Game Theory and Collaboration

Friday, April 10, 2009 by Dave Blum In yesterday’s blog, I discussed the “Free Rider Syndrome” and promised to  provide some instruction (from game theory) for encouraging collaboration and cooperation.”  Well, sorry to say–I’m not quite ready to submit my report.  To paraphrase the X-Files, “The answers are out there”…

Lessons from Treasure Hunt Scouting

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 by Dave Blum Yesterday was a rare scouting day for me — one of the pleasures of being a professional creator of scavenger hunts and corporate team building activities.  My “task” (if you can call it that) was to walk every street and alleyway in San Francisco’s Union Square area,…

Team Building and Trust: Part 3

Friday, April 3, 2009 by Dave Blum So far this week I’ve discussed 3 different requirement for building trust: 1) Avoiding gossip 2) Giving consistent effort 3) Demonstrating empathy Today I want to talk about requirement #4:  Follow-through A team leader, Marilyn, tasks her marketing director, Stuart, with the challenge of…

Team Building and Trust: Part 2

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 by Dave Blum Some years ago, I was leading one of my corporate team building activities in perhaps my favorite location for scavenger hunts:  New Orleans.  One of the participants, Patty, was struggling with the scavenger hunt list — not because the treasure hunt clues were too hard,…

My Week Off–With Dad

Monday, March 30, 2009 by Dave Blum A bit of explanation is in order, I think, for my week away from this blog.  On March 22, at ~6pm, my father, Walter, died at a hospital in Santa Rosa, CA, from complications related to lymphoma.  He was 81. It was a fairly sudden…