Firm man by drsranganathan


									All the tall trees like coconut tree, palm tree, giant eucalyptus, tall redwood of California
etc., do bend and lean greatly when a heavy wind blows. Do they bend and lean
because they are weak or they do so, because they are strong? Indeed they bend and
lean largely because they are strong. To protect their strength only they move hither
and thither when wind blows.

Moving with the tune of time or with the need should not be always considered as sign
of weakness. One should ask whether such movements are due to weakness or one
‘appear’ sometime weak, to protect ones strength.

The greatest management insight the ‘trees during tempest’ teach the corporate is that
it is not the strength that protect the strength but only knowing the ‘weakness of the
strength’ and playing accordingly help one to protect the ‘strength’. Only the weak ‘fuse
wise’ saves the electric appliance from burning in most instances.

If a lion believe that it can show its strength to its prey animals as it is indeed strong and
thereby it can catch them, they never able to catch any prey. If lion goes as very weak,
hiding and less noticed, it can win the hunt. Arrogance is weakness and humility is
strength. But, the most corporate and its employees believe that aggression and
arrogance are the best way to get things done.

Corporate bosses usually believe that being strict and unbending is the best way to
show that they are tough task masters. Being a tough task master without
accomplishing the task is of no use. Be tough and not getting any result or be lenient
and get the best results, which is wise, one need to introspect.

Only those who consider themselves as leaders know that bending is not weakness and
it is indeed, strength.

Being rigid or being flexible should be strictly linked to the result and the situation. The
tallest trees are the one that bend the most when wind blows. When they are tall, they
are at the risk of breaking, if they refuse to bend and remain firm.

People in the corporate while disposing their strength and rigidity, also need to be
flexible and soft to the realities. If such balance is not exerted, the results can be

Trees in the forest can tell the corporate how they should train the people to be
achievers and not just exhibitors of either their ‘strength’ or ‘weakness’. Situational
reality and absolute reality can always be different. One needs to accept the situational
reality with the complete cognition of the absolute reality.

The distinction between what is perceived and what is real, the corporate employees
must know. The tall trees bend when wind blows while the grass and under story plants
may remain unshaken. By looking at the above, one should not conclude that the tall
trees are weaker than the grass and that is why they move badly with wind. If one fail
to cognize the real from the perception, such people only can prove disaster and dismay
to the corporate. Unfortunately many corporate leaders love to proclaim publicly that
they are very rigid and unbending. What they intern tells to the world is that they are
stupid. The above statement is not mine, that is what the tall trees in nature convey.

Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai

Learn more from the management book – ‘Jungle wisdom for corporate management
– lessons from university of nature’ by Swami Sukhabodhananda and Dr S

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