Playing with Status

Thursday, December 11, 2008 by Dave Blum Jen and I had some people over the other night for dinner and games.  We like this kind of party because it tends to take the pressure off of the introverts to make dazzling conversation with strangers.  Whether it’s for parties, networking events, or corporate…

Team Efficiency Workshop

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 by Dave Blum One of the things I like most about my job is creating new team building activities –especially when it involves collaboration.  For Dr. Clue’s Team Efficiency Workshop, I worked very closely with my two facilitators extraordinaire, Franco Beneduce and Christine McHugh. Christine and…

Top Five Clue-Writing Tips

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 by Dave Blum Here are my Top Five Clue-writing Tips for creating excellent treasure hunt clues: 1. Use wordplay: I love playing with words when brainstorming scavenger hunt ideas.  Anagrams are great — you can send someone to a statue of Ben Franklin, for example, by writing,…

A Puzzle-riffic Wedding

Thursday, December 4, 2008 by Dave Blum In a recent post, I listed a variety of my favorite scavenger hunt ideas and suggested a few innovative ways to use puzzles in our daily lives.  One of the treasure hunt ideas I neglected to mention, however, was:  Announce Events. I mean, why send out…

Victims, Heroes and Villains

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 by Dave Blum One of my favorite books in recent years is Gary Harper’s “The Joy of Conflict Resolution“.  Harper, a trainer, writer and facilitator based in Vancouver, is a member of the instructional team of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute of B.C. …

The Monk and the Tiger

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 by Dave Blum The other day, I was re-reading one of my favorite inspirational books, Sylvia Boorstein’s short and pithy “It’s Easier Than You Think“, and came across this parable: “A monk was being chased by a tiger toward the edge of a cliff.  He leaps…

Getting in the Flow

Monday, December 1, 2008 by Dave Blum A few years back, I attended a NASAGA conference session led by Bernie DeKoven. He spoke to us about the elusive quality of “flow”, a term much-popularized by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  According to DeKoven, the “flow” state is that feeling of being “in the zone”, when we feel…