Gridlock at the Plaza

  When does the puppet-master become the puppet?   Not that often, probably, but that’s exactly what happened to me last month at the annual NASAGA conference.  (NASAGA, by the way, stands for the North American Simulation and Gaming Association — a “network of professionals dedicated to the design, implementation, and…

6 secrets for Transforming Your Team into a “Community”

All worthwhile endeavors start with a question. In a 1962 speech at Rice University, John F. Kennedy famously asked: “But why, some say, the moon?  Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? …   We…

Debriefing Training Activities the ORID Way

When I first started my treasure hunt company, Dr. Clue, in 1995, I had two directions I could take it.  I could either walk down the path of creating the most entertaining recreation activity in the business, OR I could concentrate on harvesting deep learning from the exercise. By and…

Dr. Clue Loves Working with DMCs!

  As a Destination Management Companies (DMCs), you’re always hunting for fresh and relevant event ideas and you need them yesterday. You can count on us! If you are a planner for a DMC, we would love to build a win-win relationship with you. In order to build trust and…

Pushing the Envelope

It’s 1987 and I’m living in Shimonoseki, Japan – a non-descript town of 100,000 known primarily for its production of the poisonous delicacy, fugu (blowfish). Although here, ostensibly, to teach English to junior high school students, only I know the real truth.  Inside, I’m Indiana Jones.  I am an adventurer!…

Three Stumbling Blocks on the Path to High-Performance Teams

It’s half an hour into one of my recent team-building programs — a treasure hunt offsite at the Bronx Zoo in New York  – and Janine  is clearly struggling.   For 30 minutes straight she’s been sitting on a bench, 20 feet away from her “Team Indiana Jones” teammates, poring over…

Pete Carroll and Grit

In a recent Sports Illustrated article titled “Pete Carroll, NFL’s Eternal Optimist, is Ready to Turn Heartbreak into Triumph”, the beleaguered coach of the Seattle Seahawks discusses how he dealt with his team’s crippling, final-seconds loss to the New England Patriots in last season’s Superbowl.  Says Carroll, “[I] grieved for…

San Francisco — Presidio

A fun place to hold a team building exercise in San Francisco Event Description: Formerly a military base (with the best view in the world), the Presidio is a fantastic, safe place in the City to do a corporate team-building event. Location History: The Presidio has a rich history spanning…

Washington DC–National Mall

A historic site to hold a team building exercise in Downtown Washington, DC Event Description: A majestic site for a corporate team building event in the center of America’s capital, the National Mall is THE place to go for commemorating presidential legacies, for honoring our nation’s veterans, and for celebrating…