Management Lessons from Diwali
India is well defined for its diversity in unity. In the past few days, people of India are really engaged in their preparation of celebrations of Diwali. Diwali is a big celebration time for Indians. This festival shows our culture, our traditions, our mythological values and as well as our behavior towards Indian society. But this festivity also had some strong management lessons. Here are the list of top 5 for me :
Lesson 1 # — “Build the foundation first and then you can raise the solid structure’’
This is a basic rule of management to make a big enterprise. Every company whether SME (Small Medium Enterprise) or big MNC’s, first they make their foundations and then start their work. Similarly, people of India during Diwali also follow this principle. They simply start their work on the basics. Like they clean their houses, make some changes or shifts, replace the old ones to new ones. And also make sure that all these stuffs or changes get completed on time means before the evening of Diwali.
Lesson 2 # —” For a strong enterprise, build a strong team of enterprise — savvy advisers and doers’’
Every business runs on two parameters : (a) Technical (b) Ethical. For a successful entrepreneur, one must build a good team so that the dreams can definitely be turn up into reality. In a similar way, family persons divide their work and do it with some planning. Like ladies of the house took the department of cleanliness and internal decorations of the houses. While men of the house took the department of shopping, marketing and external decorations of the houses. They work on their mutual understanding and that is the strong parameter of the management.
Lesson 3 # — “Successful enterprise depends on the action oriented leadership’’
There is a famous quote that “Planning without action is dream and action without planning is disaster’’. The first two lessons are simply depends on the planning. Now it’s time to take actions. Actions can only be taken by those who have some authority. Because there is always a concept of Rights v/s Duties as also mentioned in our Indian Constitution. If one person has only duties and no rights then he/she must be fall to perform his/her duties. Similarly the main chair person of the house either take actions or give his authority to someone in the house to maintain all the balance and peace between the family during the work. (Isn’t it too similar to CEO or Head of Department concepts ?)
Lesson 4 # — “Means v/s Ends concepts of Leadership Management’’
In management, there is concept of Physical Courage and Moral Courage of the leader or CEO of any enterprise. For a successful enterprise, moral courage must be greater than the physical courage. That may be also called as the Ethical behavior as per the psychology. In a much similar way, all the family members have these two kinds of traits : Physical Courage to show their hard work towards the festivity and moral courage that they want this happiness for the whole family not for the individual.
Lesson 5 # — “Planning + Execution + Finishing = Successful Enterprise”
Every work has its own finishing agenda. Just like in the game of Cricket where players have to start well and ends well too. If players starts well but couldn’t achieve their good finish, then there are some possibilities that they might lose the match. But if they had not a good start but they had a better finish, then they surely wins the game. As per Philosophy — “Life is not about good start but it is all about the good finish”.
So let’s celebrate this Diwali with a better and authentic finishing touch. Let’s spread respect to the elders, cultures, traditions, younger ones and everyone. “Happiness is in the air, it is Diwali everywhere, Let’s show some love and care, and wish everyone out there”