And the Lion Smiled at the Rabbit

manage emotions to win

What caused the downfall of the mighty lion at the hands of a mere rabbit in the much loved story from the Panchatantra? The rabbit’s cleverness? Or was it the lion’s lack of control over his emotions? What if the lion didn’t let his pride get the better of him? What if the lion’s response was more 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.

Interview in The New York Times: “The Panchatantra Guide to Getting Ahead”
Story in Business Today: Old Fables to Help Improve Work Habits
Review in Zee News: “Rise and Shine: And the Lion Smiled at the Rabbit”
Story in The Hindu: “Animal Logic In the Corporate Jungle”
Review in Vijayvaani: ‘Winning the Marathon of Life”

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Comments from industry leaders:

A refreshingly fresh look at how emotions come into play at the work place as a leader, team player and peer .
‘Tiger’ Tyagarajan, President and CEO, Genpact

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 and Founder, Punj Lloyd

‘And the Lion Smiled at the Rabbit brings alive the “Art of Intelligent Living” in the corporate world, a worthy read for every professional. The book very skilfully 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 Vice President & Learning and Development Leader, Reliance Industries Limited.

‘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, Chief Operating Officer, Watches, Titan Industries Limited.

‘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, Executive Vice President and Global Head, Human Resources, Tata Communications.

‘This is a book not only for corporate professionals but for anyone who seeks to improve their interpersonal skills and get a better understanding of human emotions and how to manage them. The easy flow of narrative set in the context of Panchatantra stories is nice and easy to read. The
examples used are very apt, often from real life situations, and provide a simple framework for the concepts to flow in. I enjoyed reading this very useful book.’
Manish Sinha, Director, Human Resources, Becton Dickinson India Pvt Ltd.

‘This is an excellent read for all those who are just starting their careers. Indian analogies and stories in this book have been skilfully used to provide invaluable lessons in monitoring and regulating emotions, accompanied by simple and practical tips to manage everyday situations.’
Saikat Bhattacharya, Sr. Vice President and Country Head, Human Resources, Fidelity Business Services India Ltd.

‘With this easy to read and enjoyable book, Rashmi makes us (the readers) pause and reflect deeply in our own lives, relations and ways of being. Each chapter and each fable is an invitation to intense reflection
and subsequent resolve to get a better grip on our emotions, to improve our responses to stimuli and circumstances, and thereby improve our relationships and lead an enriching and fulfilling life.’
Naushad Noorani, Director, Organization Development, ACC Limited (HOLCIM 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, Organisational Behaviour, Brandeis University (USA).


                                           Managing Your Boss

managing your boss

This book provides valuable insight and practical tips through case studies and examples based on real life experiences of middle and senior managers.
While endless material (books, training workshops, seminars and studies) is churned out on leaderships skills, followership, the art of working effectively and harmoniously with superiors is underestimated. Valuable time and energy are spent (at the office water-cooler or family dinner-table) in crying, “Why can’t my boss be like me/like my ex-boss — more appreciative; more enterprising more considerate; more communicative; less rigid…” (the list is endless).
Managing your Boss is about building an effective and productive relationship with the boss for the good of the employee, the boss and the organization.

Media Coverage

The Boss Needs No Butter
Harmonious relationship in the workplace

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Comments from industry leaders:

‘This is a brilliant book with many valuable insights into the most complex but unexplored topic- how to manage your boss. It not only explodes a number of myths and assumptions but also offers practical tools and suggestions to deal with difficult situations – BLASTS is one such example. That, by itself, is worth the price of this book!’
K Murali, Director, Human Resources, GE India

Rashmi Datt was working as a corporate trainer while I had the opportunity to work with her. Rashmi’s in depth knowledge about people, people processes and challenges in the HR field is extremely strong and the same has been very well utilized in this book. We may find innumerable books which could help a manager manage the subordinates, but not many books would help you in ‘Managing your boss’. With the expert tips to maintain a harmonious relationship with your boss, the book also shows the reader the importance of communication, positive outlook & maintaining an inner balance. The book could be used as a guide or a light read by everyone, but it is definitely a value adding read for every employee and his boss!
Anand Shukla, President, Human Resources, Reliance Power

“Boss is always right” is not true. “Boss is mostly wrong and root cause of my problem” is how most people see him. In this excellent book Rashmi Datt has put the issue in the proper perspective. An important must read for every young person starting a career, as well as for all those struggling to make it a success, as we are all dreaming to make (team) India Inc a global power house in the next 20 years.
Narendra K. Dhand, Chairman and Managing Director, Micromatic Grinding Technologies Ltd

An excellent guide to managing yourself and your career in any work environment, whether corporate, academics or any other. It shows you how to take responsibility instead of blaming others or
leaving things to fate.
Sudhir K. Jain, Director, IIT Gandhinagar

Contains very useful tips on surviving the work place pressure-cooker.
Rachna Mukherjee, Head HR, Mobility, Aircel Ltd.

“Brilliant. It’s about time someone touched upon this subject given that it has so much relevance to our times and so much impact on the overall productivity of any organization. A must read for subordinates and bosses”.
Ashuthosh Khanna, Chief Operating Officer, Grey Worldwide (India).

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