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Playing with Tradition

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In October of 1998, a co-worker and I had an unconventional idea to celebrate Halloween in the office. We encouraged everyone in our B-110 workspace to dress in costume and decorate their cubes. Then we invitedpeersfrom other departments to wander through this improvised, silly and disjointed maze. We did not know it at the time, but this spontaneous event which we playfullynamedCubes of Abomination, would become the longest running cultural tradition within Universal’s Marketing & Sales division.
This year, Cubes (that’s what the cool kids call it) celebrated its 22nd annual performance. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, a band ofTeamMembers once again converged within a designated space, hang some tarp, dimmed the lights and brought the value of fun wildly to life for all to embrace. 
Organizational culture is defined by our shared behaviors in the workplace. Traditions are formed when the best of these behaviors are sustained and transmitted forward for the benefit and e…