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Team Building With Yale

  • Sophie
  • 29th November 2016

Yale's team building plan

Who: Yale Lock Manufacturers


What: Team building on the Go Ape Forest Segway Experience


When: A very hot day in July


Where: Forest of Dean


Now onto the good stuff. Every so often, we receive a case study that reminds us why we offer team building experiences to the glorious people of Britain. This year, we had the pleasure of Yale in the trees and their tribe's feedback is enough to bring a tear to the eye.


Sit back, peel a banana, and prepare to be immersed in Yale's forest segway adventures.

The first-hand story from Yale (tissues at the ready *sniff sniff*)

Well what can I say, it started in a small room on a hot sunny day (31 degrees) with no ventilation and a few issues that needed to be aired. After about an hour we decided that if we didn't get out of the room the end result of what was supposed to be a problem solving day was about to finish with more issues than we started with!

Later that morning we brought lunch forward and had 30 minutes rest to recharge and rehydrate. The topic of the events soon came up and as nobody had been told what event we were doing, conspiracies started flying around covering such events as the usual (boring) round of golf to a trip around the local Chepstow Castle, but my lips stayed sealed.

Temperatures outside and in the room seemed to get worse through the afternoon, when eventually things broke down and the meeting brought to an early finish due to nobody giving way and the fact that nothing had been achieved. This now led me on to the daunting fact I was about to send 6 men and 1 woman to a team bonding session on Segways and didn't want them to be running each other over!

This now leads me on to the part "Well what can I say?" The news announcement came with, what I can only describe as complete shock and a real feeling of something new that hadn't been done before by any of the group (extra point to me).

All aboard the forest segways

We bundled into cars and headed off to Mallards Pike. This is a fantastic spot to visit even without the Go Ape experience due to the peace and quiet, something I or the team hadn't had all day.

We rolled up to the guys and girls at the cabin and were instantly greeted with a warm hello and introduction to the team. At this point I noticed we were all standing together and for the first time communicating on a more personal level.

15 minutes later, after the training session to ensure we all understood the rules and would be safe on the Segways, we were off into the woods. Again I noticed that two of the group members who, for want of a better expression, don't see eye to eye were laughing at one another and a real sense that we had moved on from a very difficult day came to me. This was further enforced to me as we stopped half way round when the group leader wanted to check we were all OK and happy to continue and the two colleagues in question asked each other for a selfie!!!

The long ride home

At this point we are on the last stretch when people were asking if they have spaces should we do it again! This is a first for any event I have ever attended or arranged and that meant the day was considered to be a success.

After the event we all had a beer brought by me in a cooler (1 more point) by the lake and at this point things that had been an issue during the day were conceded and from that we managed to enter into a contract with a major retailer, that allowed us to maintain the expected growth for this year. I can say that we will be back!

Thanks for a brilliant day and for the team bond we now share.

What a result! We're very proud of what we do, and the teams we help bring together. We're thrilled that Yale had a tree-mendous team building experience and look forward to seeing them again.

Can you see your tribe swinging through the trees together? Reap all the benefits of, some "tribe time" and request a quote today for a team building day with a difference.

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