Teambuilding and the Monk–part 2

Thursday, May 28, 2009 by Dave Blum Following my solemn guide deeper and deeper into Tofukuji’s sanctum sanctorum, I remember thinking to myself:  “This is incredible!  I made it! And in a few minutes, I’m going to meet an actual enlightened person!” Would my life be changed, as Tim suggested? …

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Teambuilding and The Monk

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 by Dave Blum Long before I became a team building consultant and corporate scavenger hunt expert, I was something of an international vagabond.  Back in 1986, at age 23, my main focus in life was to see the world and accumulate “experiences”. So there I was in…

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Linked In Feedback

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 by Dave Blum I ‘m intrigued by this Web 2.0 thing, even if I don’t exactly know how to make money from it.  Is anyone out there really using Social Networking to make a profit (apart from the so-called Twitter/LinkedIn/Facebook “consultants”)? Especially from a team building facilitator’s perspective,…

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Five Lessons Learned From the Economic Downturn

Friday, May 22, 2009 by Dave Blum Especially if you’re a small business, I’m guessing the answer is “yes”.  It’s been a tough year all around; just about everyone I know is tightening their belt and paring back their expenses.  It’s understandable — intelligent even — but that doesn’t make it…

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Budgeting–The Treasure Hunt Way

Thursday, May 21, 2009 by Dave Blum I did things a little differently on yesterday’s treasure hunt in SF’s North Beach/Chinatown.  As I knew that the group was struggling with their budgeting and fund allocation at work, I decided (on this business team building exercise) to add a financial element…

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Put Your I-Pod Down and Step Away From That Tech

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 by Dave Blum In an Associated Press article yesterday titled, “Search for Human Bonds, Google CEO Urges Grads“, Eric Schmidt (Google’s chairman and CEO) delivered a speech at the University of Pennsylvania’s commencement ceremony, with the following admonition: “Turn off your computer.  You’re actually going to have…

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The Ties That Bind

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 by Dave Blum It’s October of 1987 and I’m waiting anxiously in the poste restante line of the Singapore post office — two months into my worldwide backpacking trip and starving for word from home. Back then — well before email, texting and twittering — the best way to receive correspondence while…

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Taking the stress out of training

Friday, May 15, 2009 by Dave Blum Hey folks, I wanted to tell you about a great service out there for organizations that have their employees delivering the training.  It’s called “Training-Modules.com, run by my friend, Susan Otto.  Susan creates generic, customized training modules and seminars that provide employee trainers…

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An Exercise in Serendipity: The Puzzling Networking Game

Friday, May 15, 2009 by Dave Blum For a team building facilitator like me, one of the biggest pleasures of running a program (whether it’s corporate team building Atlanta or Dallas, or one of our social scavenger hunts here in San Francisco) is the “serendipity aspect“.  Quite simply, you just never know what’s going to…

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Emergency: Scavenger Hunt Needed!

Thursday, May 14, 2009 by Dave Blum I received the following amusing email yesterday: “My idiot brother-in-law ‘forgot’ to plan his brother’s bachelor party! We will shortly have 6 guys coming from around the country to Boston with no itinerary. We are looking for a fun way to spend an…

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