We have all grown up enjoying and appreciating the witty tales of Akbar-Birbal. Each Birbal story illustrates Birbal’s prudence and problem solving acumen. Today on this very special day of Gandhiji’s and Shastriji’s Birthday, I am glad to start this very special series of posts on “Problem Solving – The Birbal Way”.
In each post I’ll narrate a problem faced by Birbal. However, I’ll not specify the solution sited by him. It’s up to you to provide solutions as comments below. The solution can be similar to Birbal’s solution or it can be completely different. From each story also try to deduce some management principles applicable in today’s life.
What can we learn from Birbal?
Birbal’s way of problem solving encompasses all the skills required for solving complicated puzzles, riddles and brain teasers. Logical reasoning, lateral thinking, critical thinking, out-of-the-box thinking, etc., all are applied wherever required by Birbal to solve the problem at hand. I’ll narrate a formula in the form of an acronym – BRIBAL, which stands for each step of the problem solving process, resulting in an ideal solution.
Formula for Problem Solving
B – Begin
I – Investigate
R – Relate
B – Balance
A – Apply
L – Link
I got this formula from a book worth its price, named – Solve Your Problems – The Birbal Way
So here goes the first story of this series -
First Story – Lesson from the Holy Book
Akbar, once said to Birbal – “Birbal, it is said in one of your Hindu Holy Books that Lord Vishnu one day heard the agonized cry of one of His elephants and rushed to its aid. Why would a god with so many servants at his disposal himself rush to help an elephant?”
Give a solution below as comment, which could have satisfied intellectually demanding emperor Akbar.
Read the next post in this series - Akbar-Birbal Tales – Retrieving the Ring