MedImmune Builds Bears for the Children’s Inn

Doug Staneart  |  October 28, 2011
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Med Immune Rescue Bear Teddy Bear Team Event MedImmune hosted a great Rescue Bear ® Team Building Event that culminated in the team creating 25 new stuffed animals. The group donated these Rescue Bears ® to the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. The event, held in Rockville, Maryland, was a time to get to know one another better, have some fun and laughter, and learn a few things about leadership and team building.

The many activities during the afternoon helped to solidify relationships, build some bridges, and see one another in a little different setting than usual. Along the way, the participants were involved in many activities to keep then moving and thinking. The final section of the event was the answering of questions, solving riddles; and each answer provided the items necessary to complete the stuffing of the bears, getting them dressed and into gift bags.

MedImmune Has a Blast Building Stuffed Animals for Children’s Hospital.

As each group progressed through the last activity they found themselves in a difficult situation. Some groups had stuffing, outfits, and gift bags, but no animal skin to finish the project. Others found themselves with the empty skins, but no other ingredients and some had everything they needed to complete 1 or 2 or… animals. What each team finally realized was that they needed to work with other teams to be able to complete the project of building all 25 bears to be donated to the Children’s Inn. Once the teams realized that they needed each other they gratefully and generously shared so that the project could be completed.

Many companies find themselves in competition within their own companies. They are fighting for budgetary considerations, limited resources, talented personnel, etc. The main concern is that when a company finds itself in competition within itself, no one wins. For even if one department or location, one segment does prosper over another- if it is at the expense of another then the company as a whole has not won or made progress. Competition can be healthy if it is motivational and is considered positive by all involved. But much competition is not healthy and undermines the effectiveness of the whole organization.

If you want information about how your team can organize a “charity teddy bear build” click this link. For a list of all of the fun team building in and around Washington DC, click here.

MedImmune is a great company with wonderful people. They enjoyed each other, had a lot of fun, laughed heartily, and completed the task. The best part- they contributed to children and families that appreciated their giving. Thanks, Med Immune for making a difference.

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Doug Staneart is president of The Leader's Institute ®. He is based in the Dallas, Texas Region. He is a specialist in corporate team building activities and custom presentation skills seminars.
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