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 […]

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 to the activity.  Rather than having […]

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 to turn off your phone […]

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 on the road was to tell friends […]