HCA Healthcare’s Enthusiasm for Wagon Builders Workshop Helps Kids at Local Ronald McDonald House

HCA Healthcare’s Enthusiasm for Wagon Builders Workshop Helps Kids at Local Ronald McDonald House

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.

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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.

About The Author


Rob Jackson

Rob has been a speaker and trainer for over 20 years specializing in public speaking, personality profiles, sales training, management, and team building. As a former corporate executive, he brings a solid blend of theory and practice to help people connect and communicate. He is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and has served as President and Chairman on several Executive Leadership boards. In addition to being a Certified DiSC Trainer, Rob has logged hundreds of instructional classroom hours. Rob is one of the most requested trainers for repeat business because his engaging style of storytelling and humor captivates an audience and moves them to action.

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