The biotechnology company Genentech is pretty well known for putting things like medicines together. But the team we met with at the Westin Verasa Napa tried their hand at something bigger, like bicycles. Magnovo’s Bike-A-Thon™ was a great opportunity to practice team building while working for a good cause.
Genentech Builds Teams and Bikes
The team we met with in Napa, CA, was a little apprehensive about what they were getting into. But helping kids is a powerful motivator! And so these folks really gave it their all, knowing that the bicycles they put together would go to the Napa County Bicycle Coalition.
Because we had a limited amount of time to work with, everyone had pre-sorted themselves into teams before arriving at the hotel. Teams were given a few bicycle parts, and then we announced that they’d compete for the rest. But this wasn’t just any competition! These were specially-designed games and challenges. Our goal was to help Genentech employees develop stronger interpersonal skills based on understanding each other’s personality styles.
A Bike-A-Thon™ in Napa, CA
Genentech’s teams gave 100% in every game and challenge we threw their way. Even though teams were competing, people cheered each other on. It was a fast-paced afternoon with Flip the Cup, Blind Bowling, Team Pyramid, Ace of Architects (card tower), Back in Order (card reordering), and Group Writing.
Once teams collected all the bike parts they needed, everyone set to work assembling the bikes. Things came together quickly. When Joel King of the Napa County Bicycle Coalition arrived, he was impressed with how many bikes the group completed!
Napa County Kids Get a Great Surprise
The bicycles would be given away to children at a community-wide event the next day. Joel King spent some time with the Genentech teams, talking about the work the coalition does in supporting bike riders of every age and skill level. He thanked everyone for making it possible for the coalition to give away bikes to kids in need.
In our debriefing conversation at the conclusion of the Bike-A-Thon™, we heard a lot of positive feedback from the Genentech employees. While some folks were really unsure about a charity team building event at the beginning, those same participants were extremely vocal about how worthwhile they felt the program was. Not only did participants help local kids, but they also practiced useful workplace communication strategies that they could take with them.