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Thanksgiving, Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, and poems for followup

I’ve been building up a series of illustrations to use for following up on training and many of the cartoons and poems will wrap around issues raised in the Lost Dutchman team building exercise. We thought to make a powerpoint file available that contained some of the cartoons and some poems,

Square Wheels on team building and WE

or some like these, with built-in followup questions about what the participants have chosen to do differently:

collaboration cartoon and poem on followup

clicking on this image will take you to the download of the poems

The idea is simple. Reinforce the tabletop discussions we had in the sessions using the same illustrations, add a poem or ditty of some kind, and then ask what choices and changes were made following all that investment of time and energy.

It is so easy to make no changes and to do what y0u have always done. By the same token,

We cannot become what we want to be

So, as leaders, managers, and influencers, we need to do those followup things that push people to make different choices and to do things differently. As we play more with the poems and illustrations, we will develop a pretty complete toolkit for improving teamwork, collaboration and engagement of employees.

It is all about influencing the choices we make and our efforts to generate a variety of alternative choices and considered outcomes.

You can download this bundle of cartoons for free by clicking on the change quote above or on this text.

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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Scott’s blog on Poems and Quips on Workplace Improvement is here.

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Dr. Scott Simmerman

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, earning CPT and CPF credentials. -- You can reach Scott at scott@squarewheels.com and a detailed profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottsimmerman/ -- Scott is the original designer of The Search for The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine teambuilding game and the Square Wheels® images for organizational development.

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