Friday, November 29, 2013

Movember Memories.

Another great culture bonding experience for a few of the Lykki bro's with mo's.
We created a Lykki team page on the Movember site and collected $500 in donations. Happily many of the donations cam from support of our Lykkiite Ladies!
Thanks for the support everyone.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gratitude Tree

I love when our partners come up with creative ways to build our culture and I don't know about it. 
Today I walked into the Customer Loyalty Center and there was a tree with LED lights on it that caught my attention. It was a gratitude Tree! The purpose is to fill our a blank leaf with something or some open you are grateful for and hang the leaf on the tree. 
So cool!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The knee bone's connected to the - thigh bone.

As I have blogged about recently, we are installing all new software at Lykki. This is no small project and many hours from a large team of super smart people has gone into pulling it off over the last 8 months. Happily we are down to the final few weeks and then we go live. Our new system will be amazing!!! More on that in a future post. 
There is nobody more excited than me to see the project completed. I have full trust in our team so I am not involved in the project - except to sign the cheques, order sushi, beer an keep the coffee flowing. 
Today I was walking past a team and what they had on the screen made me stop in my tracks. I snapped this picture of a Data Relation Flow Map. (OK, I made that up - no idea what they call the screen). Anyways it was humbling for me to see the complexity of the project yet also energizing to know that we have such uber smart partners who work at Lykki. As an entrepreneur there is a saying - "always hire people smarter than you if you want to grow and succeed". I am happy to say I sure did. 
Great work and kudos to the Lykki software team!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Wish me a Strike!

Another fantastic event last night by the Lykki Culture Club. Cosmic Bowling. 
Great friends, fun food and ....... A chicken costume?
Rita is one our new partners and only 6 months with Lykki but already she has made a major positive impact on our culture with her " all in" attitude.  When you show up to a public bowling alley dressed in a full chicken costume - just because, you know you have the right kind of partners at Lykki.
Rita also brought her daughter Kelsey who kindly "wished" a strike on the bowling ball of anyone who asked her. She was a popular girl wishing each ball bowled. Sometimes she was so busy there was a lineup and I chose to skip the wish. Of course you know what happened - gutter ball. When she wished my ball - a strike or at least a great throw. 
Thanks to all our Lykkiites who attended. I wish we did that every Friday. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

No more soup please.

Today I attended a special invite from the Tri Cities SHARE Society. Martin Wyant, CEO of SHARE reached out to the community business leaders to have a brainstorming session on ways to improve the Food Bank. I was honored to be included In a group of other local leaders. 
The most memorable part of the meeting for me was the hands on tour of the Food Bank facility. First what is saw was food, lots of food. Or at lease it seemed that was until it was explained that over 20,475 hampers a year are handed out. Although there seemed to be an abundance of product, it was the selection that is the Food Banks challenge. They explained many people when they donate food during a food drive or drop a few cans in the local grocery store food bank bin chose to donate soup. Although the food bank explained they were so grateful for any sort of donation, they didn't need more soup, they had so much they actually rent additional warehouse space just to store the excess. The next time you donate to the food bank choose protein based products like peanut butter, tuna and even Lima beans. These are the items they really need to round out a healthy hamper. 
Please feel free to stop into your local food bank and drop off your donations directly to the volunteers. How about a little random act of kindness and bring some coffee and doughnuts for the volunteers and staff and roll up your sleeves for an hour or two. I'm sure they would welcome you with open arms. This year they will need over 26,000 volunteer hours so every bit helps.
I was excited to learn they also host team and culture building volunteer time for companies who want to share the experience with their staff. Van City makes it a mandatory part of their onboarding process for new staff. I can say that Lykki will definitely add this idea to our team building.