We have a pretty good sales team here at SoftLayer, quite honestly I couldn’t ask for a better group than the one we have. It’s pretty common for us to have various sales contests and awards to keep the team motivated and focused in the right direction, however last month I decided to try something a little different. Lance and I set a pretty lofty sales goal for the team (one I didn’t really think they would achieve), and told them that if they reached the goal I would shave my head completely bald.
As the month progressed, I began to realize the genius of this contest. The team was focused, driven by the desire to see their boss publically humiliated. SLales worked extra hours, came in early, stayed late, made calls, sent emails, followed up every lead, they did everything possible to exceed the goal. Looking back on it as their manager, it was a beautiful thing to watch and I’ve never been more proud of my team.
It ended up being close (down to the final hours on Friday actually). However, SLales stepped up to the plate and met the challenge. They worked together like a well oiled machine and overcame numerous obstacles, with the singular vision of seeing their boss embarrassed. They succeeded as a team, and here is the payoff: