Thursday, November 29, 2007
Holiday parties can sometimes be deadly affairs. Cramped in a restaurant sitting next to boring spouses talking about their kids (yep - I have been one of those boring spouses).
But done well they are a wonderful stepping stone on the path to building a tight team. Teams that work together, win and lose together, and play together become bonded for life. Some of my most fun evenings have been with my exec team members after winning a big deal, finishing a great year or closing a transaction.
This year we are holding two holiday parties for FirstRain, one on each coast. And this year I decided to host them both at home. So last night I had 36 rainmakers and spouses to my New York apartment for a party, and then on to an Upper East Side bar. It was a terrific evening. We have mostly sales people in our New York office so the energy level was high (it got very loud...) and we have an interesting mixed crowd: 3 years of experience and 30, men and women, technical and financial types. Plus my killer cosmos.
Everyone had a great time - and we have evidence...