Lord Vishnu’s Symbols Shankh Chakra Gada and Padma as Management Tools



An interesting article in The Economic Times discusses about using Lord Vishnu’s symbols Shankh (conch-shell), Chakra (discus), Gada (maze) and Padma (lotus) as management tools.

Shankh was used by warriors to primarily communicate one’s resolve and intention. The Shankh thus reiterates that a leader should be an effective communicator –

your team must know who you are, what your capabilities are, what your vision is and what you expect them to do, and why and how this will help in achieving your final objective.

According to the author, the chakra can be viewed as a symbol of review; and gada (maze) and padma (lotus) are symbols of punishment and reward.

The mace is like a teacher’s ruler, to punish those who do not do what they are supposed to do. The lotus rich with nectar and pollen that attracts bees and butterfly is for those who do what they are supposed to do and more.

The use of ‘Shankh’ symbol as a management tool is interesting but the other three sounds far fetched. The weakest being the Chakra symbol.