Workplace Learning and Information

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 by Dave Blum I attended an interesting lecture yesterday evening by Pat Leonard, Executive VP for the American Management Association.  The title of the speech was “The Power of Information in Employee Development”.  Sounds a little dry, huh?  In fact, Ms. Leonard’s content was rather timely, especially…

Teambuilding Ideas: Giving Feedback, Expressing Appreciation

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 by Dave Blum Expressing appreciation is absolutely vital in team leadership, and yet, how often do we managers actually do it with our team members? In his excellent little book, “Building Trust”, Hyler Bracey describes a common leadership myth: “I have to be competent, confident, firm and…

New Dr. Clue Party & Social Hunts

Monday, April 20, 2009 by Dave Blum I’m excited to announce that my company, Dr. Clue, has opened a brand new party and social division. Although our specialty remains corporate team building activities (in the form of scavenger hunts), we decided that it would be a shame to exclude all…

Teambuilding and Emotions: Express Yourself

Friday, April 17, 2009 by Dave Blum Why is it that Corporate America is so afraid of feelings? Whenever I ask a potential client what they’re looking for in their team building exercises, they tend to answer the same way: “Well, what we DON’T want is one of those touchy-feely,…

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 by Dave Blum I try to keep these blogs on topic (treasure hunt ideas, scavenger hunt lists, team building exercises, etc.), but ocassionally something different comes along that I just have to share. That being said, you simply MUST check out this YouTube video.  It’s from an…

More Team Building, Game Theory and Collaboration

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 by Dave Blum Happily, I finished reading “Rock, Paper, Scissors” this weekend and can finally wrap up my book report for you.  Interestingly, I learned in the afterward that the brilliant author —  Len Fisher —  is not, in fact, a game theory expert/mathematician by trade.  Turns…

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”…

Team building, Game Theory & Volleyball: Who Sets Up the Nets?

Thursday, April 9, 2009 by Dave Blum During the week, my job is to be generating team building ideas, drawing up scavenger hunt lists and concocting treasure hunt clues.  On the weekend, however, I try to leave the scavenger hunts and team building activities behind. Saturdays are my day to sleep in, hang…

The Stories We Spin

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 by Dave Blum As my Austrian friend, Harald — the *genius* (see my blog entry for December 8th) — is back in town this week, he and his girlfriend, Jutta, my wife, Jen, and I gathered on Monday for dinner at a sushi place near Union Square.  (Harald…