2014 Best Story Winner: A Greenster

The 2014 Gather Around and Listen Award for Best Story goes to… A Greenster!

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Julie Ann had this to say about A Greenster’s story:

Short sweet to the point and I could just see the supervisor and his face.  Wish I had a sculpture.

Here’s the nomination for A Greenster:

Individual: A Greenster
Organization: NA
Submitted by redditor

Sometimes you have to find ways to pass the time at work and those ways aren’t always appreciated. Greenster shares how he kept himself busy in a factory and the results (both short and long term).

Story:

I worked at an automotive parts manufacturing factory while going to art college, and part of my job was boxing up parts and attaching a tag onto the box with thin wire. But for every box I completed (one every couple hours) I sculpted a little animal out of the wire with needle nose pliers. I gave the little sculptures (bears, rabbits, whatever) to random employees, which they left on their workstation. One day as I was making one of the little sculptures, I looked over my right shoulder to see my supervisor standing directly behind me just watching me with a clipboard. I paused, looked her dead in the eye, held out the sculpture and said, “Want a bear?” She fired me on the spot.

I’m now an Animator at Disney.

Be sure to check out all of the 2014 Corporate Humor Award Winners.

2013 Best Story Winner: Daniel Stover

The 2013 Gather Around and Listen Award for Best Story goes to… Daniel Stover!

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Andrew had this to say about Daniel’s story:

“The imagery in Daniel’s presentation made it seem like you were there, sharing his fear and vulnerability, and learning the same lesson he learned.” –Andrew

Here’s the nomination for Daniel:

Individual: Daniel Stover
Organization: Integrated Leadership Systems (site)
Submitted by Swimmer

In a TEDx talk on being vulnerable, Daniel shares an incredibly powerful story about his experience learning to swim as an adult and the surprise that waited for him shortly thereafter. The story shows the value of being vulnerable at home and at work.

Be sure to check out all of the 2013 Corporate Humor Award Winners.

Gather Around and Listen Award for Best Story

The finalists for the 2013 Gather Around and Listen Award for Best Story are:

Individual: Sarah Peickert
Organization: PhotoBiz (site)
Submitted by Ellemazing

Sarah is NOTORIOUS in the PhotoBiz office for telling outrageous stories about the different places she has lived and the crazy things and adventures that she has gone through (that are MOSTLY true) when the situation does NOT call for it.  She is affectionately referred to as “The One Upper” in the office.

Example story: One day an employee walks into her office and says “I’m sorry I was late today, I got caught behind an accident on the highway.” Sarah replies, “When I lived in Guam, I was pregnant with my daughter and had a severe brain tumor and was bleeding out of my eyeballs and a plane crashed right outside of my house.”

Individual: Daniel Stover
Organization: Integrated Leadership Systems (site)
Submitted by Swimmer

In a TEDx talk on being vulnerable, Daniel shares an incredibly powerful story about his experience learning to swim as an adult and the surprise that waited for him shortly thereafter. The story shows the value of being vulnerable at home and at work.

Individual: Adam Wade
Organization: Adam Wade (site)
Submitted by Student

Adam shares the tale of his relationship with the man who works at a deli in Hoboken. The story shows the value of relationships and how actually getting to know the people who you interact with can go a long away.