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Corporate Team Building at Facebook

To most of us, Facebook is the perfect model of teamwork. But the Facebook family doesn’t rest on its laurels. They strive to improve their corporate team building skills every day!

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.

At the tender age of 15, the Facebook company can honestly declare “mission accomplished!” Actually, uber-wunderkind Mark Zuckerburg was only 19 when he had an idea that would transform the whole planet.  

Facebook is a social media and networking service whose global social, political, economic impact are simply immeasurable. Based in Palo Alto California, Facebook has an international staff of 33606 employees.

Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus are all Facebook products. The company has a staggering 2.2 billion users and total assets worth 84 billion.

Corporate team building on an epic scale

No doubt, one of the keys to the company’s incredible success is that they don’t take their success for granted! They constantly look for ways to improve their services, refine their product line, and strengthen their interpersonal skills.

Facebook is one of our best customers. And we look forward to each encounter because we learn as much as we teach! Of course, that’s as it should be, because, like Facebook, our Magnovo facilitators are always looking for ways to improve.

Our latest foray into the universe that is Facebook, brought us to Menlo Park. There we worked with 40 enthusiastic Facebook staffers hosting a Rescue Buddies workshop, which is one of our most impactful events. Divide into 6 teams they assembled 40 huggable stuffed toys to give to traumatized kids in their community.

Rescue Buddies do just that: they provide emotional rescue and support to children who’ve just experienced a family tragedy. First responders keep them on hand to give to kids at the site of an accident, house fire, or other life-changing events.  

Over the course of the afternoon,  we challenged each workshop participant to collaborate and communicate more effectively.  Their teamwork assured that the toys were ready on time.

Corporate team building with a heart

This batch of Rescue Buddies was donated to the Ecumenical Hunger ProgramIt was established in 1975 by a group of women called Church Women United. Their mission was and remains a simple and profound one: “We look after each other’s welfare. We uplift those who are down. We express confidence in those who are disheartened….”

They welcomed our donations with open arms; and with open hearts, we thanked them for the opportunity to serve their community.

 


Team Building Games at Communication Company

Team building games are serious business at the Communication Company. Our recent Bike-A-Thon challenged and taught us all a lot of important lessons.

Team building games mean communication

The Communication Company is aptly named. They are leaders in the communications technology industry. Created in 1976, the Communication Company designs, installs, and services communications systems. Their clients include hospitals, sports arenas, theaters, and universities.

For the fire safety industry, the company creates emergency alarm system technology for burglaries, fires, gas and water leaks, and medical emergencies.

They also design and engineer communications systems for government agencies, as well as healthcare and education institutions, and commercial enterprises.

A stellar reputation for team building games

The Communication Company president was familiar with our work, having participated in another charitable team building workshop. In fact, he was so impressed, he requested us personally for this team building event.

Forgive me for bragging, but Magnovo’s reputation is well-deserved because we get results. We drill down into the priorities of each client and identify solutions to each challenge. We find ways to reinforce their vision and support their goals.  And then we customize our presentations and workshop experiences to exceed their expectations!

Team building games mean team bonding gains

We were scheduled to meet 65 staffers at the Carnegie Library Special Events Center in Mishawaka Indiana. We planned to divide the group into teams and assemble 13 bikes to be donated to local kids.

A series of events created a comedy of errors that turned into a golden opportunity for some serious team bonding.  First, we had far more workshop participants than we’d expected. Then we had more kids than bikes! Yikes!

Every trial can be a triumph when teammates pull together. Charitable giving always inspires our participants to rally their resources for a good cause. So in the true spirit of teamwork, we all pulled together as one—Magnovo facilitators and company staffers—and transformed the whole experience into team bonding magic.

The Boys and Girls Club kids were happy with the bikes we had on hand and the Communication Company president promised to deliver the 1 missing bike the very next day. And he’s ready for another Magnovo workshop remix later this year. We can’t wait!

Turning a problem into an opportunity to shine—that’s what team building games are all about.

 

 


Rob Jackson: Teambuilding With a Purpose

The benefits of teambuilding

Over a decade ago I walked away from a successful career in banking because I recognized a niche in the marketplace for personal development to train people to become better professionals.

It was a big risk, but my mantra is “Change the world, don’t just play the game.” So I launched a new career in professional development, teambuilding, and DISC personality training.

My initial focus was on corporations and small companies. I taught and trained in communications skills, leadership styles, management, and presentation skills based on an understanding of personality types.

Charity and the Return-on-Investment

But my passion is teambuilding with a purpose and that purpose is philanthropy at the corporate level. When I signed on to the company my one proviso was that we had to develop a philanthropic arm to the whole operation.

When I became the CEO, I developed charitable teambuilding workshops based on the notion that while you’re giving back to your community you can still have fun. We partner with companies to train their workers in professional development techniques, but the major component is charitable giving.

Our donations run the gamut from bikes, wheelchairs, and wagons to stuffed animals, school supplies, and hospital care packages. We partner with food banks to whom we donate dry goods, canned foods, and water. Magnovo works with animal shelters to provide forever-homes for pets. We work with disabled veterans and a variety of other organizations to give back to local communities in the cities where our clients are based.

The business of kindness

In today’s marketplace, corporate social responsibility is now part of most company business models. Progressive companies recognize the benefits of being good corporate neighbors.

Magnovo Training Group helps with this goal and our approach is turnkey. We customize each workshop to suit the goals of our clients. Our facilitators coordinate every aspect of the workshop including the liaison with the charitable organization chosen to receive the donations.

Our workshops are usually at least a couple of hours long. We divide large groups of employees into small teams each of which engages in a bit of friendly competition to “earn” the different components or parts they need to assemble their donations.

Teambuilding impact

For example, during our stuffed animal workshop, also known as Rescue Buddies, each participant literally stuffs and shapes the toy animals. The toys are then donated to traumatized kids in need of emotional rescue [after a car accident or house fire].

At the end of each workshop, a representative from the charity talks to the group about the potential impact their donations will have. Their constituents include low-income families, disabled veterans, deployed personnel, and the like.

It’s usually at this point that the company employees have an epiphany. They realize that the workshop they enjoyed wasn’t just about fun and games and teambuilding. They understand that what they spent the afternoon doing will change many lives in a tremendously positive way.

The Magnovo brand

Magnovo Training Group In The NewsMany of our clients are Fortune 500 companies. And our reputation is such that our facilitators travel across the country and around the world. One of our recent assignments involved a leadership development workshop for a cruise line in Italy. And one of our most hair-raising adventures occurred in Hawaii after an earthquake. We arrived in time to experience quite a few aftershocks!

Our teambuilding and professional development training couldn’t happen if I didn’t have a phenomenal team of facilitators. We usually get requests 1 to 2 months before the main event, but we’ve also delivered the goods with just a few hours notice.

We operate like a well-oiled machine and hit the mark every time. And that’s not just about our professionalism–it’s about our commitment to charitable giving. It’s the fuel that keeps us fired up. We’ve proven time and time again that giving back makes you and your company move forward.  


DISC Personality Guide to Teambuilding During the Holidays

The holiday season can be stressful for a whole host of reasons. And teambuilding during the holidays can be particularly challenging. But understanding the personality types on your team can make these dicey waters easier to navigate.

How DiSC® Training Can Boost Engagement at WorkNo doubt, your staff is a cornucopia of characters spread across the DISC personality spectrum. DISC is an anagram for Dominant, Influential, Steady, and Conscientious.

Your Dominants probably think they have the inside track on how to make a profit during the holidays. All they want is for everybody else to buy in.

Surely your Influencer is already planning the party of the century, right? He’s got a list as long as your arm of party favors, games, and networking opportunities–hang the budget!

Meanwhile, your Steadiest and most Conscientious bean counters are in their cubicles wringing their hands over such a reckless plan! They’re the ones who’ll be saddled with ordering all the food, drinks, decorations, and reconciling the accounts afterward! You can feel their stress levels going up already!

And then there’s you, Forrest Gump with a box of chocolates. You don’t know what you’re going to get out of them despite your best attempts at teambuilding during the holidays.

Teambuilding during the holidays as therapy

How would you like to transform all that craziness and strife into something sane, sensible, and simple? Voila: charitable teambuilding during the holidays is the best way to eliminate the stress and restore the joy of the season.

Hospital HelpersConsider a charitable teambuilding workshop like our Hospital Helpers.

Imagine being stuck in the hospital throughout the holidays! Cancer patients. Long-term patients with no family nearby. Now imagine you and your company coming to the rescue.

You can make a huge difference to some of the patients in your neck of the woods through our Hospital Helpers care packages.

Many of us have been there, and know how great it is to have lotion, hand sanitizer, lip balm, or eye drops when you need them.

Dry shampoo. Body wash. A colorful hair scarf. A mini-makeup kit for those visits from that special someone.

Nothing says cozy and comfy like fuzzy socks and flannel throws.

Puzzle books, magazines, novels, sketch pads, journals, colorful pens, and markers–they can make the time go by faster and be more enjoyable.

Stationery, cards, and postage are a must if friends and family are far away. Digital frames full of family pics can make loved ones feel so close.

And where permitted, oil diffusers or candles can transform the atmosphere of any hospital room.

Charitable giving benefits the giver

Forget about frantically scrambling to stage a party no one will remember the next day. Instead, pool your talents and direct all that anxious energy toward something meaningful. An act of kindness that no one will ever forget.

Our workshop facilitators can help you customize the Hosptial Helper packages to reflect what your team cares about most. And during the workshop, they’ll learn more about one another–stuff they don’t get to see when they’re in “work mode.”

That’s the magic of teambuilding during the holidays through charitable giving. Everyone focuses on other people who need help, support, and kindness.

At every stage of the process, you and your team will better understand the most Dominant among you. Your Steadiest staffer may find he has something in common with your never-met-a-stranger Influencer.

Everybody’s communications and collaboration skills will be refreshed. Your leadership skills will be showcased in a new light.

Charitable giving is transformative. It can turn your efforts at teambuilding during the holidays this year into the smartest investment you’ve made in a long time. Happy holidays.


Successful Millennial Teambuilding at Barings

Our Rescue Buddies Charity Workshop at Barings was a classic exercise in Millennial teambuilding. And every single moment was delightful!

For starters, it was a beautiful day, and we were perched atop Barings’ dazzling new building in downtown Charlotte. The view from the Sky Room was spectacular–the perfect setting for our workshop.

And our workshop attendees were pretty spectacular, too. There were 34 in all. Of these 8 were financial analysts. The other 26 were interns from different specialties including IT, web development, investment banking, and private accounts.

Millennial teambuilding is a privilege

They were also very representative of their generation–there was a rich diversity of ethnicities, talents, and backgrounds. So, in essence, the Barings Sky Room was full of young dreamers with loads of potential. Magnovo was honored to help mold them for professional success and make some of those dreams come true.

And their employer knows a lot about making dreams come true.  Barings is “a global financial services company with local roots.” Their 1800 employees work around the world to give local communities access to services that may fulfill many personal dreams and aspirations.

Their asset management strategies are a substantial benefit to cities large and small. And the corporate culture of this $306 billion firm is built on a foundation of inclusion. From the top down, Barings fully embraces a diversity of thoughts, ideas, experience, backgrounds, and opinions.

Millennial teambuilding means bridge building

Barings goal is always to build relationships with clients, each other, and the communities they serve. And of course, these Millennials were just as passionate about community service. So our Rescue Buddies Charity Workshop was perfect for them. The positive impact on the lives of traumatized children in the Charlotte area was guaranteed.

Moose, koalas, pigs, bird, turtles, porpoises, lions, tigers, and bears. These toys ride along with police and other first responders to comfort a child after an accident.  Or they may be needed after a domestic violence case in which the child is removed from parental custody.

That’s where our toys come to the rescue. They can comfort them because each one is stuffed with love and good wishes. And many of the toys have imperfections which are a form of therapy for kids who feel damaged or imperfect themselves.  

Why charity matters

The group divided into small teams. Each participant assembled their own stuffed animal but had to work in harmony with their team. The workshop was an exercise in shared control. They learn leadership skills that must benefit the whole team.

Workshop challenges were based on the personality styles of the attendees. And during the friendly competition, each point they won was designed to make a point. Communications, collaboration, strategizing, and team-accountability. Think like a team. Act like a team.  

The 34 Rescue Buddies were taken into custody by the Charlotte Metropolitan Police Department’s Freedom Division. Next stop: the loving arms of 34 frightened or grieving children in desperate need of reassurance and security.

 


The Good We Do: Portland Oregon

Magnovo was honored when the donations from a recent Puttin Pantry Workshop became the highlight of a 9/11 commemoration in Portland Oregon. This was an example of corporate social responsibility at its finest.

Green Bits provides point-of-sales technology for use by medical cannabis retailers. Thousands of patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, and other debilitating conditions benefit from medical marijuana. It can ease pain, nausea, depression, and other side effects from long-term diseases.

As a part of their current corporate social responsibility initiative, Green Bits invited us to conduct a motivational teambuilding workshop. Their choice of our Puttin Pantry Workshop was not unique, but the venue was.

They wanted the donations from our workshop to support homeless veterans. And they wanted to take the workshop to their turf.  So we spent the day in a derelict part of the city where the homeless veterans live.

Corporate social responsibility with grit

We worked with 35 members of the Green Bits staff assembling a putt-putt golf course made of canned and boxed foods–veggies, meats, fruits, cereals, pasta–and beverages.

We donated all of the items to  Transition Projects which offers a lifeline and a bridge back into society for homeless veterans in the Portland community.

Our donations were distributed on 9/11 during Transition Projects’  2018 Portland Veterans Stand Down, which remembered and honored the victims of America’s most horrific terrorist attack.

According to the Transition Projects Director of Development, Roma A. Peyser, more than 100 volunteers and 120 community organizations, service providers, and employers came together to honor and support veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

Corporate social responsibility as a business model

The good we do–the partnerships we seek out with charities across the country–is at the core of our business model. Over the past decade, Magnovo has become an industry leader in teambuilding, leadership development, and DISC personality training and we’re grateful for our success.

But it’s how our work has impacted the lives of the less fortunate that fuels our fire. The bikes we’ve delivered to kids for whom such a luxury wouldn’t exist. The care packages to homesick military personnel overseas. The school supplies we’ve given to hundreds of kids whose parents can’t afford them.

The canned goods and other foodstuffs we distribute through our Puttin Pantry Workshops feed hungry bellies. Comfort. Reassure. Boost morale. Offer hope.

This is why we do the good we do. Because it matters. And every time we do it, we count it a tremendous honor and privilege to touch so many lives.

 


Company Bonding Activities at Anthem, Inc.

Company bonding activities at Anthem, Inc. reflect their commitment to their clients and their community. During our Rescue Buddies Charitable Teambuilding Workshop, the Anthem staff created a legacy of kindness that will last for many years to come.

Flexible spending accounts. Behavioral health benefit services. Life and disability insurance benefits. Dental. Vision. Anthem, Inc. is one of the biggest health care benefits companies in the country.  Their medical membership is 39.6 million. Their assets top $70 billion.

Visionary company bonding activities

Teambuilding at Anthem is designed to support their purpose which is “…to transform America’s health care with trusted and caring solutions.”

Chief among their core values are accountability, customer care, innovation, and integrity. Their company bonding activities reinforce these values.

Compassionate company bonding activities

We joined 65 staffers one sunny day at the Anthem headquarters in Mason Ohio.  These employees came from all over the country for a big annual meeting.

They were senior leaders who headed a range of departments–corporate real estate, lease administration, procurement, and facilities operations among others. After a couple of grueling days of meetings, they were ready for a change of pace.

Our Rescue Buddies fit the bill perfectly. The group split into teams and during a series of friendly competitions, each team “won” the components they’d need to assemble their Rescue Buddies. The whole process brought out the kid in these corporate giants and they had a ball.

Community bonding activities

But while they were having fun, they also understood the importance of the toys they made. Rescue Buddies are stuffed bears, birds, fish, and other adorable animal figures that help kids in crisis.

Police officers, EMS personnel, and other first responders distribute them to traumatized children after a tragic accident, fire, or other life-altering events.

Our workshop participants actually stuff the animals, seal them, and tag them with encouraging notes and best wishes.

We donated this batch of 65 cuddle-bugs to Building Blocks for Kids. Their mission is  “to bridge the funding gap for products and services that help improve the quality of life for these children.”

And they do this by covering every imaginable health care need for young patients! Aqua therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. Wheelchair and wheelchair ramps. Bathroom and bedroom modifications. Hearing aids, walkers, prosthetics, van lifts, and therapy dogs. If a sick child needs it, this wonderful charity finds a way to provide it.

Nobody expected a reward for all their hard work, but they got one in the form of Laura and her son who benefited from Building Blocks for Kids. Laura’s 5-year-old son suffered from epilepsy and needed a service dog.  Building Blocks for Kids helped them raise the money. Now when Laura’s son has a seizure, the dog sounds the alarm and wakes her up.

Magnovo believes that all company bonding activities should impact the lives of children like the ones Building Blocks for Kids serves every day. It’s why we do what we do.


Team Engagement at Essex Property

We recently hosted a WheelCharity Workshop for  Essex Property Trust as part of their continuing quest to increase their level of team engagement. Essex is one of our most loyal and valued clients because they know we do outstanding work. They also know that nothing bolsters team engagement better than charitable giving. Nothing!

Essex Property Trust started out as a small operation in 1971. Today it is a world-class real estate investment trust which, according to the website, “….acquires, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities located in supply-constrained markets.”

Energy efficiency, water conservation, and recycling campaigns are basic sustainability goals which are built into their business model. And so it corporate social responsibility. They consider it a part of their commitment to “sustaining” their community. Their ongoing participation in our charitable teambuilding workshops fulfills that mandate.

Team engagement fun

Essex Property TrustWe met 42 Essex team members in San Francisco at the Argonaut Hotel. They were a great group–high energy, enthusiastic. Many of them had worked with us before and were happy to see us again.

Over the course of the afternoon, we guided them through exercises to improve their communications and leadership skills. When they set about constructing 7 wheelchairs, they put those lessons into practical use.

Divided into 6 teams, they competed to win some of the tools and components they’d need to assemble their chairs. The competition was friendly, fun, and reinforced the teambuilding attributes we discussed.

Team engagement with compassion

The workshop was relaxing and fun, but the cause we were supporting was noble and sobering.

We donated the 7 wheelchairs to OneVet, OneVoice one of San Francisco’s most passionate champions for veterans’ rights.  Their creed: no veteran gets left behind.

Eduardo Ramirez started OneVet, OneVoice in 2013. He wanted it to be a model of veterans care, and over the years that’s precisely what it became.  

Ramirez retired from the Air Force, but his military zeal still burns brightly. His organization is a one-stop-shop for veterans who need support, and resources for healthcare, housing, education, and employment.

He understood better than anyone else in the room that those 7 wheelchairs were keys to freedom, renewed confidence, and self-esteem for their new owners.

Doors that were once closed to them will now be open. Bingo. Football games. Movies. Picnicking. Shopping. Exercising. Dining out with friends. Making new friends!

The triumphs and victories that might seem insignificant to the rest of us will be monumental to these 7 disabled veterans.

This realization made our team engagement workshop worth every minute for all of us.


Why Teambuilding Matters to TeleTracking

This is why teambuilding matters at TeleTracking: Have you ever been a hospital patient? Then you may know the frustration of being ignored after pressing the “call” button for help. About 25 years ago, TeleTracking developed an app for that. They created technological solutions to improve the quality of patient care.

This tech startup launched with a phenomenal team of engineers and technicians and today that team is stronger than ever. But TeleTracking wants to get even stronger. That’s why teambuilding matters so much to this Pittsburgh-based company. And it’s why they called Magnovo to conduct one of our top charitable teambuilding workshops.

Elderly nursing homes residents. Patients in rehab. Hundreds of thousands of patients have suffered unnecessarily while awaiting help from medical personnel. Worse, thousands of exasperated patients have been injured trying to get up on their own.

TeleTracking has one simple mission: to prevent patients from having to wait for the care they need. In their quest to fulfill this rather noble mission they’ve become industry leaders in healthcare technology.

They started with a device that was in every hospital room: the telephone. Today TeleTracking’s “patient flow solutions” save thousands of lives and increase the efficiency of medical teams all over the country. For each medical facility with whom they work, TeleTracking provides “…an interdisciplinary, real-time system that moves people and resources more efficiently and safely than ever before.”

The executive presence of Millennials

The next generation of corporate leadership also explains why teambuilding matters. TeleTracking is only 25 years old, but they’re under no illusions about their future success. The Millennials of today will lead them into a thriving, prosperous future.

In Pittsburgh Pennsylvania we met 65 summer interns and their mentors at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The interns knew they were there to build something and give it away but were given no more details. The Magnovo facilitators got a kick out seeing their faces light up when they learned the truth.

They were about to participate in our Bike-a-Thon Bicycle Teambuilding Workshop. So they’d spend the day building 10 shiny new bikes for needy kids in Pittsburgh. And for each one of those low-income children, these donations would seem like a miracle.

Everyone split into groups and used the skills we taught them about communicating and collaborating as a team. And as they built the bikes, they also developed relationships. Interns got to know each other. Mentors broke the ice with interns. And senior managers reinforced the company’s commitment to being a good corporate neighbor.

Why charity matters

The highlight was the handoff of the 10 bikes to our partnering charity, Family Resources. Founded in 1986, their mission is to “create a better future for the children” in their region. They work with 3,500 families each year offering resources to keep children safe.

The staff counsels parents and teaches them life skills to prevent abuse and domestic violence. And they operate year-round programs to encourage, nurture, and inspire each child.

The Family Resources representative arrived with 10 kids, who were thrilled to receive their new bikes. It was especially touching to watch the dads among the TeleTracking mentors and managers who stepped up to help the kids.

With fatherly patience, they helped adjust the bike heights and helmets. By the end of our time together, some were “walking” the kids around on their bikes teaching them how to ride!

The light in the eyes of those children and the TeleTracking group–that’s why teambuilding matters!

 


Professional Development at CA, Inc.

At CA, Inc. professional development is based on character development and they recognized that charitable giving builds character. They also knew that Magnovo’s Wagon Builders Charitable Teambuilding Workshop was the key to their success.

CA, Inc. is one of the world’s largest software companies. Or as they put it, “We create software that helps companies shape the future.”

Among other things, they design and build business-to-business mainframe IT systems. Most Fortune 500 companies rely on them. So do schools, healthcare systems, government agencies, scientific institutions, and other businesses around the world.

Professional development with a mission

CA, Inc. describes itself as a global company with a local commitment. To fulfill that commitment they support STEM programs that strive for inclusion. Girls and low-income students are often under-represented in science, technology, engineering, and math-related industries. CA, Inc. is changing that.

To quote the CEO, “…. our motivation comes from the opportunity to help shape the future. We concentrate not only on what is essential to our business success, but also on what works for our people, our communities, and our shared natural environment.”

Professional development through giving

We met 50 staffers at their Plano Texas office to hit the reset button on some of their leadership skills. Our Wagon Builders workshop was an exercise in collaborating, problem-solving, and communicating.

Each team assembled a brightly colored wagon and then crammed it full of goodies. And the CA, Inc. crew was particularly generous. They donated a ton of sports equipment, stacks of healthy kid snacks, and a slew of notebooks, pens, art supplies and other back-to-school basics.

At the end of the workshop, they’d constructed 10 wagons bulging with gifts. And the happy recipients were members of the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County also known as BGCCC.

Professional development in the making at BGCCC

This year they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary. For 5 decades BGCCC has been driven by one goal: to make sure their members “… reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” And efforts are tireless and their rate of success is stellar.

Every year the Plano Boys and Girls Club serves nearly 10,000 kids and provide more than 160,000 meals. They run a leadership training program, offer financial literacy training, teach healthy eating and fitness classes. They advocate against bullying and substance abuse and steer their members toward smarter choices.

Their staff and volunteers rack up 141,150 “homework hours” annually tutoring their students. And it shows: BGCCC has a 100 percent high school graduation rate–that’s right: 100 percent! [FYI: the national rate is 84.1 percent.]

CA, Inc. was out for a good time, but while they were at it, they wanted to do good as well. Mission accomplished.

 

 

 

 

 


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