International teams like this one at J.P. Morgan Asset Management can provide companies with expansive reach; however, it can also make it difficult to leverage everyone’s strengths to achieve common goals.
Team Building in New York City
J.P. Morgan Asset Management held a meeting recently in their New York, NY offices, and hosted about 70 members of an international team. As part of the group’s business activities and meetings, we were invited to conduct a charity team building workshop.
Magnovo’s Mission: Military Care™ program fosters working together toward a singular objective. Activities build soft skills like communication and trust among employees. Participants also practice utilizing individual skills in a combined effort. Doing this in a “safe” or low-risk setting can lay the groundwork for using these same skills in the workplace. The workshop has the added benefit of supporting U.S. troops on active duty.
J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Mission: Military Care™
Because of the size of the group, teams had already been decided before we arrived. We started the workshop with a few get-to-know-you games, which loosened up most group members. While everyone there was part of the same department, a lot of these folks didn’t work together in person regularly, so even among colleagues, there were still some ice breakers needed.
We then moved onto a series of activities designed to improve communication and build teamwork skills, while building care packages for American troops. Teams competed in a series of fun games, obstacles, and challenges in order to “win” supplies for their care package boxes. There was quite a bit of friendly competition and cheering! After the boxes were filled, teams completed packing them up, and we met with a representative from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Making a Difference for American Troops
Muriel Kaparis joined us at the conclusion of the Mission: Military Care™ workshop. She represented the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and she shared many stories of service members and how they appreciated these care packages from home. Her remarks really made an impact on many of the participants, some of whom were veterans themselves.
It was nice to see the workshop participants connect in this way with the charity the worked so hard to help. In the debriefing session held after the workshop, several participants commented on how unified the department seemed now, and how optimistic they were about lasting positive change.