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14 Actelion Employees Built a Better Tomorrow

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Fourteen member of Actelion’s sales teams highlighted that in one afternoon one group with a common purpose can make a meaningful and steadfast difference.

How? The power of play. Ninety-four percent of four-year-old children scored significantly above average in creativity.  On their eighth birthday, only four percent of these children scored high for creativity.

Each and everyone of us is born with creative and inherent potential. As children we question everything. Why is X this tall? Why is Y this color? Why do you follow this rule?

Overtime we begin to question less and conform more, and that beautiful unique creativity begins to get covered up by rules, norms, routines, tasks, and everything else life throws our way.

On Thursday, these participants realigned themselves with the creative, playful, and unique genius within.  They took a bag of trash and transformed it into soccer balls that children everywhere would want to play with and a product that everyone in the world would want to own. And they did this in just thirty short minutes.

But what they did stretched further than the potential they have within.  They were able to tap into this potential and use it to leverage their ability to make a larger difference.

They donated indestructible soccer balls and a piece of a field to an African community whose culture heavily revolves around such a powerful game.

The impact did not end here, as these Actelion participants built sandals that in a few short months are going to be on children’s feet in disaster regions all over the world.

In one afternoon these individuals created a difference that will act as a touchstone highlighting the opportunities to come and the potential that is within.

These individuals are not just sales men and women of a pharmaceutical company, they were not just participants in some team building activity, they are Legendary Instigators who are bringing out the best in others by bringing out the best in themselves.  And that is something that can be done anywhere, at anytime, and all that’s needed, is you.

Novartis’s reCreation Event Supports Indian Summer Camp

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On January 8, 2012, Novartis kicked off the new year with more than just good intentions.  Donating $9,500 and 120 One World Futbols to Indian Summer Camp, a place for children who are going through or recovering from cancer, this company took intentional actions to make a difference in the lives of others.

Taking team building to a new level, these 850 participants were challenged with some unique tasks.  Split into 60 teams these individuals were challenged to take something of little or no value to us and turn it into something remarkable.

Each team was given a bag of trash and two goals.  Create a product that will change the world and build a soccer ball that kids will enjoy.  Items that you or I might see as worthless were the pinnacle building blocks to these creations.

Clothe and water bottles manifested into an H20 filtration systems and rubber tubing and plastic bags morphed into durable soccer balls.  It is truly amazing what is possible when you shift your perspective.

These individuals of Novartis were not only shifting their perspective on cross-functionality with a bag of trash, they were also shifting their perspectives on the possibilities of themselves.  James Carter, founder of Be Legendary, posed the thought, “If you could change a bag of trash into these amazing products and soccer balls in 60 minutes, imagine what is possible to change using the resources of the world.”

This thought-provoking discussion culminated into the idea of intentional action.  Making our actions intentional draws a very distinct line in the way we can make a difference in the world.

This event was the cornerstone for a life of intentional action.  A touchstone reminding each participant to redefine what’s possible and take meaningful steps forward to achieving those outcomes.

The first step these 850 participants took together as one company, showing what amazing outcomes the power of teams can create.  One hundred and twenty One World Futbols were donated to Indian Summer Camp.  These soccer balls are indestructible, you can run one over with a car and still have the same ball you had 10 seconds earlier.

Along with the soccer balls, Novartis donated $9,500, to the camp. Board President Jon Dubins and Exectuive director Shelby Dehner came to be part of this remarkable event.

“This camp gives these kids an opportunity to be a child again,” said Jon Dubins, “Your donation will give an additional 15 children the opportunity to be a part of this experience.”

These individuals left that afternoon with a new perspective on innovation and a profound sense of impact, but most importantly these individuals left with the idea that each and every single one of them holds the potential to Be Legendary, every single one of them has the capacity to change the world.