Someone asked me the other day, “What is Dr. Clue all about?”    I thought about this for some time.

Dr. Clue isn’t really about treasure hunts.

It’s about freedom:

  • Freedom from divisiveness in the workplace.
  • Freedom from disconnection with your co-workers.
  • Freedom from “drama”.
  • Freedom from disunity.
  • Freedom from boxed-in thinking.
  • Freedom from the mundane.

So many of us feel trapped by our situation…by all the negativity around us, the bias, prejudice, judgment, and cliqueishness  — particularly at work.

Our programs are designed to shift the human environment at work, to free people from their powerless situation, to transform peoples’ preconceptions about work, about their co-workers, and about themselves.

And doesn’t our world need a bit more of that in these troubled, divisive times!

Freedom … one treasure hunt at a time.  There are worse things to aspire to!

Dave Blum

Founder, Dr. Clue Treasure Hunts




You’re a business owner, a VP, a team leader an office manager —  someone in charge of people — and your team is in constant flux:  new people coming in, old people going out, rinse and repeat.   You know that people would be more productive and engaged if they could just see things from others’ perspective and practice some empathy, but how do you accomplish that when half the people don’t even know each other?  Building friendships isn’t just the right thing — it’s smart business practice;  without that old “know/like/trust”, your staff disunity is costing you money  in terms of: low morale, reduced productivity, and overall office harmony. By one study, the annual cost of even one disengaged employee to a company like yours is $2,246. And that’s just one person!



Wouldn’t it be great if you could boost your team’s performance, and you could do it quickly, efficiently and playfully, so it doesn’t feel like work?   What would it feel like for you if people came into the office everyday completely jazzed, energized, and fully-engaged: chomping at the bit to share information, lend a hand, and collaborate with others (both within teams and across departments)?



There are many scavenger hunt & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) companies out there. Roughly 99% of them are completely tech-based and offer no business content, no debriefing.   That means they offer a smart phone or tablet app – and little else.  If all you want is to rush around, merely taking photos and videos without much thinking (or learning) — that’s fine.  But if you want to use your brains as well as your brawn, you’ll need a puzzle-based Treasure Hunt or Charitable Give Back Event.   All our programs are an “old school/new school – hybrid; in other words, we purposely combine BOTH a new school high-tech element  (a cool smartphone app with a live leaderboard, live feed, easy download of media, photos, videos, augmented reality, etc) AND a set of old-school, puzzles and codes.   Think escape room meets the Da Vinci Code, meets Indiana Jones, meets National Treasure:  with picture puzzles, word puzzles, logic puzzles, code, ciphers, trivia — in short, the whole kitchen sink.



Puzzle-based clues are perfect for bringing the diversity message home!  The person who is good at a crossword puzzle is often different from the person who is strong at sudokus; the person with a logical mind is often different from the person who rocks it at pub trivia night.   During our hunts, each team members steps forward as the “point person” for a different clue.   Often people with complementary skills or knowledge will pair up to work on a clue together.   Most importantly, at the end  of your day with Dr. Clue, you can look your teammates in the eyes and say, “I could NEVER have done this alone!  We needed everyone’s different strengths and ‘super powers’ to succeed’!”   That’s what’s so great about power of puzzle-based clues: you really learn about your teammates;  you get to know each other on a deeper level; you appreciate the strength of diversity.   And let’s not forget that clue solving is just plain fun…especially for analytical professionals who make a living pulling meaning from chaos.   For every clue in a Dr. Clue hunt, there’s a Eureka moment when the puzzle starts revealing a coherent message. Once the secret message is uncovered, you and your team then follow the trail of breadcrumbs to a cool mystery location that even the locals probably overlook:  a statue, plaque, mural, monument, time capsule, etc.   Our clients tell us that the Eureka moment is deeply satisfying!



  • If you want to a mere smart phone hunt, there are many other “scavenger hunt” companies to choose from.
  • If you want a full mind/body experience, where you have fun, think, act, practice lateral thinking and problem solving, and get to know your teammates in a brand new way, then Dr. Clue is the “treasure hunt” for you.



Although fun and playful, our programs are not a substitute for Dave and Buster’s.   When done right the way we do it, treasure hunts (and clue-based Give Back events) are a cutting edge team development tool.  During all our programs, you receive an in-depth opportunity to look at the hidden mechanics of team development:  what kind of structures help build teams…what kind of attitudes and dysfunction serve to break them down, etc.   Often we’ll offer you the option of doing a competitive hunt (teams in opposition) followed by a collaborative hunt (cross-team collaboration), allowing participants to explore the fine line where competition and ego get in the way of productivity.  We always do a team contract.  We do an informal team talent assessment.  We explore the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and how they relate to team development.  This is no go-karting or pee-wee golf outing.  It’s a dynamic, impactful and, yes, fun management consulting exercise that transforms the way people look at their teammates and themselves. All while having a ton of fun!



Michelle is a recruiter at a big Silicon Valley law firm.  Every summer her firm brings in associates from law schools all over the country.   Not only do the interns need to learn to work together, they also need to get to know the full-time staff and attorneys.   Without that sense of knowing and liking each other, the program would be a complete failure.  Michelle required a teambuilding offsite that would be fun, bonding, and smart enough to really challenge both her top-notch summer associates AND the firm’s best lawyers.   Dr. Clue sent the group on a stimulating, puzzle-based treasure hunt all around downtown Palo Alto – solving tricky clues, exploring the nooks and crannies of the area, working closely together with each other and getting a sense of each others’ personalities outside of the office, inter-personally and socially.  Everyone had to step out of their comfort zone, working with people who they didn’t know very well, often with different working styles.  It was a huge success!   Participants bonded in a way that would never have happened without the offsite.  Mission accomplished!



How do you accelerate the process of taking teams from mere colleagues to friends, and from friends to family?  The answer is Dr. Clue:  the high-energy, problem-solving, relationship-building adventure for smart professionals who need their activities stimulating to be engaged.



During our fun, puzzle-based, teambuilding adventures, workplace relationships absolutely transform. Camaraderie and rapport arise spontaneously.   Trust emerges organically, as people see, in action, their teammates’ sincerity, competence, caring and reliability.  And it all happens fast!  With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Clue offers proven, structured, treasure hunt and charity “give-back” events that walk participants, step by step, through a journey of connection and community.   Our system really works!



“We had come out of our craziest selling season and needed to have fun and team-building.  Our team is rapidly growing and we continue to expand in the Chicago marketplace, so there are a lot of new faces.  This [event] allowed people to get together, work on some things and get to know each other outside of the meeting setting. We chose the teams intentionally so that we were mixing people up in order to best spread the wealth of seniority and tenure, new faces with old faces, mixing and matching personalities and experience to get the best results. We are in diverse locations and only together 3-4 times per month. This allowed relationships to start building among people who don’t necessarily see each other all the time. People were really talking about the program after the fact, on the bus, how interesting it was to learn about people.  I found the whole team was completely engaged by what we were doing.”

–Andrew Simac, Sales Manager, MI Homes





As you know, “team-building” is an imprecise, ambiguous term.  A different but analagous term would be “team development“.   Team-building tends to refer to mere recreations –“bonding” activities as bowling, pee-wee golf, go-karting, escape rooms and Dave and Buster’s.   Team Development tends to refer to content-driven activities such as DISC analysis and Strengthfinders, conflict resolution workshops, and motivational speakers.    One might expect to pay $20/pp for a “team-building”; for a team development seminar, you would expect your daily facilitator fee to start at $5,000.    Dr. Clue is somewhere in between.    Our activities are content-driven “social laboratories” and “business simulations”.    The emphasis is on fun, yes, but also learning, insight and transformation.   We’re much more than a mere recreation.   If you want fun with your learning — “edutainment” — with both a business and a philosophical element, we’re the company for you.


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