Diplomacy And Organizations

Published by MBA Skool Team, Published on April 03, 2014

"It is immoral to get drunk because the headache comes after the drinking, but if the headache came first and the drunkenness afterwards, it would be moral to get drunk." - Samuel Butler (novelist)

It is a diplomatic world. Everything in general is judged by the outcome. It is like people develop tendency of judging everything right from the days in their mother's womb, which remains latent till they become conscious about worldly affairs. And as soon as the amorality of childhood innocence disappears into thin air a perspective develops that stamps the impression of either right or wrong on everything they come across.

In a desire to be righteous or tagged right, people try the reverse algorithm approach to everything. Hence the prime requirement is to be correct. Then the intermediate steps are adjusted so as to reach the desired aim or being portrayed correct. This calls for a deliberate way of conducting oneself (or sometimes others), a diplomatic approach. It is a commonly accepted fact that diplomacy has its way everywhere from Corporate, between nations, social conducts and to much extent in almost all religions of the world. Diplomacy is sometimes criticized and misunderstood with cunningness. This is because anything right can be wrong according to other, like in case of child abortion and euthanasia.

In the corporate world and between nations it is necessary for their smooth functioning. Still this word is looked down upon by many and corporate diplomacy has a bad name among majority. For instance take the carrot and stick or cracking the whip approach of organizations, most often people misunderstand this as diplomatic stance of the management. This is a clear case of shrewdness as a good diplomatic move would always take care that people involved in the transaction are not offended in any way. Diplomacy in a broader sense is an art like walking on a tight rope if not perfected can do more harm than benefit.

This art is best practiced by religious leaders across the world and is one of the major contributing factors to their popularity among masses. They call it morality. Diplomacy can be right away realized the way they renamed it to something that is linked with ones conscience. This can be realized by taking a simple and most talked issue: drinking. It is a matter of common sense that drinking can prove to be a vice for somebody poor or unrestrained. The logic behind this is quite coherent that a poor man has many more things to invest in which would prove to be productive and would pay him and his family returns (in a short or long run towards a better living) than to invest in amusements which can ruin him completely no sooner he goes unrestrained. Moreover, people in lower strata of society outnumber people in higher strata greatly. Hence, it would be a sensible move in the benefit of individuals and society at large to tame people’s attitude towards drinking such that every time they hear the word 'Drinking' they understand it as 'Destruction'. And the best and fool proof way this can be achieved is by linking it with ones conscience. Thus, morality comes into picture.

The second step is to make this idea subsist. This is achieved by indenting on people's mind that morality lies in conformity to the 'conventional' standards of moral conduct. This way an unfavourable opinion towards drinking is impregnated in people. And in a long run this is bound to increase people's wealth as now they not wasting money in something that is not essential. Hence with time people see generations prosper and these religious figures become popular among them. That is how a strong foundation of faithful followers sets up. Why diplomacy here has never faced any controversy? The reason is that it carries a visible benefit for all individuals on whom this is practiced.

Corporate world can take some insight from religious leaders for smooth functioning at every level in their organization. The only thing to be taken care while practicing it is that diplomacy pays rewards when its inherent quality of transparency is maintained, otherwise there is every possibility for it to be misunderstood as an opportunistic, exploitive and victimizing policy.

Diplomacy is a tool for smooth symbiotic relationships. And to practice it one needs a highly discerning eye. After all there is a fine line between diplomacy and hypocrisy!

This article has been authored by Krutika Parmar from School of Petroleum Management

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