Tag Archives: Quirkiness

Vice Presidential Lemonade Stand

1 Feb

At approximately 10:06am this morning, CEO Dan Behm burst into a marketing meeting with an important announcement. The Vice President of the United States of America was on his way to give a congratulatory speech on the factory floor of our neighbor, American Seating. He would be passing the OST office in Grand Rapids in 24 minutes and Dan was on a mission:

“You guys, we’ve got to get the Vice President to come try some of our cookies.”

To a company unaccustomed to pressure, this executive order might have been unfathomable. Yet OST prides itself on being innovative, meeting tough deadlines, and yes, even being a little bit quirky. Within mere seconds we had developed a plan to lure in Mr. Biden. With no time for cookies, we reverted to a classical favorite; we made a lemonade stand for the Vice President.

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On the Value of Quirks

9 Dec

For the sake of those OST employees reading this, I am not talking about you.  This post is clearly about your coworkers.

Quirky Hanging TwixThis morning I was wandering on the third floor at the OST office and came across this scene.  I heard that one of our staff came in today singing Jingle Bells at the top of his voice.  And, as everyone would probably attest to, Chief Quirkiness Officer (CQO) might be an appropriate title for me.

We could all make a list of the interesting and quirky behavior of the OST team.  Candy bars suspended from the ceiling as a birthday surprise is just one of the indicators.

Clearly, this is part of the fun atmosphere at OST.  We don’t want to take ourselves too seriously. We enjoy the March Madness party, the Spartan/U of M/Notre Dame/Packers/Lions/etc. rivalries.  The not-too-serious “welcome to OST emails”. The spider jokes with Tracy.

But does it have purpose?  We are after all, a business.  I was asked this question quite seriously by a visitor that was new to OST.  They acknowledged the cool factor and that it would make it a fun place to work, but is there a value in this quirky corporate culture? Continue reading