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5 Corporate Life Lessons from the Mahabharata

Source | The CareerMuse

Composed somewhere between the 8th century and the 9th century BCE, the Mahabharata happens to be the most significant epic of India. Literary critics have described it as the longest epic of the world. It is ten times’ the Greek epicsIliad and the Odyssey combined.

While the epic may seem a little distant and archaic in present times to many, it’s relevance continues to remain with all till date. The world of corporate business and management is one of the best places where the ethics from the epic be easily applied. From managing business relationships to achieving goals, Mahabharata is considered as the most reliable guide for the corporates that often comes handy in resolving certain issues in the business world.

Some of the major lessons followed in the corporate world from the Mahabharata are explained below:

Corporate Life Lessons from Mahabharata

#1. Choosing/having the right mentor

Once you step into the corporate world, having the right mentor is very essential. Just like Arjuna had Dronacharaya. It is important to have a master from whom you can learn all kinds of skills that will enable you to go ahead and fight your future battles. Have full faith in the mentor and seize every opportunity to learn everything that’s possible. Understand, these are the skills that will prepare you for your future in the corporate world. However, you might have an occasional Eklavya or Karna trying to challenge you. But do not be perturbed.

#2. Teamwork with proper talent

Building a team is not an easy thing. Avoid making the team just for the sake of it. It is important to identify the key areas of the talent that you actually need to achieve your goals. If you have the right talent in place, your team can do wonders. Talent management within a small team becomes much easier. The Pandavas were only five in numbers, guided by Lord Krishna. But they had the perfect blend of everything required to win—talent, proper guidance, leadership, strength, intelligence, flamboyance, and youth.

On the other hand, having a large team with too many members does not mean, they would be the best. Despite having a full-fledged battalion, several strong warriors, a hundred Kauravas were unable to win over the five brothers. The Kauravas perished due to over ambitious nature and lack of coordination. Stay small and grow big.

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