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Management Wisdom of Lord Krishna : A Treatise on Unified Concept of Management Performance for the Globalised World
By Udai Vir Singh

First Published : 2008
ISBN : 9788177081602
Pages : 394
Binding : Hardbound
Size : 7 x 9
Price : US$ 72

    In recent years, the Western management education and training citadels such as Harvard, Kellogg, Wharton and several others have experienced persistent failure of their modern management technology to inspire executive trainees and students to stay perpetually motivated in the face of growing challenges posed by economic liberalisation and globalisation trends sweeping across the world. Hence, modern management minds are looking for solutions beyond the reservoir of Western management thoughts and practices. They have examined and experimented with the Japanese and Chinese systems of management. Of late, their focus has shifted to Indian philosophy to find solutions to re-occurring irritants in efficient management practices. As a step in this direction, Western management executives, particularly in USA, are being cajoled to put purpose before self during retraining sessions at institutions of management learning. It is Ved Vyasa’s Bhagavad Gita through which they are attempting to enrich themselves with the supremacy of action. They are trying to enrich matter with forces of spirit, realising that the principle of karma has invaluable merits.

    The present work is an attempt at systematic presentation of the vital management contents as enshrined in Bhagavad Gita, the eternal Song of Wisdom. The book is a running treatise comprising principles, percepts and practices employed by Lord Krishna to achieve his mission incarnate objectives.

     The work is divided into IX Parvas (or Chapters).

     Parva I presents the wisdom concentrates of Lord Krishna in the form of brief analysis of selected management-relevant slokas from the Bhagavad Gita, the divine Song of Wisdom.

     Parva II delves on Lord Krishna’s approach to dignity of work, commitment appreciation, respect for reality, strategic intervention, efficient facilitation, intense rapport, internal conflict management, talent recognition, superior team management and management of uncertainties.

    Lord Krishna was a man of action, a unique manifestation of action warriorism. His action initiatives, at all stages of his life, are perpetual source of inspiration for productive action. His leadership qualities of divine proportions come alive in Parva III.

    Parva IV elaborates the intense thought warriorism of Lord Krishna. His unique thought prowess led him to command people of immense capabilities and diverse interests, with the finesse of a magician. His skills as a power thinker, his practice of thinking ahead, his divine doctrines of karma, dharma and non-material motivation, are described in this Parva.

  Lord Krishna was a true master of soft skills, the skills of verbal and non-verbal communication, logic and intellect, through which he managed friends and foes, juniors and seniors, and co-operators and antagonists, with equal ease. The humility and ethicality of his approach, respect for virtue and merit, effective empowerment of subordinates, superior emotion quotient, skillful ego management, total impartiality, and his irresistible technology of madhura, are detailed in Parva V.

   Parva VI is devoted to Lord Krishna’s skills as a teacher and as a guru. He was a guru with a spiritual core, and a guru of rectitude and alternatives. His relevance as a perpetual guru, and also as a management guru, is elaborated with essential brevity.

   Finer aspects of management, practised by Lord Krishna are detailed in Parva VII. Energy as a management tool, principle of causality, power of absolute, creative destruction, approach to managing the boss, and more significantly, the unified concept of management performance are discussed therein.

    Parva VIII presents the distilled wisdom of Lord Krishna’s management approach and practices. His divine skills of madhura, doctrines of karma and dharma, sanctity of objectives, among others, are discussed here as the omnipotent technology of management.

    Parva IX entitled as nectar of management wisdom covers the essentials of Lord Krishna’s management skills, practices, percepts and preaching.

Besides, the book contains a detailed introduction by the author in the form of preface, attachments, references and index.  

The work is topical in view of the fast changing business scenario across the world. It is relevant to deal with frequently encountered modern day management requirements and challenges.     

PARVA I: The Divine Song of Management Wisdom

PARVA II: Lord Krishna as a Divine Manager
A Professional with a Manifesto
Dignity of Work
Commitment Appreciation as a Management Tool
Effective Situation and Competition Analysis
Respect for Reality
Strategic Intervention as a Management Tool
An Efficient Facilitation Agent
As a Re-engineering Expert
Multi-tasking Expert
Lord Krishna as Outsourcing Expert
Intense Rapport as a Management Tool
Internal Conflict Management
Anger Management: A Necessity
Participative Management
Talent Recognition and Management
Superior Team Management
Superior Management of Uncertainties
Time Management
Sanctity of Objective
Superior Failure Management
PARVA III: Lord Krishna as a Unique Leader: A Man of Action
Extraordinary Leadership: By Example
Two Faces of Leadership
Leadership through Purushottama
Excellent Judge of People
Superior Crisis Management
Art of Managing through Chaos
Master of Change Management
Out-of-Box Approach of Management
Art of Managing Difficult People
A Celestial Blend of Leadership and Management
Long March as a Management Tool
Practitioner of the Game Theory
Magnificent Shaping of Future
Unique Professional Detachment
PARVA IV: Lord Krishna as an Intense Thought Warrior
A Power Thinker
Principle of Thinking Ahead
Non-material Motivation
Doctrine of Karma as a Management Tool
Karma in Corporate Work Environment
Practice of Karma Yoga
Dharma as a Management Tool
Management by Intelligent Design
High Performance Consulting as a Management Tool
Dialogue as a Management Tool
Oneness of Thought and Deed
Management of Intangibles
Mind Management as an Effective Tool
Management of Unproductive Thoughts
Principle of Thought and Action Balance
Magnificent Management Theory
PARVA V: Lord Krishna as a Master of Soft Skills of Management
Madhura as a Management Tool
Respect for Virtue and Merit
Ethicality of Management Approach
Essentiality of Secrecy
Humility of Management Approach
Human Nature as HR Tool
Empowerment as a Management Tool
Master of Measured Responses
Holistic Management Practitioner
Superior Emotion Quotient as a Management Tool
Superior Ego Management
Empathy as a Management Tool
Flute Play as a Management Technique
A Change Agent of Significance
Divine Love as a Management Tool
Self-realisation as a Management Tool
Selective Use of Divine Vision
Principle of Total Impartiality
PARVA VI: Lord Krishna as a Divine Teacher and a Guru
Guru with a Strong Spiritual Core
Guru of Rectitude and Alternatives
A Universal Guru of Perpetual Relevance
World’s Greatest Management Teacher
Lord Krishna as a Supreme Management Guru
Meaning and Definition of the Term Guru
Management Fads and Buzwords
Backlash against Management Gurus
PARVA VII: Lord Krishna and Some Finer Aspects of Management
Superior Energy as Management Tool
Magnificent Management Theory
Creative Destruction
Power of Absolute as a Management Input
Principle of Causality
Principle of Superior Communication
Art of Managing the Boss
Unified Concept of Management Performance
PARVA VIII: Lord Krishna’s Omnipotent Technology of Management
Brahmastra of Management
PARVA IX: Lord Krishna’s Nectar of Management Wisdom


Mahabharata: A Brief Introduction

Notes on Persons and Places Mentioned in the Work

Yadava Dynasty: A Note

Kuru Dynasty: A Note




Dr. Udai Vir Singh is a management consultant, specialising in  Productivity Improvement  Acceleration (PIA) in corporate work environment. He holds a Ph.D. degree from IARI, New Delhi and a Post-doctorate from CNRA, Versailles, France.

Early in work life, he entered corporate work environment, passing through the varied fields of research and development, product development, marketing, market development, project planning, production, technology upgradation, technology transfer, business diversification and productivity acceleration, earning an intense and varied work experience for over 40 years. In latter part of his career, he concentrated on management training and consultancy work, aimed at collective work output acceleration, for a number of corporates.

He developed and productively employed several of his work and working related thought formulations during his intense and challenging work assignments.Dr. Singh has travelled widely in India and abroad.              

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