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The Legend of “Chicken”
Every company has its own unique culture or nuances. Whether it’s celebrating “Casual Friday” or wearing purple ties, a company’s ability to embrace and represent its personality is key to establishing a sense of belonging for its employees.
By Clare Christensen on Oct 8, 2015
Updated Oct 15, 2021

Every company has its own unique culture or nuances. Whether it’s celebrating “Casual Friday” or wearing purple ties, a company’s ability to embrace and represent its personality is key to establishing a sense of belonging for its employees. In some cases, a company’s “personality” can be so unique that only those within its walls can really understand the true meaning behind a long-standing tradition. This is why we are introducing you to “chicken.”

A mere 25+ years ago, Quality Control Manager Colby Gleba was working on a jobsite with an HVAC guy named Russ. Russ had a unique way with his words. Rather than using the commonly known words like “doohickey” or “thingamajig” when a word would escape his brain, he would improvise with “chicken.” Colby would hear him say things like, “Hand me that chicken so I can hang the door,” or “Use this chicken instead of that one.” For some reason, Colby was able to understand exactly what the “chicken” that Russ was talking about every time. Needless to say, “chicken” became a new word in Colby’s vocabulary.

And so the legacy of “chicken” began….

Over the last quarter of a century, Colby has worked with employees across the board. Whether it was superintendents, estimators, IT specialists or marketing professionals, Colby would use the ever-useful “chicken” and as expected, it caught on like wildfire. People would throw out “chicken” on a daily basis.

“Click on that chicken.” (icon) – IT Manager Todd Miknus
“Put the owner’s chicken on the spreadsheet.” (logo) – Vice President Jarrett Rosenau
“Let’s include a waste disposal chicken in our proposal.” (matrix) BD Director Sheila Hlubucek
“Sorry, buddy, but that’s the wrong chicken on that light fixture.” (canopy) Superintendent Steve Jessop

At Clark/Sullivan Construction, “chicken” has transformed from a dinnertime staple to an all-encompassing term that has worked its way into our company jargon. We would like to thank the HVAC guy, Russ, for instilling this gem into our culture and challenge YOU to see how “chicken” can enhance your vocabulary.

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