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…

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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”…

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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…

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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…

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Lessons from Treasure Hunt Scouting

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 by Dave Blum Yesterday was a rare scouting day for me — one of the pleasures of being a professional creator of scavenger hunts and corporate team building activities.  My “task” (if you can call it that) was to walk every street and alleyway in San Francisco’s Union Square area,…

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Team Building and Trust: Part 5

Monday, April 6, 2009 by Dave Blum Due to my father’s passing a couple of weeks ago, I found myself unavailable to lead one of my scheduled scavenger hunts at the Natural History Museum in New York City.  Calling around desperately at the last minute, I eventually get Franco, one of my…

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Team Building and Trust: Part 4

Friday, April 3, 2009 by Dave Blum Back in July of 1985 (years before scavenger hunt ideas would begin dancing in my head), I was a 22-year-old college graduate, about a month into a two-year stint as an English teacher in Shimonoseki, Japan.  Mr. Ueno, my boss and mentor, was giving me final…

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Team Building and Trust: Part 3

Friday, April 3, 2009 by Dave Blum So far this week I’ve discussed 3 different requirement for building trust: 1) Avoiding gossip 2) Giving consistent effort 3) Demonstrating empathy Today I want to talk about requirement #4:  Follow-through A team leader, Marilyn, tasks her marketing director, Stuart, with the challenge of…

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Team Building and Trust: Part 2

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 by Dave Blum Some years ago, I was leading one of my corporate team building activities in perhaps my favorite location for scavenger hunts:  New Orleans.  One of the participants, Patty, was struggling with the scavenger hunt list — not because the treasure hunt clues were too hard,…

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Team Building and Trust: Part 1

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 by Dave Blum The longer I work in the field of corporate team building activities, the more I realize that trust building is THE key factor for ensuring team success.  By declaring this I don’t, in any way, mean to diminish the importance of such vital…

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