Chaos and Confusion are normal parts of organizational change

After delivering a team building session, things can be rather confused as you may have discussed those things that are not working well and need to be improved but you have not yet implemented and anchored down the desired system changes. At the same time, chaos is a precursor to doing things differently, since you are in a different mental place and can often see other alternatives than the same old, same old. That sets the stage for innovation in many cases.

We use cartoons and interactive exercises to generate a bit of confusion and we do it intentionally! (grin)

Here are two frameworks around an illustration and a set of followup questions:

LD Chaos Confusion poem and questions

LD Chaos Dreams poem and questions

These are just slightly different in their anchor points, since different leaders have different preferred styles and the language from the actual workshop debriefing might align better with one than the other, But the main idea is that we need continuous continuous improvement to make an impact and that followup is the key to driving change from any workshop.

The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine is a powerful interactive exercise focused on teamwork and inter-team collaboration to drive optimal results. It was designed by me and has been continually improved since its initial delivery in 1993. We sell and support the game worldwide. Contact Scott if you have any interest or questions about the use of this program,

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Scott Simmerman, Expedition Leader for Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine Team Building Exercise


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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