Employees from CVS Caremark had a fun and energetic time when they participated in the Ace Race ® Team Building Event. This entertaining program involves several activities that culminate in each team building a miniature golf hole. The items used in the construction include non perishable food items. Once each team has designed their hole then they have to make a hole in one. Each team member rotates until one person has made the ace. Once you have made your own hole and aced it, then you move throughout the rest of the course taking shots at making a hole in one at each hole. You cannot continue to the next hole until a player on your team has made an ace. As each team progresses through the course each team must rotate who takes the shots. The game is finished when one team has completed all the holes. At the close of the event the food items are donated to a local food pantry.
The participants from CVS Caremark were very creative in building their holes and each of the 6 teams enjoyed not only creating the holes but the race to make an ace at each hole. The actual team building took place while designing the holes and then passing the golf club form one member to the other. Building the hole took communication and reliance on people who had some experience, while the golf shot took some skill, as well as teaching those without any golf experience how to make the shots. Of course, on of the basics of good teamwork was the sharing of information, not just within the immediate team, but with other teams to help them accomplish the task at hand. Often times we find ourselves in competition within one company. We are in different locations, or division, or departments, or… and as a result we compete for limited resources, limited budgets, limited human resources and… Competition within a company can be good if it is creative and brings out the best in the teams without bringing discouragement. But if teams find themselves competing in a highly competitive fashion it can hurt the overall company. In actuality, all the teams within a company are on the same team, in fact, they make up one team. And if one team prospers at the sake of another, then the overall team has suffered. Part of team work is seeing how the smaller teams fit into the larger picture and making sure that the main team is the winner.
Thanks to CVS Caremark for a fun learning opportunity and making this Ace Race ® Team Building Event a great success.