Showdown in Nepal, part 2

Thursday, March 19, 2009 by Dave Blum So there we are on the Himalayan bridge:  Matt, Julie, Laurie, Steve and I, plus one unperturbed Sherpa and 15 very-determined Nepalese oxen. Laurie, who’s at midpoint, sits down and wraps herself around her pack.  The rest of us turn and huddle against the guide wires, endeavoring to make […]

Showdown in Nepal…

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by Dave Blum Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you couldn’t move forward and you couldn’t go back?  Well try standing on a rickety suspension bridge, 200 feet above an ice-cold river, with a herd of Nepalese oxen bearing down on you! The year is 1987 and I’m 10 days into my 3-week […]

Team Building Ideas: 3 Lessons From Those Darn Sudokus

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by Dave Blum Do you have a love-hate relationship with any of your hobbies?  Well I’ve got it with those darn Sudoku puzzles  Basically, I love it when I solve ’em and I hate it when I don’t…which has been quite a bit of late, especially since I bought the New […]

Decoding the Puzzles of Humans

Friday, March 13, 2009 by Dave Blum In yesterday’s blog, I wrote about “decoding” situations.  Now what does that mean? According to, “to decode” is: 1. to translate (data or a message) from a code into the original language or form. 2. to extract meaning from (spoken or written symbols). When confronted with a […]

Surviving “Ed”

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 by Dave Blum It’s hard enough trying to cope with the economic situation when we don’t even know what to call it. A “recession”? — doesn’t sound strong enough A “depression”? — sounds, well, depressing An “Economic Downturn”? — that’s probably the most accurate, although it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. […]

Team Building: Four Steps for Managing Negative Self Talk

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 by Dave Blum In a recent article from ASTD’s Training & Development Magazine titled “Coaching Teams for Emotional Intelligence in Your Diverse Workplace”, the authors discuss the team impact of negative “self stories”. Tell me you haven’t heard at least one of the following statements from your teammates or coworkers (especially […]

Leadership Skills: The Personality Makeover

Monday, March 9, 2009 by Dave Blum There’s a great article in the latest issue of Inc. Magazine about the “personality makeover” of the CEO of Ruckus Wireless, a Sunnyvale, CA Wi-Fi start up.  By all accounts, Selina Lo is a hard-charging, successful executive leader; at last count, her company had 147 employees and recorded […]

Building Teams & Allignment: with Open Space

Friday, March 6, 2009 by Dave Blum Have you ever been to a conference where there are intentionally no plans, no programs, no designated speakers, and the agenda is made up from scratch that morning?  Well, that’s exactly the crazy/fascinating meeting I attended here in San Francisco this past Tuesday, The event was called “LaidOffCamp“, […]

Watch Your Step, part 2

Thursday, March 5, 2009 by Dave Blum So there I am on a Balinese beach, sitting in the sand, my feet full of sea urchin spines.   (How’s that for a lead sentence!) Sprinting off towards the nearest hotel, my girlfriend, Yumiko, can be seen from a distance, negotiating animatedly with the local t-shirt vendors.  Half an hour […]