Does your team love golf? The Ace Race let's the group build a miniature golf course out of non-perishable food and then compete with each other to master the course. The "course" is donated to a local food bank.
Build-A-Bike® Team Building Event was the very first charity team building activity and is a participant favorite.
Rescue Bear® Team Building Event has participants build stuffed animals from scratch that are given to police and firefighters for kids who are involved in a traumatic event.
Camaraderie Quest High Tech Team Scavenger Hunt is a perfect outdoor team event for most locations. Fun teamwork is necessary to finish each quest and tons a pictures and videos are taken in the process.
StubHub was looking for a way to bring together its employees in a meaningful way, so they chose a team building event that would leave a lasting impression with participants to its office in San Francisco, California. In addition to selling tickets for the SuperBowl, StubHub has been providing a secure, easy way to buy and sell tickets for sporting events, theater, and concerts since 2000.
The group for this event was primarily from their corporate office in San Francisco, California with some participants coming in from Boston, Massachusetts as well. The Build-A-Bike event consists of a series of tasks to be completed by the group, that can only be achieved by working with the members of their teams, and the other teams around them. Some members of the group tried to work by themselves or only with their team to complete the tasks, but they soon realized they needed to branch out and work with other people from other teams, providing the take-away that often we can accomplish more as a collective group than when we isolate. By the end, the participants built 6 bikes and had a lot of fun in the process.
The bikes were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, who was able to bring the kids in at the end of the event to receive the bikes. The participants had no idea the kids were coming, and were thrilled to see their smiling faces. They helped them adjust the kids’ helmets and made sure their tires were fully pumped so that the bikes would be ready to ride! The kids were selected through a raffle conducted at the Boys and Girls Club, and were very happy to get a brand new bike.
“The event was GREAT! The participants really enjoyed it and I’m sure we’ll see you again. “ Misti Reynolds, StubHub
If your company is looking for a fun way to bring your team together, while also giving back to the community, Build-A-Bike is a great way to do so at your next convention!
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.
Over 135 Dolce employees got together in beautiful Napa, California, just north of San Francisco, for a Build A Bike team building event. The participants gathered at one of their properties, the Silverado Resort and Spa. Dolce Hotels and Resorts is a hospitality company and this was their annual Sales conference that they hold at their various locations around the country. It was for their sales, revenue managers as well as their human resources team. The organizer’s intention for the event was to have their group work as a team towards a common goal, communicate effectively and to see the importance of all that coming together. The participants traveled from all over North America and most of the sales teams know each other, but there are also some new teams this year as well as new associates. A successful event would be if the group had fun and works well together.
The Dolce participants knew they were having a team building event and knew they were building bikes, but they did not know what else to expect. They really, really wanted to win and were ready to do whatever it took. They were able to poke fun at themselves and their competitive spirits, and enjoyed creating cheers to out-do their opponents. While the Build-A-Bike team building event is not designed to be a competition the Dolce participants still thought they had something to win. As usual, they realized about half way through that they would not be able to complete the bikes without working together. Eventually they overcame the idea that they could do it by themselves and helped the opposing teams to complete the challenges. The bikes were built with the same high level of quality that the Dolce 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. Their hard work was paid off when they presented 20 brand new bikes to children from the Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley. 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 the Dolce group for a very rewarding Build-A-Bike team building event!
Lisa Rezac is Vice President of Instruction for the Western region. She is based in Seattle, Washington and also teaches in Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and other Western cities.