Dealing with Mud – Improving teamwork with focused discussions

In our Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine game, one of the metaphors is mud, that gooey stuff that makes progress difficult. In the exercise, it is a factor that costs a team extra fuel and that sub-optimizes the overall results.

Dutchman Game Followup Mud 8


Like everything else, the mud represents something that we could often choose to deal with differently. It can be politics or simply the bureaucracy, but it should be handled so as to improve overall performance of individuals and teams.

  • What HAVE the players been doing differently since the session ended with their discussions of such possibilities? What have the managers been doing to support more teamwork and better choices? 
  • What have we done to get out of the ditch and up on the road?

Insanity is expecting things to change when you continue to do them the same way.

We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are. (Max DePree)


Change is Choice. We try to help people and teams make better choices,


For the FUN of It!

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Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.

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