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Month: August 2018

Since the beginning of time people have been involved with taking a team picture. Remember picture day at school? Your parents would dress you in your best attire and made sure your hair was styled perfectly. From your early years to your graduation from high school or college, each year in school was documented and remembered with your yearly picture.

Team pictures began with taking a picture with your childhood extracurricular activities. Whether it be with your first ballet class to your tee ball team. Team pictures have been captured since the beginning.  They still continue even after entering your career. Companies often schedule picture day to capture their team as a group. Knowing how much companies love pictures of their team, we’ve developed the easiest and most fun way to do this during our team building programs.

You get all the pictures!

Best Corporate Events offers over 20+ iPad driven programs where your team can capture all the fun they are having at their event. Thanks to the high-tech app we’ve developed, a variety of our programs come with iPad driven technology that is used throughout the event. And best of all, we provide the iPads!

Our iPad app is a combination of sightseeing, gaming, and laughter and can be delivered anywhere in North America. Teams have fun capturing the activities and different challenges. Our ever-popular City SmartHunt® is the perfect event for companies who want their group to explore a fun city. Your group will experience the cool interactive features of our SmartHunts app on Apple® iPads®.  The app utilizes text messaging, audio, video, FaceTime®, social media, QR codes, and GPS with built-in mapping to produce the coolest hunts ever! Teams will discover landmarks, parks, and museums all while taking photos and videos during the hunt.

Bike Build Donation® is our most popular charitable team building programs. Teams build bikes for less fortunate kids in the community. It’s also one of our programs that involve iPads where team members can capture all the fun and save the memories for years to come. We now offer two new versions of our famous Bike Build Donation® building bikes for kids of all ages. Tricycles for young children ages 1 to 5 years old and 26” Cruisers for teens ages 13 and up. At the end of the program, companies might capture a team picture with members of the charitable organization who attend the event to accept the donations.

At the conclusion of the event, we will email a link to your company contact that will contain all the team pictures, scores, and videos from your participating teams!

Today is Senior Citizen Day where we are reminded of the hardworking generations that came before us. Best is dedicated to offering over 17 CSR charitable team building programs; two of which help senior citizens!

Our CSR team building programs feature group activities designed to boost team spirit while giving back to the community. These uplifting events include activities, games, and challenges. The events result in the creation of items for donation to local and national charities. These charities are for the benefit of overseas soldiers, schools, the homeless, children, the elderly, and Alzheimer’s patients – to name a few.

Seniors by the numbers

Most people define “senior citizen” as a person over the age of 65. In 1950 there were 200 million people over 60 years old. By 2000 that number had tripled to nearly 600 million. By 2025 it is estimated that there will be over 1 billion older persons.

Seniors have a wealth of knowledge gained through their hard work and years of experience. They are a valuable asset to our community. It is our pleasure in offering programs that give back and help so many seniors in need.

A couple of featured programs

Our first featured program is Project Alzheimers™. Designed to help people living with Alzheimer’s, this program reawakens their souls through listening to their favorite music. Your group will compete in a fun competition which enables them to earn points.  The points help them to earn MP3 players and other items to be donated to the elderly. Local organizations receive the donations and are trained on how to set up the on MP3 players for those in their care. As the team’s gain points, other items earned include headphones, knot blanket kits, stuffed animal kits, markers, and all the tools necessary to complete the care packages.

Donating items that can change people’s quality of life will touch your group’s hearts and elevate morale. Our give back programs create lasting memories that are captured on Apple iPads we provide.  Following the event, we share a link that includes all the photos and videos captured on the iPads!

Build-a-Wheelchair®

Another popular program that helps seniors is our Build-a-Wheelchair®. Build-a-Wheelchair® is a corporate social responsibility program born out of a desire to help American veterans and others with various mobility challenges. In this fun and worthwhile program, groups use teamwork skills and iPads® activities to earn the materials necessary to assemble, test and decorate these new wheelchairs for donation.

The most special part of our CSR programs is at the end when someone from the charity comes to the event in person to accept the donations. It is an excellent opportunity hearing about each of the organizations and learning more about the recipients that we help.

So next time your company is looking for ways to participate in #SeniorCitizensDay, choose a team building program that boosts team spirits while helping others. Show your support and appreciation to seniors in the community and participate in a CSR charitable event.

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Leadership is probably not what people think of when they hear the words Disney movie. They more than likely have a brief flashback to when they were younger and the many loved characters. Disney movies are well loved. They are a popular choice among both children and adults alike. Not only are they entertaining, but they also contain valuable lessons that can be used in all aspects of life; from personal to business. One of these lessons is how to be a great leader.

Leaders play a prominent role in many Disney movies, and they often show that leaders don’t always fit into one specific mold. They can come in all shapes and sizes. One such film is The Lion King; it is filled with many examples of both good and bad leadership.

Leaders Come In All Sizes

From the very beginning of the movie, it is made clear that Mufasa, the King of the Jungle, is a great leader. Animals, ranging from the smallest to the largest, gather together to greet his newborn son, Simba. In a realistic situation, this would not happen, mainly because the majority of these animals are the lion’s natural prey.  But by showing the assembling of different animals allows the viewers to see that these animals respect Mufasa because he respects them. He has gained their trust.

As Joseph Lalonde writes, “Great leaders inspire people to action and to honor their leadership. The honor is given willingly. The honor is not forced.” This is exactly what Mufasa has done.

Once Simba is a bit older Mufasa explains to him that everything is connected through the Circle of Life. All creatures, no matter their size, are essential in helping maintain the balance of the land. A great leader will always appreciate and understand that everyone has an important role to play to keep their business running.

When Mufasa saves Simba from the elephant graveyard, he doesn’t punish him, instead, Mufasa uses it as a learning opportunity. He explains to Simba that his choice was a dangerous one and that it could have ended very badly. By telling Simba this, he is giving him the chance to learn from his mistakes and not repeat them. Part of being a great leader means accepting the fact that people will make mistakes, but also give them the chance to learn from them.

A Bad Leader

Scar is an excellent example of a bad leader, he uses terrible and conniving tactics to become the king and later places the blame on the hyenas when things go terribly wrong. A bad leader will never take responsibility for the problems that they’ve created, nor will they be willing to help fix them.

During Scar’s reign, the land gradually becomes greyer and bleeker. A complete opposite from the thriving and colorful land that existed when Mufasa was king. Animals that once roamed freely and happily either moved on to greener lands or have been eaten, thus resulting in the land turning barren. It is clear that the honor and trust that Mufasa had gained did not exist for Scar, there was only fear.

Scar only wanted the power of being king; he didn’t care about anything or anyone else. This is one of the many reasons why his kingship failed. A great leader knows that without an appreciated and happy team, his business will not succeed.

At first, it is uncertain if Simba will ever be capable of becoming a great leader like his father. As a cub, he doesn’t fully grasp the responsibilities of being king, thinking only of the freedom it will give him. He also takes a step towards becoming a poor leader when he believes Scar was telling him that it was his fault that his father died.

Instead of facing the consequences he runs away and hides in the jungle. Great leaders will own up to their mistakes, not cower in fear when something goes wrong.

Simba does begin to redeem himself when he befriends Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog. They put their trust in him, hoping that he won’t eat them, and this trust creates a lasting friendship. Not only does he treat them as equals, but they also work together as a partnership. This is one of the lessons that Mufasa had taught him. Everyone is important. By doing this Simba is taking a vital step towards becoming a great leader.

Years later he is found by Nala, his childhood best friend, and she reminds him that he must fulfill his duty. At first, Simba is dismissive; he knows all too well that returning to his home would mean confronting his past. Mufasa visits him in a vision, telling him: “You more than what you have become … You are my son and the one true king. Remember who you are.”

It is not until this moment that Simba realizes and understands that all of the teachings his father had given him are still inside of him. Great leaders may not always be aware of their potential, but when they have people who believe in them, combined with the knowledge they have gained from others, they can accomplish great things.

Simba receives one more push, well it’s actually a knock on the head before he fully accepts the fact that he is ready to become king and face the consequences of his past. Rafiki wisely tells him that: “…. the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or… learn from it.” Simba takes the baboon’s advice to heart. A great leader must be willing to listen and accept help.

As the famous saying goes “the truth will set you free,” and this is proven when Simba returns to Pride Rock and finds out that it was, in fact, Scar who killed his father. Empowered with this new knowledge, Simba can defeat him and take his rightful place as king. A great leader will not stand by and let a bad leader win; they will stand up for what is right.

When a company is led by someone who expects everything in return for nothing, it will not be able to flourish and succeed. But with leaders like Mufasa and Simba who are respectful and appreciative, who give and take advice, and are also willing to listen and learn, a company will be able to thrive.

Go out there and be a great leader!

Sources:

https://www.jmlalonde.com/leadership-lessons-quotes-disneys-lion-king/

http://lionking.org/scripts/Script.html#mufasa

When companies are trying to think of something to do to get their team together for some fun, they might consider team building. Many may wonder if the best choice is for indoor or outdoor team building activities.

In many locations, summer is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Most professionals work in an office building all day.  Therefore, people would appreciate the opportunity to get out, stretch their legs and get the blood flowing. But finding an event that suits all shapes, sizes and fitness levels can be challenging. The last thing a corporate event should do is make anyone feel excluded.

Check Out Our Lineup Of Outdoor Activities

Activities such as Team Olympics and Corporate Survivor are excellent choices.  These two events incorporate a wide range of activities involving skill, strategy, collaboration and of course, fun! By utilizing the philosophy of “Challenge by Choice,” each individual is given the ability to determine their own level of physical participation without missing out on any of the action.

One of my favorite outdoor team building activities is played with a giant slingshot. We broke into teams and were given an empty bucket, a slingshot, and water balloons. We had to launch the water balloons across a large lawn area to one of our team members.  The other team member was holding the bucket and attempting to catch the balloons. Needless to say, there were a lot of broken balloons and a lot of laughs. This same activity could be played with tennis balls if you prefer to keep everyone and everything dry.

Another fun event is the land ski team challenge. Imagine an entire team, sharing one giant set of skis. One person on the team has to act as the leader and coordinate everyone’s movement to make it across the field to the finish line. Teams will have to use coordination and communication to successfully cross the field swiftly without anyone tumbling over.

There are other activities that are more physical, like sack races and land raft. These activities always need cheerleaders and strategizers on the sidelines, giving everyone a chance to participate at some capacity.

So don’t be shy, plan to get outside and have some fun with one of our exciting outdoor team building activities. You never know, your team may win the gold!

The dog days of summer are dwindling, and schools are preparing for the return of their students. Children of all ages are getting ready, be it with new clothes, new backpacks, or even a new lunch box. Bring on those ‘Back to School!’ sales and tax-free days!

But even with the advantages of special sales and discounts, both parents and teachers alike have difficulties with being able to afford the costs of school items.

Not every family is capable of providing their children with the items they need for the new school year. There are times when they have to choose between either paying rent, providing food for their families, or buying school supplies. Usually, it’s the school supplies that get passed over, and even when this isn’t exactly the case sometimes the list of what a student is required to have can be overwhelming. It’s not just notebooks and pencils anymore! Now it can consist of binders, folders, crayons, markers, glue, scissors, and calculators.

The numbers!

The National Retail Federation has stated that according to a recent survey, parents of elementary age to high school age children will spend nearly $700, amounting in almost $30 billion in all.

Families aren’t the only ones that struggle though; teachers are also confronted with their own set of challenges. They deal with budget cuts and lack of school funding, and at times this leaves them no choice but to spend their own money to be able to provide their students with everything that they need to succeed in the school year.

According to an article in The New York Times, a shocking “94 percent of public school teachers in the United States reported paying for supplies without reimbursement in the school year that straddled 2014 and 2015.” From out of their own pocket these teachers spent nearly $500 to over a $1,000. The article also noted that the percentage did not differentiate from where the schools were located, nor the financial situations of the students.

Sadly this isn’t anything new, and this is an ongoing problem that seems to have no end in sight. There are ways that both families and teachers have found to make it through each school year, be it through donation programs or fundraisers.

You can help.

Do you want to help make a difference, but are not sure where to start? Want the members of your company be able to give-back to this worthy cause? Your group will love one of our team building programs that benefit children and schools. We offer We Care for Schools™, Build-a-Guitar®, and Kids Rock!™ These three corporate donation programs cater to schools and children in need and are an excellent way to have your group show their appreciation for educational providers, students, and administrators. All the items built will be donated to a local children’s organization, charity or school.

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