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JDSU-Lumentum Rescue Bear Team Event in San Francisco Bay Area, California

JDSU-Rescue-Bear-Team-Event-in-San-FranciscoJDSU/Lumentum wanted to give their employees a chance to interact with people they may not normally have a chance to mix with, so they held a Rescue Bear® team event in San Francisco Bay Area. Actually, the event was held in Napa, just north of San Francisco, CA. It was a beautiful setting in wine country, allowing people to enjoy their surroundings while accomplishing the goals of their 3-day conference. The group had to work together to build stuffed animals that were donated at the end of the event, while learning about different personality types and how they affect the way people will thrive and face challenges in the workplace. These stuffed bears were donated to the Napa County Fire Department, and the Fire Chief who received the donation was thrilled with the generous gift. The bears are used to help children relax when they are being rescued from a fire or other traumatic situation, and are also used as a donation to children from under-resourced areas as part of the fire department’s annual toy drive. The group had a great time and Napa County Fire Department was very grateful for the donation. Chris McNeany was the instructor who led this team building activity, and this was Chris’ second year in a row to work with this group.

“Chris did a great job, and the team building was a great success! Thank you Chris!” -Nancy Perkins, JDSU

The location for this event was: The Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA 94558

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.

For details about Team Building in San Francisco, California, click here.

Pacific Hospitality Group Hosts Build-A-Bike In Napa, California

pcific-hospitality-buildabikePacific Hospitality Group hosts Build-A-Bike ® team building event in Napa, California. Pacific Hospitality Group manages, develops, finances, and owns hotel properties primarily located in California. They held their three day conference at one of their hotels, The Meritage Resort in Napa, for their annual sales conference with representatives coming from all of their hotels. The theme of their conference was “Full Speed Ahead” but rather that meaning that someone is going with great velocity, it means that one is going with enthusiasm, vigor or energy into whatever task it is that is being undertaken. It is the opposite of approaching a goal or task with hesitation, sluggishness, boredom or apathy. If the rest of the week was anything like their Build A Bike, it will be anything but sluggish and boring!

We begin our events by declaring that it is not a competition. When I told this group that, I received the usual round of “boo’s”. Everybody always wants to win, despite the fact that they are building bikes for kids. Of course it is also a team building event so everyone thinks there has got to be something else to gain. This is very indicative of the nature of competition and that is exactly one of the points that the participants are to take away from the event- how pervasive the nature of competition is and how it undermines communication. The Build A Bike exercise demonstrates how we all get caught up in winning, no matter what the stakes are. The Pacific Hospitality employees saw first hand how their desire to win can interfere with working as a team. Eventually, they came together as one team and accomplished all their goals.

By the end of this very fast paced event, they buildt 12 brand new bikes that they donated to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the North Bay. The children had come with their parents and cameras were flashing and smiles were from ear to ear. The kids were a surprise to the participants and the bikes were a surprise to the kids so there were a lot of excited people. It was a very fun event and one that will not soon be forgotten by the kids and participants alike!

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