Testimonials on Large Group Teambuilding Event – Lost Dutchman

Since 1993, The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine has been used for large group events focused on team building, inter-organizational collaboration and the optimizing of group performance. It is a unique and powerful educational exercise that is easy to run and high impact.

In this slideshare powerpoint show, we have put a variety of client and user testimonials, some from consultant users doing training events, some from people delivering large group professional events, and others directly from clients.

A series of testimonial slides from users of Dutchman teambuilding

There are 30+ testimonials about how the Lost Dutchman team building game impacts issues of people and performance, and how the exercise helps people align to visions and missions and strategies for organizational improvement.

The exercise generates intrinsic motivation and teamwork that can support a wide variety of organizational improvement efforts. It is easily customized and readily debriefed.

Click on the icon to see a 3-minute video on how you can debrief the exercise:

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We also rent the exercise for large group events, or you can purchase it for repeated usage. You get our complete support and can see how well it works in the testimonial from Megan in the slideshare program above.

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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.

 
Connect with Scott on Google+ – you can reach Scott at scott@squarewheels.com

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Scott’s blog on People and Performance is here.

 

 

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Team Building and Strategy Implementation – a Testimonial

Robin Speculand, with Bridges Business Consultancy in Singapore, about his long term use of The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine for senior executive teambuilding events throughout Asia.

Speculand Testimonial LDGM 60You can find out more about Robin’s work by visiting his new portal for organizational improvement and strategy implementation by visiting this website.

I edited the text to make it fit the slide. What Robin said was a bit more extensive and I repost it below.

For the FUN of It!

Scott Simmerman is the managing partner of Performance Management Company

The complete text of Robin’s testimonial about Lost Dutchman’s team building game:
My singular focus since I started Bridges Business Consultancy Int in 2000, is supporting leaders to successfully execute their strategy by ensuring they understand the importance of implementation and providing a framework that is so often missing. I have published two international bestsellers on the subject and just recently we launched the first ever portal in the world dedicated to strategy implementation – The Implementation Hub.

Ensuring leaders fully understand what it takes to implement strategy is a tough challenge as most leaders underestimate what it takes. I personally teach leaders in understanding that today you need both the ability to craft the right strategy and the skills to execute it. Most leaders have been taught how to plan but not how execute and as result most implementations fail.

I use the Lost Dutchman in my workshops as it is a phenomenal business simulation that brings to life the tough challenge of both planning and executing in a highly interactive and engaging manner. I have been running the Dutchman for 19 years now and it has never failed to impact leaders and demonstrate the key learnings.
 
If you are looking for a business simulation that will engage your leaders, allow them to understand the importance of planning, executing, communicating and collaborating then the Lost Dutchman is one of the best. Also I have lived and worked in SE Asia for 25 years now and the Dutchman works amazingly well across different cultures.

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Testimonial on Senior Manager Retreat

This was from a session for 60 senior global managers of a large scientific product manufacturer. The session was targeted tightly toward setting up 2.5 more days of collaboration and project design and implementation.

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It felt really good to get this done at such a high level and with so much interaction.

Scott Simmerman, team building facilitator

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.

 
Connect with Scott on Google+ – you can reach Scott at scott@squarewheels.com

Follow Scott’s posts on Pinterest: pinterest.com/scottsimmerman/
Scott’s blog on Poems and Quips on Workplace Improvement is here.

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A regular user of Lost Dutchman Team Building Exercise shares a testimonial

One of our Canadian customers had these nice things to say about his regular use of The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine for his different team building opportunities.

From 8 to 130 people, it works great!

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It is great to have developed an exercise that works so well to build collaboration between teams and to generate better communications and collaboration. I love selling it and I love delivering the game and debriefing it for the many positive impacts.

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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. 
Connect with Scott on Google+ – you can reach Scott at scott@squarewheels.com

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The text of what he said:

Comments about The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Mine Simulation:

It’s rare to find a simulation that works well with small groups (ex. 8 participants) as well as with with groups of over 100 participants. it’s an excellent simulation for stressing the importance of planning, collaboration and communication.

It’s a great team-building exercise and easy to learn and facilitate. We’ve used it 9 or 10 times over the last 24 months with groups from 8 to 130 and have not really found any downsides to the simulation.

Andy M., Ottawa, Canada

 

 

 

 

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Testimonials on Lost Dutchman team building exercise

Here are a couple more testimonials from my network of satisfied consultant users of The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. Let the fun continue and may we all generate the kinds of desired learning outcomes that we desire.

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The above from Singapore and Denmark, two pretty different cultures but where we generate similar kinds of impacts on learning and organizational improvement opportunities.

Have FUN out there, and Keep Them Learning!

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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. 
Connect with Scott on Google+ – you can reach Scott at scott@squarewheels.com

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Testimonials from LinkedIn home page of Scott Simmerman from these two skilled consultant trainers

David Lim, CSP :

“WOW, what can I say. Scott is the BEST at what he does. From Square Wheels to outside the box thinking, Scott is the one for you. Hire Scott for your team events. Hire Scott as a speaker. Just connect with Scott on the phone. It will change the way you think!!” November 23, 2011

Per Pilgaard, Owner, pilgaard+partners

“Scott is incredibly a gifted person who’s natural intellect and his ability is only matched by his inspiring determination to succeed in all spheres of life. He used his amazing experience and knowledge to great advantage not only for his own development but for the benefit of all around him. He is always approachable and affable, able to quickly get to the heart of the matter and gives constructive advice in a supportive manner. To top it all off, Scott is a wonderfully warm person who is highly respected and deeply admired by everyone around him for his powerful tools Square Wheels & Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine Business Simulation. If you’re looking for someone who is passionate about working with people, has a determined and assertive attitude himself and walks the talk, I would highly recommend Scott. I wish him all the very best!!!” December 13, 2011

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“A Program of Exceptional Value” – a Testimonial on Lost Dutchman teambuilding exercise

Here is a testimonial from a long-time user of Lost Dutchman who builds the exercise into his trainings that use DISC and other personal and organizational development tools.

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We think that you will also fine that The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine is a great tool for so many different kinds of organizational development activities in addition to its main use for improving collaboration and generating organizational alignment.

If we can help you with your improvement initiatives, let us know. We sell games for small groups, larger groups and really large groups. We can also rent the exercise for a one-time event and supply you with all the coaching and support you need to have a great event.

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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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You can easily reach Scott at scott@squarewheels.com

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“Scott is a very creative person who has designed programs of exceptional value. We have been working with Scott in the delivery of his Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine for quite a few years with excellent results. In addition to creating a wonderful product, Scott provides exceptional customer service. He has always been there for us as we have questions or suggestions for improvements – and in a very friendly way. We feel he is part of our team.” November 17, 2011

Rick Stamm

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Consultant finds Lost Dutchman to be highly effective team building tool

Russ has used our exercise for a number of years in different kinds of consulting situations, not so much for training. The key is to generate some alignment of the management team toward shared goals and collaboration:

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Some of the best feedback we get about the strength and effectiveness of this exercise focused on collaboration is from those who only use the exercise on an occasional basis, to meet some key need.

 

SCOTT Green THUMB 10Dr. 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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Here is what Russ said:

 

Outstanding Results!

I use this product to help build successful teams. The lesson taught is one no one will ever forget. I have used this program a number of times and have always gotten great results. You will love it!

Russ at Aspen Business Group, Glenwood Springs, CO

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Large Group Team Building for a Large Company – a testimonial on Lost Dutchman

Some large companies have regular situations where they want an effective experiential learning event for large groups of employees or managers. A large Canadian retailer purchased our Professional Version of The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine so that they could regularly run sessions of 50 to 100 people in their stores and in their regions.

Testimonial on Lost Dutchman from Kyla at Sobey's

There are few programs that work with groups this big, that are this dependable and effective, and which are as downright inexpensive as Lost Dutchman (or Square Wheels)!

Here are Kyla’s comments in their entirety:

I led the Search for The Lost Dutchman’s gold mine for our Store Manager development as part of their annual store manager’s conference.  One of the areas the company wanted to focus on was collaboration. Our Store Managers do a good job collaborating within their teams; however, they viewed the other teams as competitors and didn’t share best practices to help the organization achieve better results.  Since the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine was about collaborating both among and between teams, I thought this exercise would be perfect.  

The feedback from the participants was fabulous. Comments included:

  • Very effective activity. It made all of us take a different look at the way we currently do business and realize how much better we could all be.
  • Certainly changed my thinking of collaboration. Pushed the “big picture” home. Was entertaining and fast paced-so much more enjoyable than a download of info.
  • Best morning that I have ever spent at a conference. It was enlightening and enjoyable…perfect way to learn.
  • I think everyone in our session learned a valuable lesson, in that we could have earned more gold with better co-operation among teams …everyone would win was the lesson.
  • Shows we still have a ways to go, we need to learn where to focus our competitive tendencies (on our competitors not between ourselves)
  • It really makes you stop and think of the importance of teamwork, not just at store level, but between stores, offices and warehouses.
  • Very impactful in relating to looking at our business but in a different way, but in the end it’s all about TEAM.

During the game, there were a few “aha” moments but what really brought the point home was the debriefing.  There was a lot of great debriefing material to use and I focused on how the game paralleled our business and how much better the results could be if we collaborated better as an organization. 

Scott was extremely supportive and was always available to answer my questions or give me suggestions.  I would recommend this game to anyone that wanted to build collaboration among and between teams.  It is fun and effective!

After renting the game to initially test it with two large groups, we bought the Professional Edition to run this company-wide.

Kyla, Director, Learning and Development with a large retailing organization

In the words of George Peppard in the old TV show, The A-Team,
   I love it when a plan comes together!

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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. 
Connect with Scott on Google+ – you can reach Scott at scott@squarewheels.com

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Testimonial about the Lost Dutchman’s teambuilding for city government

Here is a comment from one of the people who has just begun using The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine as a teambuilding exercise. delivering it with her leadership team as a test and, having come back and purchasing a Professional Version of the exercise to use throughout city government:

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Patti and I have had numerous long discussions about the team building game and I am really glad that she is having the broad positive outcomes that she reports.

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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. 
Connect with Scott on Google+ – you can reach Scott at scott@squarewheels.com

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We use this as both a customized course for specific departments and for open enrollment classes. Classes rank this as being one of the best hands-on tools allowing participants to experience topic prior to debrief and driving home an idea or concept. Very flexible and can help with multiple topic areas. GREAT, and well worth the investment.

Patti Greer, City of Virginia Beach, VA

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Testimonial about the Lost Dutchman’s teambuilding simulation

Here is a comment from one of the people who has repeatedly used The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine as a teambuilding simulation for a variety of different clients:

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Steve has owned our Lost Dutchman exercise for a dozen years and has delivered sessions for team building and organizational development all over the midwest.

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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. 
Connect with Scott on Google+ – you can reach Scott at scott@squarewheels.com

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OUTSTANDING!!
Simply Superb! We use this program all over the country with our clients and it is ALWAYS rated as one of the best programs delivered. Works in all types of companies and drives organizations toward Collaboration and Teamwork!
The debrief options allow you to fully customize the delivery to any audience. Well designed and easy to deliver. That, combined with all of the knowledge and support of Dr. Scott, and you have the best Team Building simulation out there… BAR NONE!
Steve Welland, SDI Consulting

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