Sunday, February 20, 2011

Management Stories # 20 - Earn respect

As a Manager, it is important that you earn respect before you can command respect. You must also know that respect given is respect earned. Treat everyone fairly, to be sure that you are respected.

To behave as a human being first (before being a Manager) is another important thing to learn and practice.

A fable from the East tells of an emperor and a zen monk who came face to face for the first time. This establishes the point in question clearly, and the moral here is drawn partly from Mahabharata, where the vision of Yudishtra and Duryodhana are discussed on similar lines.

Back to the story..

The emperor ruled over a kingdom that practiced Buddhism and the monk was eager to meet with him, looking forward to sharing tales of enlightenment.

But when they met, the emperor decided to test the monk by saying to him: “When you look at me, what do you see?”

“I see a Buddha,” answered the monk. And what do you see when you look at me?”

“I see a pig!” countered the emperor. Waiting to see the monk’s reaction, he said no more.

The monk pondered for a moment, then said:

“A Buddha sees a Buddha; a pig sees a pig!”


Now, is there any better way to learn how to earn respect?!

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