Independent Project Analysis, which helps companies in the more effective use of capital in their businesses, held a Build-A-Bike Team Building Event at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia, (suburb of Washington, DC near Washington Dulles Airport) which culminated with the group donating 36 bikes to children in need from the surrounding community. Approximately 230 people participated in the event. The large group was divided into 32 smaller groups and then given tasks to complete that would eventually lead to the building of the bikes. It was a great event with lots of energy and the participants enjoyed the activities as well as a time to get to know one another a little better and see each other in a different than usual setting. It was a great event, with opportunities for fun and learning, and a great “feel good” ending.
The group from IPA was international and came to participate in company meetings. The Build-A-Bike Event ® was just one ingredient of several days of successful meetings. The group participated well and worked with each other showing that IPA is a great company with great people.
During the Build-A-Bike there were many opportunities to learn great leadership skills and put them into practice. It is stressed from the start of the program that it is not a competition. The idea is to support and work with one another. It is a hard concept, especially when you’re divided into groups. By dividing into groups competition is almost automatic, even if it is discouraged. The problems that needed to be solved to get the bike parts were most easily solved when working with other teams. The most effective and efficient way to solve many problems is to ask others for help, but it is a hard thing to do, especially if you view it as a competition. But divisions, different locations, any thing that segments one company into many parts, can create unhealthy competition that keeps them from sharing vital information with other groups. Ultimately, the 230 participants from IPA realized that they were one team, not 32 teams, but one team- made up of 32 groups, with one goal- to build bikes for kids. They did a fantastic job and not only did the 36 children that received the bikes benefit but so did the communities they live in.