Monday, December 20, 2010

Shoes of Prey Christmas Party at Tetsuya's

THE TEAM AND PARTNERS ENJOYING LUNCH
On Saturday we held our Sydney Shoes of Prey Christmas party at Tetsuya's! Mike's still in China so we had our other Sydney based employees and their partners along. We had private room to enjoy the 11 course degustation menu with matching wines and it was without a doubt the best lunch I've ever had! For those who don't know Tetsuya's it's arguably the best restaurant in Sydney and generally ranks in the top 10 or 20 restaurants in the world. It's owned and run by Tetsuya Wakuda who emigrated to Australia from Japan in the 1980's. His is a fantastic entrepreneurial story of it's own. Tetsuya barely spoke English and says he had no real skills when he first moved to Australia. He started work as a dish cleaner in a Sydney restaurant and worked his way up from there to now owning and running one of the best restaurants in the world!


THE SIGNATURE DISH - CONFIT PETUNA OCEAN TROUT WITH KONBU, CELERY & APPLE
So why is a bootstrapped startup spending it's hard earned cash to have it's Christmas party at an expensive restaurant like Tetsuya's? That's a good question, and one Mike, Jodie and I discussed at length before deciding to go ahead with the lunch. It comes down to the fact that we've had a fantastic first year and we think it's hugely important and motivating for teams to celebrate wins I've felt my own motivation deflate when I've worked for a company that's had a fantastic year, but we didn't really do anything exciting to celebrate. And I've felt my motivation pick up working for Google when they did amazing things like take us all on ski trips when the company was doing really well!



PANCETTA WRAPPED QUAIL BREAST WITH FRESH SPROUTS & ONION
Having a fun experience together like eating at a fantastic restaurant is also a great thing to do together as a team. We enjoyed the amazing food and wine and chatted away for 5 hours before our fantastic lunch was done! We have a great group of people working on Shoes of Prey with us and we enjoy each other's company and spending time together. That's great because it means we enjoy coming to work and we want to encourage that even further and sharing fun, new experiences together is a great way to do that.



CHOCOLATE PAVÉ WITH CREAM CHEESE ICE CREAM & CINNAMON TWIGS
Christmas lunch at Tetsuya's may not necessarily become a tradition (though if our second year is as good as the first I'd love to do it again!), but we want celebrating wins to become part of our company culture. It would be so easy to gloss over something like this as a startup as there are so many different areas we need to continue to invest our money and time, but we think this was a very worthwhile investment in team motivation and to top it off it was a very fun afternoon!

How do you celebrate wins?

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