Square Wheels provides the trainer with the opportunity to modify, adjust, adapt and then adopt the concepts for their own training needs. I recommend it.
Bob Pike, CSP and Author, The Creative Training Techniques Handbook.
Square Wheels has been easy to understand and has paved the way for my associates to share their ideas for continuous improvement and quality. Square Wheels has also helped my company begin to take down the barriers to effective communication, not to mention it is fun!
Ryan Hendley, CEO, IH Services
In our 4-year journey with Total Quality, I have not found a training product as unique, easy-to-use and simple yet powerful in its delivery of many of the lessons in continuous improvement as Square Wheels.
Jay Wenberg, Training Manager, Lorillard
I have been a great fan of yours. Your approach is one of the greatest breakthroughs in training that I have seen for such a long time. Wonderful elegance, interactivity, and sharing. Your approach is totally compatible with my desired approach to training.
Thiagi (firstname.lastname@example.org) - www.thiagi.com
Using the cartoons, I was able to express what tends to be a very emotional message in such a way that everyone understood and became willing to participate in a problem-solving discussion. By the end of the session, the entire group was communicating and moving in the same direction with common goals.
Loren Stauffer, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
I've enthusiastically recommended Square Wheels to several of my colleagues and will continue to do so!
Randy Ransleben, Ransleben Consulting
I can tell you in a word, it was a HIT!
Margo Patrick, T & D Manager, W.H. Smith Group
Deming says organizations need to allow for the intrinsic motivation resulting from positive management support for change in a learning environment. Old systems of extrinsic rewards and punishers do not work and will not be effective. He takes the position that quality will not improve without "profound knowledge" which is built on an understanding of how organizations, systems and people work.
To help achieve this "profound knowledge," organizations will need to have flexible and powerful training tools that are simple to deliver, easy to understand, and straightforward in their applications to organizational development needs. We believe that this exercise offers these benefits and high value.
So far so good -- Now, how do we do it?
Organizations need high-impact tools to improve quality, teamwork and leadership. Experiential exercises have proven to be of great benefit when directly linked to business issues. Feedback from users has been extraordinary: impacts are long-term and participants have fun.
Simulations (games and exercises) serve as a memorable and powerful experience for learning and development. The Search for The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine generates behaviors that people link to a variety of organizational improvement opportunities, sets up possibilities and metaphors for change.
Square Wheels and Dutchman generate an extraordinary level of energy, one that many people link to a positive job experience in their personal history. It demonstrates, on a personal level, the criticality of a shared mission, a focus on the task to be accomplished and the need for specific goals and measured results -- concepts that match the essential elements of a learning organization.
Gordon Housworth, Intellectual Capital Group - email@example.com
I found it very effective, people always want to join in - we now use the terms "Square Wheels" and "Round Wheels" when communicating (probably sounds a bit strange to those not yet in the know).
Duncan McMurdo - Hong Kong
* - Jill Dodwell-Groves, Manager of Training for Jardines Pacific in Hong Kong
NOBODY asks the expedition leader for help or advice. Not only that, when I asked why no one asked me for help, assistance or advice, one woman said, "Well, we didn't trust you!"
Scott, thanks for a GREAT training vehicle in the Lost Dutchmen.
I finished up a college course at a local university by having the "teams" play the Dutchmen. All the students are working adults in an evening degree completion program. The business course covered Working Teams and Relationships. The Dutchman was the "capstone" exercise near the end of the course. They loved it....the "blew" it...they had some profound learning in the debrief. Nearly all of them plan to write their final exam (take home) on the lessons they learned in the mountains.
We did the exercise on a Monday evening and the debrief on Wednesday. I was surprised at how well they held onto the experience during the two day break.
Thanks again...I am a Dutchman fan.
Bob Strange, San Antonio Water System
Scott excels in a number of areas. For example, he possesses excellent platform skills and is one of the best instructors I have observed. He engages his audience and stimulates their thinking and understanding with provocative exercises and activities.
Scott is a also a noted author of what I consider to be among the best simulations/exercises available in the training field today - "The Search For the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine" and the "Big Book of Square Wheels". I use both in the Leadership Development Programs I conduct at the University of Wisconsin and at presentations throughout the world. Scott has always been timely with help and suggestions for different formats and adjustments I need to make with respect to these exercises. He also continues to develop them, integrating new ideas and improvements with each year.
John P. Keenan, Ph.D., Director, Leadership Development Programs / Associate Professor of Management, University of Wisconsin - firstname.lastname@example.org
David Crookes, Senior Advisor, Vocational Training Council of Hong Kong
Whenever we can produce belly laughter, profound learning, and bottom-line results in the same round, it is a special experience that will not be forgotten.
Dr. Joe Marshall, Resource Management of Boston
In fact, a number of GMs have told me that it is the first time ever they have been given such a tool to use back at the hotel. They have been asking for some time for a tool they could take back to enhance a teambuilding effort. This really appears to be it.
Bill Ernest, Market Director, Marriott
Got the info Monday - absolutely brilliant. I did a new staff induction on Monday and ended up with fifteen minutes to kill whilst waiting for the service manager to introduce herself so I got out the overhead of Square Wheels. No preparation - very little introduction - very little explanation. I put it on the projector and simply said - "What do you see happening here?"
I was amazed by the amount of discussion it actually generated and was sorry that we had to cut it short. Ten out of ten.
Ray Morgan, Executive Vice President, Hongkong Bank
I have utilized the Square Wheels concept with several of our clients as a way to start discussions with a fun and powerful metaphor that really speaks to their experiences.
Gregg Baron, President, Success Sciences
Its use of simple, but creative drawings and metaphors invite learner participation, involvement, and feedback. You start by showing a drawing of some people pushing and pulling a wagon with Square Wheels. You make a few comments about it. This humorous and engaging drawing is guaranteed to break the ice by starting a lively discussion about how things are done within the organization. By following up with the other drawings, you guide the discussion through a number of subjects such as motivation, teamwork, change, leadership, and continuous improvement.
If you are implementing any Organization Development project, then you definitely need Square Wheels to bring out the best in your organization!
Don Clark Don "Big Dog" Clark's Book Review of "Managing and Leading Productivity"
Square Wheels is an excellent tool, with well-written text, great visuals and a must for any company or individual who is serious about change and making improvements!
Nic Stevens, Harris Methodist Hospital System - email@example.com
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