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I have been running the Dutchman game for 19 years now and it has never failed to impact leaders and demonstrate many key learning points. If you are looking for a business simulation that will engage your leaders and allow them to understand the importance of planning, executing and collaborating, then The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine is one of the very best. It works amazingly well across different cultures.

Robin Speculand, Bridges Business Consultancy, Singapore

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I've received tons of positive feedback about the exercise - that it was the best one that they've ever done, it was fun and they learned something, etc. While I've always had an open door policy, people are using it more now - I have heard about more issues unsolicited in the last ten days than I had in the previous five months, which of course means I can do something about them. It's been great. I think they even liked the cowboy hats!

Senior line manager, electricity and gas company

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“I wanted to let you know that the feedback received from out team of global managers about the Lost Dutchman team building session was excellent. We couldn’t have found a better way to kick off our collaboration and process improvement effort than this.

The exercise was a great way to generate that initial push toward working across normal boundaries like operations and research and marketing to make the real work of planning and implementing more effective. There are few things like Dutchman

that can work with senior managers to involve and engage them in organizational improvement efforts. Not to mention, it was tremendous fun too!” Testimonial source available on request

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It’s a Great Game!

We used the Lost Dutchman exercise to help our church become aligned to a shared vision. The game provided us with a fun time as well as a great shared experience to help us talk about our goals and our choices for how we could improve our teamwork to have a better sense of purpose and community. The outcome far exceeded everyone's goals and this gave us a retreat that will have real benefits for the next few years.

This is a great tool for improving communications and building a plan of action to implement change.

Jerry Torrez

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"When you need to discover what needs to be done for improvement, I suggest people start with The Dutchman. An outstanding exercise.”

Karl Closs, Chadd's Ford, PA

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We played the Dutchman game with our sales staff and the simulation was quite successful, which is a difficult assignment since we sell training games to clients and our staff can get picky and critical. The Debriefing was an excellent surprise – the way questions are prepared, the flow and the links to desired outcomes makes it the best prepared Simulation Debrief I have ever seen or delivered.

Training Consultant, International Training Company

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LDGM is a Great Game! I had the chance to run Lost

Dutchman for the first time after seeing Scott’s presentation in Mumbai in December. I just delivered a brilliant program for UK-based firm for 18 participants. It was engaging and lots of fun, went very smoothly and we got excellent feedback for the program. It was a wonderful feeling to deliver such a power-packed program with power-packed debrief. It clearly shows the benefits of making learning and organizational development fun by using interactive training exercises like yours.

Solomon Salvis, Chief Executive Officer, EduRiser Learning Solutions. Mumbai

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I led The Search for The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine for our senior leadership team as part of their strategic planning initiative, since so many of the key learning points about Dutchman relate to the issues involved in creating and sharing a vision and getting people to act in alignment. It is far easier to talk about working together and collaborating for shared goals and outcomes than it is to actually do that, and Dutchman demonstrates that really well.

The beauty of the Dutchman game is not so much in the play but in the actual debrief and what “nuggets of gold” can actually be mined within the discussion and its application to your organization. Senior Leaders are not always the most open to training simulations but since we have done the activity, we are still talking about “aha’s” that we have uncovered and plan to apply in our strategy for the upcoming year. I can recommend this game to anyone dealing with senior managers or large groups of people. It is fun, but it is also very effective.

Mary Lo-Samrick, Director of Training and OD, NuVision Federal Credit Union

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For several years I have used large-scale games and found them to be high impact, motivating, and leaving a lasting impression. The latest example and one of the better ones is "The Lost for The Dutchman's Gold Mine.” We used it for an international sales meeting to reinforce the importance of planning and strategy in successful sales activities. The game allows a serious debrief that exposes the learning points and decisions taken by the groups and why some groups outperform others.

It provides for lots of fun and interaction along the way and the instructions include guidelines on how to align the game to your organizational goals and event themes, and to align your debrief as well. This event had the highest rating of the conference and people still refer to it 18 months later when holding meetings / coaching on sales efficiency and productivity.

Tim de Nordwall, Kimberly-Clark Health Care

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Jacqueline Galleano, President & Founder, The Training Depot, Inc.

The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine is fast-paced, engaging and fun.

Beyond that, however, it delivers the lessons of teamwork, collaboration, communication & planning in a way that sticks. I have a real bias for experiential learning because there’s nothing like learning by doing. Many of the so-called soft skills are still delivered in very mundane, boring, “talking head” types of delivery. You can talk until you’re blue in the face about why people should do something or not.

When people experience the consequences of their actions in fast-paced, real-world, believable simulations like this one, that tends to stay with them for a long time. That’s the power of good experiential learning. Scott Simmerman has developed one of the best experiences I’ve ever used. It’s applicable to the real world, the debrief is right on target, and my clients love it!

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Steve Biondo, Senior VP of HR, Family Christian Stores

I want to express my deep appreciation for the quality team-building event you delivered for the first annual Vender Day for Family Christian Stores and our vendor partners. The pressure was on to establish a meaningful connection and deliver substance. We wanted to ensure that our vendors had a quality experience with us and would take back solid content that could improve either their operation or our relationship with them. The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine event met the goal perfectly.

Feedback received from vendors and employees confirms that Dutchman delivered results that will shape behavior and help all of us “mine more gold” together.

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The feedback from the participants was fabulous.

I led The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine for our Store Manager development as part of their annual store manager’s conference. During the game, there were a few “aha” moments but what really brought the point home was the debriefing. There was a lot of great debriefing material to use and I focused on how the game paralleled our business and how much better the results could be if we collaborated better as an organization.

Scott was extremely supportive and was always available to answer my questions or give me suggestions. I would recommend this game to anyone that wanted to build collaboration among and between teams. It is fun and effective!

After renting the game to initially test it with two large groups, we bought the Professional Edition to run this company-wide.

Kyla, trainer with a large retailing organization

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A ton of gold in value! Greatest value of the game is it's 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. Flexible also in terms of adjusting to crowd size and time constraints. All in all a great (and fun!) tool for any trainer or company! Aki Protopapas, Athens, Greece

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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 scarce resources and most importantly COLLOBORATION. Michael Brown

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The Lost Dutchman Exercise 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!

Michael Madras, consultant and trainer

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Dutchman is used in my workshops because it is a phenomenal business simulation that brings to life the tough challenge of both planning and executing in a highly interactive and engaging manner.

Robin Speculand, Bridges Business Consultancy, Singapore

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Simply Superb! We use Lost Dutchman all over the US with our clients and it is ALWAYS rated as one of the best programs delivered. It 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!

Steve Welland, consultant and trainer

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It's rare to find a simulation that works well with small groups (ex. 8 participants) as well as with with groups of over 100 participants. Dutchman is 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 Dutchman 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. Andy M., corporate trainer in Canada

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We use this exercise 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. It’s very flexible and can help with multiple topic areas. GREAT ITEM and well worth your investment. Patti Greer, consultant and trainer

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As a 12-year user of Dutchman in a technology multinational, I have run over 300 sessions with multiple conglomerates using the exercise to break down inter-departmental barriers and increase motivation, innovation and engagement. Dutchman

really builds collaboration. It works with very senior executives as well as front-line employees. Now, with a much larger multinational, it was one of the first tools I acquired to impact my new organization's people and performance. Lost

Dutchman’s Gold Mine will be an integral part of our organizational development activities focused on performance improvement and team building.

I know of nothing in the marketplace that offers the kinds of impacts and learning points about people and performance and that can align people to missions and strategies.

Shantanu Chakravorty Head – CoE – Experiential Learning Cognizant Academy

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We put 80 leaders through Dutchman this week. It was awesome!! Everyone loved it and said it was the most effective, thought provoking activity they have experienced in a learning environment. Thanks for your coaching and support. Cause, ya know...it's just a game, so let them play and discover!! Phylecia Bare, Organization Development and Training Manager

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We’ve been using The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine as part of a law enforcement leadership training program for almost two years. These sessions include law enforcement personnel from all over Texas from city, county, school district and even state agencies. Participants regularly comment about how much fun they have and how much they learn about cooperation, collaboration and communication. Their formal evaluations have been overwhelmingly positive. The director of the program is also very positive about the sessions and says that he has seen improved interaction between and among participants for the balance of the three week program.

Chris Hartung, Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute of Texas

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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.

Herb Steigelman, ING

Best "Learning Game" I have ever used…

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I use Lost Dutchman 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!

Russell Disberger, Aspen Business Group

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I have used Lost Dutchman 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.

Andi Roberts, international trainer and consultant

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Well I ran my first Dutchman today! YEEEHAHHH!!! I had 12 people whom we split into 3 teams of 4. Let me compliment you on a great game! The timings were perfect, the debrief was awesome, and everyone was happy! They may even ask me back to run it for their Senior Managers they were so impressed!


Thanks again - I'm fired up!

Eugene Zanozin, OD consultant, Australia

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We had a Ball!!!! And learned!!

Dutchman was a huge success. Thanks for all of your help.

Tom Fortney -- VP Operations, Western Region. KDA Holdings

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The TEAM Approach has used “The Search for the

Lost Dutchman's Goldmine" with many clients over the years. Our clients have found the game to be engaging, fun and valuable in stepping back and looking at their organization "together" and then deciding "together" what they might do about the things that they have found. While there are many approaches to getting people to work more effectively together and to assess their environment and plan for change, few will have the memorable impact of the Dutchman simulation.

Susan Stamm, Partner, The TEAM Approach®

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We have just completed three groups in China - two in Shanghai and one in Beijing and I have begun the train-the-trainer for the program here. The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine

has gone over very well. They have trouble with the confusion but that is why we are using it--to help them break through some of their old ways of doing things. This simulation serves as a great foundation for all the sessions that will follow - and we keep referring to the lessons learned in the game and how they apply to their jobs as managers and leaders.

Thought you would like to know of our success. Everybody loved it and our trainers are ecstatic - everybody likes to be successful!!

Rogene Baxter, The Bridgewater Group

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Scott, I thoroughly enjoyed the Dutchman game and was elated by all the positive feedback I got... even some skeptics piped in and said they found the experience valuable!

Here is some of the learning and feedback from the group: • Having a role for everyone really made a difference• Provided shared experiences for future reference• Valuable learning experience• Dutchman was more strategic than most exercises• Provided useful bonding experiences• Lessons learned were lessons we knew going in but it reinforced

teamwork• It’s important to work with people we don't often work with on a

daily basis

Thanks for building a great game.

If you ever need a fun loving, raving fan who's not afraid to make it up as you go to run a game for you... let me know.

Chuck Appleby, PhD.

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Your Dutchman presentation at Anson High School was a real success! Your message was extremely well received and the Dutchman Game really hit home to our faculty, as they zeroed in on the importance of teamwork and the mechanics of change. And what fun they had in the process! The "game" was such a wonderful technique for developing the collegiality of our staff as well as their understanding of the benefits of effective teaming. The principles of productivity which you shared were so much more effective through their application in the game.

Our staff are still talking about Dutchman and the challenge of mining for gold. We will continue to develop the real "gold" of our organization, our people and their capabilities, throughout the year; and we will continue to use the principles of productivity that you shared with us.

Gail Preslar, CSR Project Advisor, Anson High School - Anson County Schools, NC

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Dutchman was a superb activity for the challenges of a geographically divided workforce. We used Dutchman the first time we brought all the banking office managers together. Because it was such a huge success, and one that they are still talking about, we have planned 5 more sessions to include the rest of our employees. The managers want to make sure all their people have the same opportunity to develop the collaborative teamwork needed for our company to be successful in multiple locations and markets.

We now have a Turbo Charger traveling trophy derived from the turbo charger used in the game.

Dutchman never fails to have great impact on all participants!

Marketing Director, Advantage Bank

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A Fantastic meeting! It was great to see everyone working together, I really felt like apart of the team. The game did reflect a lot of real life skills that are used on a daily basis; I hope all the staff meetings will be as good as this one!

It was excellent. It was fun, I got to know people a little more.

When you started asking the questions that related more to work, as opposed to the game, you could tell people were getting serious.

It definitely is a worthwhile endeavor, and the number of times that it's done should be dependent upon how fast we grow over the next while.

I found the session really valuable from the following perspective:

1) Group Dynamics - planning, collaborating and problem solving.

2) Individual Development - working with uncertainty and within a short time frame.

It's one of best group sessions that I have attended and it was fun too!

(participant player, name withheld by request)

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Thanks Scott. Yes, no phone calls from me should serve as a good indication that your Dutchman materials were clear, well structured, and complete. I had no problem creating the game from the files you sent via email (thanks again) and the result was a professional looking set of material to run the simulation.

Everyone had fun and there were lots of comments as to the high value of the exercise. So thanks!

John Betz, Microsoft, Redmond, WA

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