Like I said in the post, everything I do is an experiment, and I made the team well aware of that. There wasn't much to lose, considering the worst case was stopping after a few weeks. Everyone was on board from the start and Goalfests are actually pretty enjoyable.
I've been blessed with an amazing team of people who genuinely care about each other and try to support each other. We aren't a competitive bunch. Goalfest start about 3 months ago and it's felt like a safe place so far. I can't promise that this'll be the case forever as we grow, but like I said if it doesn't work we'll just scrap it and try something else :)
I think stays fun through the way I treat my reports and the way they treat each other. There's a lot of respect, transparency, and caring. We have fun together regardless of the context. I can't say this is anything specific I do. Rather, it's the team I got #blessed