Gexpro Rexel gathered leadership from around the globe for an annual conference in Dallas, Texas and included a Rescue Bear philanthropic team building workshop. As the US presence of one of the world’s largest electrical distributors, Rexel employees apply their knowhow, productivity tools and hands-on business-building initiatives to help their customers thrive. Nearly half of their employees are dedicated to improving how they connect customers with the supplies, solutions and services they need. They’ve developed supply chain models that reduce inventory, raise productivity and cut installation costs. There were 45 participants in the program, mostly from around the US with a handful that came from Europe.

Rescue Bear is a workshop that is designed to help people see the importance of matching a person with the right talent for the right role within the company.  It helps participants identify the strengths of themselves and others and rely on those strengths when under pressure.  It shows how/why “Silos” are created and how to deal with the “Silo” effect more effectively. At the end of the workshop, the stuffed animals that are put together and dressed in fire fighter uniforms are donated to a local organization that helps kids. In this case, the donation was given to the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, which will use them in Welcome Kits for families newly arriving. Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families of sick children to stay while the child is treated at a nearby hospital.

The leadership team of Gexpro Rexel had a great time poking fun at various personality styles that emerged during the program, and drawing on each group’s strengths to solve various riddles and challenges. As each group acquired different materials needed to build the stuffed animals, the trading began so that the task could be completed.

“The group had a lot of fun together! This really added something unique to our conference.”Laura Lichtenstein, Gexpro Rexel

Rescue Bear is a great event for giving people a chance to see how their natural strengths can help them be stronger communicators and better co-workers, while giving something back to the local community. It’s also just a lot of fun!