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NEW AGE MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY FROM ANCIENT INDIAN WISDOM

The book outlines modern day management concepts and links them to the teachings in the Thirukural, an ancient Indian book pertaining to management and the art of living. In a fascinating analysis, the author also shows how the thoughts of contemporary management gurus compare with the timeless wisdom contained in the Thirukural. The book is an indispensable guide for managers, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, students of management and those who aspire to be leaders.

Considered the Tamil Veda, the Thirukural is a treatise on the Art of Living. Its eternal and universal appeal lies in its secular character, clarity of thought, depth of understanding and penetrating insights into the fundamentals of human thought and behaviour.

In this book the author gives examples from his varied global experiences and explains how he has drawn inspiration from the Thirukural to deal with everyday business situations. In what is a fascinating analysis, the author also shows how the thoughts of contemporary management gurus compare with the timeless wisdom contained in the Thirukural.

The book is an indispensable guide for managers, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, students of management and those who aspire to be leaders.

NEW AGE MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY FROM ANCIENT INDIAN WISDOM

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Management – Overview

Management in most business schools is taught as a bundle of techniques, such as the one of budgeting. However, the essence of management is not techniques and procedures, but to make knowledge productive. The Thirukural enunciates a variety of principles indispensable to modern management.
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Leadership - Overview

Leadership can best be described as a process by which a person influences others within the organization to accomplish an objective. The Thirukural defines the job of a leader (Prince or Chief Executive Officer) as that of planning the strategy, earning revenue, preserving what has been earned and spending it wisely.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Preface ix
Foreword xiii
Introduction 1
The Thirukural and I 11
Applying the Thirukural Today 29
 MANAGEMENT
 
 Overview 33
 Planning 45
Planning a venture: Aspects considered essential  
Planning as contemplated in the Thirukural  
 Deliberation before action  
Judgement of strength  
Choosing the appropriate time  
Judgement of place  
Organising 67
 Choosing the right people  
Chief executive officer (CEO)  
Chief operating officer (COO) and vice presidents (ministers)  
Selection of people for other positions  
Conduct of Affairs 93
Key aspects  
Supplementary aspects relating to conduct of affairs  
Control 105
Management information system  
The service of intelligence  
 LEADERSHIP
 
Overview 111
Personality Traits of a Leader 119
Qualifications of a leader (prince)  
Learning and listening  
Understanding  
Abstention from sloth  
Self-control  
Ability to handle defeat  
Abstaining from anger  
Communication Skills 137
Eloquence  
Inferring body language  
Judging one's audience  
Credibility 149
Consistency raises credibility  
Trust - hard-won but easily lost  
Living the values  
Truthfulness  
Mercy earns loyalty  
Reinforcing Important Kurals 157
References 161
   

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