We met roughly 600 sales reps from Stryker at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ, for a regional meeting that was capped by our Bike-a-Thon Charity Team Building Workshop. This was one of the biggest and most energetic groups we’ve ever worked with!
A New Challenge
Our Bike-a-Thons typically feature a series of specialized challenges designed to emphasize key team building skills like problem-solving and communications. Stryker pushed themselves harder though. They challenged their 18 teams of sales reps to complete 3 bicycles each within 30 minutes! Stryker’s sales teams were ready to build 86 bikes, and so were we!
To open the program, one of Stryker’s management team made a few remarks to introduce the activity. Then, we provided everyone with additional information about Recycle Your Bicycle for a Kid in Foster Care and the work that they do to help Scottsdale-area kids, and we explained how the Bike-a-Thon worked. Then, Stryker’s management team announced a prize in addition to the bicycles being donated to a local children’s charity. The team that completed their 3 bicycles first would receive an additional prize from Stryker, plus $2,500 for their favorite charity.
Stryker’s Ready to Roll
The organizers of the event had already assigned participants to teams based on their region. This made the set-up of the event more efficient. In addition to the games and activities that we normally use for team building, we added an additional challenge for each of the 3 bicycle builds. People were really enthusiastic. The spirit of friendly competition was unmistakable, although it did get a little intense toward the end! But Stryker met the goal! Teams completed all 86 bicycles in 30 minutes. And 1 team won an additional prize and monetary award for their chosen charity.
Recycle Your Bicycle Help Scottsdale Kids
At the end of the workshop, we’d arranged for a representative from Recycle Your Bicycle for a Kid in Foster Care to come and accept the donated bikes. Each of the team captains made a brief presentation for Joe Jacober. He was nearly speechless by the number of bicycles he saw. He made a few remarks thanking everyone for the participation and hard work.
We took lots of pictures for the folks from Stryker as well as the home office team at Recycle Your Bicycle. Mr. Jacober had everyone’s rapt attention. He shared a few stories of kids who had received bicycles from the charity, and the positive impact it had on their lives. As the program wound down, an informal debriefing revealed good news. Many Stryker participants described the Bike-a-Thon as the highlight of their weekend; they felt renewed connections with coworkers, and well-prepared to head back to their home territories.