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Fenwick and West Build-A-Bike Team Event in San Francisco, CA

FenwickAndWest-BuildABike-San-FranciscoFenwick & West LLP wanted to have a Build-A-Bike® team event to get their legal team to work together and have fun in the process. They chose The Leader’s Institute® to do the event, and came away with a better appreciation for how important it can be to rely on each other when faced with a challenge they cannot do on their own. The weather cooperated, making this outdoor event the perfect setting to build bikes and give back to the community. They were very happy to see the bikes go to kids who were absolutely thrilled to receive them. At the end of the event, participants talked about how much they enjoyed the event and the interesting ways each team went about accomplishing their challenges to build their bikes. Los Angeles instructor Chris McNeany thoroughly enjoyed working with Fenwick and West and was impressed with how dedicated they were to building safety-check approved bikes!

Chris arrived and facilitated a great event. Everyone was proud of the bikes that we were able to build and donate. I would definitely work with Leader’s Institute again. Thanks for making our team building event run so smoothly, people are still talking about it.– Fenwick and West, LLP

The location was: Stein’s Beer Garden, 895 Villa St., Mountain View, CA 94041

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

Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos Hosts Build A Bike in Chicago, Illinois

imageHard Rock Hotels & Casinos was looking for a high energy event to begin their convention, so they decided to host a Build-A-Bike team building event in Chicago, Illinois.  Hard Rock Hotels, as well as Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, are located in various locations in the United States and abroad.  This event brought together managers from both the hotel and casino division, with the goal of getting everyone on the same page and to give back to the community.

Some of the managers in this group knew each other well, while others were acquaintances.  There was some competition between the hotel and casino divisions of the company.  The Build-A-Bike event can be a great icebreaker for people to get to know each other outside of the workplace, while encouraging people to work together.  Each team cannot solve problems alone.  They must work with each other and with other teams to be successful.  While most of them are focusing on having fun during the event, they are simultaneously learning cooperative skills that result in not only a better work environment; they also increase productivity!  Competition is not necessarily a bad thing, but this team event places emphasis on cooperation, and how working together is essential to accomplishing goals.

At the end of the event, Hard Rock Hotels & Casino built 6 bikes for very happy children from the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.  Participants in the event were thrilled to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they received the bikes, knowing that they had helped make a difference in their lives.  The Build-A-Bike event helped realize one of Hard Rock Hotels and Casino’s core principles, giving back to the community.

“It was a GREAT event and our people have been raving about the exercise! I’m sure we’ll cross paths again in the future!” Claudia Infante, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos

Participants felt that this event was a great way to begin their conference, knowing that they had made the kids’ day, while also learning some new skills that could be implemented immediately.  Consider a team building event as a great way to kick off a conference in a fun and energetic way!

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 a team building event in Chicago, Illinois, click here!

Rocket Fuel blasts off with Build-A-Bike Team Event in Las Vegas, Nevada

Rocket Fuel held their annual sales meeting for over 70 of their employees in Las Vegas, Nevada recently and included a Build-A-Bike® charity team building that resulted in 14 children receiving bikes. Rocket Fuel is a digital media company driving campaign results from awareness to sales.

Like their name suggests, they seemed to be powered by rocket fuel and the sheer power to win! Competition is a normal part of a business culture as departments set goals for their teams to increase sales and grow. But when it starts to supersede everything else it can undermine communication and working as a team. It can be detrimental to the culture if it is not kept in balance. The exercises in the Build-A-Bike Team Building Program are a fun and effective way to show what it is like when this occurs. Fortunately, the energetic Rocket Fuel participants abandoned their competitive spirits and worked together to achieve the goals to have fun, build some bikes and learn a little about team building.

The activities culminated with the building of 14 bikes that were given to children at the Community Services of Nevada. In the heart of the Las Vegas strip, 14 happy boys and girls were the very grateful recipients. Even all the lights and the flash of the Vegas Strip couldn’t compare to the joy on the children’s faces when they received their bikes. It brought the meaning of giving and how much we can make a difference to someone else.

Rambus Team Event Builds Bikes for Children in San Jose

Over 300 Rambus employees came together for a day of meetings that ended with a Build-A-Bike Team Building event ®. The event has a great philanthropic twist as the California Bay Area Boys and Girls Club provided 12 children as representatives to receive the 50 bikes at the end of the event. The event had the participants involved in fun activities that aided in their teambuilding and leadership skills. From the opening exercise to the giving of the bikes to the children the energy and enthusiasm was high and the laughter contagious. All of the activities and energy translated into a fun team building event where all the participants contributed to the success of the time they shared and did something that made a difference for them and for 50 area children.

What can a Build-A-Bike event ® teach us about teamwork? One simple lesson that is experiences is that teamwork goes beyond the immediate team to involve a larger team. In this instance there were 48 teams given various tasks, but it wasn’t until they learned to work together across team boundaries that the problems were able to be solved. When the smaller teams enlisted the help of others the actual team work among teams provided the benefit. Often time companies are divided by location, divisions, departments, etc. But when we work across those boundaries to help each other progress really occurs. We may compete for limited human resources, time, financial consideration, budgetary appropriation, and any other things, but competition can become detrimental to the overall welfare of the larger company. If one branch succeeds at the cost of another the company at large suffers.

This is just one of the lessons demonstrated by the Build-A-Bike Team Building event ®. The people at Rambus did a great job contributing the event and in making a positive difference in the life do 50 boys and girls, their families and the communities they live in.

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

Johnson & Johnson Energizes Meeting in New Jersey with An Ace Race Golf Team Event to Feed the Hungry

Johnson & Johnson managers from across the globe electrified their annual meeting in New Brunswick, New Jersey with an Ace Race Golf Team Event  A round of golf that puts food on the tables of the New Jersey and Greater New York Area of those who have little.  This unique team building event sets up a little competition to build a better golf hole with food they win.  A bridge made of mac and cheese?  A yummy team effort.  Swinging the clubs to make a hole in one takes a little concentration and a lot of laughter.  All to aid America’s hungry.

Turning a ballroom into a golf course takes only a desire to build a stronger team, collaboration creativity and about a half ton of food.  All in place, the holes played, the food will go to the food pantry of the historic Christ Church.  to get to know each other, strengthen their team and give to others.  Along the greens, waiting to tee off, they learned a little more about each other, besides who could hit a ball and those who laughingly could not.  In this 24/7 global economy it helped put faces and personality with an email, or phone call.  Bringing teams together like this, personalizes the exchanges, creates bonds and makes communicating easier.  In the end, as with all things Johnson & Johnson, they came together with an impassioned belief – give to those less fortunate.  One out of every six children goes to sleep wondering if they will have enough to eat the next day.  The folks from Johnson and Johnson just made a lot of lives much easier, and created team bonds at the same time.

The director of the food bank told the golfers that the need for food has been fueled by a faltering economy and recent flooding in New York and New Jersey.  She added that nothing is worse than having to say, I’m sorry, that is all there is.  She thanked Johnson & Johnson, for being part of the community, recognizing its need, and filling it. 

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Google gets in the Holiday Spirit with a Build-A-Bike Team Event Donating 14 bikes to children in San Jose California

In the heart of the holiday season, 90 Google employees came together for a an opportunity to have some fun and give back to the community. They sponsored a Build-A-Bike Team Building Event ® in San Jose, California, that resulted in 14 new bicycles being built and given to the local San Francisco Bay Area Boys and Girls Club. The participants got the opportunity to take a break from their hectic schedules to make a difference, learn some team building principles, and get to know each other in a different way. Everyone worked together to build some bikes and make a huge difference to some children who might not otherwise receive anything for the holiday season.

There are many things a team building event can teach us about teamwork. We can do it alone but we will not be as effective if we work together as a team and share information. First acknowledging that competition is inherent and detrimental to the overall goal is important and communication is the key to working through this. Going beyond the individual and working as a team makes us more efficient, effective and happier because we have the support of each other. Work life gets very busy, especially at a company that is growing and changing like Google. It is challenging to keep up with the every day demands. Taking time out to re-focus the priorities of the individual and team to work together is essential. The Google participants of this Build-A-Bike Team Building Event ® not only learned some important team building skills, but got to make a difference to some grateful children as well.

Thanks go out to Google for a great Build-A-Bike Team Building Event. And thanks to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley for providing 14 happy recipients for the bicycles!

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