Holi is a colourful and joyous festival of India. Colours are a part of our culture and reflect in our art and day to day living – whether it is Red Fort , white beauty Taj Mahal , Pink City Jaipur or Blue City Jodhpur. Our art, culture, architecture, cuisine, cities and most importantly our hearts are filled with colours. Holi is one of the most popular festivals across the globe and the values associated with Holi are being adopted by best companies all over the world.
We celebrate colours of life with full swing during the Holi festival. Holi has social, mythological and cultural significances, apart from celebration of colours. We forget that Holi also has management significances. Below is the brief how Holi has management significances.
Social connectivity of Holi and management
We bonfire the sticks, logs and dead leaves on the day before Holi. Dances and celebration on the eve of bonfire are to forget the bad old memories and welcome the spring with joy. It’s a tradition that even enemies forget hard feelings and turn to be allies. The wall between rich and poor vanishes and the spirit of brotherhood brings tremendous joy to all.
Hierarchy in the corporate world does not allow crossing the limitations of official etiquettes. Holi teaches us to burn the barriers to communication created due to the management hierarchy. The healthy organization culture will break these traditional silos among colleagues and peers. Our client, a management consulting firm is a good example to share. They have a dynamic team, which is supportive and helpful. The barriers across levels are great leveller and direct communication is encouraged. The lessons of Holi have helped them create a culture where everyone is equal.
Cultural Significance of Holi and Businesses
Holi means the triumph of good over evil. The celebration of Holi is associated with the legend Bhakt Pralhad and Hiranyakashyap. Hiranyakashyap, the demon king, ordered that everyone in his kingdom will only worship him. When he noticed that his son, Pralhad is not following his orders and worshiping Lord Vishnu. He asked his sister Holika who was blessed with a boon that fire would not burn her, to step into fire with Pralhad. The result was that Pralhad who was a devotee of Lord Vishnu survived and Holika was burnt to death which signifies bad will not succed over good.
The lesson of this story is that the professionals indulging in the unprofessional behaviour do not succeed in the long run. The message of the festival of Holi is, sincere and honest individuals stead fast in their purpose – come out victors.
These simple messages of the festival of colours can go a long way in creating a culture of cooperation and integrity in the organization.