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A leader sets an example, a leader doesn’t just order things, he does it so that others can do it  

A leader sets an example, a leader doesn’t just order things, he does it so that others can do it  

A leader sets an example, a leader doesn’t just order things, he does it so that others can do it                                               

Why has the corporate sector slipped away from ethics? Most businessmen want to make quick money with less effort and no loss. Unethical ways will kill the very life of a business. We are not aware of this or it goes out of our sight. Secondly, to do something unethical, it needs creativity, and to do something unethical and to get away with it, you need even more creativity. But if the same creativity can be put to some good use, it will be more productive. If the same creativity is invested in your Research and Development (R&D) Department, then you do not need to go into any unethical ways at all. It is intellectual bankruptcy that causes unethical ways in business. We are not putting our efforts in that direction. If you want to study the health of a company, you should see the enthusiasm is their R&D department. Then, you will be able to assess if that company will go upwards, standstill, or go down.

 

 

Most corporates do not give much importance to their R&D Department, especially in India. A corporate house only looks at the academic qualification - they see a degree holder and put them in the R&D department. An illiterate person from a village could be just as creative and intelligent, we should recognize this. An intelligent person does not depend merely on the paper certification or qualification of the individual. They see the level of enthusiasm in a person to do something creative. I feel that is something you see in Japan. They focus so much on nurturing creativity. When there is creativity, there is no need to do unethical practices. If the creativity can be channelized into product development into R&D, into marketing and negotiating, then we don’t need to resort to unethical ways to sustain or maintain a company. Americans are very good negotiators, very good at marketing. Japanese and Germans are very good at technology - developing new things, invention. Indians have all these three talents. We can be the best in marketing, we can be the best in R&D, and we can be the best in negotiating skills. Unfortunately, we are not utilizing them. To be unethical is to do that which gives you short-term joy, and in the longer period makes you miserable - for example, what happened with Enron and so many other companies. Right ethics is that which, brings long-term success and enables you to enjoy sustainable development. Also, improving the big communication gap in our industries is important. Today, one manager can easily bring down a company or be responsible for the collapse of an organization due to his manipulation of people who hold the company.

 

One manager can cause disharmony between the heads of an organization by creating mistrust between them, developing grudges against each other. Even between two departments, there is this problem because of ego leading to rifts and misunderstanding. This sort of personal animosity, grudges, has crept into our industry and business. It is so unfortunate. A certain level of human development, maturity, and understanding have become imperative, essential for the growth of any organization, any society. The other aspect is stress. When you are so stressed, you don’t listen to anybody. There are three kinds of people who do not listen: the stressed, the unhappy, and the deaf. They don’t listen to any reason. Also, if someone is against you, even if they are talking sense, because of your hatred you are biased. Even the good things they say, you do not listen, you think they are wrong. So what do you do? First of all, recognize these are our problems. Once you know this, half of the problem is solved. The next step is to improve communication and develop human values in our environment. Create a sense of belongingness and a broad vision. Then deal with stress.  From time to time get together to sing, meditate, and loosen-up; celebrate now and then! And instill self-confidence in your subordinates. We often point out the mistakes of other people and make them feel so guilty that they do not want to go ahead at all the next time. The skill lies in pointing out their mistakes without making them lose their enthusiasm to work again. Another technique you can follow is whenever you have to do any important job, give a fifteen seconds gap.

 

A C.E.O. once wrote a very nasty letter to his boss. He was going to sign off and send it when suddenly he remembered what Guruji had said: to give a fifteen seconds gap. When he went through the letter again it was so nasty, he could not read it. That fifteen seconds gap made so much difference. Take home this technique. The mind has a very strange tendency. Anything wrong it wants to do immediately. From now on, you postpone it. If you want to shout at somebody, postpone it to next week. We tend postponing doing something good. So, we postpone doing something good and immediately do something harmful. Look at the world around you! See all those people who have fraudulently amassed wealth. Where are they? What has happened to them? Are they happy? Are they blissful? Do they have honor? This broad vision of things the way they are can also give us a direction. You could argue that even the Mahabharata war could not have been won without a little ‘yukti’. Yukti should be like salt in the food, without overshadowing the ethics, which is the central golden line of our conduct. Otherwise, it is not going to be fruitful, yield business or improve things in any manner. So, channel the creativity in the three areas of productivity: new designs/R & D, negotiating skills and marketing. Attend to the source of creativity - Our consciousness is the source of all creativity. Taking a little time for yourself is a great investment, not a waste of time at all. Take a few days, spend a week in a year to relax, become calm, meditate, and expand your awareness. And then you will see that you will be able to do less and accomplish more. That is a sign of intelligence. Doing a lot and accomplish-ing less is a sign of foolishness. This understanding needs to be developed within ourselves. The more responsibilities you have, the more stressed you are, the more the need for you to take some time off for yourself for 4 - 5 days in a year. Go someplace, meditate and relax. Bring out the enormous amount of creativity that is hidden within you. The Creator is within you. There are millions of varieties of flora and fauna in the creation, millions of species on this planet. That same consciousness is within us. Everybody spends a little time with themself. It is the greatest, biggest, most yielding investment for sure.

  • Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
    Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
    humanitarian, spiritual leader and an ambassador of peace and human values

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a humanitarian, spiritual leader and an ambassador of peace and human values. Through his life and work, Sri Sri has inspired millions around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world. Through a myriad of programs and teachings, a network of organizations including the Art of Living and the International Association for Human Values, and a rapidly growing presence across 155 countries, Sri Sri has reached an estimated 370 million people. 

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