The Fairmont leadership team had planned an annual sales rally program with an overarching objective to celebrate a successful year and keep the momentum going while giving managers a chance to play together and bond as a team. The team looked to us for ideas and were thrilled at our focus on participant engagement. Based on their format, budget, and objectives we suggested Name that Tune to kick off the conference and Mud Pie Kitchens for Kids as their team building activity.
Our 30 minute Name that Tune kick off activity immediately broke down barriers, got people involved, and was lots of fun. Roger Haskett hosted the activity and then effortlessly transitioned a big boisterous room into a a group primed for learning, networking, and actively contributing to the success of the conference.
Fairmont wanted to finish the conference with a team building activity that everyone would enjoy, could see tangible results, and could take place on property. We suggested our brand new Mud Pie Kitchens for Kids team building activity and they were thrilled they could accomplish their own team development objectives all while also giving back to the local community. Fairmont is known for their CSR and this was a unexpected win-win for them.
Teams built natural mudpie kitchens out of wood and reclaimed materials to donate to local, at-risk daycares. Our facilitators began the activity by highlighting the benefits of play to childhood development and to team building as a concept.
Teams of 10 won pre-cut packages of wood and supplies by answering trivia questions and constructed the kitchens with the help of our carpentry experts. Each team was given a theme to base their kitchen on (e.g. community, family, the alphabet, the environment…). Team-members were designated specific roles (drilling screws, choosing supplies, painting, decorating the kitchen) and were encouraged to work together and be creative in their designs.
Close to the end of the activity, the facilitator stopped the group for a ‘collaboration break’ - noting that competition comes naturally, but collaboration is something we need to constantly work hard at. Teams did a short collaboration exercise as a large group, then were asked to help out other teams to ensure that all kitchens are at their best before being delivered to daycares.
At the end of the activity the top teams were recognized and the Facilitator did a final debrief solidifying the impact these donations have on the kids and reflecting on the educational and team building goals of the day.
We were pleased to donate 10 mud pie kitchens to at-risk daycares in Vancouver while helping the Fairmont teams to build relationships, collaborate, and learn from one another during this unique team building activity. The response from both Fairmont and the daycares was overwhelmingly positive: