The original plan was to spend the weekend in Las Vegas and go to a nice dinner and a fun show. However, Rich and Ron, after some thought, were uncomfortable with the idea of taking the office (which includes four 17 year old guys!) to what can be viewed as a questionable destination J. So in the past couple of weeks, the plan was changed to New York City, a revision no one was disappointed about! Besides the City being a fun place to visit with so much to see, we’re also excited for the New York and Utah branches of the office to spend some time together.
I’m going to take a short break from blogging the story behind the Bootstrapped book in order to share some fun events from our office this week. Tomorrow, the entire office is headed to New York City for a weekend trip as a reward for meeting our CastleWave company goals this summer! As a reminder of the goals we set and in order to keep everyone motivated over the past few months, we’ve had this ‘goals picture’ hanging all over the office.
Our office has come a long way over the summer and accomplished some significant goals. Setting and working towards goals has helped everyone to stay focused on their tasks, knowing their hard work is being noticed and will be rewarded. It may seem unusual for a small office to be flying their entire staff to NYC, but Rich and Ron believe strongly in the concept of goals and rewards. In the book, they encourage establishing achievable but ‘stretch’ goals for all projects, identifying meaningful and fun rewards for each goal, then following through with the rewards when the goals are met. Often, the satisfaction from achieving the goal may seem like reward enough, but Rich advises against ever going back on promised rewards. This only damages the desire to sacrifice for goals in the future. Also, interestingly enough, money is hardly ever a powerful motivator – something to keep in mind as you set goals and rewards at home and in the office. Meaningful and tantalizing rewards, on the other hand, elicit amazing efforts.
Now that we have accomplished our set of summer goals, we are gearing up to set new ‘stretch’ goals for the next few months. Having experienced the success of meeting our last set of goals, we are more enthusiastic to set new targets to work towards. This also means that we get to pick a new reward – one that matches the effort required to meet our goals. It may be difficult to top New York City, but I’m sure we’ll think of something!