Cor­po­rate ex­Cel­lenCe and work ethiCs

Business Bhutan - - Editorial -

SWAMI SUKHABODHANANDA Life has be­come one gi­gan­tic game. To suc­ceed in this game, we have to strug­gle. This strug­gle is con­sum­ing our life silently. Do not dis­card suc­cess be­cause of the sim­ple rea­son that the creative process which is in­stalled in your DNA, has to be al­lowed to ex­press it­self. Cre­ativ­ity has to be en­cour­aged. But in this process, if you are not alert, your in­ner joy will be de­stroyed. Hence, make sure that your com­mit­ment for cor­po­rate ex­cel­lence is based on the foun­da­tion of work ethics. Ethics is not some set of rules based on laws. Ethics is based on good­ness. Good­ness is not bound by one’s def­i­ni­tion; it is like in­tel­li­gence; it is free flow­ing, but has its in­trin­sic wis­dom. Ethics is or­der and ac­tion born out of good­ness. Good­ness in ac­tion mode is ethics. It is an in­di­ca­tor of health to be eth­i­cal in an un­eth­i­cal so­ci­ety. An eth­i­cal process is or­der in mo­tion and hence im­mensely cru­cial in the cor­po­rate world. An im­por­tant as­pect of be­ing al­tru­is­tic is a high de­gree of in­tegrity. From a spir­i­tual di­men­sion, it is in­te­grat­ing the phys­i­cal, emo­tional, in­tel­lec­tual and spir­i­tual as­pects. Abus­ing the body is un­eth­i­cal. Abus­ing it through wrong be­hav­iour, junk food … is to harm the body. When the body is abused, it af­fects the mind. When one drinks al­co­hol, one is dam­ag­ing not only the body but also the mind, is it not? Once the mind is af­fected one’s per­cep­tion is also af­fected. So han­dling one’s body in­volves right food and right pos­ture. Right pos­ture is keep­ing one’s body alive and vi­brant. Good body en­ergy has the power to do right things. Like in sports, a right pos­ture will help one to per­form. Next is emo­tional health. En­thu­si­asm brings you alive and that power en­ables you to do the right things. Next is in­tel­lec­tual health, which means be­ing part of a so­lu­tion and not vic­tim to a prob­lem. Lastly, the fo­cus should be on spir­i­tual health, which in­volves op­er­at­ing from right val­ues. This in­volves self­dis­ci­pline. A value is a value if the value of the value is valu­able to one. So, let eth­i­cal val­ues be ter­ri­bly dear and valu­able to one. Op­er­at­ing as a team and not as an in­di­vid­ual should be a cor­po­rate value; this is cor­po­rate ethics. TEAM means To­gether, Em­pow­er­ing to Achieve More. One has to learn to drop self-love and love one’s or­gan­i­sa­tion, and hence the team. Self-love is the mother of all con­flicts. Re­flect on this. “Who is fly­ing the kite?” The ego­is­tic per­son says, “I am fly­ing the kite.” The breeze says, “I am fly­ing the kite.” The tail of the kite says, “I am fly­ing the kite.” The string says, “I am fly­ing the kite.” Ex­is­tence says, “O child, we are fly­ing the kite.” The value of the team is supremely ben­e­fi­cial, and that is pos­si­ble if one’s love is not re­stricted to the self but to the whole. This eth­i­cal mode, apart from fe­lic­i­tat­ing those who reach and/or sur­pass their tar­gets, should be val­ued and re­spected in the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Such a value, spon­ta­neously brings in, the power to give, the power to con­trib­ute and the power to serve. One should not only con­trib­ute to each other in a team but also to the cus­tomer. This cus­tomer care is not just in ma­nip­u­la­tive words and smiles, but stems from the value of truly con­tribut­ing. The writer is an au­thor and one of the most re­spected spir­i­tual lead­ers in In­dia. [Cour­tesy – ToI]

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