The Talent Sutra: An Indian Approach To Learning
About the Book
Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge in Hinduism, as well as in Buddhism and Jainism. Her
name is derived from the fluidity (saras) of the imagination. Human imagination enables us
to invent and innovate, visualize, plan and de-risk. Yet imagination is a bad word in the world
of business and management. It strips us of certainty. We want to control the imagination
of those who work for us, prevent their minds from wandering from work. Yet every human
being lives in an imagined reality. Recognizing this enables us to work with talent, build strong
relationships and nurture people to face any situation with faith and patience. Failure to
recognize imagination is why family-owned businesses are unable to manage professionals
and how professionally- run companies end up creating ineffective, mechanistic talent
management systems. Training, learning and development, are not just about skills and
knowledge and competencies, they are about appreciating the human-animal, recognizing
that neither we nor those around us are programmable machines that we can plug and play.
Managing people, hence relationships, is key to the survival of an organization.
Derived from Devdutt Pattanaik’s influential bestseller Business Sutra, this book explores
concepts like creativity in the workplace, nurturing talent, and the importance of teamwork. It
will help employers and managers become more inclusive leaders who are able to carry their
team along with them.

About the Author

Devdutt Pattanaik is a renowned author, mythologist and leadership consultant. He has written over thirty bestselling books, published several hundred articles and given numerous talks and presentations on Indian mythology, culture, business and management. He was formerly the Chief Belief Officer of the Future Group. He is currently a much sought-after speaker, leadership coach, management advisor and consultant on diversity and culture. To know more about him please visit

Book Details
ISBN-13: 9789383064274
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Binding: Hardback
Height: 197 mm
No of Pages: 142
ISBN-10: 9383064277
Publisher Date: 10-Oct-2016
Edition: 2
Language: English
Width: 130 mm