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Turn Black Friday Green: Raise money to do good, build a more positive and playful culture, and have fun in the process!

Members of the Pickle Squad at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s in San Antonio with their $7,000 Pickle Challenge donation check for the HCA Hope Fund


The Pickle Pledge is a promise you make to yourself to turn every complaint into either a blessing or a constructive suggestion – you can download a Pickle Pledge poster at this link.

The Pickle Challenge for Charity is a challenge taken by your organization to encourage people to turn every incident of complaining, gossiping, or venting into a 25-cent donation to an important charity.

The purpose of Black Friday is for retailers to induce you to turn your money into a gift for someone else. Unless you live in a yurt in Outer Mongolia you already know about Black Friday.

You can turn Black Friday green – and help your friends and colleagues enjoy a more positive, pleasant, and playful workplace – by making a commitment to The Pickle Pledge and The Pickle Challenge during December.

People who take The Pickle Pledge to heart experience a jolt of self-awareness – we are all more negative than we think we are – and also experience a positive shift of mindset. Download a mini-poster on 20 Ways that Complaining Diminishes Your Life and see if you don’t occasionally experience those feelings.

Organizations that weave The Pickle Challenge into their cultural fabric reduce the prevalence of toxic emotional negativity, stress, burnout, incivility and disengagement in the workplace.

Jane McCurley, Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s in San Antonio (pictured above with her team) said of their experience:

The Pickle Challenge for Charity is a wonderful way for us to have fun while reminding each other to bring our best selves to work every day, and to support the important mission of the HCA Hope Fund in the process.

There is no cost for taking The Pickle Challenge in your organization, but for help getting started you can order my book Pickle Pledge (coauthored with Bob Dent) on Amazon or order a Pickle Challenge Starter Kit at The Florence Challenge website’s Pickle Challenge page.

Imagine an organization where instead of just complaining about problems people actually do something about those problems. Imagine an organization where instead of talking about people behind their backs people have the courage to talk to those people face-to-face.

Imagine an organization where people enjoy eating pickles but never look like they’ve been sucking on one. That is the promise of The Pickle Pledge and The Pickle Challenge for Charity.

At Values Coach our purpose is transforming people through the power of values and transforming organizations through the power of people. We do that by helping leaders build a stronger Culture of Ownership on a Foundation of Values. 

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