After the game, the king and the pawn go in the same box. I read it several times over and over again, until the words soaked in. I realized that these words are game changing, life altering, soothing, humbling.
If life is a game, we all die. If our startup company is our life, there will always be someone bigger than your company and someone weaker than your company.
Bigger doesnt essentially mean marketcap. It sometimes means with a larger vision, with a bigger impact, with grander fan following, with a philantrophic objective, with a richer legacy ?
At the end of it, kodak that captured moments collapsed its cameras and digital frames business. Myspace was slaughtered by orkut which was beaten to death by facebook.
The business of business has been to give back to the community, to create value around you, to solve problems, to give joy and enrich lives across globes. The objective though, gets lost in between balance sheets and financial projections, envy of the better performer at the cost of employee satisfaction. And its not just the companies, people leave companies which are less profitable even if they are more human. They leave organizations to work like slaves in better paying jobs and competitive organizations so that they can give a better future that they may never see.
What you are so proud of today, may not stay for long with you. Your health, intelligence, friendships, connections all fluctuate with age and as you keep abreast with the younger, adaptive generation, you realize the king in you is close to its retirement.
Lets read it again " After the game, the king and the pawn go in the same box " .
And when you know you both will land up in the same box, shouldnt you co-create - collaborate - share - inspire with your peers, your subordinates, your superiors and everyone around you?
We at Management Paradise are striving to achieve just that for you - the students and leaders of today and tomorrow !
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