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Business - Free ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read book online for free. I was recently interviewed about the business sutras I follow. My business sutra – eBook – Summary Author Sachin Mohan Bhide, PhD. By contrast, the Indian way of doing business—as apparent in Indian mythology, Business Sutra uses stories, symbols and rituals drawn from Hindu, Jain and.

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In this landmark book, best-selling author, leadership coach and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik shows how, despite its veneer of objectivity, modern management is rooted in Western beliefs and obsessed with accomplishing rigid objectives and increasing shareholder value. By contrast, the Indian way of doing businessas apparent in Indian mythology, but no longer seen in practice accommodates subjectivity and diversity, and offers an inclusive, more empathetic way of achieving success.

Great value is placed on darshan, that is, on how we see the world and our relationship with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Business Sutra uses stories, symbols and rituals drawn from Hindu, Jain and Buddhist mythology to understand a wide variety of business situations that range from running a successful tea stall to nurturing talent in a large multinational corporation. At the heart of the book is a compelling premise: Brilliantly argued, original and thoroughly accessible, Business Sutra presents a radical and nuanced approach to management, business and leadership in a diverse, fast-changing, and increasingly polarized world.

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Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Devdutt Pattanaik. My Gita Kindle Edition. Editorial Reviews About the Author Devdutt Pattanaik is a renowned author, mythologist and leadership consultant. He has written over thirty bestselling books, published several hundred articles and given numerous talks and presentations on Indian mythology, culture, business and management.

He is currently a much sought-after speaker, leadership coach, management advisor and consultant on diversity and culture.

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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is an amazing read on applying mythology and philosophy into the modern world. There is a lot to gain about life and business. This can't be read quickly, but should be slowly digested. I spent months reading small bits at a time and could see how to apply the principles. I experienced lots of synchronicity and magic while reading this book.

It is definitely one of the best and most important books I've read in my life. One person found this helpful.

It's a world of metaphors that we have taken up so literally that the whole underlying meaning of it is lost. I am talking of the Indian Mythology that depicts the gods and goddesses as human being endowed with divine powers but soaked in the meagerness of human feelings. There's a reason behind it I believe and the reason is to provide the real world examples of the right and the wrong to us. Hidden within these metaphorical mythological stories is a jackpot of management lessons that can enlighten the most blind of us.

Business Sutra is an eye opening and a refreshing way to teach the managers as to how to manage.

Though I agree that the way we Indians work and expect to be managed is different than the western world, this has long been identified in the "diversification at workplace" chapters of management studies. Nevertheless, the lucid, Indian way of presenting the ideologies of Indian management is what makes this book worth every penny. Reading this, I have yet another eye opening experience of the gaping mistakes that my managers are committing at workplace and how simple the solutions are.

From the employee perspective I realise my share of responsibilities too.

Said that, I hope managers in our industry read and implement the mantra of the distinctive Indian management methods. Devdutt is able to see a perspective that most of us need to have revealed to us Which is what he does with this book He explains why we behave the way we do in India and why we should not be apologetic for being the way we are.

And more importantly, shows us how to get things done in India!

Buy it - I promise you won't regret it. The book is trying to develop vision of reader towards the problems we face as an employee or employer in our day to day life through mythological stories with an interesting comparison with the western and even Chinese business wisdom.

There are no readymade solutions given means the fish is not given directly but author has done excellent job to divert readers attention not only how to catch fish but also with which fish to capture and purpose of catching fish! Interesting and enlightening!

Must read. Most important book for my life. There was a time when I almost lost the faith on Hinduism stories. But after reading this book, I learned a lot from our stories. Almost thinking to re-read the book so I can understand it better. What separates the two belief systems is the value they place on the individual over the collective, on defiance over compliance.

What unites these two belief systems is belief in one life, and hence the sense of urgency to do the great thing, or the right thing, in thisour one and onlylife.

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Hence, the goal! The goal for the Greeks was Elysium, meant for individuals who lived extraordinary lives. Those who lived ordinary unremarkable lives were sent to the Asphodel Fields after death. Those who angered the gods were thrown into Tartarus, condemned to do monotonous tasks, like Sisyphus who was condemned to roll a rock up a mountain all day, only to find it rolling back down at night. This was hell: doing monotonous mundane chores endlessly.

The gods lived on Mount Olympus, controlling everything. These Olympians achieved their exalted position after overthrowing older gods, the Titans, and so constantly feared overthrow at the hands of humans, who they kept in check through the Fates.

To be extraordinary, and win a place in Elysium, humans had to defy the gods.


Both the Greeks and Romans were wary of all authority, be it at home dictators or outside the Persian Emperor and the Egyptian Pharaoh. Authority was equated with the capricious Olympian gods, who had to be resisted. When the Roman Empire collapsed around the fifth century, Christianity became the dominant force across Europe.

Christians believed in one all-powerful God, who created humanity, and rules, for the betterment of humanity. The goal now was compliance, not defiance, which led to a place in the Promised Land on earth and Heaven in the afterlife. Unfortunately, humans kept breaking these rules.

The Bible is full of stories of prophets and kings struggling to follow the Commandments laid down by God. There is constant reference to the martyrdom of the faithful who stand up for the faith. Their holy books, the Tanakh, are full of laws and negotiations of the prophets with God seeking to ensure humans lived the right way.

This came to be known as Judaism. This became the belief of Roman slaves, later Roman nobility, and finally the Roman royalty, but with one crucial difference: they believed Jesus to be Christ, the anointed one, the Son of God, who sacrificed himself out of love to save prodigal humanity.

This was Christianity.

This was Islam. It is important at this juncture to clarify that from the Indian point of view Western thought stretches beyond Europe and America to include the Islamic world, for the quest for objectivity shapes Islam too.

Just as Europe was torn between the Greek way and the biblical way and later the Protestant way and the Catholic way, the Islamic world was torn between the Sunni way, with its roots in Arabic tribal egalitarianism and the Shia way, with its roots in Persian dynastic culture. Every denomination is convinced the other is wrong and that they are right. Everyone harbours a worldview that accommodates only one truth.

The covenant is valued greatly. The bond with God is not assumed; it has to be ritually enacted through circumcision or baptism. This reveals the deep-rooted need for documentation and written memorandums of understanding. Every time Josephine concludes a conversation with Mukul, her counterpart in India, she sends an email summarizing the contents of her call.

When Mukul does not do the same, Josephine finds it annoying. She reminds him of company policy, compelling him to comply. Within Christianity itself there were many schisms, with the Churches of Rome in the West and Byzantium in the East vying for supremacy. Every side believed in one God, one life, one way of living life, but they differed violently over who had the patent over the right way. The end of the Crusades saw the start of the scientific revolution in Europe, inspired by the rediscovery of Greek beliefs.

Truth imposed by authority was rejected; truth churned by reason was sought. The scientist was the Greek hero on a lone quest, those who opposed him were the Olympian gods. It laid the foundation for colonization and imperialism.

Scientists did not find any rational explanation for the existence of inequality and social unfairness.

They blamed it on irrational ideas like God whose existence could not be measured or proved. With the scientific revolution, society no longer needed anchors of faith. Knowledge mattered, not belief. Everything had to be explained in tangible material terms. The goal had to be here and now, not in the hereafter. The goal had to be measurable, even in matters related to society. Thus rose economic theories that saw all the problems of society as a consequence of faulty wealth generation Capitalism and faulty wealth distribution Communism.

Both promised a heaven, one through development and the other through revolution. But not everyone was willing to give up religion altogether. The Church became the new Olympus to be defied. Scientific evidence was demanded for their dogmas and their claim of divine rights. Failure to present it led to the Protestant Revolution, spearheaded by the newly emerging class of merchants, industrialists, and bankers.

They valued autonomy over all else, and sought equal if not higher status than landed gentry, who for centuries had been inheriting both fortune and status, without any personal effort.

The Protestant Revolution was marked by great violence, especially the Thirty Years' War that devastated Europe in the seventeenth century. It marked the end of feudal orders and the rise of nation states. Many Protestants made the newly discovered continent of America their home: this was the New World, the Promised Land. Everyone was equal; everyone had a right to personal faith in the privacy of their homes; work was worship, and wealth born of effort was seen as God's reward for the righteous.

This was the Protestant work ethic, a unique combination of biblical value for compliance and Greek disdain for authority.

Much of the political system of the United States came to be modelled along the lines of the pre-Christian Roman republic, complete with a senate in times of peace and a dictator in times of war. The American system ensured the victory of democracy, secularism, and most importantly Capitalism.

It is from this context that management science arose. Not surprisingly, the recommendations of management science resonate with not just a scientific obsession with evidence and quantification but also biblical and Greek beliefs.

The vision statement is the Promised Land; the contract is the Covenant; systems and processes are the Commandments; the 'fifth' level leader who is professionally ambitious and personally humble is the prophet; the invisible shareholder is the de-facto God. The innovator is the Greek hero, standing proud atop Maslow's hierarchy of needs, self-actualized, and secure in Elysium. All this makes management science a secular expression of beliefs that have always existed in the West.

Kshitij always smiles when his partner from a very reputed global strategic firm meets him in the club. Kshitij reveals, "He is always selling something or the other. Two years ago he told me about the importance of a matrix structure where no one is too powerful.

Now he is selling the idea of creating a special talent pool of potential gamechangers. Then he kept talking about getting people aligned to a single goal.

Now he talks about flexibility. They can never make up their mind. They claim to be global, but are so evangelical. But we have to indulge them; their way of thinking dominates the world. It comforts investors. A pragmatic culture, the Chinese have never invested too much energy in the religious or the mythic. What distinguishes Chinese thought from Western thought is the value placed on nature.

In the West, nature is chaos that needs to be controlled. In China, nature is always in harmony; chaos is social disorganization where barbarians thrive. The mythologies of China are highly functional and often take the form of parables, travelogues, war stories and ballads. The word commonly used for God is Shangdi, meaning one who is above the ruler of earth.

The word for heaven is Tian. But God in Chinese thought is not the God of biblical thought.

The words Shangdi and Tian are often used synonymously, representing morality, virtue, order and harmony. There are gods in heaven and earth, overseen by the Jade Emperor, who has his own celestial bureaucracy. They are invoked during divination and during fortune telling to improve life on earth. More importantly, they represent perfection. So, perfection does not need to be discovered; it simply needs to be emulated on earth.No unique insights here, only topical and pop, superficial.

It did not help that in the nineteenth century the British used Manu's treatise, choosing it from amongst all the dharmashastras, to create the law of the land, perhaps because European scholars mistakenly equated Manu with the biblical Adam. In the West, imagination makes us irrational.

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They are invoked during divination and during fortune telling to improve life on earth. You can change your ad preferences anytime. All in all, action is important and in most cases inevitable. The owner of the company, Mr. Scientists did not find any rational explanation for the existence of inequality and social unfairness.