New York, New York

November 23rd, 2008 by Sharon Larsen


We’ve had a jam-packed weekend in New York City so far and have seen and done tons of fun things.  As a reminder, our whole CastleWave office is spending the weekend in NYC as a reward for meeting our company goals this summer.  Our group has had the opportunity to sample a variety of New York specialties, including Lombardi’s pizza (known as America’s first pizzeria), New York bagels, and even canolis from Little Italy.  I’ll confess that I love New York-style pizza; I think it’s safe to say that everyone in our office does.  And you can’t get it in the West!  Or at least it never tastes as good as it does in the City. 


We also saw a Broadway show, went to the top of Rockefeller Center, and walked through Battery Park – to name just a few things.  And all of this on Day 1!  The weather has been frigid and very windy this weekend in the City, but we braved the elements to see the sights. 


One of the more memorable parts of the trip so far has been our time in the Financial District.  We went to Ground Zero as a group, which was a special experience.  I have been there several times and each time I feel the same sense of reverence and awe for the courage and heroism displayed on September 11th.  We walked past the FDNY Ladder and Engine Co. 10, located directly across from the World Trade Center site.  Company 10 lost a large portion of their crew in the attack on the Twin Towers; the memorial outside of the firehouse reads, “Dedicated to those who fell and those who carry on.  May we never forget.”


And of course, since we came to New York City as an office, we had to stop by the Wall Street bull for a group shot.  The Charging Bull is the symbol of an aggressive financial optimism, so naturally we were eager to pose with it.      



Since I’m majoring in finance, I always love spending time in that area of New York City.  The atmosphere is definitely different than when I was there last, however – a lot has changed on Wall Street in the past few months.  In fact, after some contemplation, we thought this shot might be more appropriate considering the current market….



As you can tell, we’re having a great time in New York.  Only one day left now, and we still have plenty to see!  This has been a fantastic trip so far and a great reward for everyone’s hard work.  As Rich Christiansen and Ron Porter point out in the book, team rewards, when they are special and meaningful, create a community of collaboration and mutual appreciation.  Our little office has definitely experienced that this weekend.

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