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Hill Rom Healthcare Philanthropic Meeting Benefiting Hospital Charity

Healthcare Philanthropic MeetingLast week, Hill Rom conducted an annual meeting for the executives in Chicago, IL. Hill-Rom is a healthcare company that is best known for 85 years of “bringing the home to hospitals”. The company specializes in mobility equipment, wound care, and patient monitoring and diagnostic equipment. So, they conducted their healthcare philanthropic meeting at the Lurie Children’s Hospital near the Navy Peer. The Grossman Group, a Chicago consulting firm, organized the healthcare philanthropic meeting. One of the executives at Hill Rom had worked with The Leader’s Institute ® (TLI) at a previous company. He remembered that Doug Staneart, CEO of TLI, lead his meeting and wondered if Doug could do this one as well. So, Doug worked with a number of consultants at Grossman to really customize the program for Hill-Rom.

Customizing the Content of a Healthcare Philanthropic Meeting.

The Grossman team and Doug worked together to outline a specific agenda that would work well for Hill-Rom. Then The Grossman team went into action. “I enjoyed working with a detail-oriented consultant. They took a lot of weight off of our shoulders,” said Doug. “The Grossman team inspired me.  They started with just a couple of ideas and put those ideas into action so quickly.”

According to Doug, “To be honest, I don’t get to do as much of the creative stuff, myself, anymore. We have a great team that customizes our events and activities for clients, now. But it was fun to get back to the TLI roots and create something from scratch with a professional client.”

The group had a wonderful time at the event. We received a bunch of nice compliments after the program!

CTS Corporation Build-A-Bike in Oak Brook, IL

CTS Build-A-Bike in Chicago ILSixty engineers from around the world came together for their yearly meeting. The ballroom was set with giant tic-tac-toe boards, pac man stations, and a massive inflatable skee ball booth. But the main attraction of the evening was a Build-A-Bike ® team building event. The spirited group huddled around the bicycle parts, ready to build the eight bicycles. But first they had to face the memory challenge, cheer contest, and the group puzzles. The teams brought three judges their puzzle answers but they didn’t always get a bicycle part. If not, they ran back to their team to huddle and find a new answer. One team had gotten many pieces but they were not the pieces they needed. What to do? The facilitator, Laura, reminded them, “don’t use your cell phones, you’ll find all the answers you need in the room.” Teams scoured the room, looking for answers. Soon enough they found them.

Build-A-Bike ® Team Building Activity in Oak Brook, IL

After doing a safety check of each bike, a special guest, Savina, of the Boys and Girls Club of Naperville came to accept the bicycles. She described the children receiving bikes. Each would go to an eager child.

Lisa Currie, organizer of the event said, “You did a great job. Everyone have so much fun. Thanks again.”

This Build-A-Bike ® was facilitated by Laura Lewis-Barr on June 12, 2017 at The Hyatt Lodge, 2815 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook, IL 60523

For more details about Build-A-Bike ®, click here. For details about other team building activities in Chicago, Illinois, click here.

Vyaire Medical Build-A-Bike Activity in Chicago, IL

Vyaire Medical Build-A-Bike Activity in Chicago, IL Vyaire Medical hosted several days of leadership workshops in Chicago, Illinois. They decided that a Build-A-Bike ® activity was the perfect way to get their group out of chairs and into some fun team building activities. They were a hardworking group of 22 supply chain professionals gathered from around the world. Like many successful groups, they were highly competitive and teased each other as some groups assembled bike parts faster than other groups. In the end, teams switched from competition to cooperation as they shared bike parts and expertise. They were especially delighted when their surprise guests, four eager children from the local Rauner YMCA, ran into the room to claim their newly constructed bicycles. The teams quickly adjusted seats and put air in tires so the kids were ready to go.

Feedback from Vyaire Medical Build-A-Bike ®

Nisa Ramirez later wrote to Vyaire, “Thanks again for the generous donation! Our children are ecstatic and ready to ride their new bikes. The four children we took today did not have bikes and are very thankful for your kindness.”

Samantha. Getzinger, Executive Assistant to the CEO was equally thrilled. “Thank you- everyone loved it!”

The group is now looking to bring The Leaders Institute ® back to lead more Build A Bikes for other locations.

The Vyaire Medical Build-A-Bike ® was conducted at the W Hotel, 644 North Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611 by Laura Lewis-Barr on June 28, 2017

For more details about Build-A-Bike ®, click here. For details about other team building activities in Chicago, Illinois, click here.

Castrol BP Bike Team Building in Chicago, Illinois

I recently had the pleasure to facilitate some bike team building in Chicago, Illinois for smart group of people from Castrol, a part of BP. This group wanted the focus of their holiday event to be about giving to others. Castrol found The Leaders Institute ® Build-A-Bike ® event and thought it was a perfect fit. Their group loved the idea of giving bicycles to children at Christmas. The group of fifty first enjoyed an amazing lunch created for them by their resident chef. (Nice!)

Castrol Bike Team Building in Chicago

Castrol Bike Team Building in Chicago, IllinoisThen we started the Build-A-Bike ®. The group was smart. The saleswomen, chemists, and managers aced the memory game, the cheer contest, and the puzzles. The teams then competed and cooperated to share bike parts. After building their bikes, they took photos with their teams. In addition, others used the bicycle pump to make sure all tires were ready for the children. The groups hugged and joked. Then we took pictures as a larger group. But the main event had not really started for the Castrol teams. The children who would get the bikes were just getting out of school. Soon they would be on their way to the event. The entire group wanted to wait for them. While they waited, some teams went for coffee while others took a mannequin challenge. One of the resident videographers took a long film of the thirty participants frozen in space. Fun!

Fun Donation to a Local Chicago Children’s Charity

The children and parents arrived in a caravan that first had to go through some security checks. Finally it was time. The boys and girls ran into the room and each claimed a bike. Sherid Smith from the local Boys and Girls club shared stories of some recent hardships these children had faced. The Castrol bikes were going to make this a much happier Christmas for them.

Afterwards the event organizer brought out homemade cookies for the children. It was cold outside but there was great warmth in this room. John, a chemist in the group said that the event had been “great” and he “loved the memory game.”

This Build-A-Bike ® was facilitated by Laura Lewis-Barr on December 9th at Castrol Industrial, 150 West Warrenville Rd., Naperville, IL 60563. For details about bike team building in Chicago of your own, visit our Team Building in Chicago page!

Laura-Lewis-BarrLaura Lewis-Barr is president of Traning4Breakthroughs, and she is an expert presentation skills coach based in Chicago, Illinois. She teaches team building events in Chicago, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, St Louis, and other cities in the Midwest, and works with clients all over the world.

World Fuel Services Build-A-Bike in Chicago, IL

World Fuel Services Build-A-Bike Chicago, ILWorld Fuel Services met in a gorgeous wood paneled room at Chicago’s luxurious Four Seasons hotel for a small but heartfelt Build-A-Bike ® event. Fifteen executives from World Fuel Services met to compete in three teams. World Fuel Services is a Fortune 100 company and a global leader in fuel logistics. The executives were from different areas of marketing and finance. They were a competitive and fun group of high achievers. But that didn’t stop them from creating silly cheers with, in some cases, wild choreography! Then the three teams answered puzzles and obtained bike parts. They ran back and forth to the judges. Each team wanted to be the first to build their bike. The trouble was, the first team was sent back to fix a tire that wasn’t secured safely. No matter. This wasn’t a contest of speed, this was a chance for executives to join together to build bikes for three lucky kids.

Rose Nodal of the McCormick YMCA brought those three children. The Y is close by and the children lived in the area. One of them had never had a bicycle before. It was kind of the Four Seasons staff to let the excited kids ride their bikes through the carpeted hallways!

World Fuel Services Build-A-Bike ® Chicago, IL

Senior Vice President on site summed up the afternoon, “It was great. We got to know each other better and it was wonderful to see the faces of the kids when they received the bikes. Thank you.”

This Build A Bike ® team building event was facilitated by Laura Lewis-Barr. It was held at the Four Seasons Downtown, 120 East Delaware Pl., Chicago, IL 60611.

United Conveyor Offers Bike Team Building at Chicago Leadership Conference

United COnveyor bike team building ChicagoUnited Conveyor, a 95 year old a family owned business decided to offer a (Build-A-Bike ®) bike team building during the second day of their yearly Chicago leadership conference. The goal of the conference was to help teams to “work better collaboratively and improve their communication.” The forty participants included the President CFO and VPs in Engineering, Sales Marketing, Supply Chain, as well as Project Managers and Managers in Communications, IT and Marketing. The group was enthused and competitive! Some found it difficult to switch from competing to cooperating with other groups. There was much laughter as they reflected on their love of competition. But all hands came together as the group decorated the bikes for each of the eight children who would be soon arriving from United Way. Each team draped their bike with streamers and name tags. Several set up an assembly line to pump up all the bike tires before the children arrived.

United-Conveyor-Build-A-Bike-Chicago-IL-2The children were overwhelmed. Soon the teams worked to make sure the bike seats were set correctly and some even gave the children impromptu bicycle lessons. Some children had never had a bike before and didn’t yet know how to ride a bike. Afterward, the VP of Human Resources for United said, “The group was really energized. They really enjoyed it!” This Build-A-Bike ® event was held on April 14, 2016 at Independence Grove Hall 16400 Buckley Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048 near Chicago, Illinois. It was taught by Laura Lewis-Barr, our Chicago based instructor.

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

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Build-A-Bike Team Building Event in Chicago, IL


In a fantastic high rise building in the heart of downtown Chicago, 40+ enthusiastic team members of Blue Cross Blue Shield gathered to perform cheers, solve puzzles, and build bikes for kids. It was a busy time for the group but they cleared two hours from their calendars to learn more about each other and have fun, and they chose to conduct a Build-A-Bike® team building event in Chicago as the backdrop for their activities.

As they arrived, some were nervous about building a bicycle but everyone soon found that working as a team meant having many new skills.

Dan, a representative from McCormick YMCA, accepted 14 bicycles on behalf of their children. Some of the kids in the Y programs had never had a bike. Dan said they were eager to get riding on a brand new trail nearby.

The Leaders Institute® has offered several Build-A-Bike® team building programs at BCBS. We look forward to visiting them again.

This event was held at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois office at 300 E Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601. For details about conducting a Build-A-Bike® team building event at your office, visit the webpage at https://www.leadersinstitute.com/team-building/bicycle-team-building.

Laura-Lewis-BarrLaura Lewis-Barr is president of Traning4Breakthroughs, and she is an expert presentation skills coach based in Chicago, Illinois. She teaches team building events in Chicago, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, St Louis, and other cities in the Midwest, and works with clients all over the world.

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

A.M. Castle & Co. Build-A-Bike near Chicago, Illinois


A.M. Castle & Co. included a Build-A-Bike ® team building event in their recent conference near Chicago, Illinois. A.M. Castle & Co. is the foremost provider of specialty products, services, and supply chain solutions. They are recognized as a leading distributor of carbon, alloy, stainless steel, nickel alloys, aluminum, titanium, cast iron, brass, copper, and plastic, as well as a global resource for complex supply chain solutions. This group of 75 sales, operations managers and senior leadership gathered for this conference to solidify some of the recent changes they have undergone, and strengthen their bond as a group.

Build-A-Bike is a high-energy activity that uses a series of activities and exercises to get people to interact, play and compete with each other. Each exercise builds on the previous one, and teams get some gentle reminders of the importance of cheering each other’s successes, sharing information and materials, and communicating clearly. The A.M. Castle team was a very energetic and creative group! They met all of the challenges with enthusiasm and played hard. Once it became clear that working together was the way to be successful, they jumped right in and helped each other out without hesitation.

They donated the 12 bikes built in the event to the Indian Boundary YMCA in nearby Downer’s Grove. The participants had no idea that the kids were going to come to the event! The workshop’s meaning was made even stronger for the participants when the kids walked through the doors.

“This was a great event! And having the kids there at the end was really exciting!” — Anne Scharm, A.M. Castle & Co.

Teams that play together often work harder and more effectively together. Consider including a Build-a-Bike team building workshop in your next conference as a great way to give your team that opportunity. It will create a memorable and meaningful experience for everyone.

Ellen Patnaude

Ellen Patnaude is Vice President of Instruction for the Northeast region. She is based in Detroit, Michigan, but she also teaches in Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toronto, Baltimore and other Northeast cities.

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Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos Hosts Build A Bike in Chicago, Illinois

imageHard Rock Hotels & Casinos was looking for a high energy event to begin their convention, so they decided to host a Build-A-Bike team building event in Chicago, Illinois.  Hard Rock Hotels, as well as Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, are located in various locations in the United States and abroad.  This event brought together managers from both the hotel and casino division, with the goal of getting everyone on the same page and to give back to the community.

Some of the managers in this group knew each other well, while others were acquaintances.  There was some competition between the hotel and casino divisions of the company.  The Build-A-Bike event can be a great icebreaker for people to get to know each other outside of the workplace, while encouraging people to work together.  Each team cannot solve problems alone.  They must work with each other and with other teams to be successful.  While most of them are focusing on having fun during the event, they are simultaneously learning cooperative skills that result in not only a better work environment; they also increase productivity!  Competition is not necessarily a bad thing, but this team event places emphasis on cooperation, and how working together is essential to accomplishing goals.

At the end of the event, Hard Rock Hotels & Casino built 6 bikes for very happy children from the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.  Participants in the event were thrilled to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they received the bikes, knowing that they had helped make a difference in their lives.  The Build-A-Bike event helped realize one of Hard Rock Hotels and Casino’s core principles, giving back to the community.

“It was a GREAT event and our people have been raving about the exercise! I’m sure we’ll cross paths again in the future!” Claudia Infante, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos

Participants felt that this event was a great way to begin their conference, knowing that they had made the kids’ day, while also learning some new skills that could be implemented immediately.  Consider a team building event as a great way to kick off a conference in a fun and energetic way!

Chris McNeany
Chris McNeany is a Vice President and Instructor for the The Leader’s Institute®. He is based in Los Angeles, California, but he teaches classes in San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle as well.

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