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Building a people-centered culture is both hard work and a lot of fun.  Over the years, our team at Creation Technologies has learnt that there are several practices that enhance culture.  Taking people out for lunch to celebrate their birthday is one of these practices which has become a tradition in several of our locations.

From left to right, Jie Yu, Joss Zou, Arthur Tymos, Scott Chung, Edwin Fok, Dave O’Neill, Ramjay Madrid, Michelle Hu, Lucy Zhao, James Brown, Michael Choo, Michael Ma

Last week, it was my pleasure to enjoy a birthday lunch with 11 of our people in British Columbia and they have graciously agreed to sharing the above photo.  As usual, it was a fantastic time as I love getting to know people better, learning about their backgrounds, families and customs and engaging in discussions around topics of interest to them.  Sometimes at these lunches great questions are asked, frequently I gain key learnings and always we have fun.

I particularly enjoy hearing about what people are doing at Creation, finding out how long they have been part of our Creation family, learning about where they were born and hearing how they like to celebrate their birthday.  During this last lunch, as is common given our awesome diversity at Creation Technologies, people were born in a wide variety of locations, including:

  • Canada (Kimberly, New Westminster and Vancouver, BC)
  • China (Guangzhou, Shanghai and other locations)
  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Taiwan

During lunch, a participant who is part of one of our manufacturing teams expressed some interesting thoughts on how to share soldering learnings when working on highly-complex electronic products.  These thoughts have already come in helpful to me on two occasions in the past week.  I would likely not have been aware of this had I missed the lunch.

I wish each of the people in the photo above a very special Happy Birthday!  Looking forward to my next birthday lunch later this year.

What are some of the practical practices that you have found helpful in building a people-centered culture?

9 Comments to Creation People Birthday Lunch

  1. Cindy Young's Gravatar Cindy Young
    Oct 19, 2011 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Our Town Hall meetings are informative and appreciated. I have also had “Lunch with Arthur” and “Coffee with Brian”. Both of these lunches are great ways to get to know a smaller group on a little more personal basis.
    Meghan Myers also writes a monthly Creation Newsletter that keeps us informed and features a monthly employee. She does a great job with this!

  2. Dick Forde - AMP115's Gravatar Dick Forde - AMP115
    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Good Afternoon, Arthur —

    I enjoy reading your blogs and pass the various ideas you write about to several friends who are still working and share your beliefs in communicating directly and often with the folks in the office and out on the plant floor making things happen. All the best!

    Dick

  3. Pat Ciriacks's Gravatar Pat Ciriacks
    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    The Creation tradition of welcoming new people with a hug at a Town Hall meeting is still being carried on by the Canadian units and perhaps some in the U.S. You haven’t been hugged until Randy Ziegenhagel gives you one!

    “Lunch Around the World” in Milwaukee has always been one of my favorites as it allows everyone who participates to share food, music, art, clothing and customs from their countries of birth or heritage. I believe other units may have similar events.

    One of our people in Lexington, Pradeep Gnanaprakasam, bakes beautiful and delicious large birthday and anniversary cakes for monthly celebrations of these events. He and his wife are professional bakers!

    Just a few of the great examples throughout Creation.

  4. Oct 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    At Changzhou BU, we have the Chinese New Year Party and the Lucky Draw every year together with all the people. Some of our people will show their hobbies by either dancing or singing songs, etc.
    Another one is the Spring Sightseeing activity normally in April/May time frame each year. People interested will join a tour together to visit a natural sightseeing area nearby the Yangtze River Delta of China.
    It always a lot of fun, and get the sense of families!

  5. Joy Booker's Gravatar Joy Booker
    Oct 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great blog. I love our Town Hall meetings and lunches every month in Santa Clara. It really brings the Creation people together and gives us a sense of family. Our Making a Difference events also instil core values and encourages us all to stay active in our community and give back.

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