| Workshops | (subject to change)

These pre-conference workshops are VIRTUAL and are included with both the Digital Experience and the Dallas Experience conference registrations and do not require additional purchase or registration. 


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| Profitability Business Simulation |

From Start-up to Market Domination

Wednesday, August 18th | 9am to 4pm CDT 

Facilitator: Kelley Still Nichols, Great Game Certified Trainer



Business finance is often seen as the domain of the accounting department, full of complex terms that many employees don’t understand. But finance, cash flow, and the consumer market need to be understood by all decision-makers. Knowing how the business works and how individual actions impact overall business performance is also a key factor in employee engagement.

This simulation is a wonderful tool to teach how business works, from tracking financial information to making decisions about what revenue streams you want to invest in. The participant will have an active role in determining:

  • Product Offerings
  • Costs of goods sold
  • Overhead, that which is and is not directly related to product production
  • Cash flow resulting from accounts receivable terms and payable terms
  • The cost and rhythm of financing operations
  • Strategies for gaining market share and the investment that incurs
  • Determining the amount of inventory to produce.

Our unique visual simulation format represents the workings of a company, showing participants how they can both create and destroy value through their decisions.

This workshop will be capped at 24 participants. Please email rchapman@ggob.com to reserve your spot. Limit ONE SEAT per company.

Learning Objective:

  • -To simplify the fundamentals of business finance into a realistic and dynamic simulation that brings business theories to life.

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| Experience The Game |

An Overview of The Great Game of Business

Tuesday, August 24th | 10am to 2pm CDT 

Facilitator: Michele Bridges, Great Game Certified Trainer


If you've read The Great Game of Business, you're probably asking yourself, "Is The Game for real? Can it really transform my people, my business, and my life?"

The answer is yes; and for more than 30 years we have been sharing how educating, empowering, and engaging employees in the business gives you the courage to do business differently.

In this session, you'll get:

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    An overview of The Great Game of Business Methodology - the philosophy, principles, and practices.

  • A vision of how Gameplay creates long-term business success for an organization and long-term personal success for its employees.

  • The opportunity to experience the impact of The Game first-hand through a question & answer session with employees from practitioner companies.

  • The information needed to make an intelligent, informed decision to embrace The Game.

The Game can be adapted to fit any organization. Come see for yourself.

Recommended for: attendees from companies considering or just beginning GGOB implementation; employees new to the GGOB concepts (new hires at current practitioners, for example)

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| Design The Game |

The 10-Step Implementation Process of The Great Game of Business

Thursday, August 26th | 11am to 1pm CDT 

Dave Scholten
Great Game Certified Coach


The Great Game of Business is simple, but not always easy. The process demands a commitment to the sequential 10-step journey.

Dave Scholten-1In this session, you will learn the fundamentals of each step, including:

  • the most effective process for determining your Critical Number™
  • how to create a consistent Huddle rhythm and build scoreboards that help your teams learn and understand winning and success
  • the best practices and strategies for a spectacular MiniGame practice
  • how to build a motivating and behavior-changing
  • communication process for a Stake in the Outcome®bonus plan that engages the employees at all levels throughout the year

This session will give participants valuable tools and practical planning tips to help kick off the GGOB journey.

Recommended for: all individuals from companies ready to implement or at the beginning stages of implementing the Great Game of Business; anyone who wants to review these basic concepts

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| Play The Game |

Using Scoreboards, Huddles and Rewards & Recognition to Drive Engagement

Tuesday, August 31st | 11am to 1pm CDT 

Kevin Walter
Great Game Certified Coach


Whether you are new to The Game or a long-time practitioner, Huddles can become stale or just routine—which can lead to lackluster employee engagement in playing your Game. Sound familiar?

kevin walterThis session will engage participants with a variety of best practices and tools to create line-of-site to the financials and get your employees engaged and focused through interactive Huddles, scoreboards, rewards & recognition, and team celebrations. Kevin will share his time-tested techniques to make your Huddles the “can’t miss” highlight of the workweek, and discuss how to use these tools effectively.

If you're looking to learn more about or just improve upon these key GGOB practices, this practitioner coach will provide the valuable insights, tried-and-true techniques, and practical tools you need.

Recommended for: supervisors at all levels of companies practicing GGOB (beginners to advanced)

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Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Thursday, September 1 | 11am to 1pm CDT 



Tom DeSimone
Director at Prairie Capital Advisors
Hillary Hughes, CFA, ASA
Director at Prairie Capital Advisors


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An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is a unique strategy for business owners seeking liquidity. In this session, you will learn the basics of an ESOP and how it complements the culture of the Great Game of Business including:
  • Ownership transition alternatives
  • Characteristics of a good ESOP company
  • How do ESOP transactions work?
  • Structuring an ESOP – fractional or 100%
  • How ESOPs operate once the transaction is complete
  • Communicating the benefits of an ESOP to the employee-owners in an understandable way
  • ESOP "myths" in the real world

Recommended for: business owners and senior management of companies interested in learning more about ESOPs for their business.

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| Sustain The Game |

High-Involvement Planning™

Thursday, September 2nd | 11am to 1pm CDT 

Jack O'Riley
Great Game Certified Coach


Jack ORileyMost business failures are planning failures. Even if your team works well together, it's tough to win at any game without a well-communicated strategy—an informed, research-based approach to reaching the stated objective. When that strategy is created with broad participation, it creates a level of commitment and alignment that just can't be matched.

This session will demonstrate some of the tools the Great Game of Business uses to help companies transform their planning process from an annual, time-consuming ritual to a highly informative, educational journey that involves everyone in the organization.

Recommended for: executives and their teams who are involved with the company's annual planning process; members of the sales & marketing team charged with developing and delivering on the annual plan and those charged with creating financial plans.


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These Wednesday, September 8th workshops are included with the Dallas Experience conference registration ONLY and do not require additional purchase or registration. 


| Managing Difficult Behavior |

Merrill Crawford author imageWednesday, September 8 | 1pm to 5pm CDT 

Facilitator: Merrill Crawford, Charlie's Plumbing

When it comes to leadership, you get the behavior you allow – and when you allow unacceptable behavior in your organization, the results can be far-reaching. It has been said that the culture of an organization will be shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate (Gruenter and Whitaker), as allowing poor behavior from even just one person can lead to overall lower morale, decreased productivity, increased turnover, and poor business performance.

How do you know what behaviors are unacceptable? How can you remove them? And probably most importantly - what bad behaviors are you actually training into your organization?

In this fun and lively workshop, learn how to set the appropriate workplace expectations and structure a system for effective follow-through. We will utilize games, roleplaying scenarios, stories, examples, and Q&A to bring this issue, and helpful solutions, to life.

Learning Objective:

  1. How to define and identify behavior that is unacceptable in your culture and clientele.
  2. How to remove this behavior and raise the bar for all stakeholders.
  3. Why this mindset needs to be at the forefront of all high-level planning.


  • A template on how to define what is unacceptable and what to do about it.       

Recommended for:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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| 5 Dysfunctions of a Team |

Hutchinson_ChrisWednesday, September 8 | 1pm to 5pm CDT 

Facilitator: Chris Hutchinson, Trebuchet Group

How do you know if your team members are working together in the most effective way possible? What do you do if your team isn’t functioning as well as it could?

Many teams suffer from what Patrick Lencioni calls The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - self-protection, not addressing important issues early on, functional silos, lots of pressure on the leader to solve problems, and results that could be significantly better.

In truly healthy teams, everyone pulls hard in the same direction, supports one another for the good of the whole, overcomes obstacles, bounces back from adversity, and gets results that make everyone proud.

Your team has pivoted and come together in incredible ways to get you to this point. And the good news is you can help them get even better.

Join this interactive session where we walk through real stories of how leaders like you have used the Five Dysfunctions of a Team framework to keep their teams moving and improving in times of stress and success. You’ll be invited to share challenges with other participants and explore what could be better for you and your team, and you'll walk away with actionable ideas and tools to equip your team for what’s coming next.

How do you know what behaviors are unacceptable? How can you remove them? And probably most importantly - what bad behaviors are you actually training into your organization?

In this fun and lively workshop, learn how to set the appropriate workplace expectations and structure a system for effective follow-through. We will utilize games, roleplaying scenarios, stories, examples, and Q&A to bring this issue, and helpful solutions, to life.

Learning Objective:

  1. Understand how Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team Model can highlight opportunities for real improvement in how your team works together
  2. Walk through real-life examples of how other teams use the model to build a strong foundation that holds during times of crisis, growth, & success


  • Diagnostic team health tool to understand what is working and what could be better on your team    
  • Next step actions you can take to increase your team's effectiveness

Recommended for:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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| Vision-Casting: Communicating Your Vision with Clarity |

Stowers_AliaWednesday, September 8 | 1pm to 5pm CDT 

Facilitator: Alia Stowers, Tarath Associates

Most leaders think they communicate more clearly—and more motivationally—than they actually do. Those we lead may forgive us of our verbosity or low mumbling in the day-to-day, however, it is crucial to be crystal clear and inspirational when implementing any new strategy (such as The Great Game of Business, for example).

Many companies that implement phenomenal programs like the Great Game of Business wonder why their employees don’t see the immense value in the new program… without realizing the culprit is their lack of effective vision-casting.

Communicating a new direction without effective vision-casting can inspire variations of “I have no idea why I should care about this” to “how exactly is this going to work?” to “let’s see how long this program lasts…” From the beginning, it is destined to fail. As a result, it is not hard to see that vision-casting is not an optional skill for organizational leaders.

In this workshop, learn how great vision-casting is done, including how to start with your why. Then practice applying it to your new (or current) implementation in a clear and inspiring way. This will help you quickly gain the support of your employees to build momentum toward the full benefits of the Great Game of Business!"         

Learning Objective:

  1. Understand the elements of a clear and compelling “why”.
  2. Learn how to effectively communicate the values, benefits, and plans of an initiative.
  3. Practice creating your own vision strategy.


  • Vision-Casting Strategy
  • Resource List

Recommended for:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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| Overcoming the 7 Deadliest Communication SINs |


A New Standard for Workplace Communication

Wednesday, September 8 | 1pm to 5pm CDT 

Facilitator: Skip Weisman, Your Championship Company
and a Great Game Certified Coach

There are seven extremely damaging and common communication mistakes occurring daily in your workplace, and they are undermining your company’s open-book management and Great Game implementation. Unfortunately, you probably can’t completely eliminate them from the workplace, so it is vital to at least be aware of them to mitigate their impact.

This pre-conference workshop will provide you with an awareness of these seven common – and damaging - interpersonal communication mistakes, and also offer an opportunity to learn and practice specific communication strategies and techniques to reduce the frequency of their occurrence.

Learning Objective:

  1. Easily recognize the seven interpersonal communication mistakes when they occur in your workplace.
  2. Apply specific communication strategies to overcome each.
  3. Apply your new communication skills across three different levels of the Communication Influence Pyramid.
  4. Build new habits of communication skills that can improve your productivity by 50% overnight.
  5. Conduct a workshop with their own teams to improve productivity by 50% throughout their entire company.


  • A personal "Championship Communicator's" assessment and self-coaching tool to improve their leadership communication approach
  • A specific framework to take back to lead the conversation on improving interpersonal communication in their workplace across all levels of their company.

Recommended for:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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