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Great Game All-Star Awards

The Best of the Best in Open-Book Management

What are the All-Star Awards?

This prestigious award recognizes and celebrates the remarkable achievements of companies from around the globe that have fully embraced the principles of open-book management and The Great Game of Business®, and have demonstrated outstanding results.

The inspiration for the All-Star Awards came from the pioneers of open-book management themselves. This recognition program was created in 2001 to highlight the companies on the leading edge of this innovative management practice, who have discovered first-hand that when you harness the collective wisdom of your people, great things can and do happen.  

But as Great Game™ practitioners know - it’s not just about generating profits, cash and wealth, but also about distributing it for the good of everyone involved.  Therefore, All-Star players must embody a spirit of generosity and a willingness to openly spread the word to help each other succeed.  That is the essence of the annual All-Star Awards.

Check out our Great Game All-Star case studies.


How do we choose the ‘Best of the Best’?

We understand that ‘Winning is a Process.’  Open-book management and The Great Game of Business is a journey, not a destination and the degree to which it’s practiced can vary considerably.  Therefore, we’re looking for the ‘Best of the Best’ – those organizations who clearly stand-out and can be called ‘The All-Stars.’ 

We make this challenging decision based on three specific measures:

The voice of the employee. Who knows best if the organization is living the principles of The Great Game of Business than your people?  It isn’t about theory -- it’s about practice.  So, we use an employee survey to measure how well the organization is living the principles and practices of the Great Game.  [Organizations with fewer than 10 employees must ensure the entire workforce completes the survey.  Those with more than 11 employees will need at least 70 percent participation.]

The bottom-line business results the organization has achieved.  The judges take into consideration the organization’s profit and revenue growth as well as other critical business outcomes and compare those outcomes to their industry peers.

The organization’s ‘Story Behind the Numbers’.  Lastly, we want to hear the organization's compelling story:  How has the practice of the Great Game of Business changed their company? Has it created a stronger culture and a better place to work?  They tell us about their MiniGames, Huddles, broad-based financial and business education, bonus plans, rewards & recognition program, celebrations, planning processes, scoreboards, etc.  They share the play-by-play commentary on how they are improving business results and the lives of the employees who drive those results.


Announcement of Winners

At the Gathering of Games conference in September, the open-book community honors the entire team of finalists, and recognizes those who earn the coveted All-Star Champion Award, the Social Sector Award, the Rookie of the Year designation, and Hall of Fame honors. 

If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Donna Petiford or at 1.417.380.5242.

2019 All-Star Winners

Hall of Fame 
SRC of Lexington

Rookie of the Year
AMBAC International 

Social Sector 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star 

All-Star Champions

Anderson Precision

Double O, Inc

Essential Ingredients 

Global Recovery Corp

GUY Engineering Services, Inc.

Intrust IT

Kiolbassa Smoked Meats 


Meet the entire 2019 All-Star Team

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