Why Cutting-Edge Team Development Matters to You

Let’s talk turkey, here…

Fact #1: Your Staff Has Had it Up to Here with PowerPoint!

socratesOf course they have!  Most team-development programs are boring with a capital T that rhymes P and stands for PowerPoint.   We humans don’t learn much by sitting passively and staring at a screen. We learn best when we leap into an intriguing environment (like a treasure hunt), roll up our sleeves and immerse ourselves in an active, real-world challenge.

Fact #2:  Your Team is Lacking the Full Engagement It Deserves

engagement Lack of engagement doesn’t necessarily mean corporate sabotage.   What it does mean is employees who are “checked out” emotionally — sleepwalking through their workday, without much energy or passion, just waiting for the clock to hit 5pm.   (If we told you it was possible for your team members to be passionately eager to get to work… to see their peeps… to be of service to each other, would you be interested?  Read on!)


Fact *3:  Your Team is Missing that Rare Quality:  Community.

community_wall1 Jim sits in his cubicle and knows little or nothing about Mary to his left and Lincoln to his right.  He shares no sense of community with his teammates, no familiarity, no mutual obligation, no shared identity; no common values & sense of purpose; no camaraderie and no true caring.    His office mates are strangers to him. In such an environment, why would Jim ask for help or offer to share information?  Why would he work late, sacrifice his free time and give the team his all?

Scary Fact #4: Your Disengaged, Disconnected Team Members are Costing You Productivity (which = big time $$).

burning money–According to  recent Gallup poll, people who are engaged have 25% fewer accidents and as much as 41% fewer quality mistakes.

–Engaged teammates incur as much as 25% less in healthcare costs.

–Active disengagement is costing the U.S. an estimated $450 billion to $550 billion annually.

–By one study– The annual cost of a disengaged employee to a company like yours is: $2,246 (per person!).

You get the idea.

Employee Disengagement is Everywhere — most especially in your office teams — and you’re sick of it!  Who wouldn’t be?


Cool Fact #5: Dr. Clue can solve your employee engagement problem, boosting team trust and revitalizing your sense of team community. 

And we won’t bore you to death in the process!

Here’s how…


1)   We Take Your Team Away from the Office & Let them Play Together (reducing stress)

guiltar heroIn a recent study, researchers measured the stress level of two strangers meeting for the first time.   Not surprisingly, their stress was through the roof.   The fact is, we’re simply not wired to relax around total strangers!  However, after just 15 minutes of playing Guitar Hero together, the two strangers had their stress levels measured again.   Bam!  Miraculously, their stress had plummeted down to the SAME level of two best friends hanging out together.  Such is the amazing power of PLAY to change our biology and create a more relaxed environment!  And what’s more playful than a treasure hunt?


2) We Get Down to Business

Most of our competitors offer mere recreation…which is fine, to a point.    By contrast, at Dr. Clue we aim to entertain AND to educate! After 20 years of working with clients like you, we know you want serious fun AND tangible results.   To be sure, during our treasure hunts (and our CSR — Corporate Social Responsibility events), participants have a ball getting to know each other.  But just as importantly, they leave being able to describe:

  • The 7 Components of Team Engagement
  • The 5 Behaviors that Build Trust
  • The 7 Traits of a Strong Community

Who said learning couldn’t be fun?!!


3) We bring your host city alive

Who hasn’t flown off to a meeting in an exciting city, only to discover that the only part of town you see is the conference center and the nearest restaurant?   What a drag!  Dr. Clue’s corporate teambuilding events offer a unique way to get your group away from the hotel and out into the community, interacting with the host city, discovering hidden “treasures” while simultaneously re-engaging your group and building team unity.

4) Our treasure hunt events break down “silos”

It is, perhaps, an inevitable quirk of human nature that we often find ourselves falling into cliques and silos, viewing our “in” group as “friends” and the “out” groups as “adversaries”.   Dr. Clue is committed to interrupting this pattern, giving hunt participants a visceral taste of the pitfalls of “siloing” and the advantages of cooperation.  Many of our clues, in fact, require cross-team collaboration, transmitting a clear message that every department and division is part of a larger team (the organization).   In short, unless we ALL win, NO ONE wins.

5) We help your teams build familiarity and rapport

Participants in a Dr. Clue corporate team-building program develop:

  •     A deeper appreciation of their colleagues’ strengths, skills and knowledge
  •     An increased willingness to have each other’s backs and help each other out
  •     A group consensus that “we really are good at what we do”
  •     A sense that the event was “time well spent.”
  •     Heightened respect and trust for each other, developed through “going through the    trenches together”

6)  We’re everywhere you need us to be

Although our HQ is San Francisco, we’re an international company with over 140+ pre-designed treasure hunt locations to choose from, all over the world.  You can pretty much bet that we’ll have a neighborhood or museum hunt venue somewhere near you.   And if by chance we don’t, just give us a call and we’ll come out and create a custom program right there in your area.

7)  Our puzzle-based clues rock

If you believe scavenger hunts are little more than simple rhymes and limericks, you’ve got another think coming to you.  Dr. Clue’s puzzle writers boast gaudy credentials, including  Yale, Pomona and Stanford grads.  Not that you have to be a rocket scientist to solve our clues…but you will definitely be challenged and amazed by our awesome (some might say sinister) array of puzzles, codes and ciphers.   Expect Morse Code, Braille, Semaphore, Pig Latin, Word Searches, Logic and Trivia quizzes…the whole kitchen sink.

8) We offer a ridiculous, money-back guarantee.

That’s right.  If this is not the BEST team-building program you’ve ever done, we’ll give you your money back — no questions asked.

Ready to revitalize your team engagement (and have more fun than a barrel of monkeys)?