About the Book
The Yogic Manager is a business novel that
retells the ancient Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata, The monumental war of Kurukshetra has been recreated in the business world at a
consulting firm called Characterra Consulting. The
protagonist Arjun Atmanand
faces a crisis when his conscience clashes with the instructions of his boss
and Characterra’s founder, Raja Sahamkar,
To help him with his crisis, Arjun
receives advice from Yogi, a being with supernatural powers. Arjun learns Yoga and Vedanra
from Yogi, which he later uses to build a bridge between Yoga-Vedunra and Management.
By reading and studying this book, you will:
Start to challenge conventional ways of
thinking about business and gain a new, holistic perspective of Management
Learn the principles and framework of Yogic
Management, which you can then immediately apply to your work
Become a more productive knowledge worker by
learning how to control and channel the most powerful instrument of knowledge
work - the mind
Gain practical advice on how to build physical,
mental, intellectual and spiritual strength
Live a balanced and purposeful life by going
through the four phases prescribed in Yoga-Vedanta
Join the evolution of Management - a movement
that will elevate the human condition and restore harmony to an imbalanced
About the Author
Avinash Bhushan Sharma is a senior consultant for strategic programs
at a large Canadian bank in Toronto. He builds business cases, backed by
financial models, and advises executives on investment decisions. He earned his
MBA from the Queen’s School of Business (Ontario), his MS in Computer Science
from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and his BSc in Statistics
from Loyola College (University of Madras). He is also a graduate of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s Rishi Valley School. He previously worked as an analyst at
the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center
Avinash was introduced to
Yoga and Indian mythology at an early age by his parents. From 2008 to 2012 he
researched Sanskrit texts, including the Mahabharata, Bhagavad
Gita, Upanishads, and Yoga Sutras, to determine how
Yoga-Vedanta can be applied to Management. The Yogic Manager is the product of
this research, and is the first book in the Yogic Management series. To learn
more about Yogic Management, and to access a variety of free resources, visit www.yogicmanagement.com
Seeking a new global balance through
reflection, renewal and responsibility Global markets are extraordinary,
powerful but also volatile.
Capable of creating great value, they also can
destroy that value quickly. We only need to reflect on the most recent
financial crisis for proof of this Shiva -like dual role of business forces.
Economically and culturally, globalization has
lifted millions out of poverty, providing hope and material comfort, while
bringing us closer together in the marketplace. There, we create and share
value, along with our traditions, ideas and experiences. In other words,
through our material transactions we also share our values and our humanity.
This same force, by integrating the world’s
markets as it has done, also increases complexity, connectivity, and competitiveness
while raising the stakes higher than they have ever been. If we are all
connected, then errors in managerial judgement in one part of the world will
ripple out to impact other parts of the system-as we saw with the 2008 banking
meltdown, whose affects are still lingering. Similarly, decisions by those who
manage organizations-especially vast, multinational enterprises-will impact
many people and human behaviour and our natural environment.
Each of us, then, has a vested interest in
cultivating more holistic managers whose actions are guided by a balanced
framework, such as the one Avinash Sharma offers in
this book. By drawing from ancient Vedantic wisdom,
he seeks to provide modern managers with a robust, aspirational
model that can help them and their organizations play a transformative part in
making the world a better and safer place.
Simply pursuing process optimizations or
repeating Gordon Gekko’s mantra “Greed is good” will
not do. The framework of profit maximization and market “efficiencies” to the
exclusion of all else may lead to an unsustainable path. The evidence is all
around us, in the air and water and landfills and in serious economic
disparities that can fuel division among people. Profit is fine, of course, and
acts as a useful incentive. Efficiency is fine too, but it is a curious metric,
since one can be efficient without being wise or even especially thoughtful. In
fact, these considerations must be balanced with other considerations,
including the well- being of all stakeholders, not just shareholders.
The Yogic Manager does not ask executives to
join an ashram, or cast aside their pinstripe suits in favour of a sadhus robe. In a way, that course of action might be
easier. More challenging is remaining at the heart of the commercial world
while balancing the discipline and values of dharma with the material practices
of artha and worldly pleasures of kama. Achieving this balance leads to what I call
purpose with performance-a meaningful life whose riches enrich and whose achievements
bless oneself and others.
I started my educational journey with advice
from my parents to learn the classic “3 R’s”-reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic.
Our professional journey depends also on what I consider the new 3 Rs, or
reflection, renewal and responsibility. Managers, like all of us, can cultivate
mindfulness that leads to self-knowledge and an understanding of how our
thoughts, words and actions create karmic results. These insights offer a
chance for us to renew both strategy and spirit. This journey into self is
incomplete without returning back into the world with a fuller sense of one’s
responsibility to others and to the world. After all, the soul of management is
about nurturing and challenging others to be their best. It is about relationships.
It is about people, process and purpose. In business we speak of best
practises-methods that prove useful again and again. In science, we talk of
empirical evidence, derived from data that comes from multiple experiments.
When such evidence is produced repeatedly, we establish a scientific law. Yoga
has been with us since antiquity, with countless generations celebrating its
benefits. Now, it has the potential to provide managers with insight,
inspiration and integrity of body, mind and spirit to enable them to achieve
their quarterly results and much, much more.
This book provides us with a path from knowledge to
The book that you are reading was written to be
more than a business novel and self-improvement guide. It was written to be a
On one end of this bridge lies the
multidisciplinary practice of Management, which evolved by incorporating ideas
from a variety of other fields-economics, psychology, sociology, the military,
neuroscience, and more.
On the other end of this bridge lies the practice of Yoga and the philosophies of Vedanta.
The ancient Sanskrit scriptures, such as the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, provide a
blueprint for living a balanced and purposeful life. I will refer to the union
of practice (Yoga) and theory (Vedanta) as Yoga-Vedanta.
Are there concepts from Yoga- Vedanta that
managers can apply to make themselves better managers? Can Management
incorporate teachings from Yoga- Vedanta in the same way it incorporates
teachings from other fields? In the process, can managers gain fulfillment from their work, become more holistic in their
thinking, and contribute toward the betterment of society and the environment?
My research, education, and experience in these subjects indicate that the
answer to all these questions is “yes:’ I will refer to this union of
Management and Yoga-Vedanta as Yogic Management.
Dreams and Memories
The Art of War
The King and the Warrior
Winners, Losers, and the System
From Knowledge to Wisdom
Reality -Consciousness- Bliss
Yoga: The Art of Work
The Splendor of a Thousand Suns
The Purposeful Life
Anahata: The Turning Point
The Royal Road
Work, War, and Worship
Principles of Yogic Management
The Bridge of Knowledge
You May Say I’m a Dreamer
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