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Knowles Corporation Build-A-Bike Team Building in Chicago, IL

Knowles-Corporation-Build-A-Bike-Team-BuildingThe engineers at Knowles Corporation, in a Chicago, IL suburb, took the mathematical challenges at a recent Build-A-Bike ® team building ® event very, very seriously. When John brought his clue sheet to the judges it was covered in diagrams and math formulas. John had been turned away by the judges before and now he passionately defensed his multiple answers. One “judge,” (Knowles HR Director), was impressed and awarded the hard-working engineer a bicycle part. Now they only needed eight more parts to build their bike! Their love of math also emerged earlier when the engineers created heartfelt cheers and flags to represent their teams. One flag made puns using the symbol for Pi. Another included images of rockets. During the cheers the teams ribbed each other – there was a lively competitive spirit in the room.

The teams struggled with some of the challenges presented but in the end, truth be told, they built the bikes faster and more solidly than any other group coach Laura Lewis-Barr (of Chicago, IL) had facilitated. Go Knowles!

The eight children from the Union League Boys and Girls club were thrilled with the bikes and several engineers emerged with compressors to ensure that the tires were properly filled.

The head of Human Resources organized the event and had gotten the group tee shirts which read, R and D Tech Event, Build-a-Bike®. Afterward said, “Thank you so much, it looks like everyone really enjoyed it!”

This fun event was at the Knowles Corporation office at 1151 Maplewood Dr., Itasca, IL 60143

For details about a team building event in Chicago, Illinois, click here!

Sallie Mae Build-A-Bike Team Building in Newark, DE

Sallie-Mae-Build-A-Bike-2015Sallie Mae was looking for a fun and meaningful team building event to break up a couple of days of traditional learning and to bring together individuals from multiple locations. The Leader’s Institute® stepped right in with a fun Build-A-Bike ® team building event®! Apparently, the team was very curious about what was in store for them and several employees were trying to peek into the room as we turned it over from classroom style to a more open space conducive to moving around and getting to know co-workers. “Secrets” unfolded throughout the activities and participants left at the end of the day knowing a little bit more about the people they work with. Teams had an opportunity to compete and impress the judges (a few of their executives). When it came to building the bikes, teams had varied obstacles and challenges thrown at them, but they approached the exercise with a positive, “can-do” attitude.

When all bikes were properly assembled and safety checked, Instructor, Michelle Riklan introduced a representative from Big Brothers Big Sisters to explain how the team efforts would have an impact. Several children and their relatives were thrilled to be able to take home a brand new bike. One woman thanked the group profusely, explaining that she is a grandmother raising her granddaughter alone and how absolutely grateful they both are to the company and employees.

Sallie Mae participants expressed how grateful they were to have been able to have an impact in the community,

We thoroughly enjoyed having you. Thank you so much for your energy and time! It was so rewarding!— Sallie Mae

The location was at Sallie Mae’s office at 300 Continental Drive, Newark, DE 19713

Cisco Team Building Builds Bikes for Children in Raleigh, NC

Over 60 employees from around the globe came together in Raleigh, NC, for a Build-A-Bike Team Building Event which resulted in 10 new bikes being donated to children from the Wake County Boys and Girls Clubs. The event was an action packed, fast-paced experience which gave the participants a chance to get to know one another better, practice some team building skills, have some laughs, and give back to the local community. They got to see one another in a different situation than usual which contributed to a better understanding of each other and an improvement in relationships. Combining fun and learning is a great way to grow together in leadership skills and team building abilities.

Communication plays a vital role in leadership and team building. Too often communication is thought to have happened when people talk to each other. Teams are graded on how well they get along as well as the results they produce. The most effective teams are those that go beyond communication to cooperation and coordination. Communication is important and opens the door, but it must lead to team members actually cooperating with each other to provide the best results conceivable. Cooperation opens the door to coordination. This happens when cooperation takes the next step so that individualized efforts are coordinated so that synergy can happen. The team must be larger and produce more then just the addition of individual efforts. Synergistic efforts, like the Build-A-Bike Team Building Event bring people together so that what they accomplish as a team is much greater than just the individual contributions.

Thanks to Cisco for a great Build-A-Bike Team Building Event and for  generously giving 10 bikes to the Boys and Girls Clubs in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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