When Verifone hosted its annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV, they wanted a team building workshop that went above and beyond the usual. Magnovo’s Bike-A-Thon™ fit the bill, with its emphasis on personality styles and bicycle assembly that benefits area kids in need.
A Big Group with a Big Heart
The group from Verifone was pretty big – around 100 people were in attendance, across several departments. Everyone had been working hard during several meetings that day. The Bike-A-Thon™ was the last event. It was a chance for folks to have some fun while still helping themselves and others. People were pretty excited to get started. We were fortunate to have a large ballroom in the Venetian, so that there was room to spread out and work comfortably.
A Busy Bike-A-Thon™
Because of the size of the group, the organizers from Verifone had already sorted everyone into groups of five. Each team was a mix of people from more than one department. Our objective for the program was to help folks understand the different kinds of personality styles. In addition, we offered tips and strategies for learning to accommodate others’ personality styles in the workplace, and get things done. The games and challenges we ran kept the mood light and the afternoon moving along quickly. Teams had a lot of fun competing for the bicycle parts and tools needed for assembly. It definitely felt more like playing than working!
Making a Difference for Las Vegas Kids
Each Bike-A-Thon™ program culminates with a presentation of the donations to a representative from a local nonprofit that works with children. In this case, because of some intense storms that were blowing through Las Vegas that day, we were unable to meet up with our charity representative because of power outages. However, the lights stayed on at the Venetian, and so we spent that time personalizing some of the bikes for kids, which would be delivered later. Many participants wrote notes to the children who’d be receiving these bicycles, expressing good wishes and best of luck.
We wrapped up the afternoon with a brief group meeting. Everyone got together and talked about how much they were taking away from the Bike-A-Thon™. The feelings of goodwill in completing so many bicycles for area kids in need were nearly palpable. People were smiling and taking cell phone pictures of their hard work. This was a group that started out as coworkers and ended the day as teammates.