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Team Building Thursdays: Harry S Truman

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

~Harry S Truman

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Team Building Thursdays: Change the World

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.


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Team Building Thursdays: Roger Staubach

 There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.

~Roger Staubach

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Team Building Thursdays: Booker T. Washington

You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.

~Booker T. Washington

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Team Building Thursdays: Dwight D Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

~Dwight D Eisenhower

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Team Building Thursdays: Voice

Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.


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Team Building Thursdays: Zig Ziglar

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily. 

~Zig Ziglar

Philadelphia Insurance Companies Helps the American Diabetes Association Through Wagon Builders™ Workshop

When Philadelphia Insurance Companies wanted to provide their staff with a chance to boost camaraderie for far-flung employees, they called on Magnovo for a charity team building workshop.

Wagon Builders™ in Philadelphia, PA

There were about 50 employees of Philadelphia Insurance Companies from across the country who met at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue for a company event. This was one of the few opportunities that this group got to get together. And so the company wanted to provide them with the chance to work on the kinds of skills that would make their jobs more efficient and productive. The Wagon Builders™ workshop was a great fit for this highly competitive group. It had elements of fun and games built around a skill-building core.

The company already had a connection to the American Diabetes Association and so the event organizers requested that the wagons be donated to the group’s summer camp program for children with diabetes. In addition, they wanted to customize the contents of the wagons themselves. We happily made arrangements for both of those requests.

Philadelphia Insurance Companies Gets Down to Work

We opened with a couple of icebreaker games so that folks could get more comfortable with their fellow employees.

Then we arranged participants into groups of five. Through games like Cup Flip, Blind Ball Drop, Wordles, Dice Bank, and Group Writing, teams acquired the parts they’d need to move on to the next part of the workshop .

Once all the teams had their wagon parts, we challenged them to assemble with wagons with a few small conditions. It challenged them, and also encouraged them to think creatively and work together. After putting the wagons together, teams decorated and filled them. We even had enough time for folks to take “wagon selfies”! There were a lot of laughs. While it was indeed a competitive group, everyone did make sure that no team was left behind. This was truly a group that – even though they might not work together every day – showed how much of a team they really are.

Welcoming the American Diabetes Association

One of the most special parts of a charity team building event is meeting with a representative of that charity. Philadelphia Insurance Companies participants warmly welcomed Kevin J. Kelly, Ed.D., who seemed genuinely happy to be invited. Mr. Kelly shared some information about the American Diabetes Association and the work they do. He also told a few stories about the kids who attend the association’s summer camp. Their lives are positively impacted by the experience in long-lasting ways. Our wrap-up was completed by a few facilitator remarks that reinforced several of team building skills targeted by the games and activities.


Salesforce’s All-Star Bike-Thon™ with State Farm Surprises Employees and Kids

SalesforceSalesforce’s employees turned out a dynamic and engaging Bike-A-Thon in record time!

Salesforce Invites Top Customer to Join In

Even though a scheduling issue gave us less time to work with than anticipated, we pulled off a great Bike-A-Thon™ with Salesforce In under an hour. We carried out the even on-site at Salesforce offices. We also welcomed the company’s top customer, State Farm, in joining us. This was the second charity team building workshop of this type we’d done for Salesforce. Again, the bicycles the group assembled were going to the nearby Union League Boys & Girls Club.

All -Star Teams in Chicago, IL

The Bike-A-Thon™ has two parts – a series of earning activities where teams compete for bicycle parts, and then series of teamwork activities where teams assemble the bicycles. The 20 participants worked hard and worked fast. These were leaders from both companies, and their skills set showed. The four teams worked cohesively and with a great understanding of each other; the group dynamics functioned at an extremely high level.

One team dominated in the group writing activity with an alphabet (AZ) written by 5 people, that, easily, was more legible than most people’s daily penmanship! Another team took cup stacking to a meticulously pristine level, and quickly. A third team was full of ‘spunk’ and kept everyone laughing. And our fourth team was definitely the most focused, with an eagerness to win. While they didn’t dominate every activity, they made collaboration and inclusion the biggest part of their team.

Overall, this group was amazing to work with! They laughed, cried, and gave each other just enough “guff” to keep the competition intense (yet still friendly!)

New Bikes for the Kids of the Union League Boys & Girls Club

Teams knew that their bikes were going to the kids of the Union League Boys & Girls Club. What they didn’t know is that the kids were coming to the Bike-A-Thon™ to receive them!

The announcement was a great surprise, and everyone’s reaction was immediate and extremely positive.

We welcomed Anabel Hernandez and several of the children with applause. Ms. Hernandez made a few remarks; most memorable, she shared with us what a huge impact these bikes have on the kids who receive them. There was barely a dry eye in the place! Teams then helped the kids with their new bikes, adjusting seats and handlebars so that kids were ready to ride as soon as they got home. One child was so excited he exclaimed, “I am never getting off this bike, I am sitting here forever!”

The feedback we received on this event was overwhelmingly positive. Participants raved, the children were obviously thrilled, and Salesforce provided their staff with the opportunity to flex the kind of soft skills so important in today’s workplace.

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Team Building Thursdays: Anatole France

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

~Anatole France