Solving the puzzles of networking

Friday, December 5, 2008 by Dave Blum As I’m fond of saying, “We live in a puzzle culture”.  Heck, hop on a plane sometime if you don’t believe me. You’re bound to see at least half a dozen people noodling away at a crossword puzzle or sudoku, with a kid or two in the back […]

A Puzzle-riffic Wedding

Thursday, December 4, 2008 by Dave Blum In a recent post, I listed a variety of my favorite scavenger hunt ideas and suggested a few innovative ways to use puzzles in our daily lives.  One of the treasure hunt ideas I neglected to mention, however, was:  Announce Events. I mean, why send out a simple Evite when you […]

Victims, Heroes and Villains

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 by Dave Blum One of my favorite books in recent years is Gary Harper’s “The Joy of Conflict Resolution“.  Harper, a trainer, writer and facilitator based in Vancouver, is a member of the instructional team of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute of B.C.  His book bears the subtitle:  […]

The Monk and the Tiger

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 by Dave Blum The other day, I was re-reading one of my favorite inspirational books, Sylvia Boorstein’s short and pithy “It’s Easier Than You Think“, and came across this parable: “A monk was being chased by a tiger toward the edge of a cliff.  He leaps off the cliff, grasping a […]

Getting in the Flow

Monday, December 1, 2008 by Dave Blum A few years back, I attended a NASAGA conference session led by Bernie DeKoven. He spoke to us about the elusive quality of “flow”, a term much-popularized by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  According to DeKoven, the “flow” state is that feeling of being “in the zone”, when we feel like we’re at one with […]

Things We Do

Saturday, November 29, 2008 by Dave Blum For those of you who haven’t yet made it to my website, Dr. Clue is the company I founded in 1995.  Our six featured team building activities serve clients in the following ways: 1) Our puzzle-based Treasure Hunts allow participants to navigate around a given city neighborhood, museum or resort, discovering […]

Favorite Treasure Hunt Movies

Saturday, November 29, 2008 by Dave Blum When looking for new scavenger hunt ideas and treasure hunt ideas, I often turn to the movies for inspiration.  As described in an earlier blog, scavenger hunts are defined as the search for objects on a scavenger hunt list.  Treasure hunts, by contrast, are a journey that moves along via […]

Five Ways to Use Clues in “The Real World”

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 by Dave Blum We live in a clue and puzzle culture, thanks in large part to the amazing popularity of The Amazing Race, National Treasure, The DaVinci Code and similar TV shows and movies.  The entertainment media has clearly latched onto treasure hunt clues and scavenger hunt lists for the fun, […]

Shifting the Pardigm on Zero Sum Games

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 by Dave Blum My wife, Jen, and I were playing the card game, Bohnanza, Saturday night, and there I was losing — badly.  I believe the technical term is “getting whomped.”  The fact that Jen was routing me at a card game is not entirely earth shattering; she’s a brilliant gal, a Stanford Ph.D., and […]


Monday, November 24, 2008 by Dave Blum Should we talk about business when conducting off-sites?  During a treasure hunt last week at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, I was confronted with this very same question.  The client, Baxa Corporation, was preparing for an upcoming product launch; their offsite at the museum was to be their final […]