TriQuint SemiConductors met in Dallas, Texas to create big ideas, solve problems, and collaborate by using a fun team-building event to bring them together, and give to kids. A Build-A-Bike Team Building Workshop brought the team together in heart and mind, and who says engineers can’t let loose. Competitive – you betcha. Laugh – right out loud.  Collaboration, communication and getting to know each other was at the center of the event, and they came together for a really good cause. They built bikes for kids who have none. No they did not use the directions, but they did laugh a lot.

While these engineers are usually solving big, big, challenges, today they brought out their inner child and did what Einstein would have instructed them to think about, creativity is more important than knowledge. That means not only thinking outside the box, it means breaking down the walls, looking at problems with a different mind-set. Sometimes it means putting aside learning and embracing creativity to put the learning to work for you.

The payoff for their competition and working together – was giving back to some kids who really need a lift. An organization called “Summer Santa” reached out to some kids who have very little and delivered a great surprise. Their dream of owning a brand new bike came true. Diana Reyes, a key volunteer for the organization told the group that these kids need to know that someone cares about them, and TriQuint did just that.

It was not intellect that brought smiles to TriQuint participants, it was a feeling of being part of a fun event with a giant emotional payoff – seeing kids smile, and knowing they were part of it. Debbie Burke, of TriQuint said, “We will do this again. Connie was terrific.”By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute