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Linde completed a fourth Build-A-Bike workshop for it’s Supply, Transport and Sales Managers near Chicago, Illinois recently. This was the fourth Build-A-Bike workshop in a series of four events being held at each of their regional headquarters around the country this fall. The Linde Group is a world leading supplier of industrial, process and speciality gases and is one of the most profitable engineering companies. Linde products and services can be found in nearly every industry, in more than 100 countries. Linde has more than 50,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. They are gathering the managers in the four regions for their annual conference, and included Build-A-Bike as a way to keep their commitment to the communities where they work by donating bikes to local children.

Consistent with the first three events, there was a lot of energy and a strong air of competition! The initial activities presented opportunities for the teams to interact with each other and test their memory skills. The group was also challenged to step outside of their comfort zones and think quickly on their feet.  Everyone had a great time cheering for each other and showing off their creative sides.

The main portion of the program required the participants to abandon their competitiveness and work together to gain knowledge and resources in order to be successful. Skeptical and a little reluctant to share what they each had at first, eventually everyone adopted a spirit of cooperation and together they were able to build 8 bikes for kids.

This event’s donation went to the Indian Boundary YMCA in nearby Downer’s Grove, Illinois. The bikes were donated to families that all had multiple children who can share a bike so that the donation would go further and touch more families. When the kids came bounding into the room, cheers erupted from the Linde participants!

Everyone likes to have fun, and everyone likes to make a difference to children in their communities. Build-A-Bike is a great way to combine the two and add a new dimension to any corporate gathering.

Ellen Patnaude

Ellen Patnaude is Vice President of Instruction for the Northeast region. She is based in Detroit, Michigan, but she also teaches in Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toronto, Baltimore and other Northeast cities.

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