Management Wisdom from Guru Nanak Dev Ji
| IOP Desk - 19 Nov 2021

Insightful & Precious Lessons from Life of Management Guru :

Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Commemorating the great Guru Nanak Devji's Jayanti 2021

 

By Professor Ved Parkash Kumar

November 19, 2021

 

‘Life false, Death fact. . . one paisa truth and one paisa false’ vaani of founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji , is relevant in today’s environment also infact forever. Guru Nanak Dev Ji led his life as an example for others and management practitioners’  can adopt management learnings from his life. As a management Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji used various tools like interpersonal relations, convincing skills, deep creative thinking, self-awareness, dignity of Teammembers,  which are part and parcel of manager or leader life for successfully running an organisation.

 

Now lets’ see how Guru Nanak Dev led the life as management guru with adopting of various practices of management :

 

1.  First foremost thing for every organising to have is, mission statement which actually defines the line of business the company is in and purpose it serves. Guru Nanak Dev Ji gave mission statement of Kirat karo, Naam japo and Vand chhako.

 

Kirat Karo means the person who looks after his family duties while earning his bread by hard work and honesty is the real true person.

Naam Japo meansalways remember the almighty who created whole universe.The one who provides all the resources in order to live a happy and contented life.

Vand Chhako means taking one tenth part of profit earned from one's income and help others.

 

2.  Guru Nanak Dev Ji created a unique logo for his organisation i.e. Ek Onkar which is to be understood in two parts. First, Ek means there is only one god and Second, Onkar means God is present in everything. The same way company creates a logo which express company character and purpose and makes it easy for customers to recognise and remember. Guru Nanak Dev Ji mool mantra, is first thing readers reads while reading Guru Granth Sahib, as it is placed on the first page itself.

 

3.  Every manager believes in prescribed way of believing instead of depending only on theoretical patterns. Guru Nanak Dev Ji always preaches people to earn bread, mediate and share with others, as he did the same in his life. He regularly worked in fields, mediate and share his earnings with others. the led his life as examples for others to follow.

 

4.  Dedication is very important in success which utimately leads to results also. Guru Nanak Dev Ji immense knowledge can be seen in his writings in the form of Japji Sahib, in form of literacy as well as spiritually.

5.  Healthy brainstroming and expression of thoughts with own team members and even with competitiors always leads effective results in the organisation. Guru Nanak Dev Ji possessed lot of courage and determination to not only answer the queries of his competitions but also expressed his thoughts and ability to convince others with his points.

 

6.  Guru Nanak Dev Ji had very clear vision and focus on his preaching for community in terms of religions, caste, creed and gender. Good manager should also possess clear vision on company target, goals and vision.

 

7.  Team work is essential part and process of every organisation, Guru Nanak Dev Jiformed his core team, first and foremost team member is BebeNanaki, elder sister of Guru Nanak, was the first to realize that her brother was blessed to bring a massive revolution in the world. The second important team member was Bhai Mardana, well-versed in rabab and accompanied Guru Nanak everywhere and throughtout life supported the cause of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The third is Bhai Lalo, a poor carpenter and of low caste. whose house became a place where the word of Guru Nanak was preached. The fourth is Bhai Lehna, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, named his 'Angad' which means part of his own body.

 

8.  Manager should have mentor's-mentee relations so that organisation task can be achieved. Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Bhai Mardana had various relations between themselves that of being friends, teacher, students, musician, singer, mentor-mentee and many more.

 

9.  All leading management gurus’believes that foundation of every organisation is based on transparent and honest working culture that helps in building reputation of organisation. Guru Nanak Dev Ji conveyed through his preaching that true and honest friends are the good deedsa person ,has done in his life time, which not only help him in this life but in the next one too.

 

10. Understanding consumer behaviour and mind-set is very important of organisation for survival and growth. Guru Nanak Dev Ji very clearly understood the society. He helped people belonging to different social background to understand the way of life and untouchable, superstitious and divided on gender basis.

 

11.  It is important to promote an environment which supports healthy competition for organisation and competitors. Guru Nanak Dev Ji used to visit his competition to discuss and debate about his ideology in comparison to others for example. He visited Mecca, Medina, Jagannath Puri, Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar, Sumer Parbat (Mount Kailash) to under viewpoints of preaches of other religions. He never forced his point or decision on anyone.

 

12.  Guru Nanak Dev Ji, well experienced management Guru had given the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in his mission statement itself as Vand Chhako means sharing one tenth part of your earnings for society, so that to have balance in society which corporates are doing achieves balance of economic, environmental and social imperatives.

 

13.  Top management always tries to find successors so that organisations runs for future years also. Guru Nanak Dev Ji experienced management Guru cheekal calibre of his disciples and given successorship to Guru Angad Dev while he was alive, which proved beneficial also for organisation. He spread his ideology all over. He formalized the gurumukhi script of 35 alphabets which is still used and is the main script which is used to write Guru Granth Sahib. He also wrote 63 Shabads and Saloks which were later registered in Guru Granth Sahib.

 

Prof. Ved Parkash Kumar is an Educationist & Member – ISO Committee on Higher Education, Technical Education & its related Services,BIS

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