Female shark looses her appetite well before she delivers her pups. Reason for the
above, the corporate must know in order to keep the corporate ecosystem well
balanced where the boss-subordinate conflicts can pose a major threat.
The biological reason for why the female shark looses her appetite before delivery is to
prevent infanticide or the pups being eaten by the mother due to hunger. It is well
known that many animals do eat their young ones post delivery, due to hunger.
Once the female shark looses her hunger and appetite, the pups are safe as they will not
succumb to infanticide. This is the best management trick the nature has used to deal
with the female sharks.
During performance appraisal period, most people in the corporate will be moving from
pillar to post to ‘show’ what they have done in the corporate is the best on earth.
Everybody become greedy to snatch the attention and recognition of the top brass in
Boss-subordinate conflicts become acute during this period. Some bosses smartly
snatch the credit and glory of the hard work of their subordinates and ‘showcase’ the
same to the top brass as if they only have done the work. More often than not, the
sincere, naïve and hardworking subordinates is the one falls victim to such third rate
politics of some bosses.
Only during performance appraisal time, such politics become dominant and evident as
everyone wants to get appraised well and only then the next level of benefits they could
The greed and appetite due to expectation do increase in people in corporate especially
during performance appraisal period. This greed of some bosses only affects the
corporate culture, its serenity and harmony. The HR function and the corporate leaders
must remember how insightful the nature is in bringing down the appetite of a female
shark before she delivers her pups.
The corporate leaders and the HR must see how they can deal with the greed of the
bosses that in turn would kill the curiosity, hope and creativity of the subordinates in
To bring care and responsibility only, the nature has affected the appetite of the female
shark. The same approach the corporate also must employ. The total and complete
performance of all subordinates only should be taken as an index of the best
performance of the bosses. Only by brining such a stricture strictly, ‘fence eating crop’
phenomena can be prevented.
If the wisdom of nature ever enters the corporate, the scope for such ‘third rate politics’
in the corporate can be easily destroyed.
Every creation and every action in nature has a strong management message for the
corporate. The corporate and its HR must not only be sensitive but must receptive also.
Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai
Learn more from the management book – ‘Jungle wisdom for corporate management
– lessons from the university of nature’ by Swami Sukhabodhananda and Dr S