A.M. Castle & Co. included a Build-A-Bike team building event in their recent conference near Chicago, Illinois. A.M. Castle & Co. is the foremost provider of specialty products, services, and supply chain solutions. They are recognized as a leading distributor of carbon, alloy, stainless steel, nickel alloys, aluminum, titanium, cast iron, brass, copper, and plastic, as well as a global resource for complex supply chain solutions. This group of 75 sales, operations managers and senior leadership gathered for this conference to solidify some of the recent changes they have undergone, and strengthen their bond as a group.
Build-A-Bike is a high-energy activity that uses a series of activities and exercises to get people to interact, play and compete with each other. Each exercise builds on the previous one, and teams get some gentle reminders of the importance of cheering each other’s successes, sharing information and materials, and communicating clearly. The A.M. Castle team was a very energetic and creative group! They met all of the challenges with enthusiasm and played hard. Once it became clear that working together was the way to be successful, they jumped right in and helped each other out without hesitation.
They donated the 12 bikes built in the event to the Indian Boundary YMCA in nearby Downer’s Grove. The participants had no idea that the kids were going to come to the event! The workshop’s meaning was made even stronger for the participants when the kids walked through the doors.
“This was a great event! And having the kids there at the end was really exciting!” — Anne Scharm, A.M. Castle & Co.
Teams that play together often work harder and more effectively together. Consider including a Build-a-Bike team building workshop in your next conference as a great way to give your team that opportunity. It will create a memorable and meaningful experience for everyone.
Ellen Patnaude is Vice President of Instruction for the Northeast region. She is based in Detroit, Michigan, but she also teaches in Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toronto, Baltimore and other Northeast cities.