Poppy Bass, senior project manager for IS, has held food drives for Philabundance in her department before –- fighting hunger is her passion -- but she knew she needed a competitive edge to really motivate people. Her strategy: separate the department into five teams, one for each division. Then, to sweeten the competition even more, she announced a prize: The CIO for the winning division would sing the Eagles fight song at the next IS Town Hall meeting. (She first got the green light from all CIOs.)
To keep it simple, she picked out five priority food items from the Philabundance website -– canned green beans, canned corn, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, and canned tuna -– and assigned one to each of the teams. She also color-coded the teams -- the ‘yellow’ team collected corn, the red team collected PB&J, and so on.