In the heart of the holiday season, 90 Google employees came together for a an opportunity to have some fun and give back to the community. They sponsored a Build-A-Bike Team Building Event ® in San Jose, California, that resulted in 14 new bicycles being built and given to the local San Francisco Bay Area Boys and Girls Club. The participants got the opportunity to take a break from their hectic schedules to make a difference, learn some team building principles, and get to know each other in a different way. Everyone worked together to build some bikes and make a huge difference to some children who might not otherwise receive anything for the holiday season.

There are many things a team building event can teach us about teamwork. We can do it alone but we will not be as effective if we work together as a team and share information. First acknowledging that competition is inherent and detrimental to the overall goal is important and communication is the key to working through this. Going beyond the individual and working as a team makes us more efficient, effective and happier because we have the support of each other. Work life gets very busy, especially at a company that is growing and changing like Google. It is challenging to keep up with the every day demands. Taking time out to re-focus the priorities of the individual and team to work together is essential. The Google participants of this Build-A-Bike Team Building Event ® not only learned some important team building skills, but got to make a difference to some grateful children as well.

Thanks go out to Google for a great Build-A-Bike Team Building Event. And thanks to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley for providing 14 happy recipients for the bicycles!