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Krishna Janamashtami: Books and blogs project Lord Krishna as 'Management Guru'
Many modern management experts see Lord Krishna, whose birth anniversary Krishna Janamashtami, is going to be observed on August 18, as a management guru who was a skillful and artful manager or 'sarva kala sampurn'. There exist several books and blogs available now that illustrate management principles culled out from the thoughts and actions accomplished by Lord Krishna. It is said that Lord Krishna not only did the right things and but also did things rightly. He is seen as master pro-active manager who harmonized perfectly the effectiveness and efficiency spontaneously.

It is well understood now that the lack of management and improper implementation of activities leads to the wastage of resources, causes confusion, leads to delays in meeting deadlines,  creates insensitivities and results in frustration and mental depression.  The 3M mantra of management is considered to be sure-fire success formula for any activity. The mantra of managing men, money and material optimally in consonance with the context and circumstances is essential factor for effective and efficient management. The crux of good management is to strike harmony between thoughts and actions, aims and achievements, plans and performance through optimal utilization of available resources, skills and processes. And, this requires ?self-management? on part of a doer as expounded by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita.

?The critical question in every Manager's mind is how to be effective in his job. The answer to this fundamental question is found in the Bhagavad Gita which repeatedly proclaims that 'you try to manage yourself'. The reason is that unless the Manager reaches a level of excellence and effectiveness that sets him apart from the others whom he is managing, he will be merely a face in the crowd and not an achiever,? says M.P. Bhattathiry in a blog on Bhagavad Gita and Management.

Author Narayana in his document titled ?Krishna: The Management Guru? published by Ahmedabad Management Association points outs that the management concepts of vision, leadership, motivation, excellence in work, achieving goals, giving work meaning, decision making and planning, are all discussed in the Bhagavad Gita at the most profound  level of human thinking. According to Narayana,  the core lesson to be learnt from Lord Krishna is that ethics whether in business or personal life are vital for success, therefore, a manager needs to be an educator, a guide and motivator for people working with and under him, as Pankaj R. Patel, President, AMA, points out in the foreword of the document.

Joydip Chakladar in his blog writes that Lord Krishna can be looked as the 'Guru of the best of Management Guru' available to humanity, who has demystifies the entire understanding of efficiency and effectivity, which are fundamental blocks of Modern Management. Furthermore, Lord Krishna had simplifies the entire HR practice with the catch phrase 'Yoga karmasu kaushalam'. According to Chakladar, this is the golden rule of Performance Management stating that the performance depends on the equanimity of mind.

The book 'Management Wisdom of Lord Krishna: A Treatise on Unified Concept of Management Performance for the Globalised World' authered by Udai Vir Singh and published by New Century Pub, emphasizes the supremacy of pro-action and merits of the principle of karma. The author highlights the vital management contents as enshrined in Bhagavad Gita and creates a 'treatise of principles, percepts and practices employed by Lord Krishna to achieve his mission incarnate objectives'.

Similarly, O.P. Jha, in his book ?Management Guru Lord Krishna? published by Diamond Pocket Books highlights various techniques adopted by Lord Krishna for achieving success in his time and their relevance for a modern man. He further says that those techniques can be successfully employed in a democratic set up and even in a complex competitive industrial ambiance so that one can achieve success without hampering other's prospect in the age of cut throat rivalry.
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