Valentine’s Day Treasure Hunts

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 by Dave Blum With February 14th still a couple of weeks out, it’s not too late to create a Valentine’s Day treasure hunt for your sweetheart.  There are lots of possibilities: Concoct treasure hunt clues that lead to his/her favorite haunts…or better yet, to the favorite places…

Perfectionists

Friday, January 30, 2009 by Dave Blum Whether you’re a manager, a parent, or the leader of corporate team building exercises, if you’re successful, you’re likely to possess some element of “perfectionism”.  Come on, perfectionists, you know what I’m talking about — that awful, recurring feeling that your work product hasn’t turned ideally and it’s killing you!…

More Do-it-Yourself Scavenger Hunts

Friday, January 30, 2009 by Dave Blum In light of the budget limitations inherent in this tough economy, my staff and I have been working diligently  these last few months creating an array of low-cost team building activities.  Since the fall, we’ve come up with three non-facilitated, DIY (do-it-yourself) team building exercises…

JFK’s “Race” to the Moon

Thursday, January 29, 2009 by Dave Blum While at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Tuesday, in Washington, D.C., I re-watched President Kennedy’s famous 1961 speech to Congress about the space race with the Soviets.   Although I’d seen before it on several occasions, this was the first time I’d watched…

The Meaning of Winning

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 by Dave Blum Yesterday’s treasure hunt at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum was cancelled, alas:  the first time one of our indoor scavenger hunts has been canceled due to bad weather.   (The client, it seems, was worried about the safety of busing their group frm…

Treasure Hunt Scouting

Monday, January 26, 2009 by Dave Blum Scouting treasure hunt clues is a bit of an art.  Some key factors to take into account when casting around for treasure hunt ideas include: 1) Is your prospective location a little-known or well-known site? 2) Will this clue be part a driving or walking hunt? 3)…

Whitehouse Scavenger Hunt

Friday, January 23, 2009 by Dave Blum Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to create scavenger hunts in some of the world’s most interesting places:  the Louvre in Paris, the streets of Dubai, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the historic Districts of Madrid, Geneva and Bologna., etc. …

Great New Collaborative Game

Thursday, January 22, 2009 by Dave Blum Okay, I’ll admit it, I have a weakness for game shops — and it’s not simply because I make a living running corporate team building activities and scavenger hunts.  I simply can’t help myself.  My local establishment here in San Francisco, Gamescape, is particularly…

Obama Plea For Adulthood

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 by Dave Blum Whatever you may feel about the man and his politics, you have to admit that Barack Obama is provocative.  His speeches tend to make you think. One particular moment from the President’s inaugural address yesterday really grabbed my attention.  Obama declared that although we are…

Obama the Hoopster

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 by Dave Blum In honor of today’s inauguration, I wanted to write something about Barack Obama, the “team player” … but really, his presidency is still a story to be told.  In a sense, all we can do is follow the “treasure hunt clues” of his…