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How Deming’s 14 Points For Management Can Help Us Thrive in A Post-Pandemic World

Five Reasons Open-Book Companies Should Consider an ESOP

3 Principles to Retain Talent

Top 6 Great Game No-Nos

To Overcome The Growing Skills Gap, Build A Business of Businesspeople

Why You Need to Connect Your People To Your Strategy

Ten Steps to Strategic Planning Success

Learn From My Mistakes: Why Caregivers Need To Embrace Financial Literacy

A Dose of Positive Energy and Hope

One Sentence Employee Engagement: 20 Words To Gain Emotional Commitment

Building A Great Place to Work with the Help of The Great Game of Business

Are ESOPs Really More Complex and Costly Than Other Ways to Sell a Business?

6 Best Practices for Creating a Recognition Culture

Are You Really Opening the Books?

10 Surprising Things Successful Leaders Do Differently

“It’s not my fault!” A Poisonous Employee Mentality

14 Tips for a Productive Meeting (aka Huddle)

Funding Your Employer Brand Plan—A Numbers Game You Need to Win

A Contingency Plan Template for Business

How One SRC Associate Pursued His Version of the American Dream

How Malco Products is Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back To The U.S.

10 Easy Ways Leader Can Express Appreciation in the Workplace

Why We Are Giving Associates Incentive to get the COVID Vaccine

It’s Going To Take More Than Sign-On Bonuses To Win The War For Talent

Do Financial Incentives Really Engage Employees?

Decentralizing Business to Accelerate Company Growth and Stability

3 Ways to Build Trust Through Transparency

Winning Strategies for Financial Literacy Training

Make Staff Meetings More Effective: Stop Meeting, Start Huddling

Financially Literate Employees Means Stronger Financial Plans

4 Easy Strategies to Communicate Financials so Employees Can Understand

A 10-Year Vision

How SRC is Using The Game to Tackle its Critical Number: People

Beware The False Economy

Reaching the Front-Line: Turning a Part-Time Job into a Career

Is The Potential Tax Hike Keeping You Up At Night?

What Are We Teaching Entrepreneurs These Days?

The Great Game Changed Our Culture and Business

4 Types of Planning for Sustainable Business Success

How Ownership Can Power The Pursuit Of The American Dream

4 Tips for Creating a Generational Inclusive Workforce

Building An American Dream

The Collective Wisdom is Greater Than You

Hey Jeff Bezos: Here’s One Way Amazon Can Become The Best Employer On The Planet

What is Democracy in Business?

Going Beyond The Mission Statement

Boosting Employee Retention by Building Careers

Valuations Through the Pandemic

Free Markets. Free People.

Why Choose an ESOP?

Give People a Chance to Win Early and Often

Why Isn’t The Front Line Treated Like The CEO?

Purpose-Driven Leadership 

And The Winner Is…

How One Entrepreneur Learned How To Create More Good Jobs

In Defense of Competition

Why You Need a 10-year Plan

6 Core Beliefs Business Leaders Should Live By

You Don’t Have To Go It Alone

Open Books = Quicker Capital Projects

Facts Matter More Now Than Ever

Humility: A Humble, Anarchistic Inquiry

I Hate My Job!

The Common-Sense Business Planning Checklist to Jump-Start Planning

How The Great Game Gave One Business Hope At Its Darkest Time

How to Prevent Remote Work Burnout

The Job That Built Me - An Employee's Story

Are You Planning For The Next Recession?

In A Time Filled With Noise, How Do You Get People To Hear You?

11 Financial Terms to Teach Employees

How Do You Build Confidence?

Missed Opportunities

Can Your Company Stand the Test of Time?

Getting Started with the Great Game of Business: It's Simpler Than You Think

The Original Doubter of Open-Book Management

Empowerment Tools You Can Use

8 Ways to Keep Great Employees

If You Work At Netflix, You’re Going To Get Wet

Why We Want to Do Away with Jobs

Creating Wins with MiniGames

A Time to Reimagine Capitalism

Closing The Gap Between The Haves and The Have-Nots

Sharing the Load by Playing Great Game™ 

Using The Game to Grow Their Business

What Does It Mean to Lead Like a Human?

5 Companies Who See Knowing and Teaching the Rules as the Way to Cultivate Leaders

Building a Company Culture Fit for Every Employee

Serving Communities While Serving Their Employees

Creating Value for Your Business When Your Best Assets are People

All-Star Companies Putting People First

What do Fur Babies, Community Magazines, Fuel-injectors and Labels Have In Common?

How The 2020 Great Game Of Business All-Stars Are Changing The Game

Top 5 Reasons You Need to be at the Great Game of Business Conference

Greatness Comes from Looking Ahead

How to Get More Good News

Beyond Engagement: How to Make Your Company into an Idea Factory

Does Opening the Books Mean Sharing Everything?

The Critical Number is at the Heart of The Game

Do You Play The Game...Even When You Lose?

When Winning is the Bedrock of Your Culture

Who Says Business Isn’t Personal?

Reasons You Should Bring the Marketplace to Your People

Why Timing is Everything

Why Being Open-Book Matters During a Downturn

It’s Time To Reimagine Your Business

Playing Defense to Survive the New Normal

Capitalism At Its Best

Using Unprecedented Uncertainty to Reinvent Ourselves

Flattening the Economic Curve

5 Tips to Keep Selling During a Crisis

Training Bite: Cash is King Financial Literacy

When the Virus Hits Close to Home - A Tribute

There Are ALWAYS Positives - Even During a Pandemic

The Four P's to Remember During Crisis

During a Crisis – No Idea is Off the Table.

There's No Shame in Trying To Save Your Business

10 Key Steps for your Business to Survive a Crisis

Taking the Fear Out of the Workplace

4 Reasons Your Employees Aren't on the Open-Book Bandwagon

How a Book Report Changed My Life: A Practitioners Story

3 Things to Consider When Self Implementing Open-Book Management

4 Common Mistakes Companies Make with Open-Book Management

To Be or Not To Be (Coached) — That is the Question

Practicing What We Preach at The Great Game of Business

Four Reasons to Play MiniGames™

The Universal Opportunity to Use Business to Close the Gap Between the Haves and the Have-Nots

Your People are Asking for Opportunities to Grow

The Building Blocks of an Effective Bonus Plan

The 5 Myths of Management

Four Essential Items to Cover During A Huddle

Sustaining The Game: 6 Tips for Energizing Current Staff & Onboarding with GGOB

4 Questions to Ask for Successful Succession Planning

The 3 Things You Need to Design into Your 2020 Bonus Plan

Creating & Distributing Wealth: Are You Doing Your Part To Raise the Standard?

Hitting Big Goals Starts with Small Wins

Great Game™ All-Star Leads the Way in Corporate Social Responsibility

Why You Need to Get Rid of the Employee Mentality

These Results are No Game: Real Results From Real Great Game™ Practitioners

Business Planning: Expect the Unexpected with Contingency Plans

The Do's and Don’ts of an Outstanding Huddle: How to Maximize Your Meetings

Jack Stack Reveals the Why Behind Great Game­™ in His Upcoming Book

If You're Not Keeping Score, It's Only Practice

As a Leader, Are You Living Up to Your End of the Employment Bargain?

Closing the Talent Gap at Hutten & Co

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger: Surviving the Recession by Starting with Why

Communication Will Make or Break Your Great Game™ Implementation

8 Essential Tips for a Successful Huddle

Building a Business of Businesspeople at Netflix

The 4 C's of Long-Term Business Planning

The Secret to Creating an Ownership Culture: Hint—It's Not Just About Equity

How One Company Saved $270K in MiniGames™ & Educational Training

What's My Critical Number and Why Do I Need It?

5 Golden Rules of Teaching Financials to Employees

Using MiniGames™ To Drive Open-Book Leadership At H-E-B

A Buried Treasure Where You Least Expect It

Time is Money: Playing The Game in a Service-Based Company

Are You Too Afraid to Open the Books?

Why Choose an ESOP? Benefits of an ESOP Exit Strategy

Why Has Profit Become a Bad Word (And What Can We do About It)?

The Myth and Magic of the Critical Number™

To Teach the Numbers, Show the Human Story Behind Them

Get Ready Now for the Economic Upturn in 2020

Why Implement & Continue to Invest in The Game?

Can Thinking Like Owners Save the Car Industry?

Conference Insights, 21 Hats, and a New Book

Empower Your Employees Through Knowledge

Our 10-Step Approach to GGOB Implementation

An Emotional 2019 Gathering of Games

Transparency: Why It Matters & What It Can Do For Your Business

Jack Stack: Why I Wrote a New Book

How SRC Lexington Brings an Open-Book Philosophy to Employee Engagement 

How The Great Game Helps Create Sustainable Enlightened Businesses

All-Star People's Choice Poll 2019

3 Ways GGOB Underpins Lasting, Evergreen Companies

Why is Choosing a Critical Number™ So Important?

Leadership Begins With Thinking About Yourself

What Businesses Can Learn From The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

Business Success Through People Success is the New Leadership Frontier

Can Equity Ownership be the Ultimate Stake in the Outcome?

4 Takeaways for Achieving Results in Your Business Transformation

6 Practices for Successfully Leading the Millennial Generation

Questions to Avoid (and What to Ask Instead) to Be a Better Great Game™ Leader

3 Must-Watch Videos Featuring GGOB Practitioners

Harnessing the Strengths of the Game

5 Reasons You Need a PayBrand Story to Scale Your Business

3 Efficiency MiniGame™ Ideas & Examples From the 2019 All-Stars

Scoreboarding: The Whats, Hows and Whys

The Great Game™ Study Guide

9 Rules to Make Staff Huddles Work

7 Best Practices to Take Your Bonus Plan Up a Notch

How To Grow Engagement From Apathetic to Awesome

Keeping The Game Alive: Educating Through Gamification

Lessons Learned in an Open & Honest Company

Is the Open-Door Policy Just Lazy Leadership?

5 Reasons You Need to Attend the Gathering of Games

COCOZZA: Where One Self-Implementer Began Their Great Game™ Journey

MiniGame™ Showcase: GUY Engingeering's Take Me Out to the Ballgame

10 Reasons and Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Transparency

2019 All-Star Team Announced

7 Tips for Communicating Change

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About The Great Game of Business

Our approach to running a company was developed to help close one of the biggest gaps in business: the gap between managers and employees. We call our open-book approach The Great Game of Business. What lies at the heart of The Game is a very simple proposition: The best, most efficient, most profitable way to operate a business is to give everybody in the company a voice in saying how the company is run and a stake in the outcome. Let us teach you how to develop a culture of ownership, where employees think, act and feel like owners.