The Sanskrit literary ” Ramayana” which is a very important part of the life of almost every Hindu. I grew up watching movies based on that. That not only kept me to focused on certain principles but also gave many valuable lessons which I still follow and admire.
People have their own analysis and gaining from Ramayana. From religious values to ethics and moral values. I have come up with few lessons by inter-relating Ramayana with management.
1.Skills are important and everyone must know basic life skills.
In spite of being a prince, Ram went through intense training on basic life skills on doing daily chores which were part of gurukul education and later on was very useful while being in the jungle. Similarly, we should not consider any skills as unuseful. any skill can turn out as a boon in the business life cycle. If we have time and opportunity of getting skilled we should learn it.
2. While signing an agreement we should be aware of consequences it can bring in future.
3. Our learning should never stop. It should be continuous.
In spite of completing his gurukul, Rama was visiting different Rishis ( Gurus) which let him know about different Astra and Shastras ( Weapons). Those Astras and Shastra were so useful at final war.
4. The necessity of partnership with the right person.
The partnership of Rama with Sugrim ( The king of monkeys and apes). It created a win-win situation which made for both Rama and Sugrim. It made Sugrim king and gave access to Rama all things needed to search Sita and later for war.
5. The need for mentorship and advice in life.
Hanuman came to know about his power and potential he had after Jambavan (The oldest among all monkeys and apes) reminded Hanuman of his powers and glory due do which he was able to cross sea and reach to lanka. This shows our need for mentorship and advice in business also.
6. Proper utilization of the human resource.
If there was not the presence of Nal and Neel the Ramsetu would have never been constructed. Nala and Neel who were just soldiers in the army of Sugrim happen to be engineers and constructed the Ramsetu. Same with sending hanuman for bringing sanjeevani when Lakshman was hurted in the war. This shows that being an entrepreneur you need to know your team and assign work accordingly.
7. We should be open to all kind of treaty.
The condition when Bhibhisan ( Brother of Ravana and advisor ) came to Rama and supported him. In spite of being the brother of the enemy, he became part of his team and turned out to be the biggest asset at final. Similarly with the king of demigod gods supported Rama with his chariots and so on .
8. Work division is the must.
The best thing I like about Hindu principles and Ramayana is the work division in war. Everyone is assigned according to their experiences and knowledge. The same thing must happen for proper growth of the organization. for example, monkeys and apes were divided into group for the search of Sita and send in all directions accordingly, Indrajeet ( son of Ravan) was fighting with Lakshaman ( brother of Rama). Rama with Ravana and so on.
9. Improper behavior to a Team member can lead to the destruction of the empire.
The behavior of Ravana with Bibhisana not cost him an important member of the team but also became the reason for his death. No matter what position is an employee or a team member S/he should be treated well for the prosperity of the organization.
10. Experience matters, so do suggestion.
Although Ravan was enemy of Rama and he killed him. then also Rama sent his younger brother ( Lakhshmana to get lessons from Ravana)