Voicing the Silent Narrative

Friday, February 6, 2009 by Dave Blum During the debrief of my Team Efficiency Workshop this past Monday with Wells Fargo, I overhead the following dialogue: Mary:  “At the beginning of the game, I was really wishing that you’d have shared the instructions more with me.” Liz:  “Well why didn’t…

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Paper Airplanes for Teambuilding

Thursday, February 5, 2009 by Dave Blum One of my favorite corporate team building activities is a quick icebreaker involving paper airplanes.  It’s fun and high energy, as well as a great way to generate team building ideas and discussion.  Here’s how it works: Take some masking tape and create a large “X”…

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Team Efficiency

Thursday, February 5, 2009 by Dave Blum I’m delighted to say that Monday’s Dr. Clue “Team Efficiency” program in Sacramento was a knockout!  The team, a group of 12 business analysts from Wells Fargo, was at a critical juncture in its development.  Their old business model consisted primarily of taking…

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Valentine’s Day Treasure Hunts

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 by Dave Blum With February 14th still a couple of weeks out, it’s not too late to create a Valentine’s Day treasure hunt for your sweetheart.  There are lots of possibilities: Concoct treasure hunt clues that lead to his/her favorite haunts…or better yet, to the favorite places…

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Perfectionists

Friday, January 30, 2009 by Dave Blum Whether you’re a manager, a parent, or the leader of corporate team building exercises, if you’re successful, you’re likely to possess some element of “perfectionism”.  Come on, perfectionists, you know what I’m talking about — that awful, recurring feeling that your work product hasn’t turned ideally and it’s killing you!…

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More Do-it-Yourself Scavenger Hunts

Friday, January 30, 2009 by Dave Blum In light of the budget limitations inherent in this tough economy, my staff and I have been working diligently  these last few months creating an array of low-cost team building activities.  Since the fall, we’ve come up with three non-facilitated, DIY (do-it-yourself) team building exercises…

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JFK’s “Race” to the Moon

Thursday, January 29, 2009 by Dave Blum While at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Tuesday, in Washington, D.C., I re-watched President Kennedy’s famous 1961 speech to Congress about the space race with the Soviets.   Although I’d seen before it on several occasions, this was the first time I’d watched…

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The Meaning of Winning

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 by Dave Blum Yesterday’s treasure hunt at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum was cancelled, alas:  the first time one of our indoor scavenger hunts has been canceled due to bad weather.   (The client, it seems, was worried about the safety of busing their group frm…

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Treasure Hunt Scouting

Monday, January 26, 2009 by Dave Blum Scouting treasure hunt clues is a bit of an art.  Some key factors to take into account when casting around for treasure hunt ideas include: 1) Is your prospective location a little-known or well-known site? 2) Will this clue be part a driving or walking hunt? 3)…

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Whitehouse Scavenger Hunt

Friday, January 23, 2009 by Dave Blum Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to create scavenger hunts in some of the world’s most interesting places:  the Louvre in Paris, the streets of Dubai, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the historic Districts of Madrid, Geneva and Bologna., etc. …

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