Break your Leadership Chakravyuh – A Book Review

“Learning and Earning are default collaboration. From the perspective of a team member; a team member will remain motivated if the learning and earnings ratio is well balanced.”

Introduction:
GENRE: Non-Fiction
AUTHOR: Rishi Nanda & Mehak Mahajan Nanda
PAGES: 170
YEAR OF PUBLISH: 2020

About the Authors:

Rishi and Mehak Nanda are a couple based out of Mumbai. Before this book happened, Rishi was heading the Sales division for a Non-Banking Financial Company. Like majority of working individuals with a ‘9 to 5’ job Rishi was also working without realizing what his dreams were. So he decided to quit his job and go in search of his dream. He stumbled into the world of Ancient Indian History and they together started a journey of which both of them had never dreamt of. They started reading Shiv Puran, Vishnu Puran, various versions of Mahabharata and Ramayana. They attended sessions conducted by different speaker and saints which led them, in 2015, to create their own sessions about the learning one can drive from these Indian epics and apply them into the corporate world. Since then, Rishi has delivered 500+ sessions across 50+ cities in India with over 17,000 participants across 25+ industries for more than 100+ organizations.

Introduction:

Ancient Indian History has always been rich, diverse and embedded with deep and boundless knowledge. We have been blessed with a rich heritage of such refined knowledge which have the power to change the course of a person’s life. Our history, which is passed down to us directly and in the form of stories is enriched with profound knowledge of every level. Reading one at two different times will have two completely different teachings respectively.

The book has included more widely known stories that each of us has grown up listening to. Each chapter in the book contains multiple stories, the lessons we can learn from them, how we can implement these learnings into the corporate world, self-assess the style of work and aim for improvement. The book starts with a basic introduction to the Great Indian Epics – The Ramayana and The Mahabharata. The book then branches off to various chapters explaining different Leadership styles and qualities with the help of stories from the two above mentioned epics and Puranas.

The chapters are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Ramayana
  2. Introduction to Mahabharata
  3. Leadership and its types
  4. Organization Phases
  5. Roles of a Leader
  6. The Power of Collaboration
  7. Organization Culture
  8. Selecting a Team Member
  9. When to Help an Experienced Subordinate?
  10. Handling your Employees
  11. Types of Loyalty
  12. Organization Working
  13. Know your Stakeholders
  14. Locus of Control
  15. Do Competitive Analysis
  16. Break your Chakravyuh
  17. Karma
  18. Self-Appraisal is the Key to Success
  19. When will God become our Saarthi?
  20. How to become Successful in Life?

Conclusion:

The book contains the amazing stories from our Ancient Indian Epics most of which we all have heard and grown up with. They never seem to lose their touch and each time you can extract some new understanding from them. The interpretation of the stories to act as a compass in professional life and improve leadership skills is simple enough to understand. The metaphors are easy, the book written in simple language so that everyone can understand it in one go. A good read altogether.

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