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Short nosed bandicoot and african elephant - a corporate message
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Short nosed bandicoot and african elephant - a corporate message


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  • 1. Many bosses in the corporate do compare the capability of one employee with theother and commonly belittle their subordinates. They even goes to an extent ofcomparing how the office boy is so meticulous, focused and intelligent in keepingthe office clean and doing the assigned job etc., Whereas, the qualified managers arenot completing the assigned projects with the same discipline of an office boy.The question is whether such comparison is wise. Let use not discuss or validatewhether such comparison is right as such question may search its answer from thepremises of ‘morality’, ‘values & beliefs’ and ‘ethics’. We need to define the answerto the above question more from science that exists in nature.Look at the paradox/contrast that exists in nature. The gestation period of short-nosed bandicoot is just 12 days. In every 13 th day, the short-nosed bandicootdelivers its pups, post mating. On the contrary, the gestation period of the Africanelephant is 22 months, i.e., 660 days. Only ones in every 661 st day, the Africanelephant delivers her calf.The number of pups delivered by the short-nosed bandicoot is much larger (5-6)than the single calf of the African elephant. One can compare and states that theshort-nosed bandicoot to be very efficient in its reproduction than the Africanelephant. In fact such statement appears to be true also.Truth or fact should not be seen as the just end point/product of comparison butone has to see fundamentally whether the comparison is made between the‘comparable’ ones. Nature has several examples for the corporate not to comparebut to learn and understand the intricacies of the corporate management.The bosses should restrain from making wrong references, comparison andcitations. The job of an office boy may be ‘repetitive’ in nature where the perfectioncan be achieved easily. Further, the corporate bosses also may not evaluate theperformances of the office boy so closely. Whereas the job completion of themanager or the people in other ranks, requires knowledge, experience, intelligenceand hence it may lack speed and apparent perfection like that of the office boys’ job.There are instances, the owners of the corporate used to compare their CEO’s withmanagers and release statement that the managers are far better than the CEO’s. Incorporate, comparison and making wrong judgment/conclusion through wrongexamples are very common. Never a short-nosed bandicoot becomes a match to anAfrican elephant.The comparison of gestation period may appear right, but the animals undercomparison are indeed incomparable. Comparison should always motivate peopleand not whip or humiliate. The corporate bosses must essentially learn the abovemanagement message from the short-nosed bandicoot and African elephant.Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai
  • 2. Learn more from the following management books 1. Jungle wisdom for corporate management – lessons from the university of nature by Swami Sukhabodhananda and Dr S Ranganathan 2. Nature – The Entrepreneur by Dr S Ranganathan