Teams from Abbott collaborate to create a Big Picture

Published on 3 Jul 2018

Outcomes: Communication, Building Trust, and Embracing Change.

As part of their internal strategy meeting in Hong Kong, leading global healthcare company Abbott Laboratories engaged Team Building Asia to provide a fun and unique team experience with a common goal. Held at the Crown Plaza at Tseung Kwan O, the senior management team built stronger bond and trust as they completed The Big Picture and Flat Out Formula One.

The Big Picture involves participants being divided into smaller groups, each responsible for painting two canvases. They were given plans for what’s to go on the canvases but there were elements missing – to maintain excitement. One canvas is drawn and the other is blank.

The Abbott teams had to liaise with their neighbours to find out how to complete their canvas, get the right colours and join up the lines correctly. All this networking took place, while at the same time team never knew what the whole painting would look like.

After some tactful paint swapping and creative artwork, teams made their way outside to have a coffee and complete the back to work debrief. At the same time, our team of event marshals put together the canvases for the unveiling.

Shortly afterwards, participants came to witness the fruits of their work as the canvass came down to the explosion of party poppers, streamers and their own cries of excitement and amazement.

This huge art installation is now proudly on display in Abbott’s corporate offices and each participant was given a smaller souvenir glossy copy of the specially created artwork for Abbott’s very special celebration.

“The Big Picture activity is inspiring and really demonstrated what having a common goal and effective communication and collaboration can do. There was lots of good discussion during the debrief which provided some insights and action points that was immediately applicable back at the workplace. And our Big Picture which is now hanging proudly at our office reminds us every day of what we are capable of as one team.”
Johnny Song, General Manager, Abbott Laboratories China

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