Thirukkural and Management

Posted on December 5, 2007. Filed under: திருக்குறள, ekalayva, jayan, kural, tamil, thirukkural, thirukural, thiruvalluvar | Tags: , |

I just finished V. Srinivasan’s book on present-day management concepts in the light of the Thirukkural. It is a worthy read. He correlates kurals with business situations in simple words. It is an enlightener. Here are a few passages that give an essence of the book

Meetings and Meetings without Decisions:
In today’s business, we waste valuable time in endless discussions. Most of the meetings are postponed without any decisions. Quite often even when a decision is taken, the execution is postponed indefinitely. This subjects finds its place in the Thirukural in a chapter relating to the conduct of affairs:

” The end of all deliberation is to arrive at a decision; and when the decision is reached, it is wrong to delay its execution ” – 671


If only modern-day managers follow this principle, we would see tremendous gains.

Choosing Right Sales and Marketing Heads:
The Thirukural lays down the essential qualities of ambassadors (sales and marketing executives) as under:

“Conciseness of speech, sweetness of tongue and a careful eschewing of all disagreeable language are the most essential by which an ambassador(salesperson) can work towards his master’s (organisation’s) profit ” – 685
“Let the man go on embassies who possesses common sense, learning and a commanding presence” – 684.

I managed to find the kurals on the web. Thanks to Muthu. Clicking on the kural numbers above would lead you to the kurals in Tamil.

Click here for the Book’s website.

To read the book on the web (Courtesy Google Books) – Click here

The author is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, 3i Infotech. He was a Member of the Technology Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has been a member of several other committees constituted by governmental bodies.
To read more on him see the 3i-Infotech website

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