December 15, 2010
This is a funny story from Yahoo:
The company that makes Hot Tamales candy offered its sales team an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii if it met its annual goals, and a trip to the nation’s arctic tundra if it didn’t.
The Just Born team did not meet its target and, on Tuesday, about two dozen salespeople gathered inside the 19-story Radisson hotel — the tallest building in frozen Fargo.
Outside, the temperature was 7 degrees. The ground had 2 feet of snow.
It gets better:
They are trying to make the best of it, with a little humor.
They planned tours of two North Dakota wineries and a winter extravaganza with a sleigh ride, tobogganing and hot toddies around a fireplace inside a chalet.
On their first night in town, they went to the VFW in West Fargo for a spaghetti dinner. Five bucks a plate, all you can eat.
Afterward, they hauled an old-school popcorn machine into a conference room and watched a movie. "Fargo," of course. Yah sure, you betcha.
This is actually some fairly clever management. I suspect the sales team will talk about the Fargo trip far more than they ever would have discussed a trip to Hawaii. I also suspect it will be fairly motivating for next year.