Here’s the short summer thought no.3 – the final one on the Tour De France:
Until last week, I have never been to Alpe D’Huez, the mystical climb of the Tour De France. On Friday I finally have. And what an experience it was: Hundreds of thousands of fans from all kinds of nations celebrating together, going wild, yet staying fair and supporting the athletes all the time. From the orange sea of Dutch supporters in corner 7 to the Norwegian community a little up the hill to Luxembourgian supporters close to the finish line, Americans, Australians, Germans, French, Belgian, Swiss, Spanish, you name it.
On our drive back from the French Alps we discussed which sporting event was the best to watch. With the experience of some of the greatest sporting events in store, we concluded that it was not dependant on which sport, which performance level or which outcome it has, but on the atmosphere: The location and most importantly: The people.
Companies tend to forget that: Job description, salary or job title are important factors, but what really motivates and glues people to the company is the atmosphere. And nothing influences the atmosphere as much as how people interact with each other. Like in Alpe D’Huez, it’s fairness, openness and supporting each other what counts.
And like the Tour De France in Alpe D’Huez this comes completely free. But getting there is the challenge.