Keeping it small, keeping it healthy…


Last week, I came across an interesting article about how an organization can take lessons from mother nature especially in terms of size and constraints. Reading through it made me realize that our organization had indeed taken a wise decision some years ago, a decision which at that point had been a very difficult one to make. It was the decision to ‘keep it small yet profitable’.

The initial days following the execution of this decision were tough: there was a lot of bad word in spite of the best of efforts and help extended to ensure minimal discomfort. But then the process of resizing is never easy and never without pain. We bled, we were hurt but we bounced back.

True there are not too many of us on the Company rolls now, 120 to be precise, but then it is a conscious call. We understand that surviving in the industry we operate in and the business model that we have adopted requires a lot of agility and we are up for the challenge.

We are now at a size which ensures adequate oxygen supply to all vital parts of the organization and that it stays in the pink of health. We are operating under some constraints which we are well aware of but trying to expand despite those constraints would bring in a new set of constraints, which the organizational DNA might not be able to support.

Say, for instance, if we do decide to grow beyond this size, the growth has to be proportional.  We cannot keep on adding more numbers to the organizational torso as that would put unbearable stress on its legs and the organization would crush under its own size and weight.

Compare has its own unique DNA and soul; we too have aspirations but it is just our approach which is different. Just like mother nature which ensures that every living being is endowed with qualities to assure its survival according to its size and constraints.

Yes, we are small in size now but you know what, we want to keep it that way and focus on the overall health of the organization.

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