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3 Workplace Lessons from the life of Ravana

  • 10th Oct, 2016

Over the years we have imbibed the learnings from Ramayana in different aspects of life. Workplace culture is not different. Here are 3 simple lessons that you could learn from the life of Ravana that set examples of how (and how not) you should manage your people.

Leadership: Even if you have the best of the resources in terms of people and technology, but do not manage them well, failure is guaranteed. Ravana had a lavishing empire, best of men and ammunition, but still lost the war. Why? He operated on assumptions, did not pay heed to his best men’s advice and went on with the rampage that eventually cost him his life. Leaders should be humble, analytical and should learn from their short-comings. Being technically talented does not guarantee success, one needs to be humble, accommodative and inspiring.

People Management: People keep switching workplaces – this will not change. However, you can make your best people stay with you longer if you nurture them well and value their contribution. Take Vibhishan for example. He was the dearest brother, yet left Ravana and eventually lead to his death too. What made this leave? What makes people leave your organization? An HR should always analyze the undercurrents. Do your best people get the attention they need? Are there enough opportunities for people to grow? Keep a tab on these things and your best people would linger on for longer.

 Decision Making: At a closer scrutiny of Ravana’s life, one finds that he was an abrupt decision maker. He kept on sending his best people to war, one after the another, but never really analyzed why they lost. Moreover, their defeat did not deter him from setting up more people for the same failure. The same applies to your workplace too. Just eyeing the goal will not help you get there. For the success of each project, you must assess your people, efforts, time and milestones. Analyzing strategies time to time, and implementing necessary changes ensures that you get to your goal in the right way.

There are great lessons that one can learn from mythology about managing people and workplaces. Reminding ourselves of these lessons and following them will ensure that we continue to make our workplaces better, year on year.

Wishing you all a very happy festive season.

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