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Team Building and Collaboration for Performance Improvement

A variety of recent emails and phone calls have gotten me re-energized. It seems as though a whole new bunch of people have gotten interested in doing our Lost Dutchman teambuilding exercise with their managers and staff to help them focus on overall organizational improvement and alignment. I say that because these are people who […]

Interdepartmental Collaboration’s Vital Link to Organizational Profitability

HR Management Magazine asked me for an article a while back and I thought to make a copy of it available here, since I think it is well-illustrated, clear and focused on the issue of impacts and profitability as they relate to teambuilding. You can find access to the article at the bottom of this […]

Generating LESS Collaboration? Really?? And how about even MORE Collaboration!

I am sitting in a restaurant with a not-to-be-named old friend and customer and we are talking about why he sometimes uses a competitive product in his team building trainings. His comment is basically that, “The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine generates TOO MUCH collaboration among the players and between the tabletops.” And […]

Team Building and Collaboration for Performance Improvement – Large Event Management

The past week has been really interesting, since I have had the chance to talk to a lot of people who are now going to start doing some team building within their organizations. Normally, my conversations are generally with consultants and trainers who have been doing these kinds of things and are looking for some […]


My associates in Mumbai sent me a bunch of videos, and a week ago, Solomon Salvis mentioned that Amit Suvarna had put together a new video on Square Wheels. It is always neat to see someone else pick up on my themes and put their ideas together. They spin things differently than I would sometimes, […]

On Collaboration and Decision-Making

Games like The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine can make some really difficult concepts much easier to dissect and discuss. Collaboration and decision-making tend to be pretty intense activities in so many situations. In the team building exercises we deliver, the Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing acts all get accomplished in a 15 […]

Motivation, Collaboration, Engagement and Dis-Un-Empowerment*

* Dis-un-empowerment: The removal of those performance-influencing factors (real or believed) that are thought to be un-empowering by the individual or individuals. And we can define Motivation as the absence of de-motivating factors. The concept of empowering people is really a difficult one – lots of things have been written about it over the years but […]

Why do teams compete? Collaboration offers more positive benefits?

Teams and teamwork are a lot about choice and choices. Teams will often choose NOT to collaborate if they feel that competition offers them more benefits. But does competition really do much to support overall organizational results. More often than not, the answer is that competition measurably sub-optimizes organizational results. Clearly. I tried to collect […]

“Use All Your Strength” – A Story on Learning and Improvement

Performance Management Company is collaborating with companies worldwide to improve teamwork and collaboration with its teambuilding game, The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine.

Implementing Round Wheels to fix your Square Wheels

An overview of how Square Wheels can improve engagement and communications within a workgroup. It is a simple process that always generates results.

Power, Petit Tyrants, Sharking and Performance

Leaders sometimes engage in petit tyrant behaviors that have negative impacts on others and that sub-optimizes long term performance. Here are some thoughts.

The Virtual Version of The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine teambuilding game

An overview of the about-to-be-released VIRTUAL version of The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine team building simulation.

New Virtual Team Building Business Simulation – Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine

The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine is being released as a virtual teambuilding simulation for remote workers.

I need a co-author and front person for a business on managing and leading change

If you are reading this, you are probably familiar with at least some of my works. My thoughts now turn to “leaving a legacy” and generating some ways to more permanently embedding my theme of Square Wheels® into the business literature. At age 73, I am motivated by the idea of writing a book and […]

Teambuilding with Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, and the coming VIRTUAL version

Scott Simmerman has developed a virtual version of his team building simulation, The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, first released as a board game in 1993 and used worldwide.

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