Just i want to clarify one thing about my unusual fb post (sept.3rd.) Friends, this Birbal story will help to find, what was there in my mind at that time! ~
Which profession is the most popular Profession in our country. I think, giving advice to others. Because i am also doing the same many years. Giving advice is very very easy, but that will cause adverse effect and reaction at receiver's end...? We didnt follow our advice, when we faced the same problem or with the same type of situation.
Ok... let me tell one Akbar- Birbal story with Management perspective.
One day Akbar resolved to find out which profession was the most popular in his capital. He asked the courtiers, some said, trade, others said masonry, but the general consensus was on soldiering.
When Birbal's turn came, he arose from his seat, bowed before Akbar and said, Your Majesty, in my opinion the most popular profession is medicine.
This was surprising as one could count the number of physicians in the city. The court physician was furious and said that, Birbal and no clue about how difficult it was to train in this profession and advice people on medical problems. Birbal smiled and said, "I can prove my statement Your Majesty, if you come with me tomorrow morning,"
Akbar agreed, and the next morning met Birbal on a major crossroad in the city.
Birbal had a bandage on one hand. Akbar looked at it and asked what the matter was. Birbal said, "I cut my band while chopping fruits for breakfast. Please, Your Majesty you will have to write down the names of all the physicians we come across."
"I will do that Birbal, but be sure to wash that wound well and apply some ointment on it." said Akbar.
"I will, Your Majesty, but only after I have proven my statement" said Birbal.
They sat at the busy crossroad all through the day. Birbal was a well-known personality, so everyone who passed by asked Birbal about his injury and advised him about some medication or the other. As the day wore on., the list grew long and by afternoon Akbar was tired of writing names, so he suggested they go home.
Birbal asked for the list and said, "My Lord you forgot to write your own name at the top of the list. You were the first one to advice me!"
So, we have a management moral from this story.
Unsought advice is cheap. And the treatment it gets from the person you give it to will be cheap, too. It is best to refrain from showering a lot of advice on matters that you are not qualified to handle. And from your side, make sure you check the credentials of those who counsel you, both in personal and professional life.
So also, when you do wish to give advice, stick to areas in which you specialize and make your credentials known.