Dec 27, 2009

Beach Castle on the Marina Beach

I used to go to the Marina beach (Chennai) with my family usually in the evening. Once we decided to go in the early morning. We were all there before the sunrise. This was altogether a different experience. There was no crowd and no parking problems; the beach was calm and serene. Some people were meditating on the beach. On one side I could see a group of people, belonging to a laughter club, laughing in rhythm and exercising.

As soon as we reached beach, we started playing some games. I introduced some games to the kids; I learned them in the previous week in one workshop on NLP & Personal Mastery. My daughter showed her photography skills by taking some excellent photos of sun-rise (shown above). Hours have gone by in seconds!. When the kids were tired with games, they started building a beach castle. This time it was bigger than in the past, that probably showed their heightened enthusiasm.

It was nice watching how they built the castle; they didn’t start with any plans, but finally it evolved into a beautiful piece of work. Just by putting pressure on the sand, they could build the walls of the castle. My thinking was this. I know several small companies thriving and doing great even without any proper organization structure and processes. It is beautiful like the beach castle and is nimble. But, as the organization grows it requires more than the creativity and juggling of the entrepreneur. You can’t build an organization the way a beach castle is built.

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