Management Lesson: Watch Your Step!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 by Dave Blum What were *you* doing back in 1987?  If you’re a Millennial, you may not even have even been born yet!  (Wow, that makes me feel OLD.) For my part, back in the later 80’s I was foot-loose and fancy free, having just finished a two-year stint teaching English […]

Scavenger Hunt Ideas: 3 Ways to build a list

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 by Dave Blum Here are three types of scavenger hunt lists you’ll want to consider when creating your own DIY team building exercises: 1) A List of Items: When we were kids, our parents often set up our birthday or holiday scavenger hunts around the house or neighborhood.  After receiving the […]

Team-building: Building-in Imperfection

Monday, March 2, 2009 by Dave Blum >Years ago while teaching English in Japan, I was struck by the fact that many of the female models and pop stars had (at least) one crooked tooth.  Clearly there was some peculiarly Asian aesthetic going on here that I was missing, an aesthetic that was very different […]

More Advanced Treasure Hunting…

Friday, February 27, 2009 by Dave Blum A couple of days ago, I wrote about last weekend’s Bay Area Treasure Hunt (BATH), run by our Dr. Clue puzzle writer, Alexandra Dixon.  Well, James (also a Dr. Clue puzzle writer) filmed the whole day for our team and put it up on YouTube.  As you can […]

Star Trek treasure hunt cruise

Thursday, February 26, 2009 by Dave Blum Over the years, I’ve been amazed and amused by the odd treasure hunt ideas that have come across my plate.  (I guess that’s what happens when you combine corporate team building activities and scavenger hunts for a living.) For instance, at one point I was in serious talks with an LA production […]

Enneagram — part 2

Friday, February 20, 2009 by Dave Blum The beauty of the Enneagram is: 1) You don’t need to take a multiple-choice exam to determine your type; you simply read a list of descriptions and decide, on your own, which type best fits you. 2) Each type has at least two off-shoots: a positive side and a negative side.  […]

Personality Styles: the Enneagram — part 1

Friday, February 20, 2009 by Dave Blum Most everyone these days, at some point or another in their professional lives, has taken part in corporate team building activities centered around personality styles — whether it’s Myers-Briggs, Disc Profle, or any of a dozen other systems out on the market.  It can be pretty useful stuff.  For example, my […]

Artists Hold Building-Naming Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, February 19, 2009 by Dave Blum I was interested to see today an article in the Tucson Citizen, titled “Scavenger Hunt to Help on Ideas for Vacant Buildings.” According to the piece, “Three artists are putting on a Downtown Scavenger Hunt to generate ideas from participants on what can be done with 10 […]

Should Team Building Be a Surprise?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 by Dave Blum One of the first things I always ask new clients when booking one of our corporate team building activities is: “Do the participants know that they’re going to be doing a treasure hunt?” Inevitably, the answer is, “No, we’ve been keeping it a secret. We want it to be […]

The Three C’s of Teambuilding Selection

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 by Dave Blum A client called me yesterday to inform me that she was putting the selection of this year’s team building activities up for a company-wide vote.  Her entire staff had been offered a choice: a day of solving Dr. Clue’s treasure hunt clues OR a day of team cooking lessons […]