Amway and Equipo Vision Have ‘Most Fun Ever’ Team Building with CBST Adventures

Global Health, Beauty, and Cleaning Products Corporation, Amway, had its US Spanish speaking division and Spanish speaking adventure company Equipo Vision work with CBST Adventures for an incredibly fun-filled team building event with over 200 employees in the beautiful mountain setting of Vail, Colorado. 

As you can tell from the video, the energy, excitement, and team-bonding were on full display at this event with many participants saying it was the ‘most fun ever’ experienced by their company for a team building event.

This was CBST Adventure’s first non-native language speaking event and one of the largest groups we’ve ever worked with. As you can tell from the video, the experience was pretty enjoyable for the Spanish speaking Amway team.

CBST Adventures’ CEO Offers Employee Engagement Strategies in Colorado Meetings and Events Magazine

CBST Adventures’ CEO Jay Irwin recently wrote an article for Colorado Meetings and Events magazine.  Jay’s article is titled ‘3 Keys to Better Engaging Your Employees’ and Jay discusses some unique strategies to help address low engagement rates faced by employers today.

The digital version of Colorado Meetings and Events magazine can be found HERE. Jay’s article is on page 22 of the magazine.

Boulder Technology Company Team Builds in the City

You may think that CBST Adventures only offers team building and leadership development activities in the majestic outdoors of the Rocky Mountains. Truth be told, many of our activities can be in downtown or urban areas as well. A few weeks ago, we worked with Cognizant, a global business and technology services company. Cognizant has an office in Boulder, Colorado and they asked if our team could come to their location. We said, ‘No problem!’

Given Cognizant’s location in downtown Boulder, we decided to make use of the always enjoyable Pearl Street Mall in the heart of downtown Boulder for our activity. Enter our GPS Quest activity. For this experience, we broke the group into four teams and each team was given a GPS to complete a city-based scavenger hunt. Don’t worry – we provided clues and incorporated elements of known games such as Scrabble into this experience. The teams loved the activity and had an absolute blast!

One thing we noticed was even though the Cognizant group was right in their backyard in Boulder, they still were able to totally immerse themselves in the team building activity. If you’ve ever attended a CBST Adventures’ event, you know a hallmark of our activities are teams having FUN, lots of laughs, and generally everyone just enjoying themselves. Cognizant checked all three boxes as well, and interestingly enough, the more effort the teams put into the activities, the more fun they had. That’s because our challenges are specifically designed to be silly and goofy, for the most part. So if teams commit themselves to the activities, we guarantee they’ll have a good time!

If you’d like to learn more about our urban/city team building activities, feel free to reach out to us! We’d be happy to come to your office location to help create a special event.

This San Francisco Marketing Agency Just Wants to ‘Have Fun’ at Their Team Build

Fun – an oft forgotten idea in business. Believe or not, but the concept of ‘fun’ holds a lot of value and implications for business. While many executives and business leaders are focused on improving the productivity and efficiency of their teams and staff, employees having fun can actually be one of the most powerful forces in business today.

In may not come as a surprise that ‘fun’ stimulates creativity; however, it may come as a surprise that such fun and creativity can help employees better problem solve and develop creative solutions. Fun also is a great stress reliever for employees, and in turn, helps them better enjoy their work and also be less likely to leave a company. And wouldn’t you know it? Fun can benefit productivity as well. Where some may see fun coming at the expense of productivity, fun can actually boost productivity as people are found to produce higher volumes of work and a higher quality of work when they are enjoying their job. So as you can see, the idea of fun is really important in today’s work environment. As a result, we encourage and help companies we work with to have fun, whether making fun just a part of a team build activity or making fun the main objective for an entire team build activity.

For Metric Theory, a data driven marketing company based out of San Francisco, having fun was the top priority for their company event in Winter Park, Colorado. We were more than happy to oblige and decided to put the group of 80 people through our super enjoyable Amazing Race experience. This activity is inspired by the famous TV show, as we break people into teams and each team has to complete several different challenges in competition with each other.

On this day’s event, teams first participated in a Tumble Bubble kickoff, where individuals climbed into large inflatable bubbles and raced against each other. Next, teams were sent off with GPS devices to complete GPS-based challenges that involved using a GPS with provided clues to find objects in the shortest amount of time. This activity requires a lot of problem-solving and team communication. Next, teams completed a maze competition where each team had two members work through a maze, in which they had to find pictures and playing cards in a certain amount of time. Once individuals returned from the maze, teams had to make up a goofy sentence from the cards and pictures that they had pulled out of the maze. This activity really got teams going as they had a lot of fun with creativity required for this challenge.

Even though the day’s focus was ‘fun,’ another word seemed to be the theme for the day: communication. Our activities require teams to interact and collaborate with each in new and different ways. As a result, Metric Theory found their group challenged and stretched when it came to communicating in teams (and even openly admitted to this during the event). Yet, throughout the experience, we could see their communication skills improving from one activity to the next. And that’s what really matters – growth. What’s was pretty cool is Metric Theory was mainly concerned with having fun for the day and ended up growing as a team in the process. It’s these types of experiences that we aspire to create every time we work with a company.

So whether you’re interested in just having some fun and maybe growing along the way or want a more structured team building or leadership development experience, reach out to us. We’d love to learn more about your company’s needs.

Exciting Online Healthcare Company Finds Their ‘Lifeline’ During Team Build

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a lifeline is ‘a thing on which someone or something depends on or which provides a means of escape from a difficult situation.’ When we developed our ‘GPS Lifeline’ activity, the dictionary’s definition is precisely the idea we had in mind to help teams better problem solve, think creatively, and communicate. The GPS Lifeline experience is a cross between ‘Capture the Flag’ and the board game ‘Battleship,’ as the experience has a ‘seek and return’ component while also requiring teams to be strategic in their approach. At the start of this activity, a group is broken into two teams and each team must use GPS units to set custom waypoints or markers for the GPS to track. Then, the competing teams will swap their GPS units and try to find the other team’s waypoint. The twist with this activity is each team is linked together by a single rope, or a ‘lifeline,’ as we like to call it. The activity is timed and the team that finds their waypoint and returns to home base in the shortest amount of time wins. You could think of the experience like a high-tech version of hide and seek that requires a fair amount of team strategy, communication, and creativity.

When MD Live, an innovative, virtual doctor and healthcare service, came to us looking for unique and outdoor-geared team building activity, we knew the GPS Lifeline experience would fit the bill. While some team building activities can incorporate problem solving and communication skills, very few do so effectively in the outdoors. Our approach is not to just plop people in some empty field with a ropes course or climbing wall. Instead, we take teams to locations where nature is so impressive, it can have a powerful effect on people. In this particular case, enter the beautiful Burro Trail in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Each team had the fortune (and the challenge) of hiking the scenic and secluded trail to complete their ‘Lifeline’ challenge. If there was one word to describe this day’s activity for MD Live, it was ‘cross collaboration.’ A big reason for this was that only one person on each team had a GPS unit. This person is thereby essentially telling the people nearest him or her where to go and then those people have the responsibility of communicating with the rest of the team. Sound familiar for your company? The point of this activity is to highlight what is required for teams to successfully complete challenging tasks – trust, communication, alignment, creativity, and support – and to emphasize what can result if these ideas aren’t practiced- dissent, frustration, disappointment, and confusion.

Both teams completed the activity and ‘escaped their difficult situation’ thanks to the ‘lifeline.’ While there’s a winner and a loser in this activity, MD Live had a bigger takeaway: growth and friendship. You could see teams stretching their critical thinking and effective communication muscles during the activity and realizing new capabilities through the experience. At the same time, we witnessed new bonds and relationships being formed over the course of the day, as believe it or not, tying a group of people to a long rope requires them to engage and interact with one another, oftentimes in ways they haven’t before. Seeing this brings a smile to our face because we know such new relationships and insights probably wouldn’t have happened without this event. That’s why we commend companies and teams for taking time out of their busy and important businesses to get outside and have a unique, team-driven experience. In our opinion, it’s too important not to.

If you’re interested in creating a similar experience for your team or just want to learn more about how we can help your company, give us a shout! We’d love to hear from you!

CBST Adventures Partners with Vail Resorts To Help More Teams Grow

Did you know that CBST Adventures is a Vail Resorts‘ partnered provider  for team building and leadership development?

Through Vail Resorts’ Epic Discovery Program, CBST Adventures and Vail Resorts have partnered up to offer teams and organizations fun-filled an purposeful team building experiences. This partnership takes the incredible attractions already offered by Vail Resorts including Ziplines, Alpine Slides, Mountain Coasters, and Climbing Walls and fuses them with the problem solving, communication building, and creativity generating activities that CBST Adventures has become known for.

If your team is already going to be staying at a Vail Resort location for a retreat or would like to easily combine Vail Resort’s fun-filled attractions with CBST Adventure’s team building programs, reach out to us and we can help you find the right program for you.

Tech Startup Publication Delves Into Team Building Boosting Productivity

Tech.Co, a tech startup publication, recently published an article sharing how team building increases company productivity. We don’t want to spoil the article but to give you a quick teaser, some of the key benefits of team building discussed in the article include: Increased Openness, Enhanced Communication, and Better Identification of Employee Strengths and Weaknesses.

The article goes on to share several other team building benefits but we’ll let you read the article for yourself to get the full scoop. Give the article a read below and if you’re interested in learning how team building can improve productivity for your company, reach out to us. We’d love to chat with you on this topic!

 

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