The Moose Joke - Scott Simmerman's Best Session Closing Story

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When I close a workshop or seminar. I want to tie things together and also leave a memorable Last Moment. I have been telling The Moose Joke for 30 years, I guess and all over the world, even in Arab countries and in Asia.

It sets up a great metaphor for teamwork and persistence, for rewarding successes and continuous continuous improvement.

Since I am pretty much out of the seminar delivery business, feel free to use it (but I would appreciation the affirmation that it came from me!)

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The Moose Joke - Scott Simmerman's Best Session Closing Story

  1. 1. THE MOOSE JOKE The Most Favorite Team Building Session Closing Story / Joke of Dr. Scott Simmerman © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  2. 2. To best end a team building, performance improvement or leadership development presentation / workshop, you want a memorable and rocksolid ending or closing. This is one I have used since 1995. Bombproof! © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  3. 3. First, you need a session summary of key outcomes or learning points to set the stage for your final comments. The next slide shows a sample, focused on employee involvement and engagement: © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  4. 4. Key Learning Points: • It’s about making Progress Forward and about active involvement in things • Focus on Continuous Continuous Improvement • Not Every Step is a Success. Keep trying • Celebrate Any and All Progress • Round Wheels are already in Wagon • Engage and Enlist the Energy of All © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  5. 5. Then you pose a puzzling statement, one that seemingly makes no sense, to generate that “Huh?” reaction from everyone. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  6. 6. So, would you NOW agree that this is a lot like Hunting Moose? © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  7. 7. And you fake them out, pretending that their puzzled reaction is because you think they do not know what a moose is, and not that you think your question is unrelated to the program you just did… So, tell them what a moose is and see if they now © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  8. 8. Moose… A large horselike animal with antlers that lives in colder climates. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  9. 9. So, now you tell them the story about the 3 hunters who return to Alaska to hunt moose again, going back to the same lake as last year. They have a pilot fly them in using a float plane – one that can land on water – and say that he will return in three days. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  10. 10. And you explain that he does return as promised and that the men proceed to load up one of the moose and tie it to the pontoons. At this point, the pilot says, “Let’s go!” but the men say that they need to load up the other two moose… © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  11. 11. You can embellish your storyline as much as you like... The men and the pilot argue, with the men saying that they took off from the same lake, with the same temperature, with the same kind of plane and the same gear last year. The only difference is: PILOT. Finally the pilot gives in and says to load up the other two moose. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  12. 12. So, the men load up the other two moose and tie them down and get in the plane with all their gear and the pilot taxis the plane down to the very far end of the lake, revs the motor and the plane takes off. It goes across the lake faster and faster and faster and gets into the air… © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  13. 13. (Personalize the joke to that audience with the names of their lead But, the pontoons hit the top of the trees, the men go flying, the gear goes flying and the moose go flying. After a couple of minutes, one of the men comes to and yells, “Joe!” and you, pretending to be that person answer after a moment, “Bill!” “Joe!” “Bill!!” © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  14. 14. “Joe! Where are we?”… “Bill!” (pause and look around)… “Looks like about 50 feet farther than last year!” The key is to let the punch line settle in a bit and then make the key learning points that the men viewed the effort as a greater success, © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  15. 15. I will generally come back and show the bullet slide of the desired session outcomes again and make a few comments about progress being incremental, that the reality of doing something and flying off into the air is not of high probability. The team effort itself needs to be viewed as a success so that the attempt to succeed is © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  16. 16. Key Learning Points: • It’s about making Progress Forward and about active involvement in things • Focus on Continuous Continuous Improvement • Not Every Step is a Success. Keep trying • Celebrate Any and All Progress • Round Wheels are already in Wagon • Engage and Enlist the Energy of All © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  17. 17. The other thing we need to do is to better involve and engage the efforts of a lot more of the people in the organization, the “50 feet” and get them better focused on goals and aligned, more motivated to work together, and to keep trying to make improvements. Link people to performance! © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  18. 18. The Journey Forward © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  19. 19. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  20. 20. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  21. 21. The goal is to go: Fifty Feet Farther Than Last Year! © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  22. 22. If it is to be it is up to me! © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  23. 23. If not you, who? If not now, when? © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  24. 24. PMC sells a number of outstanding tools to generate engagement, motivation, collaboration and team work, including our Square Wheels Toolkits and team building games. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  25. 25. The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine PMC’s flagship team building exercise, sold worldwide since 1993. With tons of user testimonials! © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  26. 26. Versions of Lost Dutchman are available, all with a one-time cost. LD-3 is designed for up to 3 teams (18 people) $995 LD-4 is for use with up to 4 teams (24 people) $1,695 LD-6 is for up to 6 teams (36 people) $2,895 The purchase price contains everything you need to deliver the exercise except for a computer and projector. It includes reusable, laminated team forms, resource cards, grub stake and team envelopes, tracking maps, DVD-case informational videos, toys and poster map / game boards. There is also a Professional Version available for any size group and a Rental Option. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  27. 27. Have FUN Out There! Thanks for your time, energy and thinking. Scott Simmerman The Round Wheels Guy Scott@SquareWheels.com © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  28. 28. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014

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