This is a powerful team building game that can be delivered to groups ranging from 8 to more than 600. (One client ran a session of 980 people.) It is interactive, engaging and fun but is a great teaching and learning game for team building and other topics. It also links to many different key themes of organizational improvement, leadership and collaboration.
The setting is modern-day Southwestern United States in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, making it easy to accessorize for large conference gatherings. The main theme is Mining Gold, which has applications to profit and productivity improvement.
The exercise focuses on collaboration as its main outcome. It also links to issues of quality, leadership, systems, communications and a variety of other organizational issues.
Team size is 5 or 6 people and there is no limit to the number of participants.
We've successfully delivered sessions for:
-- groups of 8 and groups of 600
-- 11-year olds at a YMCA to the very most senior managers at multinational corporations
-- shopfloor personnel in manufacturing plants to executive secretaries at international conferences
-- systems programmers to project managers and bank employees
-- equipment sales people to church members
It's outstanding for a highly interactive morning or afternoon event. In 3.5 to 4 hours, the group gets to play and then fully debrief the event and discuss real opportunities for improvement. It functions very well as a full-day conference within a conference or as a specific training event on team building, leadership and collaboration.
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Dutchman is a great way for teams to experience issues of communication, resource management and team dynamics common to the workplace. During debriefing, team behaviors are linked to opportunities to improve collaboration, leadership, teamwork and communications critical to optimizing results. Participative, visual and interactive, it produces an excellent learning environment in a high-impact and memorable way.
- Plays in 2 hours, allowing debriefing in a morning or afternoon session
- Played with groups from 8 to 600. Ideal size probably 36 or so. Works well with 150!
- Clearly shows the value of cross-functional / interdepartmental team work and process improvement
- Provides simple metaphors about how things really work, including a series of Square Wheels cartoons directly linked to the simulation and metaphors
- Allows for powerful debriefings and interactive discussions focused on leading organizations, motivating people, risk-taking, communications and systems thinking
- Team building, innovation and creativity
- Realigning missions and visions / how to motivate people and organizations
- Leadership training and supervisory skills development
- Communications skills training (direct links to personality styles, NLP, etc.)
- Continuous quality and service quality improvement
- Energizing of existing quality programs and SPC training
- Executive Development Retreats
Extraordinarily useful as an anchor point for multiple day retreats and for week-long management development programs, it presents an assortment of metaphors that can be easily linked to critical organizational objectives of team work, quality, leadership, missions and alignment and many other issues facing organizations today.
People play a game and then learn through a facilitated discussion about motivation, leadership, collaboration, communications, systems, resource management, problem analysis, competition and other factors that relate closely to their behavior.
It is an action learning paradigm that is engaging, entertaining and practical. It is also interesting and fun to deliver and observe.
A partial (and older) list of our diverse clients includes:
Georgia Hospital Association
Robin Restall (Venezuela)
Rowan Cabarrus Community College
R. C. Taylor Associates
DBS Land (Singapore)
Advantage Plus Group
Alan Welch & Associates
Asian Institute of Management
First Union Banking Corporation
Duty Free Shoppers
Hilton Head Hospital
Isothermal Community College
Sacramento School District
Burson Marsteller (Singapore)
Old Kent Bank
Hong Kong Education Department
J. Walter Thompson
National Productivity Institute (Pretoria)
Kiawah Island Resort
Self Hospital (SC)
Univ. of Wisconsin
Singapore Education Ministry
Thomson Consumer Electronics
University of South Carolina
University of Michigan
Intellectual Capital Group
Quest Learning (Malaysia)
Quest Consulting (Hong Kong)
Retirement Management Corp.
Northland Baptist Bible College
National Productivity Institute of South Africa
Pitt County Hospital
Harris Memorial Hospital
MADRAS and Company Consultants
Hong Kong Education Ministry
Arkansas School Principal Leadership Academy
and hundreds of others throughout the world. We have a large network of consultants and associates able to deliver the simulation, worldwide. Click here to see a listing of some of our international consultant owners
Contact Scott Simmerman for a question or more information at Scott@SquareWheels.com
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