I received an email earlier in the Autumn from a contact in Toulouse to see if I could help with a teambuilding event for a client of his. Somehow the Procurement Team from EADS latched onto the concept of performing a Free Procurement Audit for Charities as a way of developing their working practices for the remote working team.
I was asked to identify and engage 4 or 5 charities in the Chester area of the UK for the team to work with.
Though I did not facilitate the event in December in Chester, I did engage 5 charities for the team and prepared a comprehensive handover document for the team introducing the charities. The document included background, meeting times and directions, financial information, short & medium term plans and challenges in the next 12 months.
The event was a great success;
“On behalf of the Chair, Board of Directors and staff I would like to thank you and the EADS team for the time and expertise you have given to Save the Family. The team helped us to re-evaluate our processes and look at how we go about procurement. They did this in a very friendly and non-judgemental way. The feedback from the staff involved has been very positive indeed. Once again a big ‘thank you’ to you and the EADS team.”
I have been involved with many “real projects” for teambuilding where teams take on projects with real beneficiaries rather than role plays or business simulations. Examples include:
- BP Retail put on a circus for 400 school kids
- Velfac renovated outdoor play areas and installed a “trim trail” at a special school in Nottinghamshire
- Ernst & Young built an assault course for a Scout Association Camp Site
- HSBC put on a charity fund raising dinner & entertainment
- BP Exploration built a school in Gambia