Indian businessmen and executives may not yet be the most meticulous executioners of management principles in the world. But when it comes to keeping the Gods and lady luck happy, they leave no stone unturned. Hang on! Is that just an Indian prerogative? Not really.
Heard Barack Obama lately carries a Hanuman idol to beat his rivals in the race for the White House. Now that he has successfully put Hillary behind, he’s sure to bank on its charms to beat McCain:)
Here is a list of other famous people that harbored mythical attributions to their endeavors…..
Where reason ends, fickleness begins. The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence – luxury, scepticism, weariness and superstition – are constant. The civilization of one era becomes the manure of the next. Legend becomes part of the process; over time it slides from the realm of individual belief into that of an enterprise habit, more so if it has its origins at the very top.
But when Venu Srinivasan of TVS motors sends first 21 units (motor cycles) to his choice of religious shrines before he starts commercial production, he is not exactly appeasing the Gods; not when oil is peaking at $140 a barrel 🙂
Not all of them mix up superstition with security. Perhaps they know to strategize better and had realized that security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger – to them – is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. You don’t have to rate excellence and innovation so low below mythical tales because when you do that, you are in fact bidding good bye to creativity altogether.