Teambuilding. What comes to mind?

Just a way to spend the day? What about an investment into the future? No matter what teambuilding experiences you may have done before, none of it compares to a teambuilding program with Odyssey Teams, Inc. Odyssey not only provides hands on teamwork and applicable life application, but has found a way to incorporate philanthropy and make investments in the future.
Building a bike for a kid that has never had one before is one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime, in my opinion, one that every person should have. Building a bike that is donated to a kid is a very memorable experience. Watching the kids face light up as they see their brand new bike that was built just for them is a once in a lifetime experience. Additionally, each child learns about the importance of gratitude and appreciation. Many of these kids never thought that they could have a bike that they could call their own. With Odyssey and their teambuilding experience, not only do they provide a bike, but the investment into a kid’s life that says they are worth it. It speaks volumes to parents and volunteers that companies would take time out of their day to build a bike and donate it to their kid. Every person leaves the program smiling and ready to go out and do a little more good in their day. So far 10,000 bikes have been given away… imagine the return on that investment.

Yesterday the pigs got out.

Yesterday the pigs got out. We are all getting ready to go to work, school, the gym and get our day started and 10 year old Adam ran out back to feed our 5 pigs. After looking out the kitchen window, it was taking way longer than usual, I went out to check on him. There he was sitting on a stool crying while 2 of the pigs were running around. Totally helpless. Now, when a pig gets loose (since you all have experienced this, I’m sure) its hard to get it back in the pen by yourself. They like to run around and need to be guided on 3 sides to pointing them where to go and tap them on the shoulder to keep them focused and prod them along. After wiping some tears, Adam and I corralled the pigs and got them back where they needed to be. We walked back to the house with my arm around his shoulder more connected than we had been earlier that morning.
Sometimes in life the pigs get out, and our first reaction is to sit on a stool totally helpless. Remember, there are people there that want to help you and get you back on track. We don’t need to live life alone, doing everything by ourselves. There are people out there, guiding us on all sides tapping us on the shoulder and making sure we get back to where belong, because they care for you and want the best for you. You may relate to any person in this story, but know that which ever one you are your role is incredibly important. The journey begins…
Katie Connett,

Build something lately?

Something unique happens when a person builds something; a model airplane, a garden, a scrapbook, or woodworking project etc. Time and moods seem to shift and a sense of pride and accomplishment shows up when the builder steps back and looks at their tangible creation.
Team building is important. Teams nowadays have new members joining on and other members moving on. Change is in the mix at many levels. Teams can always use ‘time out’ to practice fundamentals, to get back on track, and realign. Often models, theories, and powerpoint presentations are the design of choice for these issues. We say, mix it up. Build something.
Build something real! Build a bike for a surprised tyke. Build a helping ‘Hand’ for a disabled youth. Build a playhouse for a youth center. Build a team in the process, and something ‘real’. Feel the difference.
Communication, networking, strategy, decision making, leadership skills and development all happen naturally as people and teams build things together. We’ve seen this happen time an again for all sizes and types of groups in our Life Cycles, Helping Hands, and Playhouse Project programs. The bonus is that the learning is anchored with an emotional/visceral feeling of pride, camaraderie, and the sense of making a difference.
So when teambuilding is in order for a sales meeting, a launch, a boost, an acknowledgement, or a quick realignment to what really is important for self, team, and business. Mix it up. Build something real!

Helping Hands, inspired by Odyssey’s Life Cycles bike building program focuses on prosthetic ‘hands’ and teamwork

Click here to go directly to the Helping Hands and Life Cycles-Bike building programs. Join us in pushing your team’s potential as Odyssey pushes the envelope of teambuilding with our new program Helping Hands™. The product of a magical meeting of the minds between Odyssey Owner Lain Hensley and Michael Mendonca, President of the LN-4 Project, Helping Hands will show your team how to step outside perceived limitations to the place of possibility. We’ll help you develop skills that go beyond the traditional definitions to authentic internal experiences of what it means to be successful.
In this program, we combine curriculum, activities and key note addresses with the cooperative problem-solving exercise of actually assembling brand new, highly functional prosthetic hands that will be distributed to disabled children in Developing Nations. This powerful combination leverages the hyperbolic speed of change and technology and resurrects the essence of community involvement. We call it believing beyond the evidence. It’s revolutionary, because it’s evolutionary. It takes who we are and helps us imagine, and in turn, manifest, who we could be. It’s a skill reserved for people, businesses and organizations who are driven to achieve their full potential. We think that’s you.
We’re excited and honored to be part of something as big and beautiful as Helping Hands™. If you are new to Odyssey or if your team has already been inspired by our Life Cycles™ bicycle building teambuilding or other workshops, we invite you to call and learn more about our brand new program. Together, we can change the world.

Why can’t a bike built by a team for children stand up on its own? Because it’s two tired

Have you often noticed that from the outside everything looks bright, shiny, strong, and new – like a brand new bike? Then when looking closely realize there isn’t a kickstand to hold it up, nor a person to give it support for it’s ultimate use?
People on teams need support; even if they are over there by themselves looking ‘OK’. Is it safe enough for them to say ‘help, please’? Are you in tune enough to notice they’re off their game and offer them help?
Teambuilding programs such as Odyssey’s Life Cycles – bicycle building program provide opportunities for people to practice asking for help and for helping others. People are willing to do so because the teambuilding environment is politically level and because the tasks are mostly new for everyone involved. There is ‘no shame’ in asking for help…even if it’s “How do I build a bike? Also, people don’t get an ‘I’m good, I can do it alone’ response when they are offered a helping hand. It’s safe, thus, more people are willing to offer support and wisdom and ask for it too.
So whether you’re going to build a bike or not…keep your eye on what systems or what people are in place to let that piece of potential reach its maximum. Make it safe for someone to say “I need a kickstand” or “let me help you get that bike going”.

It's Powerful Stuff.


WHEN PEOPLE FEEL LIKE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.