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The year-end business has been very successful for deal united, so at the beginning of January it was time for the next team event. The vote was again a landslide in support of sporty activities, so we decided to take to the slopes, but with a twist: skiers had to take snowboarding lessons and snowboarders had to learn to ski!
The day started bright and early at 6:30 a.m. at Munich’s central station, where our buses left for Garmisch-Patenkirchen. There, everyone received the right equipment, and after an hour of trying shoes, ski pants and ski jackets, we all were ready to go.
The groups split up, ski class up the mountain and snowboarders down below, and did some warm-ups and dry runs on the bunny slope under the watchful eye of the instructor. The next three hours passed with basics and first attempts to try a different bunny slope. Then everyone met for lunch to refuel and compare “war stories.”
The rest of the afternoon passed with brave and not-so-brave attempts to master the new sport. Some team members even took on one of the big runs down the mountain. Finally, it was time to return to the ski school and then make our way home.
Sore muscles seem to be a part of every deal united team event, but it was fun and everyone’s looking forward to the next challenge! At least nobody was seriously injured :)
A week before Christmas Eve, the deal united team organized a small Christmas party before everyone went on holidays. Unlike most company parties where eating and drinking basically is THE evening program, deal united decided to handle it differently.
After a brief review of the year 2009, which that started out with a total of 4 employees and ended with 20, we got the party started. The whole group was divided into five small teams, each consisting of four people competing in a little tournament against each other.
The first challenge was a creative one: Draw the five company values of deal united – fairness, sustainability, added value, customer orientation, performance orientation – with acrylic colours on a canvas. After a brief discussion, the teams started to put those values into color. We’re no da Vincis here, but the result is still quite impressive, as you can see:
Creative effort was then rewarded with delicious food and drink. The next challenges were more sporty: A table soccer tournament and a contest in throwing tea bags. After the winning team was selected, everyone sat down comfortably and enjoyed the rest of the evening.
Maybe next year we’ll actually organize some Christmas decorations, too!
Thanks to good figures in the third quarter, deal united held our second team event in October 2009. After discussing several options, the team decided to do something adventurous and went to the high ropes challenge course Kletterwald at the Blomberg, a mountain close to the Bavarian city Bad Tölz.
After a relaxing cable car trip up the mountain, and a not-so-easy hike to the Kletterwald, the event started. We put our climbing equipment on and went for it! After some schooling in the basics, we tackled the beginner parcours. Some met their Waterloo there, but most of the team suceeded and went on to the next three courses.
In the end, we only skipped the “black parcours,” which reaches up to 15 meters, but not due to lack of courage — we were simply exhausted. After four hours of climbing from tree to tree, we hiked back down the mountain and sat down to a relaxing meal in a restaurant in Bad Tölz. Despite the fact that our muscles had already begun to ache, everyone agreed that the team event had been lot of fun. And nobody got hurt!