Microsoft Build-A-Bike In Seattle, Washington

Employees of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing department gathered in Seattle Washington to take a break from their normal routine by participating in a Build-A-Bike ® team building event. The Trustworthy Computing department is broken up into three separate teams, Security and Reliability Communications, Incidence Response Communications and Policy/Trust Communications. It is very clear that the department is heavily focused on communications both internal and external. While the twenty five employees that participated were from many different locations most of them were very familiar with each other and comfortable working as a team. Though they already had a strong teamwork environment they were also open to learning and growing through the event.

The departments focus on communication and teamwork benefited them greatly during the events challenges. One of the underlying challenges of the event is to pool together individuals unique talents and strengths to find the most effective solutions. Sometimes teams that are already very comfortable working together find themselves under pressure when they are forced to adapt their talents in a new environment such as assembling a bicycle. While tension got high at some points the Microsoft employees worked diligently together to complete the challenges of the Build-A-Bike ® team building event. This is how the event helps teams grow even stronger and improve communication within the team.

Aside from having some fun and learning some new teamwork and leadership skills the Microsoft team was also able to give back to the community through the event. The twenty five employees built four bicycles that were presented to some lucky kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Seattle. All the tension of the events challenges was lifted when the kids came in to get their bikes. The Build-A-Bike ® team building event gave the Microsoft employees the opportunity to see a direct result from their work and generosity. The kids will certainly remember that day for a long time to come. And hopefully the Trustworthy Computing department at Microsoft will remember the fun times and lessons they learned for a long time as well. Thank you to the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing department for hosting a fantastic Build-A-Bike ® team building event.

Author: Lisa Rezac, Date Published: September 17, 2012

Lisa Rezac was an instructor for The Leader's Institute ® from 2011-2013. For more details, you can find her on LinkedIn.

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