Chanakya on Managing a Team (1)

Chanakya was an Indian teacher, moralist, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthshstra.  As such, he is considered the pioneer of the field of politics & economics. 
His other famous work is ‘Chankya Niti’. But here I focus on another of his works called Chankya Sutra. It is a book to advise the kings on management of their daily affairs. The book contains 531 sutras
The sutra system of teaching or dealing with a body of knowledge is unique and prevalent since at least 7000 years in India. The other terms that can be used in place of sutra are – maxims, aphorisms, theories or ‘principles’. Patanjali Yog-sutra, Kam-sutra, Narad Bhakti Sutra, Vedant Sutra, etc are some other examples of this style of writing. Sutra would contain knowledge in a capsule form – easy to be told as well as memorized by pupils. It was an easy way to internalize the subject using sutras once the teacher explained them.
The present article focuses on his aphorisms on topics relating to selecting or rejecting team members; on placing people or assigning  people responsibility; necessity of appointing a properly qualified person to a job; necessity of sharing & distributing the earnings & importance of human resource. 

On Selecting or Rejecting Subordinates / Team Members

 Importance of Human Resource

   Sharing & Distributing the Earnings  

 On Placing People or Assigning People Responsibility

 Appointing a Properly Qualified Person to a Job


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