And the Lion Smiled at the Rabbit

What caused the downfall of the mighty lion at the hands of a mere rabbit in the much loved story from the Panchatantra? The story where the rabbit takes the lion to the well on the pretext of having him meet his contender as the king of the jungle is well known. Was it the rabbit's cleverness? Or the lion's overwhelming anxiety at meeting a challenger? What if the lion didn't let his insecurity get the better of him? What if the lion's response was more measured and self-assured?

Using the age-old craft of storytelling, this evocative and thought-provoking book weaves together modern management theory and practices with the folklore of the Panchatantra and wisdom of Indian philosophy. It gives a fresh perspective with simple and clear solutions to the nagging issues that young professionals face on a daily basis, be it hard negotiations, office politics or never-ending deadlines. Read it so that the lion in you always rules like a king.
This enjoyable read of hard-hitting messages from the corporate trenches enables you to learn a lot.
Deep Kalra, Founder and CEO -
Rashmi reminds us how to be good human beings and how our energies affect those we interact with constantly. Very engaging reading!
Atul Punj, Chairman & Founder - Punj Lloyd
The book brings alive the "Art of Intelligent Living" in the corporate world, a worthy read for every professional. The book very skillfully and in subtle undertones brings out the fact that there is a big difference in having an emotion and it "having you".
Harlina Sodhi, Senior Executive Vice President HR - IDFC Bank
Rashmi Datt writes masterfully on a topic which is at the core of managers' success, yet is often sadly relegated to cocktail-like conversations. The need to balance professional excellence with personal restraint comes through this book like a wise knight in shining armour. You will find in these pages many practical solutions to important issues which you face every single day, ranging from meaningful conversations to resolution of conflicts.
Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian - Tata Sons
People lose a lot of productivity, time and happiness because they do not manage their emotions well. This is a very interesting and intriguing book that takes inspiration from old stories to share how taking responsibility for your own emotions will help you to manage your responses to situations.
Aadesh Goyal, CHRO - Tata Communications Group
The book is an intelligent guide for managing emotions in the workplace, illustrated through captivating fables from Indian folklore. Rashmi Datt thoughtfully weaves together modern management theory with ancient Indian fables in a way that provides useful and memorable insights into human behaviour. A very interesting and worthwhile read.
Andy Molinsky, Ph.D, Harvard University - Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Brandeis University (USA).
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