In response to the recent SLales blog entry in reference to high fives, I wanted to take a moment to clarify the position of C-Level and VP level personnel and the use of High-Fives here at SoftLayer. Being a technology company that is constantly in search of the next innovation, we believe that a natural progression has occurred from the more legacy high-five to the more refined Fist Bump. If you don’t know what a Fist Bump is – just catch the latest episode of “Deal or No Deal” and you will see Howie Mandel and his Fist Bump maneuver. If you are not a fan of the show, think back to your childhood days of the Wonder Twins. When that dynamic duo sought to bring about Water and Animal shapes, there was always the obligatory “Fist Bump” to initiate the process. Although not a new concept by any means, we believe the next generation Fist Bump is a far superior form of adulation for the following reasons;
- The Fist in itself represent power – it’s the most aggressive form in which the hand can be manipulated
- The force in which the fists bump can speak volumes in reference to the level of excitement
- Fist Bumps can be performed repeatedly with numerous other individuals without a stinging sensation
- Fist Bumps can be performed in meetings, on phone calls and around cube corners without direct line of sight
- Fist Bumps don’t make that “slappy” sound that tends to annoy unrelated third parties
- Fist Bumps do not require an individual to “go high” – Fist Bumps can be performed at low, standard and high grades
- Fist Bumps do not spread the “SamF’s” during cold and flu season
- Fist Bumps can be personalized – example – two bumps and roll
- Fist Bumps seem to be understood and appreciated by young and old alike
- A proper Fist Bump is simply more elegant and invigorating then even the wildest of High-Fives
So, here I sit thinking about the lack of Fist Bump deployments and maybe it resides in the fact that we don’t have a virtual Fist Bump like Mary’s High Five symbol. So, without further a due, I give you the Virtual Fist Bump – III!
As anyone can plainly see, if you looked at the end of your clenched fist, you would see four fingers with a tucked thumb. That is easily represented as III! with the little dot representing the tucked thumb. So listen up SLales – a new form of celebration is acceptable here at SoftLayer. High-Fives and Fist Bumps abound!! Let’s celebrate SoftLayer’s Success!!
Now if we can just teach Doug how to Fist Bump without turning it into a game of bloody knuckles from the third grade.