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Microsoft Does Another Build-A-Bike in Seattle, Washington

At the end of their financial year, Microsoft employees gathered in Seattle Washington to let loose and have some fun while giving back to the community by participating in a Build-A-Bike ® team building event. The event was hosted at the Microsoft campus headquarters in Redmond, Washington, near Seattle. Despite the fact that it poured down rain through the whole event the Microsoft staff did not let that drown their enthusiasm. Throughout the event the employees were lit up with bright smiles and eager faces. Their teamwork and positivity were absolutely contagious as they worked through the challenges of the event.

The one hundred Microsoft employees were divided into teams to participate in the challenges of the Build-A-Bike ® team building event. Like many participants in the leadership and teamwork skills training event, the employees at Microsoft were dedicated to ‘winning’. However, one of the lessons of the event is to see how we behave when things do not turn out the way we wanted. It is this sort of challenge that encourages teams to grow together as they readjust their strategy. Again, the staff at Microsoft faced every challenge with a smile and enthusiasm.

While their main goal was simply to let off some steam and have fun, Microsoft also wanted to take the opportunity to give back to the community. The teams successfully completed eighteen bikes that were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue. The presentation of the bikes to the kids is always an emotional part of the Build-A-Bike ® team building event. The employees of Microsoft were beaming as the kids excitedly ran across the field to get their brand new bikes. Seeing directly the joy that comes from their work and generosity always leaves an impact. Even the chaperone from the Boys and Girls Club, Kristi Holmes, was in tears as she thanked the employees for their donation. Even in the pouring rain the employees of Microsoft were able to have a lot of fun, learn and give back to the community. Thank you Microsoft for hosting a wet but wonderful Build-A-Bike ® team building event.

Stellar Solutions Build-a-Bike Team Building in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

At their annual company wide meeting in Steamboat Springs, Colorado Stellar Solutions reinforced the values of teamwork and giving back to the community by hosting a Build-A-Bike® team building event. With offices in California, Colorado and Virginia, a team of 120 rocket scientists participated in the competitive team building event. The annual meeting involved plans and goals for the upcoming year, as well as just having fun with co-workers from other locations. The fun, yet competitive, event challenged the engineers to find the best ways to work together to achieve the goals of the meeting and the Build-A-Bike® team building event. was the perfect opportunity to strengthen the bonds between employees.

While it might seem odd to challenge a team of aerospace engineers to build bikes, the event still very effectively managed to show how problems are more efficiently solved with teamwork and creativity. The teams face many types of challenges in order to get all the parts needed to build the bikes. The competition encouraged working together to find the best solutions for each challenge and these rocket scientists definitely rose to the challenge.

The event was held at the Steamboat Grand high in the Colorado mountains giving the Stellar Solution’s employees a beautiful setting to enjoy the activities. While everyone had a great time, the event also followed with their stand to give back to the community in a “tangible and recognizable way”. At the end of the event, Stellar Solutions donated 18 bikes to the local Boys and Girls club of Steamboat Springs. The challenges of the program give practical examples of how helping others helps everyone and the employees of Stellar Solutions showed how cooperation, teamwork and leadership skills can truly make a difference.

Any company, no matter what their size or industry can benefit from better teamwork and leadership skills. Thank you Stellar Solutions for a great time, your donation of 18 bikes and all your energy!

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