It was a jam-packed day for 60 HCA Healthcare employees. After several professional development training workshops, the group was ready to change gears. Magnovo’s Wagon Builders™ charity team building event challenged this group of high-flyers while also reinforcing critical workplace skills.
HCA Healthcare’s Up and Coming Leaders On a Roll
Members of the company’s Leadership Excellence Program were as bright and cheerful as the unseasonably warm February day in Nashville. We had a lovely ballroom at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University to work in, and it was perfect. Teams of six had plenty of room to work comfortably. Because of their natural inclination to help people, this group was a perfect fit for the overarching philanthropic objective of Wagon Builders™. Once we explained the process and the goals for our time together, they couldn’t wait to get started!
Practicing the Skills that Make Great Leaders
HCA Healthcare event organizers had pre-arranged teams of six. Once folks got into their groups, we did a couple of quick ice-breakers. And then our workshop facilitator led everyone through an exciting and engaging series of highly-focused games and challenges. Winning teams earned the parts necessary for assembling red wagons. Then came the fun part – putting the wagons together. We continued to challenge teams and encourage HCA Healthcare employees to push themselves to improve communication, collaboration, and consensus building skills.
By the time we finished our two hours together, HCA Healthcare employees had mastered new strategies for managing through the matrix, effectively networking and communicating the “why” to their colleagues. It was great practice in a fun and motivational setting; participants were well-equipped to carry out these same actions back in the office, in the course of ordinary work days. Teams had also completed ten wagons and filled them with books and educational toys for the children at the local Ronald McDonald House.
The Families at the Local Ronald McDonald House are Grateful
When Kaye Slater of Ronald McDonald House arrived on site to accept the donation of the wagons, she was so happy! Ms. Slater told the group how much the children and families staying at Ronald McDonald House would appreciate their generosity. Attendees listened attentively as Ms. Slater shared several stories of how staying at the residence helped families during their children’s medical emergencies and long-term care needs. All of the HCA Healthcare participants – so involved in healthcare themselves and many of them parents, too – were touched. As the workshop wound down, everyone helped pack up the wagons for transport. It was an incredible event, and everyone felt proud to be a part of Wagon Builders™ while still practicing important workplace skills.