August 2, 2011

News & Opinion: Healthy Competition

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 6:26 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Business books can deal with some very serious advice regarding competitive advantage, but sometimes it's fun to take the lighter side of things. We sell business books, and Stone Creek Coffee sells coffee. We never cross paths in the marketplace, but ping pong? That's a different story.

We found out via Twitter that Stone Creek Coffee employees were working just as hard on their game as we were, so we figured we'd see what they were made of. If they played anything as good as their coffee, we knew we'd have a challenge on our hands.

Phil Lenaghan from SCC and Zach Karpinski from 8cr were the first match. Zach unfortunately bit the dust. However, Dylan Schleicher (8cr) then proceeded to cream SCC president Eric Resch. A good way to end this tournament! But fair is fair - with an even win/lose ratio, we'll have to have a rematch after a bit more practicing.

Want to take competition a little more seriously? Check out these books if you haven't yet:

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.