What if Teddy Goalsevelt was your employee?

Once Upon a Time in a Brazilian rain forest an employee went on vacation and became an internet sensation… Did you see Teddy Goalsevelt during the World Cup?  The world did and so did his company Cavalry.  Mike D’Amico uses some of his vacation time following team USA.  His plan was to see the first round of World Cup play.  He wanted to stand out, so he came up with Teddy Goalsevelt.will-ferrell-teddy-goalsevelt  After ESPN spotted him, he became a selfie sensation all over Brazil.  Will Ferrell got in on the action; Teddy even had his own hash tags #teddyinbrazil and #jointhecavalry.  As World Cup fever was growing, so was his popularity.

Teddy’s vacation time and funds were down and it was time to come home.  But his bosses loved watching his adventure unfold and decided to figure out a way to keep him there.  They set up a GoFundMe account and offered to match funds donated for his expenses up to $2,500.  Over 106 people donated $5,600 to keep Teddy in Brazil.  There was some backlash on the internet, people complained about donating to a cause like this one, but there was more positive input than not.  The link was shared more than 1,700 times and #teddyinbrazil was trending.  Arrangements were made for him to stay as long as Team USA was in the running.

Mike’s employer Cavalry had giant pictures of his face made and gave them out in Chicago’s Grant Park for the viewing parties.  Everyone was able to get a selfie with Teddy.

teddy picturesUnfortunately Team USA was not able to defeat Team Belgium, so Teddy’s trip ended. Since Mike has returned to Chicago, he’s been all over the news and has been incredibly gracious about his trip and his employer.  Cavalry decided that they would fund his entire trip and they are now donating all of the money raised to Gol De Letra, a nonprofit that helps underprivileged children in Brazil.

Seventy percent of employees rate their relationship with their supervisor as very important to job satisfaction.  I’m guessing Mike D’Amico is very satisfied.  I bet the team at Cavalry is enjoying the ride and feel their employer cares about more than just work.

My favorite selfie was Ronnie Woo Woo!

My favorite selfie was Ronnie Woo Woo!

It’s important for employees to see you value what they do outside their cubicle.  Show them that you notice their interests, acknowledge birthdays or anniversaries and take note about where they are heading on vacation.  You’ll never know…they may be the next Teddy!

What steps do you take to build your team?


To donate to Gol De Letra go to http://www.gofundme.com/aqib40

To learn more about Cavalry check them out at http://www.cavalryagency.com/

#fifa #teddyinbrazil #jointhecalvary #1N1T


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Setting Goals in your Kingdom!

Gooooaallll!  It’s the word of the week.  But I don’t mean World Cup Goals.  I mean every day, “let’s all work together and make things happen” kind of goals.  Most people have an idea of what they want to accomplish but they don’t create a map to get there.  Eighty percent of small businesses have not defined goals for the company.  Not surprisingly, Seventy seven percent have not accomplished their vision for the company.  If you don’t know what you want, how do you make it happen? And how can your employees help you get there?

It’s important break down the company vision to include individual goals for employees.  In a survey by the Society of Human Resource Management, Sixty three percent of employees are highly motivated by work goals.  Employees want goals, but nothing will ruin motivation faster than an unrealistic goal.  goalIt’s important that goals are clear, measurable and challenging but attainable.  It’s imperative that the most integral part of the goal is within the employee’s control.

Goals should be revisited regularly to celebrate accomplishments and evaluate obstacles.  Employees need to feel supported through the process.  Communication is key for employees to buy-in.  Seventy percent of employees find relationships with their supervisor very important to job satisfaction and Fifty percent find communication with their manager very important.  Take their cues and be part of the process.

The goals should be tied to the bigger vision of the company or department.  Find ways to ensure that the individual goals bring the team together and don’t pit team members against each other.  73 percent of employees feel relationships with their co-workers are very important in job satisfaction.  Sponsor a team lunch when accomplishments are made towards the goal as a team.

It’s hard to wrap my head around soccer. I don’t get it.  I did an official poll (my friends and Facebook), most people don’t get it either.  I can’t understand how Team USA advanced by only winning one game.   team usaI think that is why I’m having a hard time getting excited.  In hockey, there is a clear best of seven and teams play until someone wins.  When you advance, it’s because as a team you joined together to accomplish a goal.  Each player works independently to play their best, but the main goal is the Cup.

Create a goal and develop a clear plan to accomplish it.  Don’t rely on advancing because someone else was worse than your company.  That isn’t a good long term strategy.   

I will still be cheering Team USA today, I’m hoping we win and advance.  But if not… Go team whoever is worse than us!!

If you need an excuse note don’t forget this one from Team USA’s Coach.


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