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Regal Beloit Build-A-Bike Event in Springfield, Missouri

What happens when over 50 team members of Regal Beloit get together for team building and fun? 8 children from the Springfield area Big Brothers and Big Sisters program get brand new bikes! Regal Beloit held a Build-A-Bike® Team Building Event in Springfield, Missouri, that ended with the bikes they built during the activities being given to area children. The event was a lot of fun and this competitive group enjoyed the activities that had them participating in several activities that culminated in 8 bikes being assembled and given away. The Regal Beloit people we’re very active and their competitive sides came out as they saw each activity as a real competition and worked hard to win. The fun and laughter were infectious, and they even learned a few lessons along the way. It was a wonderful experience and the Regal Beloit participants were a great group to work with. 

One of the real lessons was to observe the groups as they learned that competition can be very valuable if it brings out the best in everyone. But often we allow our competitive side to come out when there really isn’t any competition- and that can result in dreadful outcomes. We often work in different departments, different locations, and different divisions; there are many situations that segment a company. (This group had local participants from Springfield as well as from St. Louis and Kansas City.) So we are often competing with limited personnel, limited HR resources, limited funding, and other resources. When we see our sector as being in competition with others within one company that competition can actually hurt the overall company. In fact, we need to be reminded that it is one company and that hurting one part is hurting the whole. The whole company cannot prosper if one part’s competition hurts another.

In the Build-A-Bike event the goal was to build the bikes, all eight of them. It wasn’t to see which team could get done first, or which team had the fewest defects, but to get all the bikes completed and safety checked. The folks from Regal Beloit got it done, to the benefit of the children from Big Brothers Big Sisters. It was a great event, with great results. From our local St. Louis based instructors, thanks Regal Beloit!  

Direct Energy Build-a-Bike in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Direct Energy of Tulsa, Oklahoma hosted a Build-a-Bike event in their new facility on S Yale Ave with 30 team leaders. Many of the participants commute from Houston & Dallas to Tulsa, so Linda Coleman of Direct Energy was looking for an event to help collaborate and bring everyone together on the same page. The event helped everyone appreciate each others strengths and working together you can achieve more or just different results. This group was very competitive, in the cheer activity some teams actually inserted flips & acrobatic moves.

The group was amazed when the kids actually showed up to receive the bikes, many of them didn’t know until that moment that the kids would be attending the event. Each group was able to deliver a completed bike to an individual kids and see the smile on that kid’s face!

The pride in the groups as they took pictures,exchanged names with the child that they built that bike for. Direct Energy is the largest competitive retailer of energy and related services in North America, so they also wanted to be able to give something back to their community. We worked closely with Youth at Heart Charity in Tulsa to provide children with new bikes, their first bike in many cases. At the end of the event as the children rode around the room on their new bikes, the COO Dennis Weikle stood and clapped and said “this is great”.




Nationwide Build-A-Bike Team Building Event in Columbus, Ohio

Over 120 Actuaries and mangers from Nationwide Investments came together in Columbus, Ohio, for a Build-A-Bike Team Building Event. The venue was Camp Mary Orton and provided a wonderful place for the activities. The activity room was set up with tables and materials for the event and everyone had a great time of fun and learning as they completed tasks that resulted in 20 bikes being built and donated to the Godman Guild that will give the bikes to excited children from their network. It was a fast-paced, fun and entertaining time with lots of laughter, a lot of networking and a lot of good cheer. The participants enjoyed the afternoon with each other, the activities and the good feeling of giving back to the Columbus community.

Often times team building events are used to teach lessons amidst the activities. The activities are designed with subtle and not so subtle elements that reinforce team building, bonding and leadership. But sometimes team building can just be getting to know each other and having fun together. The Build-A-Bike Team Building Event for Nationwide was such an event. The focus was on getting out of the office, meeting others from around the area, getting acquainted and getting to know each other better; all in the surrounds of a great camp and entertainment. In this case the team building was almost covert, but the building of the relationships, seeing each other in a little different than ordinary circumstances; laughing together, enjoying each other and the activities all added to a great experience. Enjoyment was the top theme, but even if by accident, learning was taking place.

Thanks to Nationwide and their great team for a great team building event in Columbus, Ohio, and a thanks also to Camp Mary Orton for a great venue and to the Godman Guild for providing children to receive the bikes.

Build-A-Bike ® Details: https://www.leadersinstitute.com/team-building/bicycle-team-building

Hot Chalk Build-A-Bike Team Building Event in Las Vegas, Nevada

Employees of the education technology company Hot Chalk gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada to get to know each other better and give back to the community by participating in a Build-A-Bike team building event.  Hot Chalk is an education-focused technology company that helps non-profit private universities get their degree programs online.  With offices in Campbell, California and Phoenix, Arizona, some of the participants in the team building event were meeting face to face for the very first time.  The 55 Hot Chalk employees from different departments and offices had a few short hours to get to know each other before the event began.

When the event started the employees were split into teams and given challenges to solve in order to get everything they needed to build a bicycle.  The challenges are designed to teach employees to work together efficiently and improve their teamwork and leadership skills.  During the course of the team building event the Hot Chalk employees saw firsthand evidence of how better communication and working together as a team, rather than individual departments, helped them to achieve their goals.  Hot Chalk has a great group of employees who had lots of fun working through the team building event, and got to know each other a little bit better in the process.

Of course the Build-A-Bike ® team building event wasn’t just about having fun.  Hot Chalk built and donated 8 bikes to the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas.  At the closing of the event the teams got to award the bikes to 8 lucky boys and girls.  Aside from teamwork and leadership skills, the team building activities also teach the value of giving back to the community.  The smiles on the faces of the boys and girls with their new bikes was a direct example of one of Hot Chalk’s core values of being focused on results.  

Hot Chalk president Edward Fields said, “I have done a lot of team building events over the years and this is the best team building event I have ever done.”

Thank you to all the Hot Chalk employees for making the Build-A-Bike ® team building event a great success!

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

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