World Leader in Cloud-Based Software Celebrates Another Successful Year.

This autumn we had the good fortune to host Workday, the leader in Cloud Based Human Capital Management, and help them to celebrate another great year.   What is most exciting about hosting Workday is that they put a large focus on company culture and developing a sense of fun for their employees and customers.

Since the inception of Workday, Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri have focused on building the best company culture and they exemplify that in their Core Values.   This team, from the Boulder office, certainly exemplified those values in everything they did.

We hope you can feel the camaraderie of the team and understand what makes Workday the leader in company culture.   If you’d like to instill that kind of passion in your culture, please do reach out to us and we’d love to help you energize a world-class culture of success.

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.

Global Food Corporation and CBST Adventures Donate $13K to Youth Outdoor Program

We’re excited to announce that at our Community Camper team build event in Keystone, Colorado, Cargil, a global food provider corporation, donated $13,000 worth of outdoor camping gear to Keystone Science School, an outdoor-driven science program for youth!

This is an incredible act of generosity and social impact that we feel fortunate to have helped make happen with Cargil. To learn more about the event and Cargil’s contribution, check out the video here!

ARTICLE SHARE: Harvard Business School Discusses How Changing Culture Requires a Movement

In this latest edition of CBST Adventures’ article share, we are sharing a recent article from the Harvard Business School discussing culture change. The article follows a case study of Dr. Reddy’s, a 33-year-old global pharmaceutical company.

Dr. Reddy’s CEO, G.V. Prasad, shares his first-hand account of how he brought about culture change in his company through partnering with innovation consultancy IDEO. Through this experience, Dr. Reddy’s learned to change the culture by creating an organic movement rooted in behavior and action and initiated by company executives and leaders.

This article is an absolutely fascinating read and has numerous implications for leadership development and team building. We couldn’t help but share it with the CBST Adventures community and we hope you enjoy it!

https://hbr.org/2017/06/changing-company-culture-requires-a-movement-not-a-mandate?utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

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!

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE VIDEO: Global Food Provider Corporation Team Builds and Changes Lives

At CBST Adventures, we’re always trying new and inventive ways to tell our stories and the stories of our clients. Today’s post features a short film recapping an experience for a client. We hope you enjoy it and please share your feedback with us on any of our social channels!

To give you a little background on the video, we recently created an experience for Cargil, a global food provided cooperation based out of Minnesota. Cargil’s requested theme for this event was reaching new heights so we put them through our Community Camper Competition as this is a great day of camping-related activities that challenges people to step out of their comfort zone and maybe do some things they wouldn’t otherwise.

Rather than share the details of the event and spoil the video, we highly encourage you to check out some amazing footage we captured from the event. The last thing we’ll mention is that there was a social impact component to the event. Pay close attention to learn how Cargil chose to make a difference through this team building experience.

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.

Growing Leadership Development Company Experiences the Perfect Team-Build

What do Leadership Development Consulting companies do when they need some team building and a little outside time? They come to CBST Adventures. We love when we get to work with companies who are as passionate about leadership development and team dynamics as we are. Such was the case when we put on an event for The Regis Company in Keystone. The Regis Company is a leadership development and coaching company that had brought 20 of their clients and 20 of their employees up to Keystone for a company conference. Our event was the team building portion of the conference and we were asked to incorporate the conference theme of ‘Thinking Forward.’ We love getting to do this integration with companies as it helps us ensure continuity with their meetings and also provide the highest level of impact for the participants!

In the spirit of anticipating the future, we decided to put the team through a customized progressive and forward thinking version of our mega popular Tactical Tablet event. The group of 30 participants first broke into teams and we kicked off the event with a friendly little game of Disc Golf. It’s a great opening primer that allows teams to warm up the muscles and get ready for a day’s worth of activity. We then started the tablet adventure and each team was given one GPS-enabled tablet and had to complete 62 questions for the day as part of the tablet challenge. As we modified this challenge specifically for the theme of the company’s meeting, we added in 10 questions that addressed key ideas, messages, and takeaways from their conference. Yep, we made people ‘walk and chew gum at the same time’ but everyone did great!

After all the teams completed the Tactical Tablet challenge, they returned to their resort in Keystone for the final activity, Rodeo Ramblers. For this activity, participants put on the goofiest cowboy hats we could find and then hop on inflatable mini-horses for a wild ride of rounding up stationary cattle steers. The sheer image of seeing adults wearing these ridiculous hats flailing around on inflatable horses is worth a thousand laughs (see the Facebook pics for the proof) and that’s why we do it. We have found, and research shows, that teams that have fun and laugh together, are more productive, have greater engagement at work, and overall are happier employees. Thus, we try to create fun-filled, laughter creating experiences and games like Rodeo Ramblers at nearly every event.

Once the day was over – you could just feel the joy in the air amongst the group. Teams did a little problem solving, got outside, laughed at one another, and overall had a great time! In our opinion, these are the ideal kind of team builds as they make for lasting experiences that people will take back with them to the office. Whether it’s reminiscing about a funny thing that happened or connecting with a colleague that someone didn’t know very well, it’s these type of interactions that we love to help create because we know they may not have happened otherwise and, more over, they change companies for the better.

If you interested in creating a fun-filled, team building experience for your company, reach out to us. We’d be happy to talk through what an event for your company would look like.

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