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Management Musings!!!

Management is a curious & enormously influential phenomenon. The hype about management lacks common sense, because there is disconnection between management & the managed. The disconnection occurs when management is treated as an end in itself instead of as a service to organisations & their customers. We should take a good look at what is wrong with this hype called management. 

The question is often asked by employees, that if you can't trust me, why did you hire me? Managers who were not properly trained or who simply haven't the right personality, principles, and understandings for the job will not understand the importance of trust, or when it is most effective to give an employee the authority & autonomy needed to carry out necessary work. Micromanagement- overly close supervision of employees, makes them think they are not trusted to do the work they were hired for, & results in diminished respect for the manager & reduced loyalty towards the company. It also wastes both the manager's & employee's time in needless communications often including unnecessarily effort - consuming details.

A beautiful example of Yava who was an ambitious pupil who practiced hard penance to get the blessings of Indra, the King of Devas. He tortured his body with austerities & thus awakened the sympathy of Indra. Indra came before him & asked why he was hurting his body. Yava answered, " I wish to be a great scholar of the Vedas. It takes a long time to learn the Vedas from a teacher. I am practicing austerities to get that knowledge directly. Bless me." 

Indra smiled & said, "Son, you are on the wrong path. Find a good teacher & learn the Vedas from him. Austerity is not the way to learn, the path is study & study alone. But Yava would not give up. He did austerities & penance.

One morning, he saw an old man on the bank of river Ganga, throwing handfuls of sand into the river. "Old man, what are you doing?" asked Yava. The old man replied, " I am going to build a bridge across the river so people can cross the river easily. Useful work, isn't it?"
Yava now knew that to be learned one must read & study.
Conclusion: Ambition & Success are every person's desire. Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him. Besides hard work, it is important to do the correct thing. Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter. Taking the advice of experts & working with them is the best thing. Experts & Consultants are available. Businesses should choose the one's most apt ideas or concepts & a track record of successful implementation.
You are the only one who can use your ability. It is an awesome responsibility. 

Yava laughed & said, "What a fool you must be to think you can build a bridge across this mighty river with your handfuls of sand! Go home & do some other useful work." The old man said, "Is my work more foolish than yours of learning the Vedas, not by study, but by austerities?"