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Verizon Wireless Hosts Ace Race Team Mini Golf for Charity in Boston, Massachusetts

Nearly 200 members of the Verizon Wireless Trainers and their support group came together in Boston, Massachusetts for an Ace Race Team Mini Golf Event for charity. The opportunity was a great experience for team building, fun, friendly competition, and to donate food to the Greater Boston Food Bank. Everyone had fun designing a miniature golf hole and then competing to make an “Ace” (hole-in-one) at each hole. Each team made with mats of felt for the green and non-perishable food items to construct the holes and obstacles provided a challenge and fun to all of the participants. The teams build 32 golf holes which made up four different courses. Each course’s winning team had a playoff to determine the overall winner. The fun and learning culminated in all of the food items being donated to the Mission Central Food Pantry in New England. There was learning, fun and a great feeling when a representative of the food pantry explained how the over 2400 lbs. of food would be used and the tremendous difference it would make in the lives of needy families in New England.

The Ace Race Mini Golf for charity is a fun way to teach some basic team building principles while having fun and giving back to the community. The teams were preselected before the event but each team had to use the experience and talents of the members to complete the tasks. Some people are good at the design of the golf holes, others have the ability to put the parts together in a specific order to construct the holes: others have the ability to hit the golf ball and make the critical shot; still others are able to organize the individuals to get the best from each one. The best teams are those that recognize how each individual can contribute to the team and then cheer them on to make significant contributions. One “sentence” that was reiterated was, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” Verizon also had added a nautical theme which added to the fun and was included and referred to throughout the Ace Race Program.

Thanks Verizon for a great event and for making a significant contribution to the Greater Boston Food Bank. May the Ace Race experience benefit you as your gracious gift to the food pantry will benefit so many in need in Massachusetts and other states in New England.

Flowserve Builds Doll Houses For YMCA in Tucson, Arizona

Over 70 employees from Flowserve Corporation came together at the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel and Resort for a Structures Charity Team Building Event in which 7 very nice doll houses were assembled and given to young ladies from the Tucson YMCA. The event was filled with fun, interaction and even some learning. The participants were involved in several activities which finally resulted in the building of the 7 doll houses. The houses are very good quality and will be enjoyed by the YMCA members, with several of the doll houses being used as raffle items to raise money for the YMCA’s children’s summer camp programs. The event had some definite instruction but also gave a great feeling to the Flowserve members who were able to combine a fun learning experience with a great contribution to the community. It was a great experience to see the people working together for a common goal and to make such a generous donation.

Silos are great for storing corn, beans, wheat and whatever grain you have, but they are not so great as a working condition. In large international corporations, such as Flowserve, the different division, departments and locations get people locked into situations in which they get comfortable accessing only the resources they are comfortable and used to dealing with. The Structures Team Building Event is designed to help people break out of the silos and see the value of increasing their working resources. Every person is surrounded by talented people that can contribute when called upon. Every person has unique talents, gifts and abilities and can be utilized more effectively and efficiently. Too often we get used to doing things a certain way and need to be taught and reminded to reach out to others and use the invaluable talent around us that we may be overlooking. It isn’t just using the available resources around me to help me break out of my silo, but by capitalizing on the contributions of others I have helped them grow out of their silo as well. It is a win-win situation.

Thanks to Flowserve for a great event and for their generous contribution the the YMCA of Tucson.

Aviva USA Supports Those in Need in Kansas City with Ace RaceTeam Building Event

Over 60 employees of Aviva USA, one of the largest worldwide life insurance and annuity companies, came together for an Ace Race Golf Team Building Event in Kansas City, Missouri. The Ace Race is a a fun and fast paced team building program in which the participants design miniature golf holes out of non-perishable food items. The goal of the event is for each team to make a hole-in-one at each of the holes. At the end of the event the food is donated to a local food pantry. In this case over 500 pounds of food was given to Harvesters Community Food Pantry. It is a fun event with a little bit of team building skills built in. The participants enjoyed the experience and where proud to give back to the community.

One of the real benefits of the experience was the team members working together to solve problems, work together, and share the span of control. One of the real lessons is that everyone has their own areas of expertise and a great way to build a team is to recognize the talents and abilities of each of the team members so that each can function and do what they do best. Team building and especially team leadership is not about having control, but rather in learning that control is something that the best team members know how to give to others when it is in the best interest of the team. The Ace Race Team Building Event helps team members know how to appreciate and build one another up.

Thanks to Aviva for a great event and to Harvesters in Kansas City, Missouri for being the recipients of Aviva’s generosity.

Lafarge Rescue Bear Event in Birmingham, Alabama

I just finished a charity team building event in Alabama, for Lafarge North America.  For those of you who don’t know, Lafarge is the company that built the five soccer stadiums in South Africa for the World Cup that ended last week.   Lafarge donated 10 new hand-made  stuffed animals to the local Hoover fire department to be used for comforting children in need at any emergency situation.  Captain Neil Dipiano, from the Hoover fire department was there with three of his team to receive the gives.  As he received the donations, he talked about how valuable it is to have bears and toys for children at the scene of an accident or in case of a fire when the family is in crisis or experiencing a major loss.  Lafarge, through a simple act of kindness and generosity is making a difference in their community.

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