Check Out a Snapshot of a Typical Dr. Clue Treasure Hunt

With less than an hour to go before the deadline, your 5-person treasure hunt team stops for a breather beside a glittering mosaic in the New Orleans French Quarter (or in front of a time capsule in Greenwich Village; or next to the Venus De Milo within the Paris Louvre…). You pause to take it all in: the local atmosphere; the pleasure of getting away from the office with your co-workers; the rush of cracking these brilliantly creative puzzles & clues (who thinks up these things??). And all on the streets (and within the museums) of the world’s greatest cities.

How amazing it is to interact with a city this way — discovering the hidden nooks and crannies that even the locals don’t know about. And it’s so fun (and important) to learn about the skills and personalities of your colleagues:

–Who knew that Jack is such a whiz at detail work and decryption
–That Stephanie has an eye for the “big picture” and can do crossword puzzles in her sleep
–That Ronnie is a fantastic leader and your “go-to person” for sports and movie trivia knowledge?!!

This treasure hunt thing really isn’t so difficult when you make smart group decisions, leverage diverse skills and talents AND and practice strategic, cross-team collaboration.

Dr. Clue treasure hunts are divided into 4 stages:

  1. Stage 1 Hunt: Teams work on a short, initial set of clues to get a feeling for the challenge.
  2. Midbrief: Participants reflect on their successes and struggles in Stage 1.
  3. Stage 2 Hunt: Teams receive their second set of clues, along with a few major twists!
  4. Final Debrief: Participants assess their performance in the event as a whole, exploring parallels and similarities to the workplace.

(The first stage hunt can occasionally be dropped out for tighter time frames).

Our corporate teambuilding events always include a Post-Hunt Debrief.

The post-hunt “debrief” is where the rubber really meets the road. Each team is asked to evaluate its successes and failures, and then make a presentation before the entire assembly. Participants are encouraged to draw parallels between the dynamics in a treasure hunt and the dynamics in a team-based work environment.

Sample discussion questions might include:

  • What happened out there, during the hunt?
  • What team dynamics emerged? What were obstacles to your team’s success?
  • Who were the leaders? Did the roles change?
  • In thinking about your workplace, what was familiar about what you experienced during the hunt?
  • What innovation might have put you over the top?
  • How might you have collaborated across teams?
  • How might you use what you learned today?