Sep 03 2015

Is team-building a high priority for your business?

When it comes to team building, most companies follow one of these methods: do nothing and hope for the best, schedule team building events in-house or go all out and plan an out of the office team building event.

Some companies neglect to focus on team building because they believe everything is “fine.” They haven’t experienced any major issues within the office, leading them to think there is no room for improvement. Don’t underestimate the importance of employee engagement and the impact of team building activities on performance.

These statistics, shared by Officevibe, may change your outlook:

– 70 percent of United States workers are not engaged at work.
– Companies with engaged employees earn 2.5x more revenue than companies with low engagement levels.
– Only 12 percent of employees leave their company because of money. Instead, company culture is the primary culprit for turnover.

Simply put, Build a Team, Build an Empire.

Looking for a fun and innovative team-building event for your company? You might like to try The Louisville Quest.

Sep 01 2015

Have You Seen the Largest Baseball Bat in the World?

In 1884, history was made in the form of a solid-Ash bat, all for the sake of ending a hitting slump.

J. F. Hillerich opened his woodworking shop in Louisville in 1855. During the 1880s, Hillerich hired his seventeen-year-old son, John “Bud” Hillerich. Legend has it that Bud, who played baseball himself, slipped away from work one afternoon in 1884 to watch Louisville’s major league team, the Louisville Eclipse. The team’s star, Pete “The Gladiator” Browning, mired in a hitting slump, broke his bat.
Bud invited Browning to his father’s shop to hand-craft him a new bat to his own specifications. Browning accepted the offer, and got three hits to immediately break out of his slump with his new bat the first day he used it. Browning told his teammates, which began a surge of professional ball players to the Hillerich woodworking shop.

J. F. Hillerich was uninterested in making bats; he saw the company future in stair railings, porch columns and swinging butter churns. In fact, for a brief time in the 1880s, he even turned away ball players. Bud, however, saw the potential in producing baseball bats, and the elder Hillerich eventually relented to his son.

The bats were sold under the name “Falls City Slugger” until Bud Hillerich took over his father’s company in 1894, and the name “Louisville Slugger” was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. In 1905, Honus Wagner signed a deal with the company, becoming the first baseball player to officially endorse a bat.

Frank Bradsby, a salesman, became a partner in 1916, and the company’s name changed to Hillerich and Bradsby. By 1923, H&B was selling more bats than any other bat maker in the country, and legends like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were all using them. Want to learn more about your hometown of Louisville? Schedule a group quest with The Louisville Quest.

Aug 31 2015

The Highlands in Louisville – We’ll take the High Road.

The Highlands is centered along a three-mile stretch of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue (US 31E/US 150) and is so named because it sits atop a ridge between the middle and south forks of Beargrass Creek.

The Highlands was the last area near downtown Louisville to be settled, since its steep 60 foot incline above the flood plain made travel difficult, and the area showed no signs of urban development until just before the Civil War.

Bardstown Road was originally a turnpike and tolls were collected at toll gates along the way. The portion of the road nearest to Louisville was free, so to keep from paying the tolls, folks started to set-up shops right at the edge of town – creating the “Highlands”

As Louisville grew, the first tollgate house moved further out from the city but by this time the Highlands was a well-established watering hole for Louisville to Bardstown travelers.

Today’s Highlands continues its tradition of hospitality with a high density of nightclubs, eclectic businesses, and many upscale and fast food restaurants.

Want to learn more about the historic Highlands? Take the next Louisville Quest on September 9th. Learn More.

Aug 28 2015

On This Day in History………I Have a Dream

On this day in history, August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream Speech” to more than a quarter of a million people in front of the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C.
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was to demonstrate mass support for the civil rights legislation proposed by President Kennedy in June. King originally designed his speech as a homage to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, timed to correspond with the 100-year centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Toward the end of its delivery, noted African American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson shouted to King from the crowd, “Tell them about the dream, Martin.” King stopped delivering his prepared speech, and started speaking from the heart, punctuating his points with “I have a dream.”

The Frazier International History Museum in downtown Louisville is honored to be the exclusive venue for the multi-media exhibit Bobby, Martin, & John: Once Upon an American Dream.

If you enjoy history, trivia or just want an fun and interactive way to learn more about Louisville, check-out The Louisville Quest – next on the agenda September 9th in the Highlands. Register Now.

Aug 27 2015

Will the REAL Colonel Sanders Please Stand UP?

Too Many Colonels?

Local fast-food chicken giant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) created chaos and controversy this summer when it introduced a new KFC Colonel, Darrell Hammond, and then replaced the Colonel with another actor, Norm MacDonald, just a few months later. Would you say this is a case of too many colonels?
too many colonels

In a press release announcing the change, KFC pointed to the idea that the new ads would drive home KFC as being an important part of American families. “Other than not quite looking like him, his voice being different, and his inability to cook the world’s best chicken, we thought Norm was the perfect choice to play the real Colonel. I think the fans will agree.” said Kevin Hochman, the chain’s chief marketing officer. Rumor has it another colonel may be in the works….

For the record, I prefer the Original – both the Colonel and the Recipe. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, the world’s second largest restaurant chain KFC, with 18,875 outlets in 118 countries was founded by Harland Sanders, an entrepreneur who began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression.

By branding himself as “Colonel Sanders,” Harland became a prominent figure of American cultural history, and his image remains one of the most recognized advertising photographs in the world.

If you like trivia, Louisville history, or just plain fun, jump on the next Louisville Quest, a special tour of the Highlands, September 9th.

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