The Combatants: Sales & Marketing Versus The Operations Team
The Title: Workweek Hustle
To The Winner: The Spoils, A Company sponsored lunch
For the Loser: Defeat…and the joy of manning the phones whilst the winners celebrate
The Teams: Five from Sales and Marketing, Five from Operations
The Challenge: To complete the most steps between Monday and Friday
If there was one lesson to be learned from this clash of the titans it was to never underestimate the lengths that a competitive spirit will go to to win. Fierce competition was expected from both sides, the stakes were high, lunch, yes, but above all, honour. This wasn’t going to be a walk in the park…although walks in the park took place; this was going to be a week of very early mornings and very late nights as the opposing teams stepped up to the task and stepped out to win.
Was it fun? Yes, and funny, and very challenging! Those lunch time power walks around industrial Avonmouth suburbs, with the teams often crossing each other’s path must have raised eyebrows with on-lookers, and then the time that Niels, from the Sales & Marketing team spotted members of the opposition in the furthest part of the warehouse, on the mezzanine floor, striding across whilst carrying a ‘empty folder’.
That wasn’t the least of the Operations’ Teams maneuvers, with Kev polishing his car with his Fitbit arm to gather more steps, and spending hours on his home cross trainer, making sure his arm was strapped down so not to loose steps. He even had his children pass him food and drink so he didn’t need to get off! And then there was Ashley, who purchased an under-desk peddle machine to keep on top of steps during office hours, and Sam, who dragged her poor dog on endless morning walks to secure a competitive advantage over Faith.
The Sales and Marketing Team had their moments too, Amit became famous for taking night time runs along the Avon gorge, Niels spent hours and hours at the gym, visiting twice a day, much to the surprise of the staff there. And then there was Faith, whose trainers mysteriously disappeared from her office. The competitiveness and intensity of the competition got so much for Faith, that it even crept into a dream that involved her finding Sam’s Fitbit in her handbag -stolen by her – to stop Sam taking the lead. She woke the next morning to discover that Sam had indeed overtaken on the leader board, and leapt out of bed at 6am to hit the gym for a high-speed session on the treadmill!
With Friday approaching and the competition reaching its finale everyone felt completely over-exercised, tired and relived it was nearly the weekend, and that there was really not very much in it between the teams. By 5pm on the Friday, the Sales and Marketing team were in the lead by X number of steps, but given the level of effort, it was decided to call it a draw and both teams went for a well-deserved lunch on the following Tuesday.
Tim, the leader of the Operations Team, as team wrote this motivational poem for his team:
We don’t just need motivation, we need motification!
Motification needs music to step by: Step on my friends.
We are the hot steppers! Lyrical gangsters, who’ll murder them
It may be a Tragedy but when the feeling (in your legs) has gone and you can’t go on
It’ll only be a tragedy, when the morning cries as the sync’s go by
And you don’t know why we’re not in lead, it’ll be hard to bear seeing sales & marketing there
Remember: With no charge in your fit bit, you’re going nowhere!
We shall go on to the end. We shall walk in the warehouse, we shall walk on to shire and Avon, we shall walk with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our lunch at the Lamps, whatever the cost may be. We shall walk on the beaches, we shall walk on the level grounds and up the stairs, we shall walk in the fields and in the streets, we shall walk in the hills; we shall never surrender.
We need to leave them hanging on the telephone whilst we do lunch.
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone
Don’t stop moving. You must obey the fitbit!!