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Kiewit Build-A-Bike in Omaha, Nebraska


Kiewit hosted a Build-A-Bike workshop as part of it’s Fifth Annual Women’s Construction Leadership Summit in Omaha, Nebraska recently. The Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar offers a chance for female student leaders from across the country to come together to sharpen their skills and take advantage of the tremendous opportunities available in the construction, mining, and engineering industries. This is an opportunity for women to experience leadership in construction through hands on activities, direct communications with female construction leaders, and networking amongst their peers. This group of 60 women were seniors in engineering programs at top universities across the country.

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 real world, the participants have a good time poking fun at themselves and each other as they move through the exercises together. The participants in this event were all college students who have done internships, and they had a great time recognizing their own behavior and that of colleagues throughout the activities.

The bikes were donated at the conclusion of the program to kids from the local Boys and Girls Club of Omaha. Two of the boys had birthdays near the date, so the group sang happy birthday to them, which added a special touch. Donating the bikes to the community really touched several of the participants.

“This was a really fun event and the young women had a great time! It was the right way to end the conference.” –Anthony Bertolini, Kiewit

Sometimes groups need to approach team building through just having some fun together, and in this instance, that’s what Build-A-Bike was able to provide. And everyone loves to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they get a brand new bike! If you want to encourage team building while giving back to your local community, consider including Build-A-Bike in your next conference.

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.

Interested in a Team Building Event of Your Own?

Cost Cutters Supercuts Makes Great Designs in Omaha Bike Give-Away

Over 50 managers of Cost Cutter/Supercuts hair salons came together in Omaha, Nebraska for a Build-A-Bike® Team Building Event. Cost Cutters/Supercuts are leading hair salons in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa. The event was a lot of fun and this progressive and innovated group was very involved and participative in every aspect of the event. There was a lot of laughter, a lot of joking and even some learning as they joined team and accomplished the tasks given. In the end the participants had fun and 8 children from the Lincoln Boys and Girls clubs received the donation of bicycles. The participants had fun and learning that also resulted in a great feeling that an important contribution to children, their families and communities they live in had been made.


Throughout the event there is opportunity for the groups to work together in their particular teams as well with other teams to complete the tasks and build the bikes. Often times the teams try to complete the job without help, but in this case the activities are designed so that to accomplish what needs to be done each team really needs to work with other teams. In the regular work-a-day world this is often the case. We get so busy doing our tasks that we suffer through it even though asking for help may be more expedient.  We are reluctant to ask for help for many reasons and most of the time those reasons aren’t reasonable. Another common occurrence is that we have an answer or solution someone else may need, but we are reluctant to share because it might take time, or we feel threatened or, whatever reason. But the best thing for the company is for each team and each member to ask for help when needed and offer help when available. Cost Cutters/Supercuts know that, although they have many shops, they are all part of a larger team and each shop contributes the success of others.


Cost Cutters/Supercuts has a great and innovative team that accomplished the tasks, had fun and worked very well together. The benefit was not only to them in completing the job, but in the great contribution to the Boys and Girls Clubs. Thanks Cost Cutters/Supercuts for a great Build-A-Bike® team Building Event.

Bike Building and Give-Away in Omaha

Farmers National Company held a team building event in Omaha which culminated with the group donating 48 bikes to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midland. Over 270 people participated in the event. The large group was divided into 40 smaller groups that each had to come up with a team name and a team flag for their group and solve problems and riddles to get the bike parts. Once they got all the parts they could assemble the bikes and at the end of the program children from the boys and girls clubs were introduced to receive the bikes. It was a great event, with opportunities for fun and learning, and a great “feel good” ending.The group from Farmers National came from across the country to participate in company meetings. The Build-A-Bike team building event® was just one ingredient of several days of successful meetings. The group participated well and worked with each other showing that Farmers National is a great company with great people.

During the Build-A-Bike there were many opportunities to learn great team building and leadership skills and put them into practice. It is stressed from the start of the program that it is not a competition. The idea is to support and work with one another. It is a hard concept, especially when you’re divided into groups. By dividing into groups competition is almost automatic, even if it is discouraged. The problems that needed to be solved to get the bike parts were most easily solved when working with other teams. The most effective and efficient way to solve many problems is to ask others for help, but it is a hard thing to do, especially if you view it as a competition. But divisions, different locations, any thing that segments one company into many parts, can create unhealthy competition that keeps them from sharing vital information with other groups. Ultimately, the 270+ from Farmers National realized that they were one team, not 40 teams, but one team- made up of 40 groups, with one goal- to build bikes for kids. They did a fantastic job and not only did the 48 children that received the bikes benefit but so did the communities they live in. Thanks Farmers National.

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