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THE MOOSE
JOKE
The Most Favorite
Team Building
Session Closing
Story / Joke of

Dr. Scott
Simmerman

© Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
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
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
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
Then you pose a puzzling
statement, one that seemingly
makes no sense, to generate
that “Huh?” reaction from
everyone.

© Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
So, would you
NOW agree that
this is a lot like
Hunting
Moose?
© Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
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
Moose…
A large horselike animal
with antlers
that lives in
colder
climates.
© Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
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
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
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
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
(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
“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
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
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
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
The Journey Forward
© Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
© Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
© Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
The goal is to go:

Fifty Feet
Farther Than
Last Year!
© Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
If it is to be
it is up to
me!
© Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
If not you,
who?
If not now,
when?
© Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
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
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
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
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
© Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014

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

  • 1. THE MOOSE JOKE The Most Favorite Team Building Session Closing Story / Joke of Dr. Scott Simmerman © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. So, would you NOW agree that this is a lot like Hunting Moose? © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  • 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. Moose… A large horselike animal with antlers that lives in colder climates. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. (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. “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. 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. 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. 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. The Journey Forward © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  • 19. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  • 20. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  • 21. The goal is to go: Fifty Feet Farther Than Last Year! © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  • 22. If it is to be it is up to me! © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  • 23. If not you, who? If not now, when? © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. © Performance Management Company, 1993 - - 2014