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The Search for the Lost Dutchman's
Gold Mine workshop is widely acknowledged as one of the worlds best experiential learning
exercises. We are proud to be able to deliver the experience to our clients in Australia.
This action-packed and fun-filled simulation is a dramatic and powerful experience which
demonstrates how missions and goals can motivate teamwork and collaboration to optimize
"Mine the Gold" in your organization
The exercise focuses on collaboration as its main
outcome but also provides many insights and understandings with respect to the important
role of leadership on the team, communication, consensus building, working under stress,
resolving conflicts, and continuous quality improvement.
At present we are concentrating on delivering the
simulation with groups of up to 36 people. Team size is 5 or 6 people. The program has been successfully delivered world wide to
11-year olds at a YMCA to top managers at multi-national corporations to shopfloor
personnel in manufacturing plants to executive secretaries at international conferences.
It's outstanding for a highly interactive morning or afternoon event. The group gets to
play and then fully debrief the experience and discuss real opportunities for improvement.
It functions very well within a conference or as a specific training event on team
building, leadership and collaboration. Many organizations use it in multi-day training
and leadership development programs.
Perfect to kickoff a Strategic Planning Event, Goal Setting or Executive retreat.
"Dutchman" is a fun teambuilding simulation for groups that focuses discussion
on mining gold within the organisation. Generally, it focuses on improving leadership and
interdepartmental collaboration, and there are a variety of connections to team-based
issues. Over the past 10 years, Dutchman has entertained and enlightened participants
The simulation is a powerful and proven teambuilding event that plays with organizations
of all kinds. Feedback from sessions is extremely good (generally rated 4.5+ on a 5 point
scale) due to the energy the play creates and to the outstanding debriefing qualities of
the exercise. Players leave with tangible ideas for better communications, teamwork and
Dutchman takes about 2 hours to play, although we suggest you allocate 3 hours for full
discussion and debriefing. Sessions using teams of 6 people and 3 or more teams are
optimal, allowing for intra-team communication and planning as well as themes of
collaboration between teams.
The setting is modern-day Southwestern United States in the Superstition Mountains of
Arizona. Teams go on a search for gold from the famous Lost Dutchman's Mine.
Participants join others at tables set for 6. On the table is a map, Grub Stake of
resource cards, planning tools and other information about the exercise. Putting on cowboy
hats and colorful bandannas (which add visual impact and energy), the group settles in to
hear the history of the Lost Dutchman Mine and to learn the mechanics of the challenge.
Teams have 20 days of 2 minutes each to manage their journey to the mine and back home.
They can choose from 3 paths with varying risks, planning for weather and for optimal use
Once the introduction is concluded, teams have 15 minutes to plan. We then begin play
(roughly 40 minutes), take a break and then begin what is a very flexible and powerful
debriefing. Generally, we complete the entire activity in 3 hours but many users integrate
the game into other training content on leadership, team building, personality styles,
quality improvement and other content. The exercise is metaphor-driven and these metaphors
link beautifully to all sorts of other training paradigms.
More Information on the Benefits of
The Search for the Lost Dutchman's Goldmine
and a listing of just some of the International Corporations
that use the Simulation to bring out the best in their people!
Contact our office today
to discus any of these ideas
and for a full information kit.
All of our Team Building Ideas will
themed and adapted to meet your objectives.
They can also be delivered together in different combinations
to provide a powerful full or multi day event!
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