Grandmaster Anand’s Chess wisdom for Management Mavens

Chess Grandmaster Visvanathan Anand presented a talk to the audience of Madras Management Association here at Chennai. This is part of the Global Leadership series by the MMA and the title of the talk was: The Black and White of Success and Failure. The key tips to the management audience were:

  • Escape the rut.
  • Don’t stagnate on success. Or for that matter failure.
  • Adapt Technology or risk getting sidelined.
  • Plus a bonus tip: Sleep well; good rest takes care of lot of things. And sometimes a walk in the park will help!.

    Chess Illustration; Business Situation.
    In the question and answer session, there were questions like Why are you living in Spain?, How to make my 2 year old daughter to play chess?, Developing the sport HOTO?, How do you change playing strategy between advanced/rapid chess and classic chess?, Is chess as a career lucrative?, Can you elaborate on stress management?, Is there a Mturk like play – as in a Sydney Sheldon Novel? etc.

    I asked a question about role of meditation and its interplay of it in his game. For which he said he does not do any formal meditation, yet sometimes he will take a five minute off to meditate(deep breath) and slow down the mind. Hmmm… born in India and a man of the mind, yet apparently not(yet) touched by the depth and possibilities of meditation! Perhaps someday he will meet a guru in one of his frequent travels, may by it will be Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev – who also travels a lot. If not enlightenment, they can learn a trick or two from each other. BTW, I was wondering, is it possible for Anand to remove himself from chess at will? Perhaps that is the possibility offered by meditation. And the encounter(Anand Vs a Guru) will enrich everyone. Too bad I missed asking about interplay of music and the mind/game.

    The event was presided by Arun Bewoor from IFF India who had a couple of very interesting questions for Anand, handled the ‘What is the relevance to the topic?’ question from a participant deftly.

    Notable Quote: … And success must feed the plans… Big plans are useless if it is not nourished by success…

    Badrirag has an interesting coverage on the event.

    Bonus Link:
    Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev on Inner Engineering program at Columbus OH.

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    2 Responses to Grandmaster Anand’s Chess wisdom for Management Mavens

    1. badrirag says:

      go on. Imagine there is a meeting between Anand and Jaggi (on the flight, by universal design)! What would transpire there? Do speculate.

    2. labsji says:

      @Badrirag,
      How about chessboxing! – contest starts with a round of chess, followed by a boxing round, followed by another round of chess and so on

      Only that the Guru attempts to KnockOut at the Ego level. And that is where freedom begins.

      -Balaji S.

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