Birth of a Clue — Part One

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 by Dave Blum At the end of last Thursday’s treasure hunt in New Orleans, the team leader, Dean, came up to me and asked “So, what we’re all wondering is, how did you ever get into this line of work?”, to which I replied, (with a straight face), “What, leading scavenger […]

Student Journalists write up Dr. Clue

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 by Dave Blum One of the things I love about my business is that our scavenger hunts and team building exercises provide as much benefit to kids as to adults.  It was my delight, then, to be approached recently by Winifred MacLeod, Publisher of Fast Forward magazine, to see if I’d do a hunt for her […]

On the hunt — in New Orleans

Monday, January 12, 2009 by Dave Blum So the good news is, New Orleans seems to be alive and well … at least in the French Quarter.  Last Thursday’s treasure hunt program in “Nawlins” went pretty much the way I remember hunts used to go out there, pre-Katrina. Greeting my group of 25 salesmen from […]

Advanced Clue Creation

Thursday, January 8, 2009 by Dave Blum About once a week, I get a call from someone saying, “My son/wife/husband [fill in the blank] is having a birthday and I need some advice on how to create a scavenger hunt.”  In general, I’m happy to offer free tips for creating social hunts. After all, there […]

Off to Nawlins

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 by Dave Blum Well, I’m off to New Orleans this morning for a treasure hunt gig tomorrow afternoon with Wells Real Estate Funds.  I’m quite looking forward to going out there; I haven’t been to New Orleans since Katrina.  Dr. Clue used to do a lot of programs in “The Big […]

Common Team building Questions

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 by Dave Blum It’s funny how the most salient scavenger hunt ideas tend to come from conversations with clients.  I was on the phone yesterday with Dean Borgh of Wells Real Estate Funds.  Dean is the leader of a sales group scheduled to do a treasure hunt in the New Orleans […]

The Costa Rica story continues

Friday, January 2, 2009 by Dave Blum Continued from last entry… Sorting ourselves out from the accident and assessing the damage — both to the boat and to ourselves — took a few, painful minutes.  Donna had a small cut to the top of her head and two black eyes; Marco was completely unscathed; and Andrea had a […]

The ability to trust

Friday, January 2, 2009 by Dave Blum It was sometime around 2000, while on vacation to Costa Rica, that the accident happened.  I was on a small, four-person boat with my friend Donna, our guide, Andrea, and our ship pilot, Marco, returning from a pleasant daytrip to Corcovado National Park. Minutes away from the beach, Marco informed us that we needed to stop and […]

Teambuilding Solutions in a Tough Economy

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 by Dave Blum I just got off the phone with a previous Dr. Clue client, Cellmark, specialists in the marketing of pulp and paper.  My contact, Vic (who has done scavenger hunts with us in the past), was telling me how much his company’s recycling unit has taken a hit over the last year.  […]

Two Examples of Excellent Customer Service

Monday, December 29, 2008 by Dave Blum As a small business owner, I tend to notice excellent customer service when I experience it.  Over the holidays, I observed two fine examples: 1) Jen and I are scheduled to stay at a B&B in Calistoga, a famed hot spring town in the wine country.  On our way […]