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Four Characteristics of a Strong Critical Number

Above and Beyond Engaging Workplace Culture: Answers from our All-Stars

How a 70-Year-Old Business Keeps Their Culture and Traditions Alive While Growing Their Company

Getting the Most "Bang" Out of Your MiniGames with Outstanding Rewards

The Do's and Don’ts of an Outstanding Huddle

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

Are You Missing Out on Streamlining Your Business Processes?

5 Golden Rules of Teaching Financials to Employees

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

From Losing Millions to Their First Dollar of Profit: GGOB and Positive Psychology at Peterson Trucks

4 Best Practices for Employee Engagement

Managers Should Have all the Answers...Right?

Anatomy of an All-Star Champion: Gravitas Impact Webinar with Rich Armstrong

Dallas' "Sexy Accountants" Striving to Become the Texas Living Laboratory

5 Surprising Benefits of Open-Book Management

The #1 Piece of Advice for Companies Considering The Great Game

7 Reasons Organizational Knowledge Is Power

The Great Game of Business' Influence on Southwest Airline's Cutting Edge Culture

Mason Ayer: From Lawyer to "Best CEO" in Austin

7 Stories Hiding in Your Financial Statements

Gravitas Impact Webinar Featuring Jack Stack

Answers from our All-Stars: Describe Your GGOB Aha! Moment

ForbesBooks Radio Interview: Thomas Hill, Kimray

The Building Blocks of an Effective Bonus Plan

Answers from our All-Stars: What Motivated You to Implement the Great Game of Business?

ForbesBooks Radio Interview: David Stern- Practice Velocity

Gut + Science Podcast with Rich Armstrong

The Myth and Magic of the Critical Number

5 Career Page Essentials To Build A Brand People Want to Work For

Why “People” Is Our New Critical Number

ForbesBooks Radio Interview: Shawn Burcham - PFSbrands

Using Technology to Huddle with Multiple Locations

Is a Sense of Ownership Enough?

Digital Transformation in HR - Saving Your Money and Time

Gathering of Games- MiniGame Showcase

An Outsider's Perspective on the Gathering of Games

8 Essential Tips for a Successful Huddle

Harnessing the Strengths of the Game

26th Annual Gathering of Games All-Star Champions

Engaging the Disengaged Starts by Discovering the Heroes of Your Organization

An ESOPportunity: Why Choose an ESOP?

3 Tips Engage, Motivate, & Inspire Employees

Automating Financial Forecasting with Office365, SharePoint and PowerBI Score Boards

How to Get More Good News

What’s your Conference Game Plan? How to Maximize your Time at The Gathering of Games

It's More Than Getting to the Critical Number

Eliminating Distortions in Your Data

The Power of Visioning

Four Rules Our Favorite Comedians Teach Us About Effective Teamwork

A Checklist Every Leader Should Be Thinking About

3 Tips for Using Open-Book Management to Attract and Retain A Players

United Heating, Cooling & Plumbing: Becoming a More United Team Through Open-Books

How to Tell if Your Huddle Needs Help

3 Tips to Create a Winning Talent Strategy

Hingepoint's Hybrid Huddle: GGOB, Lean and Agile in One

The Great Game Study Guide

People+People: How to Build a Brand That People Want to Work With and For

Live Great Game Huddle at Big Brothers Big Sisters Conference

Kiolbassa Uses Core Values to Celebrate First Quarter Bonuses

Last Year I Was You

Game on! What’s Next?

Start with Questions; Not Solutions

How To Make the Most of Your Great Game Story

Engage the Front-Line

3 Must-Watch Videos Featuring GGOB Practitioners

Using Culture Teams to Drive Positive Culture Change

Do Profits = Success in Your Business?

5 Ways to Win at MiniGames

Surviving to Thriving: Taking Control of Your Business and Your Life

5 Reasons You Need to Attend the Gathering of Games

Are You Too Afraid to Open the Books?

Closing the Talent Gap at Hutten & Co

Twelve Bogus Reasons Not to Do an ESOP

How Do All-Stars Sustain The Game?

How One Company Is Tackling The Coming War For Talent

Building a Business of Businesspeople at Netflix

9 Forecasting Phrases to Listen For

Our 10-Step Approach to GGOB Implementation

What does the “e” in eLearning stand for?

Gathering Highlights | 10 Reasons Great Employees Stay

Creating Wins with MiniGames

Gathering Highlights | How Having Hope Helps

Tips for an Outstanding Huddle

Great Game Team to Present at NCEO 2018 Conference

Great Game will present at Catersource 2018!

Jenner Ag's Great Game Story

4 Takeaways from The Gathering

The 25th Annual Gathering of Games All-Star Winners

The Great Game Changed Our Culture and Business

Break the Status Quo with OBM and GGOB

Top 5 Inflection Points of Business Ownership Succession

The Who’s Who of Speakers at The Gathering – Part 2

The Who’s Who of Speakers at The Gathering – Part 3

Creating a Recognition Culture: Best Practices

How High Involvement Planning (HIP) Accelerates Your Company’s Growth

The Who’s Who of Speakers at The 25th Annual Gathering of Games – Part 1

6 Steps to Successfully Use Analytics

6 Tips To Drive Employee Engagement

Top 7 Reasons to Attend The Gathering

6 Ways to Make Your Huddle More People-Centric

Doing Good and Doing Well: The Case for B Corp Certification

Infographic: What is Open-Book Management?

24th Annual Gathering of Games All-Star Awards

There is No "I" in Team: Why Adding Teambuilding to Your Huddles is Important

Leading the Way Towards a Hopeful Culture

Great Game Experience Regional Workshops: What Are the Benefits (and Who Should Attend)?

No Money, No Mission: Should Nonprofits Operate Like a Business?

5 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Financial Literacy

What is OBM? (A New Practitioner’s Perspective)

Top 10 Reasons Why Great Employees Stay

Open-Book Management on Safari

Blood, Sweat and Beers – Why I track Everything

3 Ways to Build Trust Through Transparency

Information That’s Critical to Peak Performance

Measuring 'Funergy'

Empower Your Employees Through Knowledge

7 Advantages of Killing Traditional Learning Environments

Behind the Scenes of the April 2017 Forbes Article Featuring SRC Holdings, Inc. and The Great Game of Business

VP Steve Baker Sits Down at INC 5000 for an In-Depth Interview by Approyo

Press Play: The Great Game Mentioned in Recent Podcast

Your CEO Needs a New Title: How to Manage Company Culture

10 Easy Ways to Express Appreciation to Almost Anyone

The Effectiveness of Equity Ownership

Operating an Open-Book Company in a Closed-Book World

How to Break Up With Your Company Intranet

Developing a Business Culture of Continuous Improvement

DIY Strategies for Implementing Open-Book Management

Supercharge your Huddles: Employee Engagement that Works

How Being a Great Story-Teller Can Transform Your Company

The Management Style Every Millennial Should Know

Join us at the NCEO 2016 Employee Ownership Conference

The Fundamentals of Business and Open-book Management

Rewards That Will Strike Out With Your Team

The Efficiency MiniGame

23rd Annual Gathering of Games Award Nominees and Winners

The Collective Wisdom is Greater Than You

The Power of Organizational Focus

Attending the Inc. 5000 Conference? Catch up with us in Orlando!

What Does Cash Flow Mean to Employees?

Top 14 Most Powerful Quotes From Gathering of Games 2015

Small Giants Summit | September 20-23, 2015

Using Education and Open-Book Management to Improve Your Cash Flow

Tips You Need to Know for Forecasting Cash Flow

How Often Should Your Team Huddle?

The Huddle: Where the Action Happens (Even Virtually!)

Business Action Guide Series…In Action!

Gathering of Games Tracks: Information on 4, 5 and 6

Blue Chip Drivers – How Can My Team Become Even More Effective?

Not Just Another Internal Meeting – 5 True Powers of the Daily Huddle

Numbers Are Universal, Not an Excuse!

Four Ways to Get More Bang for Your Lawyer Buck (how attorneys add value to your business)

Doing Well While Doing Good: The ESOP Exit

Four Ways to Reward Employees Beyond Cash

The Rockstar Company Valuation: What to Understand Before Selling Your Business

The Number One Open-Book Management Culture Killer: Lack of Trust

Four Essentials Items to Cover During A Huddle

Gathering of Games Tracks: Information on 1, 2 and 3

Playing MiniGames

Calm your Organization’s Monkey Mind

Recruit the Right Way: Use a Paper Bag

3 Workplace Recognition Opportunities You Might Be Overlooking

How to Get Started Tracking Your Business Metrics

Capture the Power of Your Employees Through High-Involvement Planning

The Arithmetic of Ownership Transition Planning

Making the Case for Facilitation Role Playing

Non-Monetary Ways to Effectively Motivate Your Team

Changing the Way We Change: Zingerman's Approach to Organizational Change

How a Manufacturer Is Using Open-Book Management to Reinvent Public School Education

How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Gathering of Games Conference

Financially Literate Employees Means Stronger Financial Plans

Benefits of Controlling Sales with Contingency Planning

4 Types of Planning for Sustainable Business Success

The Four Pillars of Leadership

Beyond the Books: 3 Ways Open-Book Management Helps Your Employees in Their Personal Life

Preparing Your Business for Engaged Employees at All Levels From Front-Line to Director

4 Common Mistakes with Open-Book Management

Attending the 2015 NCEO Employee Ownership Conference? Catch up with us in Denver!

Think Outside the Top Line: How Open-Book Management Helps Employees Understand the Bottom Line

How Well Do You Know Your Business? Take This Quiz

Family-Owned Firm Sees Increase in Trust & Engagement with Financial Literacy Training

Commercial Nursery Increases Profitability with The Great Game of Business

Open-Book Management Helps Telecommunications Company Survive Tough Industry Merger

Government, Higher Education & Non-Profit Organizations Embrace Open-Book Management

Manufacturer Uses Transparency as Competitive Edge

The 4 "Cs" of Long-Term Planning: Capabilities, Capacity, Constraint & Culture

The 4 "Cs" of Long-Term Planning: Capabilities, Capacity, Constraint & Culture - The Great Game of Business The Great Game of Business

Power Plant Employees Control Costs & Impact Bottom Line

Catering Company Survives Tough Times by Teaching Employees to Think Like Owners

Is your Bonus Program Sabotaging the Health of your Business?

Family-Owned Manufacturer Improves Gross Margin with The Great Game of Business

Financial Literacy Training Helps Agriculture Equipment Distributor Drive Out Entitlement

5 Ingredients to Spice up your Huddles

3M Distributor Increases Sales when Former Teacher Takes Over & Opens the Books

An Auto Repair Shop Leverages Open-Book Management to Beat Industry Profit Margins

Australian Accounting Firm Increases Productivity & Engagement Using Open-Book Management

Meet us in Vegas for the 2014 ESOP Conference

A Stake in the Outcome: Should You Consider an ESOP?

Aircraft Repair Company Uses Financial Forecasting to Avoid Pay Cuts

Building Customer Connections by Opening the Books: A Conversation with Tim Kerrigan

Playing The Game as Employee Owners: A Conversation with Rick Rose

How to get Even Better Results from Your Team

Why Engaging Frontline Employees Pays Off: A Conversation with John Williams

5 Questions that will Help with Ownership Transition Planning

How to Involve Everyone in Running the Business by the Numbers

5 Questions Engaged Employees Need Answered

Why Open the Books if No One Can Read?

5 Simple Extras to Make Your Huddle a Huge Success

The Annual Gathering of Games - Featured Track Details

Social Media & Transparency – Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

The Annual Gathering of Games - Methodology Track Details

An Exploration in Accountability

How Game Shows can Teach Financial Literacy for You

Use your Open-Book Culture to Attract, Acquire & Retain Top Talent

Gathering of Games: Pre-Conference Session Details

Gathering of Games 2014 "Doubters Contest"

Meet the "Original Doubter" of Open-Book Management

Meet the 2014 Rookie of the Year Finalists

Meet the 2014 All-Star Award Finalists

5 Illuminating Lessons on Transparency

New Research Sheds Light on Effective GGOB Techniques

8 Awesome MiniGame Ideas Generated by Practitioners

Why you Should Watch COGS for Profit Improvement

10 Key Takeaways from Open-Book Companies: An Academic's Perspective

10 People you Should Meet at the 2014 Employee Ownership Conference

Why The Great Game of Business Goes "Light Years" Beyond Basic Open-Book Management

What are the 'All-Star Awards'...and How Does Our Company Get One?

Part 5: The Coolest Employee Engagement Infographics Around

Meet Great Game Hall of Fame Company: Meadows Regional Medical Center

Part 4: The Coolest Employee Engagement Infographics Around

Part 3: The Coolest Employee Engagement Infographics Around

Meet Great Game All-Star: Agape Construction

What Makes "Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For" so Great?

GGOB Practitioner Hits #15 on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List

Meet Great Game All-Star: Clarke EyeCare Center

Part 2: The Coolest Employee Engagement Infographics Around

A Demographic Profile of Open-Book Management Firms

Meet Great Game All-Star: Woodward Printing

The Coolest Employee Engagement Infographics Around: Part 1

Meet GGOB Rookie of the Year: Paul Mueller Company

Jack Stack Shares the Unexpected Benefits of Open-Book Management

Value...Not Price

4 Questions to Ask for Successful Succession Planning

The Extraordinary Action Necessary to Build Great Teams

The Great Game of Government: Playing without Bonuses or Equity

Living with an ESOP - What's it Like?

What are you Doing Now that's Extraordinary?

Using Open-Book Lean to Bring About Everyday Change

The Truth About Fables

As a Leader, Everything We Do Sets an Example

Increasing Employee Engagement to Achieve a Successful, Sustainable Organization

Creating a Culture of Character & Competence

Disciplined Forward Forecasting

Winning Strategies for Financial Literacy Training

7 Tips for Training New Hires

4 Danger Signs that Your Game is Getting Stale

4 Tips to Make Your Company-Wide Huddle a Success

Huddling 101: The Company-Wide Huddle

Huddling 101: The Management Huddle

Get your Huddle Communication in Check

Huddling 101: The Pre-Huddle

6 Key Components of Financial Forecasting

Make Staff Meetings More Effective: Stop Meeting, Start Huddling

A Stake in the Outcome: How a Chocolatier Brought his Cocoa Farmers into the Game

Mistakes are Opportunities

Why the Heck Would Anyone Want to Buy a 20 Year Old Book?

How Open-Book Management Can Psychologically Effect Employees

5 Lessons to Learn from a Billionaire

4 Ways to Increase the Power of Open-Book Management

Why Choosing a Critical Number is so Important

Myths about Business Transparency to Stop Believing NOW

Communicate Company Financials so Employees Can Understand

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Your Most Important Document by Bill Collier

Can The Great Game of Business Help Voters?

Ok, I Made A Profit. Now What?

6 Easy Ways to Reward & Recognize your Employees

Q4 Business Challenge: Planning for the Future.

Do Financial Incentives Really Engage Employees?

What's the BIG idea? Contest - Winning Entries

9 Rules to Making Staff Huddles Work

The Bottom Line that Patagonia Missed.

Be a Sleuth. Find the Waste. by Bill Collier

Five Reasons NOT to Attend the SRC Experience: Resolved

What is Great Leadership?

Thoughts from The Gathering of Games

Talking About Values is Good Business

What are we Waiting For?

Join Us at The Gathering of Games Conference: It's Our 20th Anniversary

What is your Value Proposition?

Got a Trust Problem? Open the Books

The Challenge of Handling a Moving Target

Transparency and Leadership: Avoid Emily Litella Syndrome

Timing: It will Drive you Crazy

Is the American Dream About to Die?

What's Your Number? by Bill Collier

Jack Stack Uncut: Why I'm Blogging Again

Do A Leadership Checkup

Zulu News

Down with the Entitlement Mentality

Bulding a Culture of Ownership: Unleash the Entrepreneur

7 Business Resolutions for Your Best Year Ever by Bill Collier

Why?

Top 6 Great Game No-Nos

Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

How Open-Book Management Can Empower Employees: An All-Star's Perspective

It's the Spread - by Bill Collier

Practitioner View; Open Book Management: A Powerful Business Performance Tool

Practitioner Responds to NYT Blog

My 2011 Gathering of Games Top 10

Could You Use a Win? 

Are "They" Hurting Your Business?

Thank God for Entrepreneurs

Are you playing The Game to your full potential?

Open Book Success - by Bill Collier

It's Simple, It's Just Not Easy...

Q & A: Shining Up Your Crystal Ball

4 Tips for Fine-Tuning Your Bonus Plan

“It’s not my fault!”

Are you Afraid of Open-Book Management?

Should You Do It Yourself? - by Bill Collier

Serious about Forward Forecasting

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.