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Elementary, My Dear Watson

It's an air-tight case: Staging business-related mystery events proves positive!

This story appears in the March 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

There was no mystery about Michael Gordon's motives for gathering Angelo Gordon & Co.'s employees together. The New York City investment firm's co-owner and COO wanted to give his 40 employees an evening of socializing, relationship-building and fun. The time and date were set. The place: a New York City restaurant. Which left only one question--who done it?

Five years ago, Gordon, now 54, held a corporate mystery event. Over dinner, his employees were challenged to solve a make-believe murder staged by hired actors as part of an exercise in team-building, problem-solving and icebreaking. "It was very good," reports Gordon. "Everyone got involved, and it was a fun, relaxing night."

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