Reflecting on Results; Looking for Improvements: Two Illustrations

Reflection is a primary way to identify new ideas and opportunities. Too often we continue to do things the same way expecting things to change. One of my favorite quotes is from the book, “Leadership is an Art,” where Max DePree says,

“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.”

Our team building exercise, The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, focuses on collaboration and planning and allows for teams and groups to celebrate their successes — every team is successful and contributes to the overall Gold that is mined — as well as reflect on the issues and opportunities for improvement.

Improvement in organizational results comes from choices made, trust, alignment to goals, and a better understanding of possibilities. The exercise debriefing helps to set up those discussions to identify what might be done differently.

Two of the illustrations ideas are below:



Celebration and Collaboration improve Teamwork


LD campfire reflecting arrow poem


All we can do as leaders is help people identify those things that they can choose to do differently and build a better overall situation for intrinsic motivation and personal improvement.

For the FUN of It!

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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