The Search for the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine

Boost teamwork, communication, collaboration, & planning

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A proven, powerful and flexible tool for team building events, leadership training, retreats, management training and organizational development training.

"Dig where the gold is, unless you are just looking for exercise."

"Dutchman" is a fun team-building simulation that focuses on themes of leadership, planning and communications. Used world-wide, this is the most effective and engaging inter-team collaboration exercise around.

Dutchman is a powerful and proven team building event that plays with organizations of all kinds. Feedback from sessions is extremely good due to the energy the play creates, a solid instructional design, and its outstanding debriefing qualities. Players leave with tangible ideas for better communications, improved teamwork and ideas for leadership.

The setting is modern-day Southwestern United States in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. Outfitted in Cowboy hats and colorful bandanas, teams go on a search for gold from the famous Lost Dutchman's Mine, first discovered by Jacob Waltz in the 1860s and lost since he died in 1892.

The exercise focuses on inter-table collaboration as its main outcome. It also links to issues of quality, leadership, systems, communications and a variety of other organizational issues. Team size is 5 or 6 people and there is no limit to the number of participants.


This exercise is truly outstanding for a highly interactive morning or afternoon event. In 3 to 4 hours, participants get to play and then fully debrief the event and discuss real opportunities for improvement. It functions very well as a full-day program within a conference or as a specific training event on team building, leadership and collaboration. Many organizations use it in multi-day training and leadership development programs.

Choose from among 2 versions: 3-team or 4-team. There is no limit to the number of times you can use this exercise.

The exercise is CD-based and contains everything necessary to run the exercise: facilitator's guide and instructions, presentation materials in PowerPoint, debriefing outline and questions, etc. You also receive a complete set of ready-to-use Team Materials that include laminated forms for team packs, resource cards, grub stake envelopes, poster maps, and toy trinkets for tabletop fun.


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  • 5

    Simply Superb! We use this program all over the country with our clients and it is ALWAYS rated as one of the best programs delivered. 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!

  • 4
    Great team building tool

    I have used the LDGM numerous times and I love it

  • 5
    Dutchman rules!

    I'm using The Search for the Lost Dutchman's Goldmine exercise for six years and I'm as happy as I was in the beginning. The game is easy to use and it always ends up by challenging the participants' frame of reference regarding team cooperation and synergy. Scott, congratulations for your work and thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us developing the Romanian version of the game.

  • 4
    Easy to facilitate! Great deliverables!

    Team Building Strategic Planning Decision Making Value of all resources

  • 4
    Search for the Dutchman's Gold Downunder

    Dear prospector-would like to share with you how we have enjoyed outstanding success with 'the Dutchman' in our Australian Tier One telecommunications provider. We initially piloted the activity across 30 senior managers as an ice breaker to a two day strategic conference. Outcome? The activity highlighted how much we could improve through better collaboration, teamwork & communication via a competitive high energy experiential exercise. We have now purchased a second kit and adapted it as our innovative cultural alignment exercise across 600 customer service people to allow them to live & breathe the impacts of ownership, teamwork & communication with incredible success. Highly recommended. Feel free to contact me.[...]

  • 5
    Outstanding Results

    I use this product 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!

  • 4
    There's gold here!

    I stumbled on Lost Dutchman some years ago and after quite a lot of reaserch invested in the package. I'm very pleased I did and it has become a very useful tool in my range of professional development offerings. I've used it with Corporate, Government and Education markets. The Gold is in the debriefing that you do after the exercise and if I had any critisism of the product, it would be that you are given so many options and alternatives for this, it can be difficult at first honing in on the best approch to take. However, each time you run the simulation, you will get better and better and experienced facilitators will have no problem getting quickly up to speed.

  • 4
    Work good in DK!

    Activate people

  • 5
    A Golden Simulation

    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. it's 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 it 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.