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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Build-A-Bike in Seattle, WA

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Build-A-Bike ®The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Build-A-Bike ® team building event boosted morale after a challenging year that saw a lot of change. 70 employees participated in this fun team building activity. They decided to bring in The Leader’s Institute ® and Los Angeles based instructor Chris McNeany to conduct a Build-A-Bike ® team building event. The group came into the event expecting a meeting. They were pleasantly surprised when they learned it was going to be a fun team building event. There was some skepticism at the beginning of the event as to just how fun it would be, but by the end, everyone was on board and had a fantastic time.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Build-A-Bike ® Team Building Event

The kids who received the bikes were identified by a local elementary school who had students that were thrilled to receive the bikes. The group agreed it was a great way to end the year. They also liked being able to give back to the community.

We had such an incredible experience. Chris was an amazing facilitator. Received great feedback from the team. Thank you so much. Made a significant positive impact to our newly integrated team.” – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Build-A-Bike ® team building event was held at the following location:

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
500 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Wiley Rein Fun Team Building Activity in Chevy Chase, MD

Wiley-Rein-Build-A-BikeWiley Rein is a Washington, DC-based law firm and a dominant presence in the nation’s capital. With more than 250 lawyers, the firm has earned international prominence by representing clients in complex, high-stakes regulatory, litigation, and transaction matters. A recent partner’s retreat for the government contracts practice area took place at one of the partner’s homes in Chevy Chase, MD. Prior to the event, attendees were polled to see what type of fun team building activity would be everyone’s preference. After narrowing the options down to only a few, the consensus picked a Build-A-Bike® team building program with the Leader’s Institute® and the Conference Services and Events Manager at Wiley Rein worked hard to make that happen! The atmosphere was lively and the weather cooperated. Participants arrived for barbecue and beverages. Spouses, children, and significant others also joined and some engaged in the activities as well. Our instructor, Michelle Riklan kicked off the event with a few “get-to-know-you-better” activities that had people laughing and scratching their heads a bit saying, “Hmm… I didn’t know that!”

The group was anxious to get to the bike-building and had several obstacles to overcome before they could complete their objective. Some became frustrated as they tried to figure out what needed to be done and a group even organized a hilarious (albeit misguided) scavenger hunt in the middle of the event! Eventually, it all “clicked” and each team was well on its way to building children’s bicycles.

Wiley Rein prides itself on generously giving back to the community (providing significant pro bono legal services and charitable contributions to more than 450 local and national organizations every year). The participants of the partner retreat were pleased to learn that their bike building efforts would make a significant difference in the lives of others. Lynne Downer from The National Center For Children and Families (NCCF) https://www.nccf-cares.org/ (a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families) arrived at the end of the teambuilding portion of the day to give everyone an overview of the NCCF organization and to collect the assembled bikes.

Overall, it was a FANTASTIC experience.

Michelle Riklan is president of Riklan Resources and an instructor for The Leader’s Institute® in the Northeast region. She is based in Trenton, NJ but she also can conduct a team activity in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other Northeast cities.

Perkins Coie Hosts Build-A-Bike in Seattle, Washington

Perkins Coie, a law firm headquartered in Seattle, WA, hosted a Build-A-Bike ® team building event for its newest group of attorneys.  The 30 participants attending just graduated or have less than two years of legal experience.  Perkins Coie wanted to introduce them to their culture and their commitment to community service initiatives that is so important to the company.  The firm has over 900 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia and it just celebrated its 100th year anniversary last year.  The firm prides itself not only on their strong legal practice but also on their community involvement and their achievement of being listed on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for ten consecutive years (2003-2012).  It is with a commitment like this that brought the organizer’s to a Build a Bike team building event for fun and to give back to the community.

Some of the attorneys had met one another during their time as summer interns, however, not all were summer interns.   Also, they came from a variety of different practice groups and US offices so they may not interact with one another on a daily basis.  The exercises in the Build a Bike were a perfect way to get the  participants interacting and partnering to accomplish the tasks.  The problems cannot be solved without the groups working together but they also must go outside of their team as well.  This is just how it is in the firm where it is essential for the associates to know their colleagues from across various offices and practices groups, so they can partner with them on future projects.  By the end of the event the new attorney’s saw first hand how working together and bridging the gap with other groups is the recipe to success.

The Perkins Coie employees’ hard work and determination paid off in the form of 6 new bicycles that were donated to the local Boys and Girls Club of King County.  Aside from learning new communication skills the Build a Bike team building event also teaches the value of giving back to the community which is one of Perkins Coie’s core principles.   While they grew stronger as a team they were also able to have fun and make a difference in the lives of 6 lucky boys and girls. The team will certainly carry the lessons learned and the fun memories with as they return to their respective areas. The Perkins Coie team hosted a fantastic Build a Bike team building event that helped both the employees and their local community. Thanks to all the employees that participated and made the event a success.

Trident Seafoods Holds Build-A-Bike in Seattle, Washington.

When Trident Seafoods, one of the largest seafood companies in North America based in Seattle, Washington wanted to host an event to bring a close to their annual sales meeting, they decided to participate in a Build-A-Bike ® team building event. Over sixty employees of Trident’s sales department gathered together to participate in an event that would help them build a stronger team and improve their communication. The group was mainly from the local area with a few people from Canada and Mexico so the opportunity to be with each other face to face was that much more beneficial. Trident employees bring the highest level of quality to what they do and it shows in the long success of their company. It is through meetings like this that helps them build a stronger team.

They started off earnestly to complete the tasks to build their bikes. While the Build-A-Bike ® team building event is not designed to be a competition the Trident participants still thought they had something to win. They ripped through the challenges very quickly then worked on constructing their bikes. As usual, they realized about half way through that they would not be able to complete the bikes without working together. The idea that the teams are separate entities and must operate like that is a common trap that the participants fall into. Eventually they overcame the idea that they could do it by themselves and helped their opposing teams to complete the challenges. The bikes were built with the same high level of quality that the trident group brings to every thing they do.

While the event lasted only two hours, the teams came away with valuable lessons about teamwork and working together to give back to the community. Their hard work was paid off when they presented ten brand new bikes to children from the Boys and Girls Club of King County. Seeing the faces of the boys and girls with their new bikes was all they needed to know that their hard work was worth it all. By the end of the event the participants were wiping their tears of joy away and thanking me profusely for the opportunity. Thank you to Trident’s sales department for a very rewarding Build-A-Bike ® team building event!

Jibe Hosts Build-A-Bike In Seattle, Washington

Employees of the consulting firm Jibe gathered in downtown Seattle, Washingtonto get to know each other better and give back to the community by participating in a  Build-A-Bike ® Team Building Event.  Jibe is a management and technology consulting firm that specializes in driving business results through process automation.  With consultants based in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region some of the participants in the team building event rarely have an opportunity to see each other face to face.  The 65 Jibe employees had a few short hours to catch up, have a good time and build some bikes for kids.

When the event started the employees were split into teams and given challenges to solve in order to get everything they needed to build a bicycle. They are also encouraged to keep an open mind to new ideas from any source. The challenges are designed to teach employees to work together efficiently and improve their teamwork and leadership skills.  During the course of the team building event the Jibe employees saw firsthand evidence of how better communication and working together as a team, rather than individual departments, helped them to achieve their goals. Jibe has a great group of employees who had lots of fun working through the team building event, and got to know each other a little bit better in the process.

Of course the Build-A-Bike wasn’t just about having fun.  Jibe built and donated 10 bikes to the Boys and Girls Club of King County.  At the closing of the event the teams got to award the bikes to 10 lucky boys and girls.  Aside from teamwork and leadership skills, the team building activities also teach the value of giving back to the community.  The smiles on the faces of the boys and girls with their new bikes was a direct example of one of Jibe’s missions to give back to the community.

Thank you to all the Jibe employees for making the Build-A-Bike ® team building event a great success!

Microsoft Hosts Build-A-Bike Near Seattle, WA

Seventy Microsoft employees gathered together for a pre-holiday celebration at their headquarters outside of Seattle, Washington to participate in a Build-A-Bike ® Team Building Event.  The group is responsible for designing the support for Microsoft Products to their Enterprise Customers.  They are all passionate about helping their customers have a good experience with their products and they are internally driven to work long hours in order to succeed.  There were many reasons to come together but to have a fun, relaxing event was high on the top of the list as well as to connect with one another on a personal level.  Their hopes were through building these bikes and giving them to kids who are without, they would both get to know each other more personally and also feel good about the time spent doing it.

Bonding as a group within any company is a challenge with today’s demanding hours and the variety of tasks each employee must tend to in any given day.  In addition, the group from Microsoft is a culturally diverse one with many distinct personalities and many different communication styles.  As they worked through the challenges offered by the Build A Bike, they learned how to rely upon each other to get the work done, break down any walls that hindered communication and find the most efficient ways to complete the challenges.  Bringing their employees together for a challenging and exciting event helped them to bond as a company and develop their teamwork and leadership skills.  They learned that coming together as a team has everyone winning in the end.

Their goals were accomplished by building 6 beautiful bikes that were donated to the local Boys and Girls Club of Crossroads.  Just like the challenges in the Build A Bike, the charitable aspect showed employees how helping out their community benefits the company as well. Microsoft was able to strengthen their company bonds while having fun and making a difference.  Thank you Microsoft for another great event!

Microsoft Does Another Build-A-Bike in Seattle, Washington

At the end of their financial year, Microsoft employees gathered in Seattle Washington to let loose and have some fun while giving back to the community by participating in a Build-A-Bike ® team building event. The event was hosted at the Microsoft campus headquarters in Redmond, Washington, near Seattle. Despite the fact that it poured down rain through the whole event the Microsoft staff did not let that drown their enthusiasm. Throughout the event the employees were lit up with bright smiles and eager faces. Their teamwork and positivity were absolutely contagious as they worked through the challenges of the event.

The one hundred Microsoft employees were divided into teams to participate in the challenges of the Build-A-Bike ® team building event. Like many participants in the leadership and teamwork skills training event, the employees at Microsoft were dedicated to ‘winning’. However, one of the lessons of the event is to see how we behave when things do not turn out the way we wanted. It is this sort of challenge that encourages teams to grow together as they readjust their strategy. Again, the staff at Microsoft faced every challenge with a smile and enthusiasm.

While their main goal was simply to let off some steam and have fun, Microsoft also wanted to take the opportunity to give back to the community. The teams successfully completed eighteen bikes that were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue. The presentation of the bikes to the kids is always an emotional part of the Build-A-Bike ® team building event. The employees of Microsoft were beaming as the kids excitedly ran across the field to get their brand new bikes. Seeing directly the joy that comes from their work and generosity always leaves an impact. Even the chaperone from the Boys and Girls Club, Kristi Holmes, was in tears as she thanked the employees for their donation. Even in the pouring rain the employees of Microsoft were able to have a lot of fun, learn and give back to the community. Thank you Microsoft for hosting a wet but wonderful Build-A-Bike ® team building event.

Microsoft Build-A-Bike In Seattle, Washington

Employees of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing department gathered in Seattle Washington to take a break from their normal routine by participating in a Build-A-Bike ® team building event. The Trustworthy Computing department is broken up into three separate teams, Security and Reliability Communications, Incidence Response Communications and Policy/Trust Communications. It is very clear that the department is heavily focused on communications both internal and external. While the twenty five employees that participated were from many different locations most of them were very familiar with each other and comfortable working as a team. Though they already had a strong teamwork environment they were also open to learning and growing through the event.

The departments focus on communication and teamwork benefited them greatly during the events challenges. One of the underlying challenges of the event is to pool together individuals unique talents and strengths to find the most effective solutions. Sometimes teams that are already very comfortable working together find themselves under pressure when they are forced to adapt their talents in a new environment such as assembling a bicycle. While tension got high at some points the Microsoft employees worked diligently together to complete the challenges of the Build-A-Bike ® team building event. This is how the event helps teams grow even stronger and improve communication within the team.

Aside from having some fun and learning some new teamwork and leadership skills the Microsoft team was also able to give back to the community through the event. The twenty five employees built four bicycles that were presented to some lucky kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Seattle. All the tension of the events challenges was lifted when the kids came in to get their bikes. The Build-A-Bike ® team building event gave the Microsoft employees the opportunity to see a direct result from their work and generosity. The kids will certainly remember that day for a long time to come. And hopefully the Trustworthy Computing department at Microsoft will remember the fun times and lessons they learned for a long time as well. Thank you to the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing department for hosting a fantastic Build-A-Bike ® team building event.

Hero Quest Scavenger Hunt Team Building for Charity

This week, the last combat troops are returning from Iraq, so Merck decided to combine their annual team building event in Washington DC with a special Thank You for these returning troops. They decided to conduct a Hero Quest, which a version of our very popular scavenger hunt team building event — The Camaraderie Quest High Tech Team Building, and we had an absolute blast!

The Team met in their convention banquet hall, and they were divided into ten groups. The event planners at Merck were a blast to work with, and they decided to get each of the ten group a set of different colored sunglasses, so that when they saw each other on the scavenger hunt course, they’d know who the “enemy” was. Each group had a Camaraderie Quest Tool Kit that included a smart phone that was used to receive each task along the way, a digital camera to prove that each team had accomplish the task, a map, and an envelope full of cash to buy items for their soldiers gift boxes. Below are a few of the pictures that each team took during the event:

Scavenger Hunt Team Building

Posing with Elvis

Hero Quest Team Building for Soldiers

Historical Ford’s Theater

Team Scavenger Hunt

Hidden Fountain

Washington DC Team Building

Posing with Ben Franklin

You’ll notice in a lot of the photos that the teams are carrying bags of items. With over 100 people collecting just a little bit for each soldier gift box, we ended up with 30 gift boxes filled to the brim for soldiers still at war or returning from war. When the last box was completed, a roaring applause came from the group. We shipped of 200 lbs of gift boxes to Operation Shoebox for the soldiers. Everyone had a blast!

Creative Fun in Washington DC area Build-A-Bike

Kuoni Destination Management worked with BNY Mellon Performance and Risk Analytics to host a Leaders Institute ® Build-A-Bike ® event at the Gaylord National in Oxon Hill, Maryland. 65 participants built 12 bikes that were given to the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland. It was a fun afternoon and each person had a great time of laughter with a purpose. BNY representatives came from across the country for three days of meetings, the highlight being the Build-A-Bike ® event where they could relax, let their hair down and have fun, all with a philanthropic twist that gave everyone a great feeling.

Twelve teams built bikes but realized in the end that there was one team with one goal, not 12 groups competing with each other. The purpose was to build bikes for a well-deserving charity and well-deserving children. Along the way the groups got caught up in frustrations and competition, attitudes that had to be overcome to make the event successful. Often times in corporate setting different divisions, different locations, different subgroups within the organization will act if they are competition with each other, when in reality they are on the same team working for a common cause. When members within the same company compete with each other the whole company suffers. One aspect that BNY participants realized was that it can be very important to the overall goals and god of a company to be cheerleaders for each other. This means cheering on and encouraging the success of others on your team, on other teams, and especially for those to whom make no difference to yourself.

One of the particpants expressed that it is better to be a cheerleader for others than a joysucker. A great observation. Or as is often said, “It is nice to be important, but more important to be nice.”

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