Superior Essex uses Build-A-Bike workshop to encourage team building and philanthropy in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Superior Essex hosted a Build-A-Bike® team building workshop for its highest level management team to encourage team building and philanthropy as part of its recent conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Superior Essex is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of wire and cable products. Their parent companies have been in business since 1930, and have evolved over time with technology. Superior Essex works all over the world. About 65 members of management gathered for the event.

Build-A-Bike® uses a series of challenges and activities to encourage team building. Meant to be something of a caricature of behavior we can see in the workplace, the participants have a good time poking fun at themselves and each other as they move through the exercises together. As high-level leaders in the company, these folks figured out pretty quickly that they would be much more effective working together!

They wanted to keep the impact of this event local, so they selected an organization in Fort Wayne to receive the 10 bikes that they built. The bikes will be Christmas presents to children who would not have had much to look forward to on Christmas morning otherwise.

“This event exceeded all of our expectations! Everyone had a really great time with the activities, and knowing that they will be making Christmas brighter for local kids was a definite high point. We will definitely look forward to working with Ellen and The Leader’s Institute again next year!”Amanda O’Brien, Superior Essex

Even groups that have been working together for a long time need events where they can just have fun together while reinforcing the importance of good working relationships. If you want to encourage team building while giving back to your local community, consider including the Build-A-Bike® team-building event in your next conference!

Author: Ellen Patnaude, Date Published: April 24, 2012

Ellen Patnaude is an instructor for The Leader's Institute ® and president of LeadQuine. She is based in the Detroit, Michigan Region. She is a specialist in team building events and presentation skills seminars.

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