?Be in the team, but live for you first?.? This statement may read absurd and meaningless at the top glance. But it is true, not only in the corporate world but also in the animal kingdom, be it a predator or prey.


Those who regularly watch the behaviour of the prey and predator in the deep jungle would understand how true the above statement is.?? When a pride of lions attempt to hunt a buffalo or its calf, the heard would move together to drive away the lions.?


Lions will be extremely careful when they strategize to hut buffalo.? They take such risks because a single buffalo would provide adequate meat to the entire pride.? The payoff justifies the pay.?


Although being in the heard may offer protection to every individual buffalo, but when a buffalo is caught by lions, generally other buffaloes in the heard would slowly move away.?? They pay least attention to the victim, may be due to the acceptance of the faith or because of the fear.? Imagine, if they fight together, no predatory animal would ever get any food to eat.


Even if the victim were the calf, the mother animal would fight for sometime and then accepting the fate, moves away.? The story is true even for all predators.?


The animals when are in a heard or pack or pride, fight collectively in the beginning, but later leave the victim either to concede, endure or escape. ???


In corporate, the phenomena of ?be in the team, but live for you first? is more evolved.? When an employee faces some problem at the hands of their bosses, the people around him or her, mostly the ?peer group?, would seek to know the details of the problem, its cause etc. ?They do shower their sympathy, tears and prayers initially.? When the problem grows further, all those people who were so sympathetic in the beginning, moves away from the victim and behave like the ?victim? is excommunicated.? Spontaneously they declare ?anathema? towards the victim.


This behaviour of people in corporate should not be seen as strange or bizarre. The employees in the corporate primarily live for themselves.? They are in the team only for the above purpose and not to protect and safeguard others.?


Many employees do stupidly believe that their teammates or fellow colleagues will take care of them when there is crisis.?? People in the corporate must realize the fact that their ?existence in the team? is not for the ?existence? of the team but for ?own existence?.?


This sacred management message every life form in nature knows and so are many ?smart? employees in most corporate.? The na?ve and innocent employees must learn this and must position accordingly in the team.

Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai


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


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