Cisco Corporation chose The Leaders Institute to put on a Build-A-Bike ® team building event for their Military Division at their annual conference in Orlando, Florida. Maggie Shaffer, the planner for this event had gotten strong recommendations from former Build-A-Bike attendees within the Cisco organization to influence her decision. She was looking for a team building event that would include exercises to encourage team cooperation among the employees that were scattered around the U.S. She also wanted an event that would ultimately to contribute to a local military charity which the Leaders Institute arranged for Cisco. The eager participants poured into the room where the fun team building exercises to begin. The attendees were introduced to a few warm up exercises that sparked their energy and enthusiasm. They were then formed into groups and tasked to come up with a team name, team flag and a team cheer to compete with the other groups to get a head start to build the bikes for charity. The teams had limited time to complete their team tasks, so team cooperation was crucial. The teams were judged in an exhibition of their flags and cheers with the winner awarded a head start in the bike building portion of the event.
After the cheer competition, the teams were given envelopes with clues to be solved and redeemed for the bike parts to complete a whole bike. Once again, team cooperation came into play as the groups had no choice but to depend on their team members to be successful. When the bikes were completed, the local military charity brought in the children escorted by uniformed personnel to receive the bikes.
If your company or organization is looking for a fun team building experience with a charitable component, the Build-A-Bike is an exciting event that will satisfy your team building needs.