By Dinesh Verma - September 27, 2022
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‘An act done in anger is an action doomed to failure.’
– Genghis Khan
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If someone tells you that in the Middle Ages, when people used to travel on horses, an empire spread from Europe to China, that too not for ten or twelve years but for 200 years, would you believe? Will you be able to No, but one such empire has existed in the world from the 13th century to the 15th century.
Yes, Mongols. Consider the above thought of Genghis Khan. As the image in your mind of Genghis Khan, he must have said so?
Tales of Violence, But Too Much Good
The Mongols followed the Tengri religion, in which nature worshiped (they were not Muslims). History is replete with tales of Mongols atrocities, burning down entire cities, but apart from violence, there are some positive lessons to be learned from today’s professional (and corporate) Mongols.
In this 14th-century painting by Mongolian historian Rashid-al-Din, Genghis Khan is shown on the throne in the middle. In this he is announcing his son Ogedei as his successor.
5 Big Lessons in Modern Life from Historic Mongols
During my research on the Mongols, I realized that there was much to be learned from their way of working:
1) Unity or Unity: The Mongols were basically small herds living in the grasslands of Asia. who unite under the flag of a leader named Temujin and form their empire from the most powerful empires of the time, such as China, Persia to Europe. Considering Temujin as the head of all the herds – Genghis Khan was given the respectable name.
Many believe that the greatest success of Genghis Khan was the gathering together of the Mongolian herd. Greater than conquering large empires after being united. Similarly corporate groups can achieve success by fostering unity within the company and at the industry level as well. At the industry level, this can be done by forming an association or union of companies of similar work areas. Lesson – Unity is Strength, and Disunity Disasters.
2) Innovation: The Mongols brought many new things to the world of the time, some of which are still relevant today. chief among them were (i) New ways of fighting war, including the use of small bows that could be fired from moving horses, (ii) The fastest mode of transportation at the time (each Mongol carried more than two horses, one he rode on and the other was kept empty; when the first got tired, the other was ridden) which allowed his army to Bar used to surprise the enemies by traveling in half the time according to the standards of that time, (iii) In the absence of a supply line, the Mongols used to carry all the food and drink with them, their caravans had sheep, goats, etc., apart from this they used local items, (iv) There were techniques of attack and retreat, etc. Lesson: Innovative methods always help you take the lead over your competitors.
3) Changing with the times, open minded to adopt new things: Most of the Mongol herds at first followed the Tengri religion, but over time they began to accept Islam. Genghis Khan recognized the Chinese Uighur script as his official script. Apart from being brutal killers of Mongols, it is also true that they respected talent and did not kill talented people like artists, writers, accountants etc., and hired them. Lesson: It’s beneficial to keep talent, appreciate it, and pursue it.
4) Change is the only truth of life: The Mongols ruled almost all of Asia for 200 years (and even later) but today Mongolia is a marginal country. This is the biggest lesson for all from the history of the Mongols. Change is the law of nature, As it is today, tomorrow will not be the same, it is necessary for any person to have mental preparation. (India remained lucky, because many big attacks of the Mongols were not allowed by Allauddin Khilji of Delhi Sultanate to succeed.) Lesson: The end of every empire is certain, get ready.
5) Succession or Succession Planning: Recall the great empires we have been taught about – (i) Alexander the Great: Empire – From Macedonia to the Indus River in Europe. But the empire was divided into generals soon after his death; (ii) Napoleon Bonaparte, Empire – Almost all of Europe. But during his lifetime the empire started coming to an end, (iii) Maurya Empire India: The last king Brihadratha was assassinated by his military commander Pushyamitra Shunga, and the Mauryas ended, etc. But the Mongol empire, despite being much bigger than them, lasted for more than 200 years, The reason is the succession plan of Genghis Khan, He started giving responsibility of different parts of the empire to his four sons Ogdei, Tolui, Jochi and Chagatai during his lifetime. Lesson: Corporates Groups Do Success Planning (Mukesh Ambani has divided the responsibility of different parts of his business among his children this year)
So today’s career fund is that immortal historical lessons can inspire us in today’s professional and corporate life.
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