Leaders at Janssen Research & Development already knew the importance of strong teams, but this recent team building event demonstrated how their leadership skills can also be used to help their community.
Friendly Competition Means Everyone Wins
This group of 25 high energy leaders from Janssen were no strangers to team building or competition, but this time they were all prepared to walk away with a win. Our main point of contact, Jill, had been involved in a couple of our events during her time in another department with Janssen. After becoming the new lead for this group, she was eager to show them the value of working together and making great things happen.
Since the group was comprised of individuals from around the US and Europe, we started with a few warm-up activities to get everyone engaged, even though this group seemed as though they worked side-by-side every day. Once we got to the real challenge, the mood shifted from fun to friendly competitiveness, even though there would be no losers.
Rescue Buddies Are More Than a Toy
Jill chose the Rescue Buddies charity event for this group to put their talents to use for patients at Hunterdon Medical Center. The group divided into small teams, each tasked with creating a stuffed animal from scratch. The focus and positivity throughout the event were unmatched, as this group was relentless in finishing their stuffed animals.
We spoke about the fact that a stuffed animal can offer much more than comfort to a sick child. The Rescue Buddies could provide companionship while a parent was away, provide comfort during medical procedures, or serve as a reminder as to what’s awaiting them when their hospitalization is over.
As they worked, team members had to work together to complete the build. If they didn’t, they realized they wouldn’t be able to donate as many stuffed animals to the children, a loss they weren’t willing to take.
Janssen Sees Their Charitable Efforts in Action
Before we adjourned, Hunterdon Medical Center’s Bill Healy thanked everyone for their efforts. AAnd he reassured them that the Rescue Buddies they created would be well loved and deeply appreciated by their new owners.