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5 Reasons You Need to Attend the Gathering of Games

Jun 16, 2018 by Kristi Stringer 12 Comments

Are you toying with the idea of attending the Gathering of Games conference in September?  If you believe all employees can more positively contribute to your business if they are educated and empowered to do so, this might be just the event you are looking for.

The annual Gathering of Games is the world's largest event on open-book management and transparency in the workplace.  Every year for the last 26 years, progressive business leaders have come together from around the world to learn and share best practices via scheduled and impromptu discussions on business themes that include:

  • broadening the concept of leadership
  • delegating responsibility for the business
  • encouraging employees to think and act like owners
  • promoting continuous learning at every level of the organization
  • igniting employees’ competitive juices
  • driving innovation, building value and improving financial results

Over 700 people will gather for this conference in Dallas, which features close to 100 speakers and over 50 educational sessions.  This year's theme - Open the Books / Close the Gap, focuses on ways The Great Game of Business can help you close the gaps in your business. Participants of the conference will see innumerable benefits for their organizations, both immediately and long term.  We've compiled a list of the top five reasons we think you'll want to be there:


reason 1
1)You can finally decide if open-book management is right for you. 
If you are one of the many organizations that is considering open-book management and The Great Game of Business, but you aren't quite ready to make the leap, this is the perfect place to weigh your options.  See for yourself and objectively learn the pros and cons of open-book management, how it might work for your organization, and what kind of results you can expect to see.  You will have the opportunity to talk with practitioners and coaches that speak from personal experience and provide valuable insights.  After three days immersed in the Great Game community, we can practically guarantee you will leave with a clear answer if this is right for your organization. 
BONUS! This year we have an entire track geared for Great Game newbies.  Sessions include overcoming obstacles to implementation, a coach's tips, tricks and hacks for getting started, the essentials of leadership in a GGOB company, and several companies' "been there done that" stories to help avoid the pitfalls.  Plus, two pre-conference workshops focus on helping beginners: The Game Overview (full-day explanation on the GGOB) and Get in the Game detailing the tried and true 10-step approach to implementation.
reason 22) Leave with TONS of takeaways.  
This is the conference to attend for useful tips and tools to take back to your own organization and implement for IMMEDIATE improvements in your culture and your bottom line.  By design, our workshop leaders, breakout session speakers and main stage presenters provide templates, how-to lists, resource guides and other impactful handouts to help you pack up the great ideas you get at the Gathering.  And new this year:  sign up for a slot in the MiniGame Design Studio, where coaches and other players will help you structure a MiniGame (or 90-day incentive plan) geared to drive out a weakness or take advantage of an opportunity. 
Put your new knowledge to work first thing Monday morning, and lean on the tools you gathered to help you do so.
reason 3
3) Network with hundreds of players.  
The Gathering of Games conference is a melting pot of Great Game players, representing companies of all sizes, industries, and structures, from all over the world.  They are uniquely and inherently transparent in their approach, and as a result more than willing to share their best practices and lessons learned.  No matter your business gaps or specific challenges, you will connect with others who have tackled the same issues. 
In addition to educational sessions packed with content, we've scheduled plenty of networking time in the agenda - because the casual conversations are often more valuable than the formal courses.  From long breaks and meals to a high-octane networking reception, from a casual dine around to facilitated low-key networking activities, participants will have ample opportunity to connect with players at all levels throughout the conference.  
Save yourself time by avoiding what doesn’t work, and instead improve or personalize what others have done successfully by leveraging their lessons learned. 
reason 4
4) Improve your bottom line.  
This conference shows you exactly how to make improvements in your business immediately.  Hands-on workshops and breakout sessions led by players of the Game, coaches and top management experts bring the concepts of accountability and ownership thinking to life.  Take part in sessions that will help you:
  • identify simple numbers for your management team to focus on
  • crank up your Huddle engagement
  • make your financial literacy training more fun
  • incorporate dispersed workforces into your Huddles
  • design powerful short-term, mid-term and long-term incentives

... and that's just to name a few of our over 50 educational sessions!

And with the success of last year's Show Me Your MiniGame session (a Shark Tank-style, rapid-fire, showcase of success practitioner MiniGames), we're upping the ante and featuring TWO rounds of this breakout hit! The finalists will present their MiniGames to the entire Gathering audience on the main stage during a show-down to determine the community's best MiniGame of 2018.  Pay attention to all these winners, because the average 90-day MiniGame pays off to the tune of $25,000!


reason 5
5) Learn from the All-Stars. 
The Gathering of Games swarms with top performers in the open-book community ready to share fresh ideas and inspiration as to how you can succeed at high levels too.  Almost half of our educational sessions and a full 100% of our mainstage "practitioner talks" feature folks from our All-Star team.  You'll rub elbows with All-Stars all throughout the conference, as over a third of our attendees are from All-Star companies. 
Plus, in our 2018 All-Star Awards presentations and newly-revamped All-Star case studies, you'll get highlights from "the best of the best" in open-book, including how they've leveraged the Great Game of Business to transform their organization and the results they've achieved by doing so.
These are our top five reasons for attending the 26th Annual Gathering of Games, but it's certainly not an exhaustive list.  We'd love to hear your thoughts!
What are YOUR top reasons for attending the Gathering of Games?

Let us know in the comments below the biggest reason you like (or would like) to attend the Gathering and you'll be entered into a drawing for a FREE ticket to our networking reception at Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park - a $175 value. 
(contest ends 7/15/18)


Registration is now open, so sign up today for guaranteed attendance!

Date: Sept. 5-7, 2018
Location: Dallas, TX | Hilton Anatole

Cost: $1095 (1-3 attendees) | $1045 (4+ attendees) | $100 Early Bird discount until July 13, 2018

Additional optional events:

  • Workshops | Held Sept. 5th | $585 (Full-Day) | $235 (Half-Day) | $375 (Next Level)
  • Networking Reception | Held Sept. 5th | $175 (includes transportation, food and bar)

 Register for the Gathering of Games


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Kristi Stringer
Written by Kristi Stringer

Kristi is the Marketing and Conference Manager for The Great Game of Business, taking great pride in helping to grow the Great Game community through the annual Gathering of Game conference, as well as the sharing of information and resources through Great Game media outlets. Do you have great ideas for a Gathering session or a website blog? Don't hesitate to reach out - drop me a line at!

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.