Life Cycles

Life Cycles – The original, first of its kind team bike building process where participants make a bicycle for a child - followed by that child walking right into the doors of the program itself!

Odyssey Teams pioneered the Life Cycles bike building program in 2000 and changed the team building paradigm forever. It is a give back activity where teams work together to assemble bicycles for children. At face value, it seems so simple, but it’s much more. Odyssey’s expert facilitator’s use the experience as a business simulation to develop teams and leaders. More than 80,000 employees of the world’s largest corporations from Australia to Russia and throughout North America have constructed in excess of 18,000 bikes for children, simultaneously transforming the way they think about their work.

Paying it forward creates a ripple effect that the Life Cycles bicycle building program exemplifies perfectly. Experience firsthand the value of collaboration, customer-centricity, quality, and innovation. By creating something of value and passing it on to the end-user your team will experience corporate team building like no other. Available in both Life Cycles LIVE (with an Odyssey Teams expert facilitator) and the new DIY Life Cycles Team Building kit.

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Life Cycles, the original bike building workshop is the award-winning, turn-key program facilitated by Odyssey Teams.
It is an Odyssey and client favorite. Nothing comes close to having this much of an impact inside and out of your organization.

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Life Cycles Live Program

The Why of Our Work

Bill John, President/CEO explains:

Life Cycles was a game changer in our company and industry. My Odyssey colleagues had thought of an idea of building bikes as a metaphor for purpose in the workplace – a chance to demonstrate teamwork and collaboration and then donate the bikes to kids after the program. As the lead facilitator for this first program, I was learning more about the challenges and marketplace of the client. In my discovery, it became clear they had lost sight of the customer. They were so focused on systems, they had forgotten the fundamental purpose that drove their results, processes, and relationships. The lightbulb went on and I knew it would not be powerful enough to just donate the bikes. This client, these participants, needed to see the face of their customer.
I arranged to have the children enter the room – to the complete surprise of the group. The results were profound. In the debrief, participants discussed lessons that went beyond all of our greatest expectations.

We have continued to shape the Life Cycles experience to yield ever more powerful lessons. And it never gets old hearing the hundreds, if not thousands, of people coming up to us after the program explaining: “I have been with this company for X years and have seen everything, I was thinking ‘another team building, ugh’… this was such a great surprise – the best program I have ever been through. Thank you.”

People were ready for something more relevant, memorable, and lasting. Life Cycles, what a great part of our client’s Odyssey. If it’s not been a part of yours yet, contact us and see what all the talk is about.

The Process

Before Life Cycles Event:

The Life Cycles program, like all of our give back activities, starts by identifying the specific business goals and core company values the team building program will deliver upon. A conference call will be set-up with a tenured facilitator to discuss specific messaging, desired learning objectives, interactive components, and pacing of the Life Cycles™ bike building program.

During the Life Cycles Event:

Session I – Icebreaker /Introduction:

Group participation, engagement, and application are emphasized in this powerful opening as we relate them to specific business values as identified in the meeting before the event. Communication, purpose-driven work, and customer-centered thinking are the foundation for success in the Life Cycles program. Whether you book a live program or purchase a DIY team building kit the benefits are endless.

Session II – Start wrenching: The teams begin to engage in experiential learning through collaboration as the bicycles are assembled in teams.

Session III – Project End: Clean-up begins and preparations are made to present the finished bicycles. Expert bicycle safety technicians will double check every part of every bicycle prior to being donated to the children.

Session IV – Surprise Guests: This is the most emotionally packed part of this give back activity. All the bicycles are finished and lined up. Then we surprise every team member by bringing in children from the local Boys and Girls Club or YMCA that the bicycles will be donated to. Participants witness as the children strapped on their helmets and ride the bicycle for the first time. The teams get to see the children’s reactions, and they can ask them about their opinions and feelings.

Session V – Debrief / Transference: Watching the children smile as they ride their bikes stirs a strong emotional response. It is at this moment that the team connects what they have done to the how and WHY they have done it. The Odyssey Team Facilitator then asks everyone to connect the team building revelations with who the team member is personally, how they perform in their job, and what their life’s goals are. This is the most powerful part of the give back activity.

Session VI – Tipping Points™: Tipping Points are original quotes, lessons, and comments that the teams write down at the end of the give back activities. We then email everyone in the group a quote a day to help tip individuals and teams into better performances. Sometimes organizers post tipping points around the office or distribute them in newsletters for the entire group over a period of time.

Session VII – Close.

Testimonials

“Our Summit last week was extraordinary. The Life Cycles program completely hit the mark on all that we talked about at the summit before you and your team came in. I greatly appreciate the investment of our time the week before to tell you how our event was coming together and what we wanted to accomplish. I have been continuously receiving feedback about our event being on point and on message at every turn.”

-V.P. Marketing

PepsiCo

FAQ

How much time does it take? Two hours = Minimum. Three hours = Powerful context, ample integration, and application. Four hours = Transformational.

Should we keep the bikes and children a surprise for the attendees? Absolutely. Because we use the experience as a simulation for business the surprise element allows the experience to more powerfully reflect the metaphor of product and customer.

What time of the day should we do the program? Afternoon whenever possible. This will avoid complications and the challenge of having children miss school.

How much space is needed? The ideal set-up is 30 square feet per participant with chairs in theater/chevron style. We have worked with a multitude of venue sizes and spaces with more and less than the ideal of 30sq. ft. per participant.

How many bikes will we donate? One bike set (Raleigh/Diamondback Bicycle, Helmet and Lock) per five participants.

What is the min/max group size? We’ve done Life Cycles for as few as 15 and as many as 3,200 and could go higher with the right combination of venue/space etc.

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Life Cycles DIY Kit

The original bike building team building program – training overlaid with philanthropy

The Original Bike Building Program

Bill John, President/CEO explains:

Life Cycles was a game changer in our company and industry. My Odyssey colleagues had thought of an idea of bike building as a metaphor for product in the workplace – a chance to demonstrate teamwork and collaboration and then donate the bikes to kids after the program. As the lead facilitator for this first program, I was learning more about the challenges and marketplace of the client. In my discovery, it became clear they had lost sight of the customer. They were so focused on systems, they had forgotten the fundamental purpose that drove their results, processes, and relationships. The light bulb went on and I knew it would not be powerful enough to just donate the bikes. This client, these participants, needed to see the face of their customer.

I arranged to have the children enter the room – to the complete surprise of the group. The results were profound. In the debrief, participants discussed lessons that went beyond all of our greatest expectations.

We have continued to shape the Life Cycles experience to yield ever more powerful lessons. And it never gets old hearing the hundreds, if not thousands, of people coming up to us after the program explaining: “I have been with this company for X years and have seen everything, I was thinking ‘another team building, ugh’…this was such a great surprise – the best program I have ever been through. Thank you.”

People were ready for something more relevant, memorable, and lasting. Life Cycles. What a great part of our client’s Odyssey. If it has not been a part of yours yet, contact us and see what all the talk is about.

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