This Corporate Team Building Event was Paramount For Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente, a nationwide medical consortium, knows the value of a corporate team building event. They have been working towards bettering their team for more than a decade. Kaiser Permanente has called on the give back activity Helping Hands more than once over the last decade. During their most recent event, they wanted to focus on celebrating the Kaiser Permanente team, but no one had any idea what they were in for.

When 115 of Kaiser’s corporate team came together they thought it was just going to be another corporate team building event where someone would just talk at them in an attempt at inspiration. They expected the lecture but were not informed of the event’s activities. “The surprise element of it created just the right level of tension, just the right level of uncertainty,” says Pat Courneya, executive vice president for quality and chief medical officer for Kaiser Permanente.

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This surprise was the building of LN-4 prosthetic hands to be donated to amputees around the world as part of the Helping Hands program and project. Many of the participants were surprised and delighted to find that they were going to be giving back to someone in need. “The need for these hands is enormous,” says Bill John, Odyssey Teams co-founder, and the event facilitator. “There are still six million more people waiting to receive one.” Finding Meaning Is As Simple As Giving Back.

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“Experiences in environments like this are pretty common where somebody stands up like you did, tells a story, helps us get some insights, and helps us think differently about the work that we do. But, you don’t very often get a chance to create something that you know is going to make a difference for somebody else too,” says Courneya

Odyssey Teams has distributed over 23,000 prosthetic hands through its Helping Hands give back activity. “I think it helped me,” says Courneya “and it helped us draw a connection to the meaning of the work that we do and how it touches on our own hearts because of the difference we make.”

Many of the participants echoed the same electric feeling that Pat Courneya experienced. Corporate team building experiences don’t have to be a lecture. They can and should be a celebration of the team and what they can do for the end users, or the company’s clients.

David Furr, a financial analyst for Kaiser, said. “This brought to our attention that we can really affect people in our lives. So, it really makes me think more about what we do on a larger scale.”