I work with a small, but mighty group of nerds. There are six of us (four PhDs and two in the making) who spend most of our days using statistics to glean insights about the current and future workforce.
We use data about employees (where they come from, what they’re like, how long they stay with the company) to help inform strategic business decisions (where we recruit, what skills we will need in the future, how we can improve our EVP). We learn and research and explore. And It. Is. Awesome.
Again, I stress that we are nerds. We also have an insatiable need for praise. In addition to the not-so-obvious excitement that accompanies data analysis, our team likes to recognize each other for a job well done.
That’s why we created the “Cool and Great” trophy. It started as a joke – the trophy itself is a big gold star adorned with dollar store erasers – but it has come to symbolize the little victories that we make as a team.
There is no formal process, we just pass it among us to celebrate notable achievements, acts of teamwork or the close of a long project. Accompanying the trophy is a dry erase board where we advertise why the person is so cool and so great.
Somehow that silly trophy drives me to Go Further. Seeing it on my desk makes me want to produce work worthy of it.
Seeing it on someone else’s desk makes me want to one-up them enough to get it back.
But most of all, the support of my team is what drives me to Go Further.
Knowing that they recognize and celebrate little nerdy accomplishments makes me want to be an active contributor and hard worker.
They make me want to put One Ford into action.