When I worked on the Mail Team, we had this gorgeous styrofoam and paper thing we called the Smart Torch. It had a realistic flame on the side made out of a sticker. Here’s what it looked like:
I have no recollection who made it. The important thing was what it represented. It was conceptually brilliant.
Here’s how it worked.
- Someone was always the current keeper of the Smart Torch. It’s a bit of a chicken and egg thing about who the original keeper was.
- Whenever the keeper of the Smart Torch observed another team member doing something really smart, they awarded them the Smart Torch.
- Then, the cycle repeated itself.
Having the Smart Torch was a great honor, and of course, how long you had it was also a matter of great pride. I mean look at it. It’s …