Corporate Teamwork in Unexpected Places: Fireworks

“The best teamwork comes from men [or women] who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” –James Cash Penney

Chances are that at some point during last week’s July fourth holiday, you saw some fireworks.  Whether live or on television, those exploding balls of color, timed perfectly to a rousing American anthem, are a standard part of this celebratory day. This article in The Chicago Tribune talks about a team you might not have considered while you were oohing and aahing over the display: the pyrotechnics company that puts it all together.

And they’re not just explosion junkies, either. One member of the Melrose Pyrotechnics team, Jon Gesse, has a background in music and carefully puts together the songs that become the soundtrack to the show. Other designers match the timing of each launch precisely to the moment it should fit in – over 2000 times for this year’s show.  It takes a thirteen-member team to put together the Navy Pier fireworks display, with a lot of expertise, a lot of teamwork, and, we’d bet, a lot of all the skills our corporate event programs strengthen!

Art of Giving: Video of the Week

Think your workplace has done every possible charitable CSR program? Consider our spectacular Art of Giving program, particularly perfect for teams who are not seeking a physically challenging event. As you can see in the video, our unique process is all but foolproof, allowing participants to have fun and be creative while still producing a beautiful final mural. And when the artwork is gifted to a worthy local hospice or public care facility, everyone wins.

The Importance of a Strong Team

“No man is wise enough by himself.” –Titus Maccius Plautus

Even back in 250BC, Plautus (quoted above) knew that it took a team to move a project, an idea, a civilization forward; no man – or woman – could achieve enough knowledge on his or her own to accomplish it all alone. Has anything changed in the ensuing years? Have centuries of technological advances put us in an era where Plautus’ words no longer hold true? Some might argue that one 21st century man, with the knowledge of the world findable via the phone in his pocket, is wise indeed. But if his Wi-Fi or satellite connection goes out, doesn’t the fact that he can barely remember his best friend’s phone number let alone formulas, translations, or other important data mean that it was the phone, not the man himself, we might consider wise?

It takes a team – usually the one within our workplace, but also the larger network of website contributors – to truly have the combined wisdom required to make important decisions or move society forward. Innovation comes from teamwork. We here at Best TeamBuilding and Corporate Events are in the business of bringing these teams together, stronger than ever, and we believe doing so leads to strong groups that take big steps. It’s our little way of proudly helping make the world a better place.

SmartHunts®: Video of the Week

There are a lot of reasons that SmartHunts® are a step beyond a regular old phone-based scavenger hunt, and every one of those reasons contributes to why we’re the only choice for a company seeking a high-tech, high-energy program.  See those iPads throughout the video below? We provide those to every participating team, pre-loaded with our proprietary app, which no other team building company offers. While other folks rely on text, our SmartHunts can use video, photos, mapping, QR codes, messaging, and interactive clues to create an experience unlike any other!

Progressive Networking Events: Video of the Week

We’re large group specialists here at Best TeamBuilding and Corporate Events, offering many programs to a thousand participants or more, but whether your group is 80 or 800, this Progressive Networking program is incredibly powerful. As you can see in the video, there are numerous rotations from group to group, so people are meeting, interacting with, learning about, and getting to trust multiple colleagues in a row. It’s speed networking and it works! Companies who have recently merged or brought on new staff, or those whose existing bonds could use some strengthening, will find this program to be a perfect fit. The energy in the room is simply stunning!

BizBash Features Best TeamBuilding’s SmartHunts

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” -Mattie Stepanek

When BizBash, one of the top news sources for event planning and ideas, recently wrote an article about the future of scavenger hunts being in high-tech options, we knew we were doing something right. In fact, we are the only team building company to offer iPads® with a proprietary SmartHunts app to every team who takes part in a SmartHunt, and BizBash interviewed us about that, ultimately putting us first on their list of Digital Scavenger Hunts. We agree that they are “a great way to get people interacting and collaborating” – and our years of experience perfecting our iPad app and refining our programs mean that we are ready to rock even large groups and teams based in multiple cities!

Pipeline: Video of the Week

If your company has deliverables that go through many departments before they are completed, Pipeline is the program for you. It’s easy to see in the video below that teams are not only communicating, planning, and problem solving together, but are also collaborating with the other teams, forming a cohesive whole. It’s a great analogy for what many companies do every day, and Pipeline truly works when it comes to goal setting and then achieving those goals successfully. Plus, it’s a chance to play with marbles! (Who could say no to that?)

SmartHunts Introduces Entertainment Hunts in Las Vegas

SmartHunts were already the most high-tech team building scavenger hunts offered anywhere – no other company offers iPads to every team with the proprietary SmartHunts app that offers challenges, tracks points, and collects photos and videos in real-time!  Now, we’ve upped the ante, in sizzling Las Vegas, with added entertainment that’s truly “outside the box”.  Teams start in our partner company’s locations (Planet Hollywood® or Bucca di Beppo®) and interact with incredible celebrity look-a-likes on their journey that truly brings the activities to life.  It’s team building like never before, and of course includes a full meal in addition to all the fun.

Check out Planet Hollywood’s Celebrity SmartHunt and Buca di Beppo’s Dinner with the Mob SmartHunt, plus lots more about our other high-tech corporate events, at smarthunts.com!

Medal Games: Video of the Week

For teams with lots of energy who are ready for a physical challenge, we offer the very popular program Medal Games, which takes groups through a multitude of fun activities designed to bright about trust and creative problem solving. We’re often asked whether the winners truly win medals and the answer is: YES! Whether or not there are actual podiums at the location, every member of the top three teams receives a real medal, placed grandly over his or her head, in celebration of their group’s teamwork. Check out the amazing time being had by all in this video.

High-Tech Team Building with Free iPad® Upgrade

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” –Henry Ford

Best TeamBuilding now offers our most popular charitable programs with iPads® at no additional cost! We are not only the nation’s largest team building company, but also the only one that offers our proprietary iPad app to supplement many of our incredible programs. Those who order Bike Build Donation, Charity Mini-Golf, or We Care for Kids, amongst many other charitable CSR options, get the free iPad upgrade included. We’re proud to offer the most high-tech team building available anywhere, and teams appreciate the bonus of this powerful green (no paper) and challenging (trivia and other brain-food activities) addition to our charitable programming!