Just got back from Cayman Islands where I had the privilege of working with Deloitte.
I was warned prior to arriving at their office that their "audit department is, uh, having a Christmas decorating contest, and it is over the top."
"How cool!" I thought.
And I was truly impressed. Not just with the degree to which they took their decorations, but with the enthusiasm and energy that the whole contest had generated among all their people from admin team members to partners.
They divided the floor into four teams (quadrants) and they went crazy.
They were kind enough to permit me to take some photos and, honestly, these photos don't do it justice!
With all the recent hullabaloo about the PCness of celebrating Christmas, it is refreshing to see that even major organizations that epitomize diversity are truly in the spirit of the holidays (all of them).
In the proud words of one of the auditors, "There's so much Christmas spirit in our office, it looks like Christmas vomit."
Always interested in process, I asked, "Who is judging?" "Is there a prize?" "Who do you think will win?"
No one really had an answer and it hit me that it didn't really matter. Though the teams are highly competitive, they weren't competing to win, they were competing to have the most fun...
If you're looking for a fun idea to liven spirits next December, I strongly recommend a decorating contest!