big Ears (Good Listener)
His big ears are symbolic of a good listener. Needless to say, a manager in the corporate sector has to be a good listener before anything else. First listening and then communicating makes things easier for team members at the workplace. The act of talent management is not an easy task. Clear communication is the first step towards it.
Small Eyes (Focused Vision)
Lord Ganesha’s little eyes are significant of focused vision. It indicates that one should be focused on completing whatever tasks he or she is assigned. The small eyes are also representative of microscopic vision meaning the ability to observe everything minutely. A precise focus and a determined approach are necessary for achieving success—especially in the corporate world.
Trunk and Broken Tusk (Careful/Alert & Sacrifice)
Ganesha’s long nose or trunk is indicative that one should be extremely careful about management and corporate matters. On the other hand, the broken tusk is symbolic about many other things such as—sacrifice and the ability to act wisely.
In the corporate world, often a manager needs to overlook his interests, think about his or her team instead, and of course, certainly required sacrifices in the bigger interests of the team.
Learning from Life Stories of Lord Ganesha
Story #1. Ganesha’s Vehicle
The legend goes that a demon was raging destruction and Lord Ganesha was summoned to deal with him. Ganesha with his wisdom and power transformed the demon into a rat and rode over him quickly.
Message for Managers: Negativity and disapprovals are bound to arise at the workplace. Managers must exercise their wisdom and power to be able to transform a negative situation into a positive one.
Story #2. Ganesha’s Marriage
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Ganesha’s parents, thought of getting Ganesha and his brother Lord Kartik (also known as Subramanya and Murugan) married and gave them a clause that whosoever travels around Mother Earth and returns home first will be the first one to get married. Listening to this, Lord Kartik immediately boarded his peacock and embarked on his venture.
On the other hand, the pot-bellied, elephant-headed Lord Ganesha, though over a devised a smarter plan. He rode on his rat and circumambulated his parents seven times, paid obeisance to them seven times and worshipped them with complete devotion. And then it is said that his parents are his world and one who devotes himself to his parents, it is equivalent to going round the world, as his parents are his world.
Lord Ganesha won over his brother and was the first one to get married.
Message for Managers: In this tough and competitive world, one has to smart and intelligent enough to be able to solve problems. Intelligence goes a long way rather than expressing physical strength.
So, on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi let’s all imbibe these traits and learn from the revered Lord Ganesha.
Hindu mythology covers some great teachings, which we can adopt in the modern work world. Here are a few interesting management lessons derived from Mahabharata & Lord Shiva.