University Hospitals recently included a Build-A-Bike team building workshop in their end-of-the-year gathering in Cleveland, Ohio. The group included about 90 people representing the entire Human Resources division. As an innovative integrated delivery system, UH offers patients the latest and best technology and treatment methods. By pursuing the newest and best technologies, hiring and retaining highly skilled staff, and promoting a culture of safety and excellence, UH has forged an impressive quality record.
Build-A-Bike is a high-energy, fun workshop 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. But this group was accustomed to working together across lines and thinking outside of the proverbial box, and they rose to the challenge with enormous energy and enthusiasm!
By the end of the event, the group had successfully built 14 bikes while reinforcing the important lessons of teamwork, collaboration, and giving back to the community. They had hoped to generate energy in the event, and make the group feel important and valued. Judging from the enthusiasm that was widespread among the participants, we achieved those goals! When 14 kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland’s West Side came into the room, the group erupted into cheers and applause.
“We have never seen this group come this far out of their shells! This was a truly great experience!” — Organizational Development Staff member, University Hospitals
Build-A-Bike is not your ‘typical’ team building event! If your group is looking for a workshop that can reinforce the lessons related to working together more effectively while giving back to your local community, consider including Build-A-Bike in your next conference.
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.