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HD Smith Hosts Build-A-Bike In Los Angeles, California

As part of a week long conference, pharmaceutical wholesaler HD Smith participated in a Build-A-Bike ® team building event at the gorgeous St. Regis near Los Angeles California. The conference was filled with many meetings and sessions with various objectives. One hundred and twenty five HD Smith employees gathered to take part in the event from seven locations across the country. There was a mixture of employees who were familiar with each other and those that had never met. This provided a great opportunity to work on the company’s goals of improving teamwork and leadership skills.

The one hundred and twenty five HD Smith employees were broken into teams to participate in the challenges of the Build-A-Bike event. The teams were encouraged to creatively come up with solutions to the events tasks. The event really helps teams to bond and open up lines of communication. One of the underlying messages of the conference was turning mission into action and the event gave a great opportunity to put that into practice. With only an hour to complete the event the teams were under pressure to get things done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Though it was a challenge the HD Smith teams took it head on completing eighteen brand new bicycles.

The conference also focused on caring for your community. While the participants from HD Smith had fun and enhanced their teamwork and leadership skills, they also made a contribution to their community. The eighteen bikes built by the teams were donated to the Big Brother’s Big Sisters of Orange County. Unfortunately the kids were not able to be there to receive the bikes which is always a fun part of the Build-A-Bike event. A representative from Big Brother’s Big Sisters received the bikes later as part of a dinner reception. Between the beautiful location, enthusiastic teams and the fun and learning during the event, HD Smith hosted a wonderful Build-A-Bike ® team building event. Thank you to all the participants and all the employees of HD Smith.

Cost Cutters Supercuts Makes Great Designs in Omaha Bike Give-Away

Over 50 managers of Cost Cutter/Supercuts hair salons came together in Omaha, Nebraska for a Build-A-Bike® Team Building Event. Cost Cutters/Supercuts are leading hair salons in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa. The event was a lot of fun and this progressive and innovated group was very involved and participative in every aspect of the event. There was a lot of laughter, a lot of joking and even some learning as they joined team and accomplished the tasks given. In the end the participants had fun and 8 children from the Lincoln Boys and Girls clubs received the donation of bicycles. The participants had fun and learning that also resulted in a great feeling that an important contribution to children, their families and communities they live in had been made.


Throughout the event there is opportunity for the groups to work together in their particular teams as well with other teams to complete the tasks and build the bikes. Often times the teams try to complete the job without help, but in this case the activities are designed so that to accomplish what needs to be done each team really needs to work with other teams. In the regular work-a-day world this is often the case. We get so busy doing our tasks that we suffer through it even though asking for help may be more expedient.  We are reluctant to ask for help for many reasons and most of the time those reasons aren’t reasonable. Another common occurrence is that we have an answer or solution someone else may need, but we are reluctant to share because it might take time, or we feel threatened or, whatever reason. But the best thing for the company is for each team and each member to ask for help when needed and offer help when available. Cost Cutters/Supercuts know that, although they have many shops, they are all part of a larger team and each shop contributes the success of others.


Cost Cutters/Supercuts has a great and innovative team that accomplished the tasks, had fun and worked very well together. The benefit was not only to them in completing the job, but in the great contribution to the Boys and Girls Clubs. Thanks Cost Cutters/Supercuts for a great Build-A-Bike® team Building Event.

Elekta includes Build-A-Bike ® team building workshop in Barcelona, Spain

Elekta recently held a conference near Barcelona, Spain in Europe and included a Build-A-Bike team building workshop as a way to give back to the community and have some fun together! Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated state of the art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Elekta employs around 3,300 employees globally. About 80 of those global employees gathered for this conference in Barcelona.

The Build-A-Bike® team event is a great way for a group to have fun together, reinforce important team building lessons, and give back to the community. The event consists of a series of puzzles and activities that challenge the participants to think outside of their boxes. This group has not done a lot of team building events together, and they were highly challenged by the event’s activities. They also had a great time together!

Elekta is a global company and this meeting brought together people from all over the world. They don’t have an office in Barcelona but wanted to give back to the local community nonetheless, so they partnered with a local organization in town to facilitate the donation of the 12 bikes they built during the event.

“Ellen and Danielle facilitated a wonderful event for our group. Not only was our group impressed, but the hotel staff was so impressed that the hotel manager called a meeting with us to thank us for conducting the event! It was a very memorable experience for all of us.”

— Karen Wagener, Elekta

Team building events are plentiful, but few can compare to Build-A-Bike®. If you’re looking to give your team a unique experience that reinforces good communication and collaboration, as well as the importance of philanthropy, consider including it in your next conference.

Mustang Engineering Comes to Austin for a Build-A-Bike Team Event Benefiting Houston Kids

Mustang Engineering of Houston, met in Austin, Texas, to enhance their team work with a Build-A-Bike ® team building event.  The folks at Mustang take teamwork, family, and giving back to the Houston community, very seriously.  As part of the Founder’s Legacy, the company adopted Watkin’s middle school, in the Houston, Texas area, because Mustang recognized that those years are pivotal in a child’s life, that the choices the kids make, can affect their whole life.

Mustang Engineering wants to help guide them.  They also want to challenge the kids to do well, to push their intellectual limits and achieve.  So while the Mustangers had a fun time building their team, learning how to negotiate, experience the value of collaboration, and laughing a lot, they built 26 bikes for the winners of an essay contest.  “My Hero Is.”  That hero essay overall-winner turned out to be written about one of the kid’s Mom.  She went door to door to raise enough money for a neighbor with cancer to receive  treatment.   It became known, and survives as the Guadalupe Fund.

Oh, don’t be surprised by the big blue Mustang if you visit Watkins Middle School.  He is often there to welcome the kids back, give em a high five, make them smile, or offer a little help.  The folks from Mustang Engineering have been known to show up with treats for the teachers.  They even cleaned up the grounds, planted flowers and trees to give the kids a more beautiful place to learn about the wonders of the world.  Building 26 bikes for kids who have none, is all part of their corporate mission.   Giving back is just a part of “who they are” and “what they believe.  By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor & Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute

Schwinn Works on Team Building with a Build-A-Bike Event in Boca Raton, Florida

Maison Brison, Dorel, and Schwinn, gathered in Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Ft. Lauderdale), from across the globe to focus on team building with a Build-A-Bike event.  Their goal, not surprising for one of the world’s leading producers of bicycles, was to Build-a-Bike for some kids who had no bikes. From France, Portugal, England, Canada and the US, they came to meet, get to know each other better. They grew from knowing each other through email and phone, to the physical; creating a long-lasting bond and giving back to the local community.

As they worked together to cheer on their team they learned about each other’s personality, their strengths, and how to solve problems. The world, suddenly got a lot smaller and easier to navigate. And making travel easier and more fun was the basis for the creation of Schwinn Bikes in 1895 by German-born mechanical engineer Ignaz Schwinn. In 1896 Schwinn entered the bike racing world and won…often. The company has gone through many changes, and is finally part of the Dorel Conglomerate. But the spirit of Schwinn’s creator, who survived all the odds when motorized vehicles began to fill the streets, and of course, the depression, survives and thrives.

On this day, they shared their good fortune with a bunch of kids, who likely would not otherwise have a bike. 26 in all. Rick Leckner, who oversees all of the company’s promotional, and advertising efforts said this, “Reaction was what I had hoped for—unanimously overwhelmingly positive, some even emotional.”  By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute

Knightsbridge in Canada Celebrated It’s 10th Birthday with a Bicycle Team Building Event Benefiting Some Needy Kids

Knightsbridge celebrated its 10th birthday in the Blue Mountains of Northern Canada with a Build-A-Bike® Team Building Event.  This quickly growing company is all about solutions, and strategies, for managing Human Resources.  While other companies have scaled back, Knightsbridge has ramped up and grown dramatically.

They celebrated their success, and shared it with others.  During a team building event under the dome of the Blue Mountain Resort, they learned, collaborated and built some bikes.  Their Build-A-Bike, event was all about kids.  40 kids to be exact.  Though Canada has not been hit as hard as the U.S. with the recession, there is still a need to fill, and Knightsbridge happily did that.  Teamwork, and perhaps a little competition brought the first bike to the front ahead of the others.  Then in a matter of minutes, one team helped another and 40 bikes stood complete.  Surprised when 40 kids walked into the dome, the participants applauded and cheered.  The kids were there as part of the Salvation Army’s children’s programs.  Pastor Mark Crabb told the crowd that they had just made the kid’s lives a whole lot better.

The creators of the bikes watched with wonder as the kids tried out their new rides. The sight of the kids brought more than a few watery eyes.  Leslie Carter, of Knightsbridge said following the event’s conclusion, “The whole group really loved the activity. They were especially blown away when the kids came in.”

All together the kids sang out, “thank you, thank you.”  That was matched by the folks at Knightsbridge, saying thanks, for the chance to give back, and the chance to meet these special children.

By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute

Children from Salvation Army in New York Benefit from Pfizer Build-A-Bike Team Event

Over 60 people from around the globe came together in New York City for a Build-A-Bike Team Building Event®. These Pfizer employees from the Emerging Markets Group in New York, NY enjoyed the fun, laughter and learning as they built 10 bikes that were presented to children form the Salvation Army’s Chinatown operation. It was a fast-paced hour with 10 teams working together to solve problems, answer questions, and figure out clues to garner the parts to build the bicycles and then complete the construction. With several countries from around the world there were some language and communication barriers, but everything was solved and the task completed in the allotted time. From Europe, Asia, the US, and from the land down under, the participants worked together to have a great time and learn some valuable team building and leadership skills.

Teamwork is often viewed as the simple inter connection and effectiveness of group members. But this event showed how people from many different countries can come together to make one event a big success and contribute to the needs of people in the community. Although the participants represented many countries, the real difference was the experience they shared. It was learning (even if by accident) a little about teamwork and leadership, it was giving back, it was hearing the representative from the Salvation Army; helping families in the local community. Pfizer is concerned about improving the world through its oncology work and the emerging markets. Their work makes a difference everyday for people throughout the world. But the Build-A-Bike Team Building Event ® was a nice reminder that making a difference really does make a difference.

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