We’re a small business and some things are just normally out of our range of motion but we wanted to do a Press Release about our 25th year of supporting The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine team building exercise worldwide. It has continued to be a fun and interesting and rewarding experience for me to be supporting so many people and trying to have an impact on people and performance.
Joan created and polished this piece, which I think is outstanding given the limitation of 600 words and the focus of making this an integral part of our interesting company story:
Are Team Building Exercises a Waste of Money?
No, According to New Survey
User survey for “The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine”
finds 100% would recommend the exercise to others based on performance and value
TAYLORS, SC, April 17, 2017—While many people believe that Team Building Events don’t generally work, Users of Performance Management Company’s The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine Team Building Exercise hold a much different belief. Based on results received from a Users’ Survey of Dutchman, 100% of the responders said they would recommend the exercise to others based on its performance outcome and value.
Celebrating its 25th year in the global marketplace, this top performing exercise has helped hundreds of companies generate real discussions about the negative impacts of competition on organizational improvement. Dutchman’s design produces measurable results to clearly show participants how their behaviors sub-optimize outcomes, including the overwhelming choice to compete rather than collaborate.
“A good teambuilding game design, one allowing teams to make choices, can link beautifully to a debriefing focused on making better choices for improving and optimizing organizational improvement. In Dutchman, players readily see the many negative aspects of inter-organizational competition, so we get them to choose alternatives to generate more collaboration and alignment to shared goals and outcomes.”
So says Dr. Scott Simmerman, Dutchman’s creator, a behavioral neurophysiologist specializing in organization performance and Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984.
When about 1/3 of a workforce would forgo a raise to instead see their boss fired, doesn’t it make more sense to build a cohesive team and increase shared goals? And when only 1 in 3 managers are engaged in their jobs, should we not look to do some real things to improve their workplace? Is doing the same thing going to ever generate a different result?
Users value Dutchman because it:
- Easily sets up an engaging, fun learning experience with a successful outcome for any group size or type from shop floor workers to senior management.
- Contains extensive, flexible debriefing materials with solid links to issues of workplace collaboration, leadership development and motivation.
- Clearly shows participants how their behaviors impact ROI for the organization as well as for their own personal improvement.
- Offers real value and measurable impact to their organizations.
- Motivates people, improves performance results and strengthens communications.
While many things are sold as “team building,” few have actual impact. They may be fun, such as playing paintball, but do they change anything; do they create a viable return on investment for the organization? Dutchman has the backing of enthusiastic users, worldwide, in all kinds of organizations who use it to implement strategies or generate alternative choices.
Dutchman also wins for its various purchasing or rental options and is sold for a one-time cost with unlimited use and no per-participant fees. And, its “satisfaction guarantee” has yet to be necessary for purchasers. Visit PMC’s website or contact Scott to learn how Dutchman will lead to constructive outcomes and teamwork for your organization.
About Performance Management Company:
Performance Management Company designs team building exercises and is the creator of The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, its flagship exercise. It is also the creator of Square Wheels® images for organizational improvement that are packaged in various Toolkits for Managers and Supervisors. PMC was founded in 1984 by Scott J. Simmerman, Ph.D., Managing Partner and has been selling its products, worldwide, since 1992.
A partial list of client users: http://www.squarewheels.com/clents.html
It continues to be a great trip, working on team building with my network of users worldwide. AND, we are updating the exercise – if you own it, check with me about a free upgrade of the Intro and Debriefing materials,
For the FUN of It!
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.
One of the best teambuilding exercises in the world, as rated by his users, is The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, which focuses on leadership, collaboration, alignment and focuses on implementing the collective performance optimization ideas.
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Also published on Medium.
Congratulations Dr. Scott for completing 25 exciting years of helping Teams in organizations like Microsoft, American Express, J P Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Fedex, Walmart, Paypal, Sanofi, Kimberly Clark, Citibank and 100’s and 100’s of them globally Collaborate better, bond together, break the issues of silo mentality, build trust with their teams and vice versa, helping them focus on Strategy and equally important focus on implementation of their strategy. All of these through a simple yet a powerful and brilliant Simulation – “The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine”.
Kudos to your brilliance of developing one of the finest board based half day Simulation in the world which by now has been conducted and used by more than 500 organizations globally in more than 34 countries across these 25 years. Globally The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine is the only Business Simulation in the world which is sold as a one time kit cost, most of the others charge a royalty fee on a recurring basis year on year. This Simulation now has been used by organizations – small, medium and Large, Training / Consulting companies, Independent consultants globally and now has also been translated in multiple languages. I heard about this Simulation 15 years back and how it generates a brilliant feedback, learning’s and reflections through the game, is a high energy simulation, can be run for teams as low as 18 participants and can even have more than 300 participants at one go. It is bombproof Simulation and gives 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
With this evergreen Simulation I think, it will continue to get all the more popular throughout the world and Organizations will take advantage of breaking the silo mentality of their teams, help them to Collaborate better, help them to focus on Strategy and equally on implementation of their strategy etc through this simple but powerful board based half day Business Simulation. My best wishes to you Dr. Scott Simmerman.