When asked what their goals were for this charity workshop, the BioMarin manager responded that she’d like to see teamwork, resilience, and something good being done for the world.
We love it when our clients have goals. That’s because we’re very goal-oriented, too! One day last August, we met with BioMarin, a biotech company out of Sausalito, California. They had some very clear goals, and we were happy to help them achieve every single one of them.
Lofty Goals, Serious Challenges
We learned from the manager of these participants that in their line of work, there are constantly changing priorities and strategies for the team.
That means they have had to show perseverance, resilience and flexibility. However, she pointed out, this also leads to inefficiencies in how they operate. Decision-making is not clear, focus can be challenging, there are too many cooks in the kitchen, and people are highly burned out and stressed.
Lots of Ice Breakers for the BioMarin Engineers
This particular team was focused on bringing a new product in clinical development for a rare disease to FDA for review and eventual approval. Important stuff!
The manager shared a lot with her group and was committed to them being a strong team. The participants were the quiet type: engineers. Good group, friendly, but weren’t accustomed to sharing a whole lot. No worries, though: ice breakers took care of that!
We rely on ice breakers for most of our workshop events because they work. For starters, everyone comes down a notch and begins to communicate, share, and collaborate along better channels. That’s because everyone is relaxed and they’re focusing on doing something very positive together.
TV Commercials is Where it Started to Really Come Together
Since goals for this group also included having fun together, building relationships and opening/increasing communication with one another, the next activity really hit the mark.
In TV Commercials, teams create, perform, and judge TV commercials for fictional products. The activity requires collaboration, communication, and creativity. The BioMarin engineers did a fantastic job and the really came together and felt like a team. Since that was another goal, everyone was happy.
Military Care Bags Were Donated
The team then moved on to the charity aspect of the workshop: stuffing military care bags chock full of goodies. They were then donated to the Larkspur, California American Legion Twin Cities Post, who would see that the bags reached their destination overseas.
In every way, we helped the BioMarin achieve their goals that day. Well done!