Tuesday, 1 December 2015
“Apply Chanakya’s Four-Fold Strategy ― ‘Sama, Dana, Bhed and Dandopaya’ When Your College Owner Cheats You by not Giving Your Salary” ―Professor M.S.Rao
“Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.” ― Chanakya
People use various strategies to get their things done. They use diversified tools and techniques to bring culprits to book. Most people use persuasion as a strategy to get their things executed effectively. If they fail to achieve the desired objectives, they punish others to achieve the desired outcome. Here is a four-fold strategy by ancient Indian political thinker, Chanakya known to many people but adopted by a few people. It is Sama, Dana, Bhed and Dandopaya. It means Chanakya advises people to use four strategies to get their things executed effectively or to address their challenges. First strategy is ‘Sama’ that means persuasion. When you want your tasks to be executed effectively, you must persuade others. If it fails, then use the second strategy ‘Dana’ which means offering incentives and benefits to others to get your tasks executed. If this second strategy also fails, use the third strategy ‘Bhed’ which means compare and contrast with others. That means differentiate with others. Tell clearly that when others can do their tasks effectively why you cannot do it. With this strategy, most of the tasks can be executed. The worst thing you can do to others is to compare with others. All are born unique in this world. Even twins cannot be alike in attitudes, temperaments and behaviors. When people are compared with others, it upsets them and the problems can be resolved easily and the tasks can be executed effectively. If this third strategy also fails, use the fourth and final strategy of ‘Dandopaya’ which means use the threat of punishment to get the things done or to resolve the problems. Unfortunately, in real life, people use the first strategy of ‘Sama’. If it doesn’t work, they directly adopt the fourth strategy of ‘Dandopaya’ which is not appropriate and ideal to get the tasks executed effectively and resolve the problems successfully.
Whenever you resolve problems, attack only the issues, not individuals to avoid further complications. Be polite and assertive to the people because your objective is to resolve the challenges amicably rather than aggravating them. Once the issues are resolved, don’t drag them further. Close them forever. This is one of the sutras I shared in my award-winning book ‘21 Success Sutras for Leaders’ (Sutra # 9 Praise Publicly and Punish Privately). http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Leaders-ebook/dp/B00AK98ELI It was ranked as one of the Top 10 Leadership Books of the Year for 2013 (San Diego University) http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in/2015/06/21-success-sutras-for-leaders-sample.html
I adopted this four-fold strategy to resolve several challenges in my life and succeeded. I served in a few private colleges as a professor. One of the owners of the college cheated me by not giving more than three months of my salary in spite of being served with notice due to his administrative problems. Worse, he did not give my relieving order and service certificate. He cheats every leaving faculty by not paying last month salary. I adopted Chanakya’s four-fold strategy. Why don’t you adopt it?
“Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.” ― Publilius Syrus
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