pcific-hospitality-buildabikePacific Hospitality Group hosts Build-A-Bike ® team building event in Napa, California. Pacific Hospitality Group manages, develops, finances, and owns hotel properties primarily located in California. They held their three day conference at one of their hotels, The Meritage Resort in Napa, for their annual sales conference with representatives coming from all of their hotels. The theme of their conference was “Full Speed Ahead” but rather that meaning that someone is going with great velocity, it means that one is going with enthusiasm, vigor or energy into whatever task it is that is being undertaken. It is the opposite of approaching a goal or task with hesitation, sluggishness, boredom or apathy. If the rest of the week was anything like their Build A Bike, it will be anything but sluggish and boring!

We begin our events by declaring that it is not a competition. When I told this group that, I received the usual round of “boo’s”. Everybody always wants to win, despite the fact that they are building bikes for kids. Of course it is also a team building event so everyone thinks there has got to be something else to gain. This is very indicative of the nature of competition and that is exactly one of the points that the participants are to take away from the event- how pervasive the nature of competition is and how it undermines communication. The Build A Bike exercise demonstrates how we all get caught up in winning, no matter what the stakes are. The Pacific Hospitality employees saw first hand how their desire to win can interfere with working as a team. Eventually, they came together as one team and accomplished all their goals.

By the end of this very fast paced event, they buildt 12 brand new bikes that they donated to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the North Bay. The children had come with their parents and cameras were flashing and smiles were from ear to ear. The kids were a surprise to the participants and the bikes were a surprise to the kids so there were a lot of excited people. It was a very fun event and one that will not soon be forgotten by the kids and participants alike!