Bump Set Teamwork

Every week for over 15 years now, I’ve spent my Sunday afternoons playing pick-up volleyball in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The group’s official name is the San Francisco International Volleyball Club, but it’s not as organized as all that. There are no league tournaments to compete in, no trophies awarded at the end of a successful season. Our interest lies simply in laughing and joking with friends, and playing the game that we all love.

Every session of Sunday volleyball plays out like a Homeric epic, a Shakespearean tragedy. There’s laughter and tears; emergent heroes; flaring tempers; and occasionally, some truly superior volleyball.

If ever there was a spot to observe teams and team dynamics in action – in all their glorious successes and ignominious failures – this is the place!

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Birth of a Clue

Over the years, a lot of people have been curious to know about how I got into the teambuilding/clue business. To which I answer, “What, being a Treasure Hunt Master is not a normal career!” As I’ve related my story, however, people have frequently told me that they found it inspiring and worth sharing.

So here, then, is my story, alternately titled: The Reluctant Entrepreneur

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Getting a Clue with Teambuilding Treasure Hunts

Racing down the street on a cool Colorado morning, the treasure hunt team converges on Denver’s retro baseball stadium, Coors Field. One team member clutches a map and a list of street names; another bears a digital camera; a third has her eyes glued to a wristwatch; the fourth wields a reference book; and the fifth holds a full-color clue sheet. The group’s instructions for this clue are as follows: “Split the distance between three baseball statues, then look down for a 5-letter name beginning with ‘P‘”. As two teammates pace off the instructions, a third player shrieks “Eureka!” There at her feet — equidistant to all — is a dedication brick siting Rockies’ benefactor Julian Ponce. The team earns itself 10,000 points! But wait: they have nine more clues to go…

Whether the venue is Denver’s LoDo district, New Orleans’ French Quarter, San Francisco’s Chinatown, a tropical island or somewhere under the sea, treasure hunting has an almost irresistible attraction—as old, perhaps, as civilization itself.

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7 Steps for Choosing the Right Teambuilding Company

Run a Google search under “team building” and behold the dizzying array of entries scrolling down your screen: drumming circles, fire walks, laser tag, paint ball, team cuisine, murder mysteries, treasure hunts, ropes courses, improvisational theater – the list goes on and on. Choosing the right team building company from the myriad options can be like picking a cereal from your average supermarket breakfast row – all the boxes are pretty and well-packaged, but what is really the best-tasting and most nutritious meal for the price?

Whether it’s cereal for your family or team building for your corporate meeting, the key to making informed choices is knowing your group and understanding your expectations. Following the seven steps below can start you on the right track to selecting that one right team building company for your organization.

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Brand New: Inside and Outside of the Box

As creativity becomes a core competency necessary at all levels of the organization, it is important that we not just tell people to think out of the box, but show them how to do so. In this powerful workshop your participants receive a specially designed physical box that represents the…

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Vienna Corporate Team Building Scavenger Hunt

With world-class museums and an old town to die for, Vienna is a perfect place for a corporate team building event.  And who better to play and learn with than Dr. Clue? Our team building scavenger hunts are much more than mere recreation Dr. Clue’s corporate team building programs in…

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Rome Corporate Team Building Scavenger Hunt

From the Roman Forum to the top of the Spanish Steps, Rome is a place to wander in, to savor –as well as fantastic place to explore during corporate team building event.  And who better to play and learn with than Dr. Clue? Our team building scavenger hunts are much…

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Paris Corporate Team Building Scavenger Hunts

From the French Quarter to the Champs Elysees, Paris is a place to savor –a city to walk on your own and a place to explore as part of a corporate team building event.  And who better to play and learn with than Dr. Clue? Our team building scavenger hunts…

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Madrid Corporate Team Building Scavenger Hunt

From its world-famous Prado museum to the historic streets of the downtown area, Madrid is a place for exploration and adventure –as well as an excellent location for a corporate team building event.  And who better to play and learn with than Dr. Clue? Our team building scavenger hunts are…

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