Over 34 employees from Wells Fargo’s sales development group came together for a Rescue Bear Team Building Event in Scottsdale, Arizona. The team building event was part of three days of meetings and was meant to take a break from the heavy schedule of meetings and have some fun while giving back. It had been over two yeas since the group had been able to get together so there was a lot to catch up with each other. As well as having fun, the activities of the afternoon included exercises that incorporated valuable lessons on leadership and team building. There were a lot of new team members as well and since the majority of the group is spread out across the country, they do not all know each other. There were many aspects to cover during their team building event but amidst the laughter, games and projects the participants were also given time to think over important principles that they can put into practice.
During the Rescue Bear event a focus on personality types and temperament were explored. It was clear that through the activities people understood a little more about how personality types play into our every day behavior. Often times that behavior can lead us to interact most with people who are most like ourselves. The problem is that when we work in homogeneous units we fail to capitalize on the strengths of others who could be in the group. When we surround ourselves with personalities most like our own we are missing a key ingredient to seeing a total or whole picture. Many teams are formed this way and short-circuit the effectiveness of the team because key ingredients to the whole are missing by the neglect of having a rounded team that includes all the temperament styles.
For 34 participants they were supposed to be building 34 bears. Unbeknownst to the Wells Fargo employees though, their boss doubled the donation and paid for 34 more bears to be donated, totaling 68 bears in all! The Children’s Hospital of Phoenix was the very happy recipient of the bears. They will be spreading the wealth and the bears will be used not only for kids who come to the hospital but also for emergency worker’s to keep in their vehicles for when they come upon children who are involved in an accident. These bears are going to go a long way in helping children through a difficult situation. Thank you Wells Fargo for your very generous donation!
Lisa Rezac is Vice President of Instruction for the Western region. She is based in Seattle, Washington, but she also teaches in Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and other Western cities.