You probably won’t be surprised to hear that the folks over at Parsons, Behle & Latimer are a competitive crowd. Whether it is making the Best Lawyers in America list, having their practice recognized by Chambers USA, or giving back to the community, this law firm is second to none. Even though I knew this was the case, I was still surprised to see how competitive they were during their In it to Win It United Way of Salt Lake campaign theme!
There’s no doubt about it – healthy competition gets things done! Throughout the week, staff, attorneys, and shareholders competed to see which group would have the highest participation percentage. They posted a chart comparing financial and participation goals at the entrance to the firm for all to see. They even allowed people to donate to nominate a co-worker for the big wrap up event – the In It to Win It Challenge!
Those eight lucky nominees competed in a series of challenges that tested their speed, concentration, and focus. Each round included fewer participants and more difficult (and often embarrassing) competitions. While I was impressed by their steady concentration during the dice-balancing challenge, I couldn’t stop laughing during the last round when the final two participants had to transport as many cotton balls as possible from one side of the room to the other, by sticking them to their faces with Vaseline!
On a more serious note, Parsons, Behle & Latimer also encouraged their employees to go beyond giving, by providing the afternoon off to employees who volunteered at one of our Community Schools. They hosted me, one of our Community School Directors, and a high school student to talk about the incredible effects that Collective Impact has had on students and their families. Furthermore, their surge of generosity amounted to their largest donation in three years – far more than any other law firm in the state of Utah.