Medtronic, the global leader in medical technology, hosted a Build-A-Bike ® team building event at the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco California. The twelve participants were from the marketing department within Medtronic. Most of the employees live in the northern California area but due to their role within the company they tend to travel quite a bit. Medtronic wanted to take some time to rebuild and refocus their teamwork and communication skills. The participants were a good mixture of older employees and newer. Two of the employees had just joined the company within the last month. Medtronic wanted to make sure that they had a solid team atmosphere in place and have a bit of fun while doing it.

Being in the marketing department, most of the participants were very extroverted which made for a lively and entertaining event. But of course it isn’t just about fun and games. The tasks in the Build-A-Bike event are designed to challenge the participants communication skills and ability to work as a team. The teams must work together and use every person’s unique skills in order to be successful. Their manager was able to see exactly where any communication breakdowns occurred and take steps to prevent them in the future. The group had a lot of fun with the event and were able to strengthen their teamwork and problem solving skills.

The Medtronic marketing department was able to complete four brand new bicycles which were donated to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Francisco. Presenting the new bikes to the kids is always a special part of the event. Participants get to directly see the huge impact their teamwork can have. At the presentation the kids showed up with their ‘Bigs’ which was a unique surprise to get to see them interacting together. Medtronic is passionate and dedicated to their goal of helping people, whether it is through new medical technologies or donating bikes to kids in need. We would like to thank all the participants of the Medtronics marketing department for hosting a wonderful and certainly memorable Build-A-Bike team building event.