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A proven, powerful and flexible tool for team building events, leadership training, retreats, management training and organizational development training
"Dutchman" is a fun team building simulation that focuses on themes of leadership, planning and communications. It is THE world-class exercise on inter-team collaboration. We know of no other exercise that is as engaging and effective in the world marketplace (and this game is used worldwide!). Over the past 15 years, Dutchman has entertained and enlightened participants worldwide.
Read the information below if you desire general information about the exercise and its outcomes. Click on the links to the left for detailed information. There is a LOT of explanatory information about the exercise on this site since its purpose it more for support of our products than sales. Please go to www.PerformanceManagementCompany.com for purchasing this exercise.
Dutchman is a powerful and proven team building event that plays with organizations of all kinds. Feedback from sessions is extremely good due to the energy the play creates, a solid instructional design and its outstanding debriefing qualities. Players leave with tangible ideas for better communications, improved teamwork and ideas for leadership.
The setting is modern-day Southwestern United States in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. Outfitted in Cowboy hats and colorful bandannas, teams go on a search for gold from the famous Lost Dutchman's Mine, first discovered by Jacob Waltz in the 1860s and lost since he died in 1892. (click here for the "History.")
The exercise focuses on inter-table collaboration as its main outcome yet it links easily to issues of leadership, motivation, strategy implementation, 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, from 11-year olds at a YMCA to senior managers at multi-national corporations and from shopfloor personnel in manufacturing plants to executives at international conferences.
This exercise is truly outstanding for a highly interactive morning or afternoon event. In 3 to 4 hours, participants get to play and then fully debrief the event and discuss real opportunities for improvement. It functions very well as a full-day program 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.
We have sold hundreds of these exercises and have consultant users worldwide who have delivered the exercise to tens of thousands of people. We have users in almost every industry and a variety of educational institutions using it for teaching. The exercise is used to teach a variety of different learning skills, thinking skills and personality inventories, used for Project Management Training (and given educational credit units from the Project Management Institute) and all sorts of other uses. We have this exercise set in Japan (Zipangu) and in China (The Silk Road Adventure) as well as translations in German, Spanish, Romanian and other languages.
Lost Dutchman is sometimes confused with another vendor's product, Gold of The Desert Kings.
We have a variety of delivery options, too. Some stress communications, some stress collaboration, some have higher risk factors, etc. Please recognize that this has been one of our two flagship products since 1993 and these programs are still undergoing development.
Go to Performance Management Company's sales site for current pricing information as well as complete descriptions of the different Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine games and our other products.
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