While making a corporate strategy, there are certain associations and relationships that one needs to keep secret from others. And there are some that need to be given openly to the public. Learn to differentiate between the two.
For example, the brand ambassador of a company should be openly used in order to achieve the desired branding and sales target. But people being used within the corporate structure—like the key technicians or consultants—should never be publicised.
Therefore, to succeed in any project, Chanakya suggests, “In case of secret association, those concluded in secret shall succeed” (3.1.11)
Every business leader has friends, strategists, associates, and market intelligence experts, from whom he takes advice and to whom he even gives information. These are his resources for thoughts. Until and unless it is required, he should never make them public. Only after understanding this can he succeed in reaching his desired results.
Here are some steps for maintaining secrecy in a project:
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Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai is an Indian management thinker, author, and Founder of Atma Darshan and Chanakya Aanvikshiki. Dr Pillai has extensively researched Kautilya’s Arthashastra, the 3rd century BC treatise and incorporated it into modern management.