Today, you can access a wide variety of team building activities free and online. There are simple interactive designs from the “low ropes” kinds of suppliers as well as more formal simulations and packages that you can purchase.
On our Square Wheels website, you can find a variety of different (and free) game frames such as The Egg Drop Auction and a number of LEGO game designs, complete with debriefing frameworks. And that site is one of hundreds of similar places. You can also join groups and networks focused on gaming and simulations on LinkedIn as well as from people like Tom Heck at teachmeteamwork.com
Some companies sell their team building products. We offer, The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine in a variety of formats for different sized groups. We offer rentals as well as outright purchases with no per-participant costs or annual licenses or certification fees. We will even rent the game for large group events at what is a very reasonable cost.
Other programs for team building exist and a simple search will turn up dozens of vendors, worldwide.
We get feedback saying that our combination of low costs and the focus on collaboration allow for a great deal of real-world behavioral change. Dutchman offers measurable results and tracking of lost revenues when collaboration is not optimal. Other games allow less of a business focus and depend greatly on the facilitation skills of the leader to link behaviors to desired future business outcomes.
We think Lost Dutchman is the best game there is, based on this combination of business relevancy, business challenge, congruency of leadership to issues of organizational support, the links between collaboration and improved outcomes, and the effective, simple and constructive debriefing possibilities.
At this location, you can find a direct listing of benefits of Dutchman as well as a comparison of features and benefits to a commonly known exercise called, Gold of the Desert Kings. You can contact Eagle’s Flight directly for more information about that exercise, its costs, etc. They requested that I not provide a link to their website.
We are more than happy to host a discussion of issues and opportunities and values of different training programs and processes here.
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Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.
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