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Cisco Buld-A-Bike Orlando, Florida

Build bike orl m Cisco Corporation chose The Leaders Institute to put on a Build-A-Bike ® team building event for their Military Division at their annual conference in Orlando, Florida. Maggie Shaffer, the planner for this event had gotten strong recommendations from former Build-A-Bike attendees within the Cisco organization to influence her decision. She was looking for a team building event that would include exercises to encourage team cooperation among the employees that were scattered around the U.S. She also wanted an event that would ultimately to contribute to a local military charity which the Leaders Institute arranged for Cisco. The eager participants poured into the room where the fun team building exercises to begin. The attendees were introduced to a few warm up exercises that sparked their energy and enthusiasm. They were then formed into groups and tasked to come up with a team name, team flag and a team cheer to compete with the other groups to get a head start to build the bikes for charity. The teams had limited time to complete their team tasks, so team cooperation was crucial. The teams were judged in an exhibition of their flags and cheers with the winner awarded a head start in the bike building portion of the event.

After the cheer competition, the teams were given envelopes with clues to be solved and redeemed for the bike parts to complete a whole bike. Once again, team cooperation came into play as the groups had no choice but to depend on their team members to be successful. When the bikes were completed, the local military charity brought in the children escorted by uniformed personnel to receive the bikes.

If your company or organization is looking for a fun team building experience with a charitable component, the Build-A-Bike is an exciting event that will satisfy your team building needs.

Cisco Corporation Bulid-A-Bike Orlando, Florida

build a bike orlando ciscoCisco, a long time client with the Leaders Institute, chose to do a Build-A-Bike with their Orlando Florida  conference at the Embassy Suites. This was a natural choice for Tony Blount of Cisco to include the Build-A-Bike. Tony contacted The Leaders Institute upon recommendation from Cisco employees who had experienced The Build-A-Bike event at other Cisco company conferences. The Build-A-Bike event was put on by The Leaders Institute, a national team building event company. The group consisted of managers and engineers from around the country who knew each other but only get the opportunity to meet a couple times during the year. The team building event served as a great way for them to interact outside the workplace while teaching them fun team exercises that were to their advantage to cooperate and problem solve as a team for higher efficiency and success.

The Build-A-Bike Teams were formed with fun exercises that separated the participants into the groups who competed and cooperated together through fun team exercises.The teams were provided with a bag of fun materials to create their identity making team flags and creating team cheers for exhibition. Once they got started, the energy escalated and the fun began as the participants raced to outdo their co workers. The event got more exciting as they were then tasked with problem solving questions in order to redeem the correct answers for bike parts that were needed to complete a whole bike.

At the end of the event, a local Orlando charity affiliated with the United Way sent six excited children to pick up the bikes. As you can imagine the expressions of gratitude from the children, and the thrill the participants experienced knowing that they contributed to the charity. If your company is looking for an energizing and positive experience to finish your convention or conference, Build-A-Bike proves to be a great team event with a charity component to add to your next meeting.


“We received many positive comments regarding the community team building event and you and your team did an outstanding job for us.  I really appreciate the quick response and partnership in the overall event. “


Thanks so much and best regards,


Tony Blount

Carestream Health Ace Race in Orlando, Florida



Carestream Health recently included an Ace Race team building workshop in their conference in Orlando, Florida. This healthcare company is headquartered in Rochester, New York and has sales reps scattered all over the US and Canada. They gathered in Orlando’s warm, sunny climate for their week-long annual conference. Carestream Health was formed in 2007 when Onex Corporation of Toronto, Canada purchased Eastman Kodak Company’s Health Group and renamed the business as Carestream Health. The business continues to thrive with tens of thousands of customers worldwide and operations in 170 countries. They have been a world leader in medical imaging innovation for more than 100 years—with a global team of experts passionately committed to doing whatever it takes to help their customers be successful.

The Ace Race began with a quick warm-up activity that gave the participants a chance to interact with each other and try to learn things about each other that they didn’t know before. The group shared a lot of laughs and the competitive spirit was high! Moving into the Ace Race itself, each team created a mini putting green for themselves using non-perishable goods. Each green had a unique design and some included very tricky obstacles! All of the teams then had a race to see which team could get around the entire course first, making a hole-in-one on each green. With 140 people divided into 18 teams around the room, the energy level was high, and it was chaotic!

This group has been working together for a long time and most people know each other pretty well. There was a lot of camaraderie and healthy competition going. Carestream had done a Build-A-Bike workshop with us in Las Vegas at their last conference, and wanted to keep in line with the philanthropic team building type of program. The non-perishable food goods used in the Ace Race are donated to a food bank at the end of the program, and in this case, we selected Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to be the recipient. A representative from the Food Bank came to the event and spoke to the group about their work and the impact that the donation of nearly one ton of food will have in the Orlando community. She also told them about ways they can get involved with their local food backs back home, should they wish to do so. One participant was so impressed that he made an additional cash donation!

“The workshop was great!  Everybody thoroughly enjoyed it and had a fun time.  Ellen did a fantastic job with all of it – she was great with handling this unruly group!” — Neil Bryant, Carestream Health

Team building workshops that are composed of activities that have a point, coupled with a lot of fun and the opportunity to give back to the community are a great way to get people having fun together. Consider including an Ace Race in your next conference and give your team a memorable experience!

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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Philips Healthcare Build-A-Bike in Orlando, Florida


Philips Healthcare included a Build-A-Bike team building event in their annual meeting recently, held in Orlando, Florida. This was a sub-meeting of a larger, mega-meeting taking place in Orlando with the entire company. This event was held with the Ultrasound group. The sales and marketing team assembled comes from regions across the country, and has main offices in Washington state and Massachusetts. Orlando was a nice, warm gathering place for everyone to meet!

Build-A-Bike is a fast-paced, high-energy workshop that gives participants the opportunity to interact, compete and ultimately work together to solve a series of challenges. Due to our competitive human nature, there is typically some skepticism at the notion that the teams need to collaborate to solve the challenges more efficiently. There was great energy in the room as 225 people tried to outwit each other! While this group of people don’t necessarily work together in their day-to-day businesses, they did rise to the challenge and help each other, ultimately making everyone successful.

By the end of the event, they had built 36 bikes! Local kids from the YMCA of Central Florida came at the end of the event to receive the bikes. There was not a dry eye to be found! The energy level rose even higher as the adults swarmed around the kids to make sure each one fit their bike.

“What a fantastic event! Meeting the kids and seeing their faces at the end was priceless.” — Bart de Boer, Philips Healthcare

Everyone likes to give back to the community, especially to kids in need. Including Build-A-Bike in your next conference gives those you’ve brought together the opportunity to do just that while adding energy, enthusiasm and fun!

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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Allied Builders Raced Through Orlando on a Camaraderie Quest Team Scavenger Hunt

Allied Builders raced through Orlando’s historic district, competing with high tech gadgets to win a Camaraderie Quest team scavenger hunt. Did I say competitive?   No?  They were COMPETITIVE. Instructions given – the race was on to solve clues, take photos, create video’s and win the Camaraderie Quest.

Old Florida has a lot to offer for a scavenger hunt, like the old railroad station, where the video was zooming.  There was even a little singing of “We’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and more, anything to finish the scavenger hunt. (Including asking a policeman for directions.)  No penalty.

Allied, strengthened its moral with the Camaraderie Quest team building scavenger hunt, learned a little Florida history, and a whole lot about themselves.
Like who knew they would like wrestling alligators? Fear factor?  Forget it.  Not this group.  This was a chance for folks who compete every day, and today the competition showed them a whole lot about themselves, and their strengths.  This scavenger hunt was a perfect way to let loose, and have a few hours of fun-filled collaboration.

When the scores were in, there was a clear winner – the company and all the individual participants who work hard to make the business grow.  This day, the competition was all in the name of fun, teamwork, and collaboration.  By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute

Florida Hospitals Donned Costumes and Built Some Bikes And Their Team in Orlando, Florida

Florida Hospitals met to build some bikes, and become a better team in Orlando, Florida.  Under the spell of Disney,  that makes anything possible, they played dress up, and created a little magic for area kids.  Viking hats, and horns aside, there was learning to done and bikes to be built.  The participants learned how to be part of a team – earn a part, and Build-a-Bike Team Building Event. These wildly-dressed marketers, had a fun time building their team, learning how to negotiate, and experience the value of collaboration.  The final result was a bunch of shiny two-wheelers and a lot of smiles.

Eight little ones were surprised by what the Florida Hospitals marketing department did for them.  Yes, some of them were pretty shy, and not all of them knew how to ride.  So they got some lessons from some folks who want them to do well in life.  They visited, had their pictures taken and just kept asking, “Do I really get to keep the bike?”  Of course.  These kids have felt the pain of the recession, and know what it is like to go without.  Today, they learned what it was like to get something, because they are good students and nice kids.  Florida Hospitals has been around for over 100 years.  And they want you to reach 100 years as well.  Part of their philosophy is all about healthy living.  Numerous events center on helping you understand how to live longer and live healthier. 

By Connie Timpson/Sr. Team Building Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute and The Build-A-Bike Team Building Event.

Microsoft Build-A-Bike ® team building event in Orlando, Florida adds fun to conference

Microsoft included Build-A-Bike team building fun in their annual conference while in Orlando, Florida recently. They wanted to give the participants a fun, energetic team building experience that included an element of philanthropy. Microsoft was founded in 1975, and has grown to be a worldwide leader in software. We have partnered with Microsoft to deliver quality team building programs to many of their corporate conferences across the country.

Build-A-Bike is a series of activities, challenges and exercises that test a group’s ability to share information and resources. This Microsoft group in Orlando jumped right in and had a ball, racing against the clock and each other to complete each activity! There were about 200 people in the group and by the end of the event, they had built 26 bikes.

The YMCA clubs of Central Florida were on hand with 26 children to receive the bikes at the end of the event. For most of the kids, this was their first bike! The level of energy in the room was already high during the event, and the appearance of the kids just took it up that much higher!

“This event was exactly what we were looking for. Ellen and her team were very professional, and were great to work with. The kids being there at the end took everyone’s breath away!”Cathy Lewis, Microsoft

Even in midst of one of the world’s most famous playgrounds for children in Orlando, there are kids in need. If you are looking for a powerful way to give your team a really fun experience while giving back to the community, Build-A-Bike is a must-have team building event for your next conference!

Best Cities for Annual Retreats and Team Building

Our instructors travel all over the world to conduct team building events for our client companies, and we each have our favorite locations to travel to and lead team building event. This list is not necessarily the “Best Cities” but they are the cities that we most like to travel to and teach in. We hope you agree.

  • Las Vegas, Nevada: Las Vegas is still an extremely fun and cost effective location to hold an annual convention or team building event. Hotel expenses are literally a half to a third the expense that you’d invest in other cities, and the huge casinos are like cities in and of themselves. Your team will likely never have to leave the casino and still feel like they have seen “it all.” Also, because the hotels and event planners are well seasoned, planning and delivering a world-class event is very easy and turn-key. More information about team building in Las Vegas.
  • Orlando and Miami, Florida: Orlando is probably one of the most popular convention cities in the world because of the great weather and famous attractions. Just like in Las Vegas, a great bonus is that the event planners and hotel staffs are well-seasoned and very easy to work with. Be sure to insert free-time into your agenda so that your participants can enjoy the resort-like atmosphere that most convention hotels in Orlando have. Miami is also very popular for similar reasons, but Miami is a little more tropical and “adult oriented.” Either location will give you a fantastic convention or team building event, but Orlando is a little more family-friendly. More information about Orlando Team Building and Miami Team Building.
  • Chicago, Illinois: The Navy Pier, The Magnificent Mile, and a nice compact city center make Chicago a fantastic place to hold your annual convention. In many locations, participants can walk to additional attractions and location, but a short cab-ride is also easy to find. Just like with the Florida location and Vegas, Chicago has a vast pool of great event planners, but because hotel space is a lot more limited in Chicago, your event will take a little more planning. A Cubs game is a nice bonus for visitors as well. The food in Chicago is impeccable as well. Whether you favor a Chicago Dog or Deep Dish Chicago-style pizza or a great steak, Chicago is a great place to gain a few pounds. More Chicago Team Building information.
  • San Francisco, California: San Francisco is a great place to hold a convention or annual meeting, but logistically, San Francisco can cause a few transportation challenges. Because of city politics, many of the big convention hotels are located outside of San Francisco proper (and also because of the high concentration of companies south of San Francisco in Silicon Valley. So getting your group from their hotel to some of the attractions can increase your total cost a little, but the hotels are still a great value compared to other major metropolitan areas. Attractions like the Wharf, Alcatraz, and Candlestick Park offer great outings for your group. San Francisco Team Building information.
  • Washington, DC: Although it takes a little more planning because of the congestion, Washington, DC is one of the absolute best places to conduct a convention — especially if your group favors a historical perspective. The city has a number of nice convention hotels and attractions galore. The city is easy to get around in via walking or cab rides as well. The major drawback to Washington, DC is the customer service. Unlike cities like Vegas and Orlando where, no matter who at a hotel you communicate with, you will always get a warm and friendly response and immediate service, in Washington, DC, So, you might have to make simple request more than once to get satisfaction, and the service may not be as fast as you might require. Information about Washington DC Team Building.
  • New York, NY: New York city is a fabulous place to hold a convention, because it is the center of economic activity and the home of Broadway and Times Square. The sites and sounds of New York can make any convention a memorable event. The city has three major airports and taxi-rides into the city are fairly inexpensive as well. The one major problem with New York as a convention destination, though, is the hotel rules. Most of the staff at the hotels have strict union rules that can cause a few challenges for the uninitiated. For example, the union rules demand that setting up a station at an event generate a minimum of two hours of labor for the waiters/waitresses, so you will often find a waiter standing next to your food or beverage station while you team is on break — not refreshing, but just standing — and then often pack up station early. As long as you know their rules, you will have fewer challenges, but a good, local event planner in New York is really worth it to you. New York Team Building information.

These are just a few of our favorite cites for team building, so this is, by no means, a comprehensive list. For instance, our home base in Dallas, Texas is a great place because of it’s central location and attractions. Orlando Team Building is also a great team building city because of it’s airport and great downtown area. Seattle, Washington is probably one of the most overlooked location to do team building, but has a lot of advantages. And, of course, Los Angeles and San Diego are fantastic team building locations.

Whatever location that you choose, make sure and contact one of our team building staff for details about delivering one of out world-famous team building events.

The Leaders Institute Welcomes Home Veterans

Helping Returning Veterans

According to the Department of Defense, there are 3.1 million soldiers serving in various branches of our military worldwide. Every war affects our military, our communities and our nation. How we respond to the men and women serving in our military as they return from war impacts our country today as well as future generations. The reintegration process requires community awareness and assistance.

Retired Army Col. Chuck Thomann, recently said,  ‘‘The troops overseas are not the ones making the decisions and we need to support them regardless of what the politicians are doing.”  Addressing this subject, Air Force Maj. Revonda Grayson added, ‘‘You have no idea how important being welcomed home lets returning service members know what they are doing is appreciated and their sacrifices are not unnoticed.”

On April 19, 2010 the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association addressed this need by donating $1,000 to the U.S. Army’s 124th Infantry Regiment.  The money will be used to help sponsor a Welcome Home party for 600 soldiers returning from Afghanistan.  The money was raised through a team building activity entitled Hero Quest, which is offered by The Leader’s Institute.

Rick Highsmith, who conducted the training, said, “The standing ovation by the 1500 participants at P.R.S.M.’s 2010 National Conference in Orlando for the representatives of the 124th brought a tear to my eye.” Accepting the check, Captain Maynard and Staff Sergeant Murray expressed appreciation on behalf of the unit.  Following the presentation a large number of P.R.S.M. members stood in line to personally shake hands with Capt. Maynard and Sgt. Murray.

L’Oreal Products Rescue Bear Team Building Event in Orlando, Florida

Team building even helps children in crisis. The Leader’s Institute® worked with L’Oreal Products, Inc. to contribute to the community and help needy children.

L’Oreal Products, Inc. decided to insure their team building event had an impact in the community.  Working with The Leader’s Institute® they spent the afternoon of February 23, 2010 in a “Rescue Bear®” workshop.  After the team building event, the result was eighteen high-quality stuffed animals complete with fire-fighter uniforms and accessories that were all donated to the local fire department in Florham County.  Fire Chief Jonathan Young, of the Florham County Fire Department, accepted the toys on behalf of the kids in his area.

The Chief told of an incident the previous week where a seriously ill mother was being rushed to the hospital.  Her six-year-old daughter was having to travel with her, since no one was available to watch her.  As the mother suffered, the child became more and more upset.  The paramedic had a stuffed bear, which he gave to the little girl.  The child clung tightly to the bear and began to calm down.  As the child settled, the mother’s condition also improved. Children in crisis need comfort.  Sometimes in those moments a fluffy toy gives them something to connect with.  The fascinating part is how the lessening of the child’s anxiety also helped the mother.

Congratulations to L’Oreal Products for their contribution to the community through taking part in this team building event.

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