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Baker Hughes Inc Build-A-Bike in Houston, TX

Baker Hughes hosted the Build-A-Bike ® team building exercise at the La Toretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery, TX for 80 of their sales team. A top-tier oilfield service company with a century-long track record, Baker Hughes delivers solutions that help oil and gas operators make the most of their reservoirs. Collaboration is the foundation on which we build our business. The event was very lively, it was held during their reception hour before dinner. Scott, the contact for this event said this team is a very competitive group and they really enjoy themselves when the meetings for the day are over.
065The Build-A-Bike event teaches teamwork skills through a series of challenges which the teams are to complete. The tasks encourage the teams to think outside the box to come up with solutions while they are learning to work efficiently as a team. The opening exercise is just what the group needed after a long day of meetings. The overall lesson is that everyone works together to reach the same goal. The group participated and worked well with each other, there was a lot of team work going on in the room. The YMCA of Conroe, TX were present despite the storm to receive the bikes from the Baker Hughes group. At the end when the kids were playing with their new bikes Scott Schmidt looked at me and said “You didn’t tell me the kids were coming! I am moved to tears”

Technetics Group of Houston Texas Build A Bike

Technetics Group provides an unmatched combination of engineering and manufacturing expertise to solve your most difficult design and performance problems, accelerating time to market and improving cost-of-ownership from Lab to Fab. We combine five decades of experience in producing the finest quality components and assemblies with leading-edge capabilities in chamber technology, advanced coatings, engineered surface treatments and testing.
001The Build-A-Bike event teaches teamwork skills through a series of challenges which the teams are to complete. The tasks encourage the teams to think outside the box to come up with solutions. While they are learning to work efficiently as a team the employees of Technetics Houston along with some colleagues that traveled from South Carolina were also having fun. The contact person, Maricarmen said this company is very competitive, they actually compete for a traveling gnome and it was time for it to stay in Houston. The overall lesson is that everyone works together to reach the same goal, the groups were mixed up so Managers from Human Resources and plant managers all worked together. Although this group was competitive they also exhibited real teamwork, some went from group to group assisting each other in solving the clues. The YMCA was the charity arranged to receive the bikes the group built. The age of the kids are six to eight years old and they were so excited to get their new bikes in addition the Technetics group also provided snacks and drinks for them as the kids received their first riding lesson in the parking lot. Mike from South Carolina said “Thank you for a great day, this was amazing and so much fun to be apart of”

CSM Bakery Products Houston Texas Build-A-Bike

In Houston Texas CSM Bakery Products brought their plant managers from all over the United States for an operations meeting. Scott Chaney, the plant Manager of Houston decided to end the day with the Build-A-Bike program to benefit some kids in their community. CSM Bakery Products is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amsterdam-based CSM, the global leader in the bakery products and natural food preservation/green chemicals arenas. CSM operates in 60 locations with over 9,500 employees worldwide. The North American division, Bakery Supplies North America (BSNA), is active in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. BSNA operates 21 factories in the U.S. and has two production locations in Canada. The plant Managers had no idea what was planned for them and the end of the plant tour. Build-A-Bike uses a series of challenges and activities to encourage team building. Meant to be something of a caricature of behavior we can see in the workplace, teamwork and communication.

006The team building activities imply competition even though we tell them this isn’t a competition it is meant to show the importance of working together, “we build teams by building bikes”. When the group is split up into teams they each created a silo in their own little group and just tried to win. At the end of the event the grouped discussed what they saw, some groups were very competitive and didn’t work together. “this was eye opening and a great way to learn the importance of working together”. The contact person, Scott was involved in a Build-A-Bike team building event before and he wanted this group of plant managers to experience the “WOW” effect he had when the kids came to pick up the bikes, “that made the event”.  The director of the Boys & Girls Club Stafford branch showed up to the event with these very eager kids from the area to receive the bikes that the CSM Bakery Products plants managers built for them. The CSM group also provided snacks for the kids, they made them right there in the plant.

AAHOA Rescue Bear in Houston TX

AAHOA Annual Convention & Trade Show took place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston TX. AAHOA has more than 11,000 members owning more than 20,000 hotels that total $128 billion in property value. AAHOA is clearly one of the fastest-growing organizations in the hospitality industry and the largest membership-based Indian business organization in the United States. After India’s independence in 1947, many of that country’s young people immigrated to the United States to pursue their education and “the American Dream.” At first, many of these hoteliers met with resistance, to fight this problem, a group – the Midsouth Indemnity Association – was formed in Tennessee in 1985. Another group of Indian hoteliers came together in Atlanta in 1989, also with the goals of addressing discrimination issues and of increasing aware-ness of Asian Americans in the hospitality industry. They called themselves the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA). This event was for 125 women but we had 200 female hotel owners in the room and their ages ranged from 25-65 years old. It was inspiring to watch them work together and talk about the strength in women. They sang songs from their home country during one of the activities that can be heard from the hallway where a crowd of people started to form. The activities brought laughter from the women

“This is so much fun, and I didn’t expect these women to open up like this. It was amazing.” – Nancy Patel the AAHOA WIHL Chair

008Rescue Bear is a workshop that is designed to help people see the importance of matching a person with the right talent for the right role within the company. It helps participants identify the strengths of themselves and others and rely on those strengths when under pressure. As each group acquired different materials needed to build the stuffed animals, they realized that they needed each other to complete the task and the trading began. At the end of the workshop, the 125 stuffed animals that were put together and dressed in adorable outfits were donated to Houston Fire Department to ease the anxiety that children go through in a crisis. The Fire Chief spoke about also taking some of the bears to a local hospital and the police department.

Mi Swaco of Houston and the Build-A-Bike event

Mi Swaco a Schlumberger Company based in Houston Texas, brings together twice a year, the best of the best involved in the Program for Accelerated Career Training (PROACT). M-I SWACO is an industry leader of products, services and expertise for managing your drilling, completion and production operations. Whether drilling offshore West Africa, managing drilling waste in Kazakhstan, managing production of a North Sea reservoir or working in mines in Wyoming, our customers depend on M-I SWACO to help them complete their job on time, at cost and without undue challenges. Most of these young engineers just finished training at Mudd School, they actually learn to make mudd for drilling purposes. They started the day with the creating a team culture program, covered personality temperaments and finished the day with the Build-a-Bike program. Amber who organized the day for this group, especially liked the group sessions we did for the 28 leadership principles. To build rapport, reduce and resolve conflicts, gain enthusiastic cooperation and building strong confident leaders, “This is exactly what this group needed
Benjamin is the manager that oversees this group was involved from beginning to end and was a very thorough judge. This group who works very hard proves they also play hard, so energetic ,funny, outgoing and focused. The group was moved when they realized the children were coming to get the bikes. Many pictures were taken, names exchanged and Mi Swaco filled the craft bags with candy for the kids (with representatives approval)

Schlumberger hosts the Build-A-Bike event in Houston, Texas

Schlumberger Technology Center located in Sugar Land, Texas, southwest of Houston, hosted the Build-A-Bike event in the Houston Westchase Marriott for 70 of its senior management team from the center. In these centers, experts in various disciplines develop and manufacture products to help their customers find and produce hydrocarbons more effectively. At any given time, more than 100 projects are active at various development stages from concept to commercialization. Sugar Land’s highly educated workforce is rich in diversity: nationality, training, education, and expertise. Sonja, who was one of contacts at Schlumberger, initially had doubts about how the group would embrace the team activities, but during the event, she couldn’t stop laughing and taking pictures. She said, “I am so surprised and this is great

Build-A-Bike uses a series of challenges and activities to encourage team building. Meant to be something of a caricature of behavior we can see in the workplace, the participants have a good time poking fun at themselves and each other as they move through the exercises together. This team of engineers worked as a team, went to other teams for answers, when one team finished they offered their assistance to one another, true teamwork going on here. Bulent is one of the senior Managers and a designated parts person, stood and watched as the teams solved the clues to earn the bike parts, he kept smiling as he watched the behavior changes in his team, “this is very eye opening” he said. When the groups found out that the children were coming to receive the bikes from them directly they were so surprised, some got a little emotional and said this was so worth it to see the look on the kids’ faces, another helped a girl ride her new bike around the room. This group also offered cookies, popcorn and drinks to the kids to enjoy as they sat on their new bikes.

Hewlett-Packard Stuffing Bears with Love and Cheer for Children

I just got back from Houston, Texas where I was conducting one of my favorite corporate team building events called Rescue Bear with Hewlett-Packard, commonly referred to as HP. Most people don’t know that this now multinational company was founded in a one-car garage in Palo Alto, California, where the company is now headquartered,  by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.  HP, for those of you who don’t know is an information technology corporation which specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, data storage, and networking hardware, designing software and delivering services.  Coming together to build bears for children, this group discovered the importance of leveraging their diversity and through fun interactive team building exercises they discovered some of their colleagues’ underused hidden talents.   As a group, HP, donated 55 stuffed toys, all stuffed with love to the Salvation Army’s toy drive.

ExxonMobil Build-A-Bike in Houston, Texas

ExxonMobil held a Build-A-Bike team building event in Houston, TX recently.  ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, providing energy that helps underpin growing economies and improve living standards around the world. They operate facilities or market products in most of the world’s countries and explore for oil and natural gas on six continents. This event was for the Reservoir Performance Prediction & Modeling team based at the Upstream Research Company.

As a small group of 12 people, the leadership of the team wanted to make sure that the group would still have a great experience of the event. We were able to customize the agenda to fit the size of their group, as we can do with any size group, and give them the same great experience on a smaller scale. The goal for the overall day was to have fun and create better team dynamics across the whole team, while doing something worthwhile! Build-A-Bike is a high-energy, really fun workshop that gives the participants a chance to engage together in “play with a purpose” exercises.

At the end of the event, the group had built four bikes and had a really great time together. The excitement in the room ratcheted up another notch when the YMCA of Houston arrived with four local children who were the ecstatic recipients of the bikes! The ExxonMobil team is based locally, and one of the team members is a regular volunteer with the YMCA, making the donation even more meaningful for the group.

 “This was a great exercise – exactly what the team needed to get us out of the office and away from our computer screens for a little while!” — Bruce Chalton, ExxonMobil

No matter what size your group, Build-A-Bike is the perfect way to add spark and fun to your retreat or conference while giving back to your local community. It can help your group gel together while reinforcing important team building lessons.

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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Quanex Building Products Host Structures Team Building Event in Houston, TX

Over 50 employees from Quanex Building Products came together at the Intercontinental Hotel in Houston for a Charity Team Building Event in which 1 large doll house was assembled, as well as 4 smaller ones, and given to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Houston. 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 five doll houses. The houses are very good quality and will be enjoyed by the Boys and Girls Club members, but also gave a great feeling to the Quanex 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.

Problem solving is an important par to f team work. Team must work together to not only solve problems but to come up with the best possible solutions. The Structures Team Building Event presents each team with unique challenges and problems that need to be solved. The situations call for experience as well as creativity. The team that works best, most efficient and effective, learn how to find each person’s areas of  talent and abilities so that they can capitalize on each one. Too often teams just assign responsibilities for the given tasks without regarding how each individual can make the best contribution and maximize the benefit of each team members unique contributions. when each person is valued as a unique contributing member to the team they can be more comfortable making their contributions and will also insure that the team’s work is the best quality.

Thanks to Quanex for a great team building opportunity and for making a wonderful contribution to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Houston.

Technetics Unites Team with Bicycle Team Building Event in Houston Texas

Technetics, plastics specialists, in the gas and oil industry, aerospace, and even semi-conductors, brought its team together with a Build-A-Bike® team-building event in Houston, Texas.  We often think we know each other, and are surprised when we work or play together under different circumstances.  Change the makeup of a team – change a mentality.  When we work or play with a different group of people, the dynamics change.  Mix them up, and put people who do not work together often and you may see qualities in someone you never knew they had.

Bringing a team together for a greater good like building bikes for kids who have none, brings out the good in us, and helps us see our team mates differently.  We learn about them, they learn about us, and the best part – we learn about ourselves.  The Technetics group learned to collaborate, solve problems, and communicate more effectively, by throwing away the labels we may have stamped each other with.

Oh, and did I say there was a little competition?  Oh yes.  Clue by clue and bolt by bolt the competition was fierce, but friendly, and devoted to one final goal – making the lives of some Houston kids a lot better.  The best part of our day of strengthening the team, was getting to meet some kids from a Title one school, talking to them, adjusting a seat or two, giving some bike-riding lessons, and realizing that a little effort can create a big effect.  A social worker at the school, Yolanda Vasquez, could not keep back the tears, told the group that these kids have so very little, that a bicycle, and meeting these people, will make a big impact in their lives.

It was the kind of event that creates images that stick, mental pictures of smiling kids.  Those are the kind of sticky notes that help us feel better about who we are.  Coming together as a team to make it happen is the reward.  Plant manager, Chas Usé, said that the bicycle team building event was their best event ever. 

By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute

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