Today, you can easily find a wide variety of team building and team bonding activities, free and online. You can find simple games and game materials or more formal simulation designs and packages from vendors like Trainers Warehouse.
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. This is an actual business development simulation, focused on alignment to visions and goals and that reinforces the idea that collaboration offers many more benefits to optimizing results than does competition.
PMC offers rentals as well as outright purchases with no per-participant costs or annual licenses or certification fees.
You can rent a fully supported game for large group events at a very reasonable cost. You get full support for a very low per-participant cost and can deliver it yourself, using your leadership team. That option gives you an amazingly powerful impact on helping to change the organizational culture.
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.
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Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement products. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant who designs simple,
powerful learning tools.
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I still come back to “Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine” time and time again. A classic in my war chest of indoor experiential activities. A really good investment. My other favourites are “colour blind” and “hidden assumptions” which I think came out the the UK.