PSCU’s Relationship Development team learned that some corporate team building activities are more rewarding and impactful than others after presenting 12 children from the Boys & Girls Club of New Orleans with new bikes on April 28. The gleaming two-wheelers were assembled during a competitive exercise at the group’s recent quarterly meeting.
PSCU and the credit unions in the Louisiana area worked with the Boys & Girls Club of New Orleans to select 12 deserving boys and girls ages 8 to 12 to be the proud new owners of the black and pink bikes. PSCU’s builders knew the bikes would be given to the Boys & Girls Club, but had no idea the children would be coming to the meeting to receive them.
“The emotions and gratitude from the children when they saw the bikes was overwhelming,” said Sean Diamond, PSCU EVP of Relationship Development. “The moment made all of us reflect on how fortunate we are and also what a huge difference we can make in people’s lives.”
The bikes were assembled by six teams of eight people who had to work through various business problems and questions to acquire the parts and tools needed to build the bikes. Thinking their work was done with the completion of the last bike, the teams were surprised with what happened when the meeting room doors were opened.
“The look of joy and delight on the faces of the boys and girls when they rushed in was a moving experience for us all,” said Diamond. “But the reactions of our own team were equally memorable. It took our team building exercise to a much more personal level than we expected.” PSCU’s Relationship Development team plans to make activities around giving back to the community a regular part of its quarterly business meetings going forward.
About PSCU: Established in 1977, PSCU (St. Petersburg, Fla.) is the nation’s leading credit union service organization (CUSO) and serves more than 1,500 financial institutions nationwide. The company is owned by nearly 700 member credit unions representing 16.5 million credit, debit, prepaid, online bill payment, mobile and electronic banking accounts. Comprehensive 24/7/365 member support is delivered through four contact centers located throughout the United States that handle more than 18 million inquiries a year.
Through a focus on collaboration and initiatives to mine the collective intelligence from all corners of the cooperative, PSCU’s Member-Owners are positioned at the leading edge of innovation. The combination of PSCU’s commitment to leadership in mobility and excellence in risk management, strategic consulting and technology creates PSCU’s foundation for the strongest partnerships with its Member-Owners. For more information, visit the PSCU website at www.pscu.com.
Jim Major, PSCU
Phone: (800) 443-7728 ext. 4189
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