TeamBuilders Named to Provide a Series of Training Sessions for United Way of Tampa Bay Workplace Coordinators

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The sessions include the construction of Rube Goldberg-like machines that work “much harder than they need to.”

TeamBuilders, a Tampa Bay-based performance development company, announced today it is conducting a series of training sessions for United Way of Tampa Bay workplace coordinators. The sessions, which include the construction of a series of Rube Goldberg-like machines, are designed to help the coordinators explain the benefits of giving to the United Way.

The first session was held in early July. The second session was Thursday, July 27, at the University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center. Two more sessions are planned, one at Tech Data in Clearwater later this month and another at the IBM offices at Rocky Point in Tampa in September.

Stephen Ponzillo, director of government relations for United Way of Tampa Bay, said the TeamBuilders training sessions are quite different from the training United Way has provided in the past.

“We’ve done training (for workplace coordinators) for many years,” Ponzillo said. “These TeamBuilder sessions are not so much focused on the ABCs as they are on the quality of the experience that we want to provide in these workplaces. In other words, what sort of experiences can we provide that will be valuable to the workplace campaigns, and beneficial in the long run.”

To Nick Conner, TeamBuilders’ Vice President of Program Development and COO, that meant designing a program that would demonstrate, among other things, how simple goals and tasks can sometimes devolve into complex executions that don’t work very well.

That’s what led to the Rube Goldberg idea.

“Rube believed that there were two ways to do things, the simple way and the hard way, and that a surprising number of people preferred doing things the hard way,” Conner explained.

The TeamBuilders exercise, named The Rube Goldberg Experience, unleashes several teams of people armed with a very unlikely array of materials, tools and gizmos. The teams have to use the materials to build a machine that can carry out a simple task, hopefully in as complicated a manner as possible.

“Participants get first hand experience at building a machine that works much harder than it needs to, to accomplish a simple task,” Conner said.

Besides the Rube Goldberg exercise, the TeamBuilders program will focus on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership:

  •      Modeling the Way: Walking the talk

  •     Challenging the Process: Doing different to accomplish more
  •     Inspiring a Shared Vision: Pie in the sky vision
  •     Enabling Others to Act: Empowering and motivating
  •     Encouraging the Heart: Having passion for success

For more information about UnitedWay Tampa Bay, visit http://www.uwtb.org/subpages/WCC_Workshop.asp

ABOUT TEAMBUILDERS: Founded in 1998 and based in Tampa Bay, Fla. and in New England, TeamBuilders is a leading performance development company which designs customized leadership, team and organizational performance development programs for groups of any size. The programs feature a combination of intellectual and interactive challenges, unique assessment tools and action planning sessions. Sessions are about doing different to do more. TeamBuilders has worked with organizations from small business to Fortune 50 companies throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Europe. It’s Mobile Learning Initiatives allow TeamBuilders to deliver programs at nearly any location in the country. For more information, call (727) 939-3606 or visit http://www.teambuilders.com.

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