Monday, December 3, 2007
I blogged a couple of days ago about our holiday parties being a means to develop culture. Well, they are just one of several and the healthier one - that is starting to consume big chunks of my time - is athletic competitions.
We have put together a FirstRain team for the Napa Vineman Aquabike race in August 2008. It is entirely voluntary and none of us (employees) has done anything like this before. The Aquabike is a swim/bike race - a triathalon without the running - swimming in the Russian River and biking up and down hills in the Sonoma Valley.
Our team is a great cross-section of (fun loving or crazy - who knows) employees. We have:
- 7 from New York and 7 from California
- plus 2 spouses (both of whom are serious athletes so they'll probably wipe the floor with us)
- plus 1 customer (a triathlete who kicked me to start this project in the first place)
- 6 of the 17 are women
- 6 of the 17 are over 40
- 7 of the 14 employees are from sales, 4 from operations, 3 from G&A (yes, we're the overhead contingent)
We plan to train together as much as we can in the Spring/Summer, compete together and definitely celebrate together afterwards. Several of our employees who did not want to sign up are still planning to come and cheer us on - and I'm sure we'll need their encouragement.
Culture is about how you interact with each other every day; what kind of team you form; how people support one another through challenges. So a race like this will bind us even tighter (assuming we survive it!).