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(MCT)—Ryan Nowicki, national director of sales for golf-complex operator TopGolf, talked to the Dallas Morning News about how small businesses can organize effective team-building events.

—Diversity: Having a good blend of people from all levels within your organization is instrumental. Plan ahead regarding how you will pair or create “teams” to foster interdepartmental communication and camaraderie.

—Have an educational component: When possible, ensure that there is a takeaway for your employees. This is an easy way to have fun with your team while educating them on an imperative topic.

—Strategic application: Possibly more important than an educational component is a debrief of the skill(s) learned and how each participant can apply these new skills in his/her job responsibilities. This is your opportunity to connect your organization’s strategic goals with something memorable like a team-building exercise.

—Inclusion: Involve as many members of your team as possible. Regardless of title, department or length of tenure, inclusion will allow you the ability to affect more people and get more bang for your buck.

—Everyone loves a trophy: As simple as it may seem, a tchotchke or trinket that your team members can place on their desks or in an office common area goes a long way. This can serve as a reminder of the event, but, more important, assist you in sustaining the true takeaway.

©2013 The Dallas Morning News
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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