Teambuilding Program: Surprise Take-aways

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 by Dave Blum Whether you’re doing an indoor corporate team building event or an outdoor business team building exercise, the question remains the same:  What do particpants get out of the experience?  My typical answer is: 1) New skills (including communication and efficiency techniques) 2) Enhanced trust of their teammates (through […]

Teambuilding and Firefly

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 by Dave Blum Have you ever found yourself on the losing side of a battle?  The fighting is done; everything you believed in is gone…and the universe now seems like a dark and lonely place, without purpose, without meaning? This is the situation in which Captain Malcolm Reynolds finds himself in […]

Should managers take part in team building?

Friday, June 5, 2009 by Dave Blum Whether I’m doing corporate team building in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, or Los Angeles, the same question from managers and supervisors comes up repeatedly: “Should I take part in the activity?” The answer is not as easy as it sounds! My temptation is to reply, unilaterally, “Of course!”  After […]

Treasure Hunts and Leadership

Monday, June 8, 2009 by Dave Blum On Friday in this blog, I was discussing last Wednesday’s Dr. Clue treasure hunt in South Beach, Miami for Wiginton Corporation.  The particular topic on my mind was: “Should Managers Take Part in Your Teambuilding Program?”  I continue to find this a very relevant question.  When managers (and team leaders) participate […]

Does Virtual Teambuilding Work?

Thursday, June 4, 2009 by Dave Blum I’ve been thinking a lot of late about virtual teamwork.  When I talk about virtual teamwork, I’m referring to both meetings that are held using conference (and videoconference) calls, and also virtual events convened via conference calls or else via something more visual, like the virtual world, Second Life. The […]


Friday, May 29, 2009 by Dave Blum alt=”birthday cupcake” title=”birthday cupcake”>As it’s my birthday today, I’m going to take a day off from writing.  Wish me a happy one…I’ll be back on line Monday.

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?  Was I about to experience […]

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 Kyoto, Japan, at the gates […]

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, one thing I DO like […]

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 easier for small business like […]