Team Building Thursdays 300

Team Building Thursdays: Thomas A. Edison

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

~Thomas A. Edison

Team Building Thursdays 300

Team Building Thursdays: What You Can Do

You can do anything, but not everything.


Lippert Components Bike-a-thon™ Team Building


Unique is the only word for our teambuilding workshop in Detroit with Lippert Components. For starters, the bicycles we ordered apparently just rolled off into the sunset never to be seen again. That was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience for Magnovo, to say the least. And our Bike-a-thon Charitable Team Building Workshop was new for our client and we wanted to make sure that their maiden voyage ran as smoothly as possible.

Marathon search for the Bike-a-thon bikes

The 10 bikes we’d ordered and shipped were scheduled to arrive 3 days before the big event, but the shipper couldn’t locate them. They’d simply vanished.

So our team spent the rest of the day and night racing to different Walmarts in the area to buy pre-assembled bikes; load them into our SUV; disassemble them, and then set them up for the workshop.

It was a close race, but we made it to the finish line in time to facilitate one of our best workshops ever. That’s the kind of commitment and dedication Magnovo has: to assure that the events we promise our clients actually happen–no matter what.

A client with a unique corporate brand

From windows, doors, and awnings, to slide-outs, axles, and chassis, Lippert Components is one of the world’s leading suppliers of recreational vehicle components. Operating 65 facilities around the world, their brand dominates other industries as well, including components for residential housing, busses, equestrian trailers, and heavy trucks.

They flew 60 of their general managers into The Motor City for a day of teambuilding workshop exercises designed to help these titans of industry get to know each other better and get a clearer idea of how their various operations connected to one another. The grand finale was an exercise in philanthropy–our Bike-a-thon.

Their goal was to transform a group of men with different personality traits and leadership styles into a cohesive team. We trained them in collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills required to assemble the bicycles. Simply put,  they assembled these managers to assemble bikes for needy children.

A room with a unique view

Both elegant and urbane, our chosen venue, The Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, helped to set the tone for success. And our assigned area was Room 42 Degrees North. It had a pretty clever name and a phenomenal view across the Detroit River into Canada!

The setting was breathtaking and the staff was incredibly supportive. In fact, a hotel manager recommended us to Lippert Components, and we’re grateful they listened.

The recipient of the bicycles was the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan which provides youth development programs for kids from 6 to 18. Perhaps the most memorable moment of the day happened during the bike presentation. Those rugged, no-nonsense businessmen couldn’t believe how excited the children were to receive their gifts. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

At the end of the day, one of the general managers confessed, “I hated teambuilding. I hated doing silly activities that embarrass you, but Magnovo proved me wrong. This was fun, competitive, and interactive.”

This was Lippert’s first time working with our team. Now the general managers want us to travel to each of their 60 plants and conduct other teambuilding workshops. We’re ready!



Team Building Thursdays 300

Team Building Thursdays: Pablo Picasso

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

~Pablo Picasso

Team Building Thursdays 300

Team Building Thursdays: Diane Ackerman

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well

~Diane Ackerman