The folks at Capital One Bank came to us with a desire for improved networking and communication skills among staff. We built a day-long program at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel featuring our best ice breaker games around a theme of “getting to know you”. And we paired it with our popular Bike-a-Thon™ program to benefit local kids in need.
Adaptability is Key
One of the things that go along with getting to know folks and working with them is adaptability. We demonstrated that first-hand when company organizers needed an earlier start time than planned – no problem! Also, the number of participants turned out to be half of what we anticipated. Fortunately, we simply scaled our programs and kept going.
Learning Through Fun in McLean, VA
Ice breaker games gave folks a chance to move around, talk to each other, and work quickly toward shared goals. Our tried-and-true favorites included the dice bank, the cup stack, and the card tower. We also added a few new games, just for this group. Employees were very open to all of the activities. Understanding that it was a jam-packed day, they moved quickly through game after game.
We planned on a half-hour break, which turned into an hour. (See? Adaptability is important!) A guest speaker offered insight and personal anecdotes about the importance of building personal relationships and working together, and it was an extra half-hour well spent. The Capital One Bank team was inspired and then put those ideas into action.
The Most Exciting Bike-A-Thon™ Ever
Generally, participants in our Bike-a-Thon™ events build bikes for kids in need, and then they’re delivered to the agency we’re working with at the end of the day. In this case, we were thrilled to have kids from Houston Elementary School arrive at the Hilton and join in the fun of bike building!
Everyone had a great time, and the energy in the room was as high as we’ve ever seen it. The lessons learned about getting to know people and working with them were put in motion with adults and kids. Teams were full of smiles and high-fives as bikes took shape.
We are so grateful that our Houston Elementary School contact, Darryl Webster, was able to work with us and surprise the Capital One Bank team. It really made the Bike-a-Thon™ program special, and all the more meaningful. Everyone came away from the event with a deeper appreciation for each other, working together, and having fun while doing it.