19. Dec, 2019

Wearing a white shirt ...

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Yesterday we had our Christmas event and the invitation said that the guests should wear a white shirt. Today we still do not really know why, but I made some assumptions yesterday 😉. The most obvious one is "dreaming of a white christmas", but it could also be our new #SPIRIT initiative that is showing different quotes in red and black letters on a white background? Or it was just a test, how many employees would be following the proposal on the invitation letter?

Anyway I decided to wear a red shirt, a present from my wife, with many different Christmas symbols on it. The reaction was really interesting. A lot of colleagues wearing white shirts did ask me, why I am not coming to the Christmas event --> no white shirt, no participation. When I told them I will be there, the next question was about my shirt color. I had several explanations, depending who was asking and by the moment I decided to make a BLOG post out of it, I did even think about more:

  • I did not read the invitation properly, or did pass the application process without proofing that I can read
  • Out of diversity reasons for other colors than white
  • Being one step ahead of our new #SPIRIT approach - mistakes are okay now, fail fast - fail often
  • A decision to be compliant or creative/different, being part of a minority during the event
  • To wear, what I like and not, what somebody else proposed
  • etc.

In the end I assume that the event had 3,000+ visitors and less than 10% did not wear white. Funny side note - on the menu card was a vegetarian dish, pasta with tomato sauce (red) - perfect when you wear a white shirt 😉.

A great event and perfect way to close the year, very much appreciated. My holiday starts tomorrow and I will go back after the Turn of the Decade 👍.

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. -- Oprah Winfrey, American - Entertainer Born: January 29, 1954,  https://www.biography.com/media-figure/oprah-winfrey 

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. -- Nelson Mandela, South African - Statesman July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013, https://www.history.com/topics/africa/nelson-mandela