The Best Ideas for Teambuilding Start with Charity

Medtronic Rescue Buddies

Medtronic believes that the best ideas for teambuilding involve community service and charitable works. And this conviction is reflected in their mission statement: It guides our day-to-day work and reminds us that our efforts are transforming the lives of millions of people each year.

Medtronic is a forerunner in the healthcare industry. And they are leaders of good corporate citizenship. Per their website, they also strive to:

  • recognize the personal worth of employees by providing an employment framework that allows personal satisfaction in work accomplished, security, advancement opportunity, and means to share in the company’s success, and 
  •  maintain good citizenship as a company.

Medtronic embodies the best ideas for teambuilding

Medtronic summoned 40 of its best sales reps and clinicians for a series of high-level training sessions and a high energy Rescue Buddies Charity Teambuilding Workshop.

We met at the Doubletree Hotel in Holland, Michigan and these 40 staffers showed up with energy to spare. Maybe it was the intensity of their daily work on juvenile diabetes and their quest to find a cure for this chronic disease. Or perhaps it was the Rescue Buddies’ positive impact on children in crisis. Whatever the case, they came fired up and ready to work, and that level of commitment made our facilitators’ day.

And no doubt their long hours and drive to succeed left them in need of some serious stress relief. So in a way, our Rescue Buddies came to their rescue, too. Each one is an adorable toy—a bear, a lion, a bird, a porpoise, a turtle–that they assemble and stuff themselves. One young lady asked for a pig and promptly named it Petunia.

The Medtronic execs donated note cards for their staffers to write messages of hope and encouragement which they attached to each toy and put into Medtronic blue bags which looked exactly like our Magnovo bags! Great minds think alike, I guess.

A worthwhile workshop

The 40 Rescue Buddies were donated to  JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. T1D or Type-1 diabetes affects 1.25 million American adults and children. JDRF is the largest global organization seeking a cure. To date, they have contributed more than $2 billion dollars to T1D research.

A rep from JDRF brought her 6-year-old son who was diagnosed with T1D when he was only 2. Her personal story helped to drive home the importance of the work the Medtronic company does.  And she assured them that the Rescue Buddies would be donated to kids with diabetes at an upcoming fundraising walk-a-thon.