Article (April-2021)


Karma Sutras

Debashis Chatterjee

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This book is for high-potential managers and leaders who step into the world of work, sometimes without knowing how to work. These talented men and women seem to scurry through workspaces like children playfully running their fingers over the keyboard of a piano, making discordant noise. They learn on the job through unforced errors and sometimes severe trials.

Leadership is not about doing more, it is about observing more. Karma Sutras presents timeless leadership insights for the 21st Century new managers. It vividly encapsulates the scientific and spiritual truths about organisation, work , self-mastery and the purpose of leadership in the 4.0 VUCA world. Laced with small narratives from current issues to motivating stories and relatable quotes, the book caters to aspiring leaders and first-time managers alike. It provides deep anchors in spirituality for managers struggling in the post-COVID world.

The book is divided into two distinct segments as indicated by the title. These segments are Karma and Sutras. The first part is about the context of word ‘karma’. Contrary to popular belief, karma is not about fatalistic action. It is the broader and invisible context in which work takes place. Karma includes will, thought, intent and acts of omission as well as commission. They all create the large ecology of karma in which we find ourselves.

The second part is called sutras or insights. In Sanskrit, sutra means thread. These sutras provide deep insights into the art and practice of leadership from several thought leaders and spiritual traditions of the world.

This book is a treasure trove of simple but subtle ideas in the form of sutras.

Debashis Chatterjee’s vision of offering ancient insights in a way that makes them understandable on contemporary managers could not be more timely.

This book speaks more directly to the crucial problems which afflict contemporary organisations than most ‘how to’ management nostrums.