The following set of 21 testimonials were received independently and verified by Trainers Warehouse, one of our re-sellers of The Search for The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. These are all from 2010 and contributed by users. We rate 4.6 on a scale of 5.

If you would like to see the entire group of these reviews with their ratings as origionally posted on the Trainers Warehouse site, please do so by clicking here.

A ton of gold in value!
By Aki Protopapas, Athens, Greece on 3/5/2010
Pros: Broad Appeal, Easy to Use, Fun to use, Promotes participation, Well-made
Best Uses: Conference or Presentation, Face-to-Face Classroom, Icebreaker or Team Booster
Describe Yourself: Corporate Trainer
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


Greatest value of the game is its flexibility and the ease in which it engages participants. Suitable for virtually any training objective since the feedback options are limitless and through the group dynamics any issue can be tackled from role conflict to leadership vacuum to poor communication patterns. Dutchman is also flexible in terms of adjusting to crowd size and time constraints. All in all a great (and fun!) tool for any trainer or company!

By Robin Speculand from Singapore on 3/4/2010
Pros: Broad Appeal, Fun to use, Good Value, Innovative, Promotes participation, Reliable Information, Well-made
Best Uses: Icebreaker or Team Booster, Learning reinforcement
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


I have been using the Lost Dutchman for 15 years and it never fails as a business simulation to stimulate the participants and create excellent learning.

Its close link to business reality makes it a winner as well as the energy it creates. I have run in at 8pm at night after a full day and the energy is just as good as at 8am.

Key uses are for implementation of strategy, communication among teams, understanding indicators and ROI.

Dynamic and Interactive Simulation
By Michael Brown from Southern Orange County, California on 3/3/2010
Pros: Fun to use, Innovative, Promotes participation, Well-made
Best Uses: Conference or Presentation, Learning reinforcement, Online Learning
Describe Yourself: Educator, Trainer
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


This simulation is the most effective exercise to aid organizations, associations, and companies to maximize their competencies in the following areas: Teambuilding, Leadership, Planning, Time Management, Utilization of scores, resources and most importantly COLLOBORATION.

I love this team process tool!
By Micky from Raleigh, NC on 3/2/2010
Pros: Broad Appeal, Easy to Use, Fun to use, Good Value, Innovative, Promotes participation, Reliable Information, Well-made
Best Uses: Teambuilding
Describe Yourself: Trainer
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


This product is an essential resource for any team builder's tool kit. Experientially based, it encompasses just about every process issue a team encounters: planning, communication, risk taking, decision making, competition and collaboration just to name a few. It's one of my favorite team process tools!

Search for the Dutchman's Gold Downunder
By Paul the Downunder Expedition Leader, Sydney, NSW, Australia on 3/1/2010
Pros: Broad Appeal, Easy to Use, Fun to use, Good Value, Innovative, Promotes participation, Reliable Information, Well-made
Best Uses: Conference or Presentation, Face-to-Face Classroom, Icebreaker or Team Booster
Describe Yourself: Corporate
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


Dear prospector- I would like to share with you how we have enjoyed outstanding success with 'the Dutchman' in our Australian Tier One telecommunications provider. We initially piloted the activity across 30 senior managers as an icebreaker to a two-day strategic conference. Outcome? The activity highlighted how much we could improve through better collaboration, teamwork & communication via a competitive, high-energy experiential exercise. We have now purchased a second kit and adapted it as our innovative cultural alignment exercise across 600 customer service people to allow them to live & breathe the impacts of ownership, teamwork & communication with incredible success. Highly recommended. Feel free to contact me.

Great team building tool
By Jay from Bangalore, India on 3/1/2010
Pros: Broad Appeal, Easy to Use, Fun to use, Good Value, Innovative, Promotes participation, Well-made
Best Uses: Conference or Presentation, Face-to-Face Classroom, Icebreaker or Team Booster, Learning reinforcement, Meetings, Skill Enhancement
Describe Yourself: Human Resources
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


I have used the LDGM numerous times and I love it!

OUTSTANDING!!
By SDITRAINS from ILLINOIS on 3/1/2010
Pros: Broad Appeal, Easy to Use, Fun to use, Innovative, Promotes participation, Well-made
Best Uses: Conference or Presentation, Face-to-Face Classroom
Describe Yourself: College/university, Corporate, Trainer
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


Simply Superb! We use this program all over the country with our clients and it is ALWAYS rated as one of the best programs delivered. Works in all types of companies and drives organizations toward Collaboration and Teamwork! The debrief options allow you to fully customize the delivery to any audience. Well designed and easy to deliver. That, combined with all of the knowledge and support of Dr. Scott, and you have the best Team Building simulation out there...BAR NONE!

Dutchman rules!
By Rares Manolescu from Bucharest, Romania on 3/1/2010
Pros: Easy to Use, Fun to use, Good Value, Innovative, Promotes participation, Reliable Information
Best Uses: Icebreaker or Team Booster, Learning reinforcement, Skill Enhancement
Describe Yourself: Trainer
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


I'm using The Search for the Lost Dutchman's Goldmine exercise for six years and I'm as happy as I was in the beginning. The game is easy to use and it always ends up by challenging the participants' frame of reference regarding team cooperation and synergy.

Scott, congratulations for your work and thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us develop the Romanian version of the game.

There's gold here!
By TH, Reviewer from Sydney Australia on 3/1/2010
Pros: Broad Appeal, Fun to use, Promotes participation
Best Uses: Conference or Presentation, Icebreaker or Team Booster
Describe Yourself: Corporate, Human Resources
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


I stumbled on Lost Dutchman some years ago and after quite a lot of research invested in the package. I'm very pleased I did and it has become a very useful tool in my range of professional development offerings.

I've used it with Corporate, Government and Education markets.

The Gold is in the debriefing that you do after the exercise and if I had any criticism of the product, it would be that you are given so many options and alternatives for this, it can be difficult at first honing in on the best approach to take.

However, each time you run the simulation, you will get better and better and experienced facilitators will have no problem getting quickly up to speed.

By Andy M from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 3/1/2010
Pros: Broad Appeal, Easy to Use, Fun to use, Good Value, Innovative, Promotes participation
Best Uses: Conference or Presentation, Icebreaker or Team Booster, Learning reinforcement
Describe Yourself: Trainer
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


It's rare to find a simulation that works well with small groups (ex. 8 participants) as well as with groups of over 100 participants. It's an excellent simulation for stressing the importance of planning, collaboration and communication. It's a great team-building exercise and easy to learn and facilitate. We've used it 9 or 10 times over the last 24 months, with groups of various sizes (8 to 130) and have not really found any downsides to the simulation.

Great tool to use with teams
By Patti Greer, Virginia Beach, VA on 3/1/2010
Pros: Easy to Use, Fun to use, Good Value, Promotes participation
Best Uses: Face-to-Face Classroom, Icebreaker or Team Booster, Learning reinforcement
Describe Yourself: Government/Non-profit
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


We use this as both a customized course for specific departments and for open enrollment classes. Classes rank this as being one of the best hands on tools allowing participants to experience topic prior to debrief and driving home an idea or concept. Very flexable and can help with multiple topic areas. GREAT ITEAM and well worth the investment.

Easy to facilitate! Great deliverables!
By Sandy lLarrison, Plano, Texas on 3/1/2010
Pros:
Broad Appeal, Easy to Use, Fun to use, Good Value, Innovative, Promotes participation, Reliable Information, Well-made
Best Uses:
Conference or Presentation, Face-to-Face Classroom, Learning reinforcement
Describe Yourself:
Educator, Government/Non-profit, Trainer
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


Team Building
Strategic Planning
Decision Making
Value of all resources

Best "Learning Game" I have ever used...

By Herb from Jacksonville, Florida on 3/1/2010
Pros: Broad Appeal, Easy to Use, Fun to use, Good Value, Promotes participation, Well-made
Best Uses: Conference or Presentation, Face-to-Face Classroom, Icebreaker or Team Booster, Meetings, Skill Enhancement
Describe Yourself: Corporate, Human Resources
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


We purchased this product for an offsite meeting to discuss Resource allocation and Collaboration. The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine was a breeze to facilitate. The participants loved it and more importantly walked away with lessons that they were immediately able to apply back at the office. The slides and materials allow you to guide the group in almost any direction imaginable. I am still getting comments weeks after the session about the impact it made on the business and the improved performance. A small investment that generates huge results.

Outstanding Results
By Aspen Business Group, Glenwood Springs, CO on 3/1/2010
Pros: Easy to Use, Fun to use, Good Value, Innovative, Promotes participation, Reliable Information, Well-made
Best Uses: Conference or Presentation, Face-to-Face Classroom, Icebreaker or Team Booster, Learning reinforcement, Meetings
Describe Yourself: Corporate, Trainer
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


I use this product to help build successful teams. The lesson taught is one no one will ever forget. I have used this program a number of times and have always gotten great results. You will love it!

Works good in DK!
By JC Friis from Denmark on 3/1/2010
Pros: Broad Appeal, Easy to Use, Fun to use, Good Value
Best Uses: Conference or Presentation, Learning reinforcement
Describe Yourself: Corporate, Human Resources
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


Activate people

Great activity: used over and over again
By Andi from London, UK on 3/1/2010
Pros: Broad Appeal, Easy to Use, Promotes participation
Best Uses: Conference or Presentation, Face-to-Face Classroom, Meetings
Describe Yourself: Trainer
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have used this activity time and time again in courses on teamwork, virtual teams and effective collaboration. It is easy to understand, quick to set up and provides always more review material than there is time for. A great design which is complex in dynamics yet simple in the management of the activity.


Some Older Testimonials:

As a trainer / facilitator I have used a variety of ideas and materials over the years. I have used Scott's materials for several years now and I love the flexibility of the materials. The Lost Dutchman's Mine, Square Wheels, and Teaching the Caterpillar to Fly materials can be shaken and stirred on the fly to make a truly engaging, interactive and highly participatory workshop or event.

Randy Shuttleworth - Senior Partner, the Training Company, Edmonton AB Canada
- email: randy@Training-Company.com

Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine is a fast paced highly engaging activity that surfaces transformational questions, ideas, and insights for participants around issues of collaboration, productivity, drive for results, and leadership.  I have successfully used this exercise with sales people, mid level managers and senior executives.

Andrew Miller -
Director of Training, Sysco Canada 416-234-3080
  (winner of the ICF 2008 Prism Award)

Success! The Dutchman game delivery for my client went very well, especially for my first delivery. We had 5 teams of 5-6 people. And I trained their assistant in 20 minutes to assist as Provisioner, so it was very easy to facilitate the mechanics. I kept the debrief short and focused only on points relevant to their situation so they stayed tuned in when the energy of the game was over.

I was so pleased to receive so many compliments! The biggest one was that people were still talking about the game in the evening. They also said that the messages I delivered in the debriefing were right on and helped them to think about solutions to their business issues, which is due to the wonderful prepping and support materials you provided......

The cd is well organized and has everything we need. We printed all the materials and laminated them, purchased play dollars from The Party Store for 50 cents, and used Hershey's gold-wrapped almond kisses for gold--wrappers do not count for gold, so they had to wait until the game was over before eating them.

Thank you, Scott, for your creative team building tool and your generous support.

Susan Hamley
President
The Hamley Group - "Your Event Department" -- 612-551-1110
shamley@eventdepartment.com


I am always looking for new, value-added means to serve my corporate clients. I have referenced Scott's Square Wheels metaphor for years as a means to help people begin to see their world (their jobs, work, businesses, etc.) in new ways, which opens up new possibilities for right action. I finally justified purchasing a couple more of Scott's signature programs, especially "Lost Dutchman" and I would be pressed to find another product or vender that matches Scott in providing value. I now know, more than ever, there simply is no one on this earth who is MORE generous - and all too few who are AS generous as Scott Simmerman. I highly recommend the man, his services and his products.

Mark Sturgell, Performance Development Network, email - msturgell@comcast.net and phone: (217) 362-0500

I have used the Lost Dutchman in many of my Leadership Series. I have also used it as a way to integrate “Change” and to help motivate survivors of RIF (Reduction in work Force). In both cases, I have tied it with personality profiling and some teambuilding exercises. People LOVE IT! It is a good way to help integrate a new way of thinking and collaborating. For many, it is helping them see that their silo worlds are no longer the way and to be able to handle and produce this mindset needs to be overhauled. I would recommend this to anyone who does training. It is a great tool that can help employee’s at any level understand what type of impact each can make as an individual, team, or as an organization.
 
I first came in contact with it several years ago when I worked at a University and Community College doing Professional Development. I am now working in a municipality and have recently purchased the materials to use within the organization. It is a tool that I will always try to keep in my toolkit. It has served me well and adds great value to programs that I develop.
 
Patricia Greer, Learning and Development Manager
email: PGreer@vbgov.com and 757-385-8805


The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine provides incredible learning about team effectiveness in a fun, energizing way.  
 
I've had department managers arrive expressing frustration with being pulled away from piles of important work to play "some
game."  Yet, after the simulation and debriefing, they tell me they learned so much about the negative impact of their workplace habits that they have now identified changes that will enhance collaboration and performance.  It’s great to hear them say that it was time well spent!
 
Cathie Leimbach, STRIVE! (Note - Cathie has used Dutchman since 1998 and this testimonial is from Sept. of 2008)
cathie@strive.com
 

"The wonder of The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine is the game has so much versatility.  We piloted the game with 80 participants and they had so much fun!   The key to the success of this game is to ensure you have an in-depth debriefing session afterwards.  You can use the game to emphasize key topics such as: collaboration, teamwork, planning and communication. 

Having worked with experiential learning programs in the past, the feature that puts The Lost Dutchman heads above the rest is the personal coaching that Dr. Scott Simmerman provides.  He genuinely cares about the success of every program that is run.  Scott is the ultimate Expedition Leader!" 

Lindsay Markle - email: lindsay_markle@manulife.com
Talent Development / Human Resources
(519) 747-7000 ext. 44659

We conducted our meeting on Friday of last week and it met with RAVE reviews. It was not only a lot of fun - but a bit like playing a game with a child and not letting on that they are learning in the process!

Michelle Ouimet at Mountain Resorts - michelle@steamboatwireless.com

Dear Dr. Simmerman,

As you know, I've used "The Lost Dutchman" now for almost 7 years with clients large and small. I remain impressed with it as a powerful consulting/training tool.

More than anything, it is a critical piece of much of the Leadership Development work I do. I use is as a planned exercise, often at the beginning of a long intervention.

And, I "pull it out of my back pocket" a lot for a team of leaders that need to "get" something quickly, The Lost Dutchman not only hits many of the key leadership points required in these fast-moving and remote-working times, but it is an exercise of the right duration.

For my business, both for my reputation and financially, "The Lost Dutchman" is fabulous. Many, many thanks for all the development time you put into it, and for all your support.

Dr. Kirtland C. Peterson
Managing Partner
ISCI Consulting, Inc.
[ information strategy communications implementation


Hi Scott:

Everyone is still talking about your workshop. Hope you are doing well.
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Testimonial

Our company was thrilled to have Scott bring his program to our employees.
They laughed a lot and learned a lot. They really enjoyed the visual aids
and the interaction.

Scott's sense of humor is the driving force of his success in my opinion.
He has a way of presenting information at a level of understanding for
everyone. He will definitely be invited back to Newark Electronics.

Marcia Moore - Director, OD/HR - Newark Electronics


Scott -

Thanks for a wonderful presentation for DHEC. I keep getting great comments. Everyone said the game made the conference the best we have ever had. We are already looking ahead to next year. Do you have similar games or know of others who do games that demonstrate leadership principles? People remember forever the principles because they associate them with things they did in the game. Every meeting I have been to since the conference has had a reference to the Lost Dutchman's Mine. Great stuff!!

Becky Campbell
DHEC went on to purchase the exercise and use it extensively


Dr. Simmerman,

I just wanted to take a moment and compliment you on your Lost Dutchman's Mine team building game. This exercise could not have fit better into our agenda. Our organization provides Worldwide Customer Support for Cognos Incorporated the world's leading Business Intelligence software vendor. Our role is very stressful as we deal with variety of issues and customers on a daily basis. Just recently, I have reorganized our group away from product stovepipe teams into solutions teams where knowledge transfer, collaboration, cooperation between team members and other solution teams are the keys to being successful versus straight product knowledge.

Our excursion to the lost mine taught the whole group a number of valuable lessons, which they are still talking about today almost a month later. They learned to listen, they learned to look at a piece of information in terms of not just what can it do for me but how can I use this same information to help others, and they saw first hand that the net result of a shared focus always beats individual success at the individual team or team member level.

I personally was very pleased that with 130 people in the room broken down into 18 teams we had 100% participation - everyone enjoyed it, which was also part of the value.

The Lost Dutchman's Mine has had a huge impact on the attitude in which our group is adapting as we move forward to not only be the world leader in our market but to dominate it.

So on behalf of myself and Perry Kelly - thanks

Ed Shepherdson


Scott,

Thanks for the additional information about Quest. The only problem is the Dutchman exercise is just so good. I was chatting with Jill Dodwell Groves (Jardines, Hong Kong) and we both enjoy running the LD no matter how or where or when. It works every time. So it makes it hard to consider using another exercise!

Hope to see you in this part of the world soon. Scott, if you do make it over we could pull together a group of trainers and you could run Quest.

Robin Speculand
Bridges Business Consulting, Singapore


I teach collaboration skills in a variety of technical environments (Intel, EDS, Taiwan Semiconductor). Occasionally I need to build a shared experience of clearly observed behavior as a base line to convince my engineers that their behavior isn't producing the results they say they want. I've found Lost Dutchman to be one quick and effective way to do this. "Analysis paralysis", sub-optimization by too narrowly focusing, and failure to build teams and listen to one another all show up pretty quickly with the Dutchman, and give us a common reference point for skill-building. Although there may be some initial hesitation, I find people get hooked on wanting to "win" pretty quickly, and find the activity extremely absorbing.

Please feel free to contact me with questions.

"Lisa J. Marshall" <lisa@smartworkco.com>


Success! The Dutchman game delivery for my client went very well, especially for my first delivery. We had 5 teams of 5-6 people. And I trained their assistant in 20 minutes to assist as Provisioner, so it was very easy to facilitate the mechanics. I kept the debrief short and focused only on points relevant to their situation so they stayed tuned in when the energy of the game was over.

I was so pleased to receive so many compliments! The biggest one was that people were still talking about the game in the evening. They also said that the messages I delivered in the debriefing were right on and helped them to think about solutions to their business issues, which is due to the wonderful prepping and support materials you provided......

The cd is well organized and has everything we need. We printed all the materials and laminated them, purchased play dollars from The Party Store for 50 cents, and used Hershey's gold-wrapped almond kisses for gold--wrappers do not count for gold, so they had to wait until the game was over before eating them.

Thank you, Scott, for your creative team building tool and your generous support.

Susan Hamley
President
The Hamley Group - "Your Event Department" -- 612-551-1110
shamley@eventdepartment.com


I wish to thank you for the opportunity to purchase and use "The Search for the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine" exercise in my training and consulting practice. As a result of my association with you and your product, I have been able to successfully expand the scope of team building programs that I offer. Not only have I recouped my original investment ten times over, use of the "Dutchman" in organizational settings has led to many other related training and consulting opportunities for my firm.

I also wish to thank you for your continued marketing and technical support. Your ongoing communications and idea sharing has made my business relationship with you very enjoyable and rewarding. In addition, you have always represented yourself and your firm with professionalism and integrity.

I look forward to maintaining an association with you that is mutually beneficial. Please let me know if I can ever be of service to you.

Sincerely,

Michael Madras email: madrasco@bellsouth.net
MADRAS & Co.
Cary, NC


Scott,

I recently conducted "The Lost Dutchman" exercise in an adult degree completion course at a university here in San Antonio. The course was an org. psych. course in teams and small work groups. I used the exercise as a "final exercise" (NOT exam) to allow people to see what they had learned about working in the team environment.

We played the game one evening and I debriefed it during the next evening session. I used the Ice Shards option. I think it adds greatly to the dynamics of the game. I would have caught one team (without a spare!) except that the team was playing the survival option so intensely that they were already past the middle block on the way back to Last Chance Gulch. The students, who had been learning in teams throughout the course, heaped praise on the exercise as an excellent learning experience.

The next day I put executive management and the department directors of the San Antonio Water System through the exercise (38 participants). We played the game, took a break to eat lunch, and then debriefed the exercise in terms of leadership and teamwork. It was a real eye-opener! So far as I know, this was the first time the participants admitted in a public that they don't "play well" together. The game started what I believe will be a great new adventure into openness and teamwork discussions in the company. The CEO/President was effusive in his praise of the effectiveness of the game.

Incidentally, two teams each stayed a day in Last Chance Gulch. At the gold mine one team was trying to sell "cave cards" for the rate of one days' worth of gold earnings for each card! No other teams understood what the cave cards were for, nor did the owning team explain them. I referred to the behavior as "passive-aggressive collaboration" during the debrief. The other team sold a turbocharger to a team struggling to get back. It made the question about, "what is gained by hoarding resources?" especially thought-provoking and revealing about what goes on in the work place. I have used the game both ways now, and I much prefer the ice shards (and the worthless shovel) approach.

Thanks for creative changes!

Best of luck,
Bob Strange (210-704-1136) San Antonio Water Sustem


The Dutchman session went really well -- only 7 people -- and I broke them into 2, 2, and 3.

They all collaborated and thought they were all smart and stuff. But they only took two jeeps instead of 3, so there was an excellent opportunity to debrief on that. This was the executive / administrative leadership team for this company -- basically all the department heads. They loved the whole concept.

Just thought you'd like to know there's another happy client out there!

Pam Wyess
6463 Robison Lane
Saline, MI 48176-9094
734-429-5249


I'm convinced, already! Take me on to licensing information:

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"We've now had a chance to catch our breaths and tally the evaluations from our First Annual District Meeting. Your Lost Dutchman's game received the highest average ranking in our evaluation........

Brian Moran, Manager of Company Quality, Bibb and Associates, Inc. 913-928-7000


"I just returned from doing three Lost Dutchman simulations for the Emergency Room at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. Rave reviews (as you would expect). The outcomes had the people exhibiting hugging, frank dialogue, and tears."

Nic Stevens, Harris Memorial Hospital - 817-462-6175


"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 break down the barriers to collaboration."

Denise Voncannon, University Medical Center - 919-816-4961


"Whenever I need a truly bomproof and useful exercise to demonstrate the power of collaboration and teamwork, I pull out Lost Dutchman. We've been using it for years, doing about a session a month with truly marvelous results. Thank you, Scott, for a great program,.

Jeff Taylor, RCTaylor Associates, Chad's Ford, PA - 610-558-9200


"The Lost Dutchman exercise is a proven, consistent winner with my clients. I've used it in dozens of organizations for more than 3 years, 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


"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


I have used the Lost Dutchman numerous times within the Harris Methodist system and it worked magnificently. The simulation is applicable to both hospital and health plan situations and stimulates lots of open discussion and effective action planning. It's my personal learning simulation of choice!

Nic Stevens, Harris Methodist Hospital System - nicstevens@hmhs.com


"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


""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


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


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 Dutchman.

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.... they "blew" it... they had some profound learning in the debrief. Nearly all of them plan to write their final exam (a 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. We are starting to use it in the company next month.

Bob Strange, San Antonio Water System



In fact, we ran Dutchman today, with all needed supplies and copying done, and it worked quite well. As you know, anything complex and worthwhile takes a couple of runs before one knows where and how to tweak it to get the effects one wants, but as a tryout it was very successful.

David Hagen, ( dfhagen@ibm.net ) writing about a game he ran in Istambul never having seen the simulation actually played - literally right out of the box!


We continue to be amazed at the overwhelming response we have receieved from adding "Search for the Lost Dutchman's Mine" to our teambuilding offerings. We have experienced great success with "Square Wheels" over the years, and utilizing the "Lost Dutchman" has only added to our reputation as one of the premier 'team' specialists in the US. The Dutchman / Square Wheels" products are by far the most requested sessions that we offer.

Our clients range from computer software superfirms to financial giants to small local manufacturers. "Dutchman" has been a hit with all who have experienced it. Our clients have found it an excellent tool for getting organizations to see the need for change and ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING as a result of attending the session.

And we don't have to try to stuff a square peg in a round hole...we can customize for a perfect fit for the client every time.

I also want to thank you personally for the time and effort you have expended on our behalf supporting and customizing "Lost Dutchman" and "Square Wheels". It is this time and support that makes these products such a joy to use.

Sincerely,

Michael Robinson
Triad Training and Consulting
Winston-Salem, NC
www.triadtraining.com


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