Consultants and trainers have found The Search for the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine to be a truly excellent teaching tool. Just take a look at our testimonials - some are included below!
It can be used as an organizational event for a retreat or a simulation for a training session on leadership. It is both fun as well as challenging and was designed to be a powerful learning tool that can link to a wide variety of real-world organizational issues and opportunities.
Behaviors generated in the game easily connect back to numerous common performance management and leadership improvement opportunities within most organizations.
Dutchman is used to teach motivational skills to supervisors ("What made the play so motivational? What things can we do differently in our organization to focus more people on mining more Gold? and similar questions) or leadership skills to top management (feedback, measurements, consequences and ideas about engaging and involving people).
You'll find Dutchman is great for generating action-oriented discussions about inter-organizational collaboration and teamwork at any level of the organization. Debriefings can focus on the issues and behaviors generated by the experience that often illustrate real-life behaviors in the organization.
The Western theme can easily be accessorized with a variety of items, including hats, bandannas, confetti, posters, coffee cups, t-shirts, and many other items. A catalog can be provided by one of our suppliers and you can purchase the accessories without a markup, minimizing your long-term costs.
A few of the 100s of testimonials about Dutchman's effectiveness:
"It's easy to facilitate and the insights gained are significant. This is the perfect retreat exercise that stimulates self insight and broader thinking while helping to breakdown the barriers to collaboration."
Denise Voncannon, University Medical Center
"When you need to discover what needs to be done for improvement, I suggest people start with The Dutchman. An outstanding exercise."
Karl Closs, Chad's Ford, PA
"The Lost Dutchman exercise is a proven, consistent winner with my clients. I've used it in dozens of organizations, from community colleges to Fortune 50's, and it has always been a huge success. Thank you, Dr. Simmerman."
Mike Robinson, Triad Training, Greensboro, NC
"The lessons Lost Dutchman taught about the value of cooperation will be of tremendous benefit to our participants... I thank you for the excellent quality of your presentation and for the worthwhile results."
Ann Yancey, Director, Leadership South Carolina (7 years of consecutive delivery with LSC)
"Best of all, the learnings from (the exercise) are easily transferred to the workplace in short, the simulation is value-added to the bottom line."
Robert Staub, Staub - Peterson
"... A goldmine of team development and training ideas. With just a few hours of preparation, you helped me look like an old pro at leading the game."
James McCammon, Isothermal College
"Several people saw the mistakes coming but still made them. A marvelous learning and bonding for a new company formed out of 3 old ones."
Robin Restall, J. Walter Thompson
"Dutchman has provided a wonderful platform to build learning experiences for my various clients, who range in age from 10 to 75. It is an affordable game that requires no additional site licensing, which frees me up to modify and adapt the game each time based on client needs. Its message of collaboration is a timeless reminder of the opportunities that are available to us each day as we interact with the people in our lives."
Rick Anderson, Vice President, OUM & Associates
"The Lost Dutchman game is dynamite. The game is eloquently designed -- simple and quick to play yet packed with explosive power. The Lost Dutchman is unquestionably the best training game I have ever seen for teaching teamwork. In the written evaluations, over 80% of participants stated we should use it with other groups in the hospital. This is quite an endorsement of your creation."
Sam Tolbert, Director of Planning, Self Memorial Hospital
"This is not just a game! Our opening to Applebee University proved to be an enlightening experience, more than we expected from a game. Your astute guidance and keen insight made our Sunday evening opening a true hit. Best of luck with The Lost Dutchman and my unqualified recommendation goes out to any organization."
Matt Carpenter, Executive Director of Training, Applebee's
Pictures of Play - this will take some time to load and contains pictures from a game in Denmark and Jeff Taylor's fabulous scene and set-up in Atlantic City.
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