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

Jul 19, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
Looking for some MiniGame™ inspiration? A MiniGame is a targeted day-to-day improvement challenge aimed at correcting a weakness or pursuing an opportunity in your company. We've got three examples from our the 2019 Great Game All-Star Team demonstrating how they took advantage of opportunities and found solutions to their efficiency problems in these MiniGames:
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The Great Game Study Guide

Jul 16, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
Are you ready to introduce Great Game® to your employees? Reading the book as a group is a great way to establish the concepts of the Great Game of Business® with your staff, whether your company is new in implementing open-book management, introducing new hires to The Game, or refreshing your Great Game knowledge.
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MiniGame™ Showcase: GUY Engingeering's Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Jun 19, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
In order to get the most out of your MiniGame™, it's essential to clearly communicate all elements of the MiniGame to the players to ensure that everyone is on the same page, has a line of sight toward the goal, can easily tell if they're winning or losing, and who's accountable. GUY Engineering, a professional services firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, presented an excellent example of a MiniGame at the "Show Me Your MiniGame" session at the 26th Annual Gathering of Games. Their MiniGame hits all the essential MiniGame elements: establishing a specific, timely, achievable goal through a MiniGame, making the information available for everyone, motivating their team with fun and memorable prizes, and rallying everyone around the goal to achieve results.
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2019 All-Star Team Announced

Jun 12, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
At the Gathering of Games conference each year, the open-book community honors 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 demonstrated outstanding results. We are excited to celebrate the 19th Annual All-Star Award Team. This team of All-Stars represents the companies who stand out as the best of the best in open-book management:
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An Ownership Culture & Mindset: Redemption After Financial Downturn

May 31, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
Essential Ingredients was founded in May 1996 in Augusta, GA. This cosmetic chemical and supply distributor has been 100% employee-owned since 2011, after a long history of keeping the financial information and challenges locked away for only management to see. There was one problem: the employees had never had any input or understanding of the company financials, and the financial downturn that followed the ESOP launch proved it. Although an ESOP is a great way to give associates a stake in the outcome® of the company, Essential Ingredients quickly learned that an ownership mindset among the employees may be even more impactful. The Great Game has been the turning point that helped all EI associates think and act like the owners they are and see tremendous results impacting revenue growth, the company's ownership culture, savings equating to more than $750K in sales, and earned EI a spot on the 2018 All-Star Team. 
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MiniGame™ Showcase: GRC's Galaga Doubles Planned PBT

May 17, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
Global Recovery Corp, an engine and part supplier for the agricultural, highway trucking, industrial and automotive sectors, has seen the benefits of opening the books firsthand as a result of their dedication to the Great Game of Business® methodology. In addition to MiniGames™ like their recent $100K+ MiniGame featured on the GGOB Blog, GRC regularly practices the Huddle Cycle, rewards and recognition, and the High-Involvement Planning™ process to maximize engagement and involvement among their staff.  Here are some of the most recent advancements in their Game that have helped them double their planned PBT for the first quarter at 55% above plan. 
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3 Must-See Videos to Understand What Great Game® is All About

May 10, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
These three Great Game® videos illustrate an overview and the why behind Great Game methodology, highlight the origins of open-book management & the Great Game of Business®, and give a live example of one of our fundamental practices: the Huddle Cycle. Check them out to see how GGOB instills Lasting Cultural Change while promoting Rapid Financial Results™ in organizations across the globe. 
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Ask the Coaches: Getting Started with the Great Game

Apr 29, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
From characteristics of successful GGOB practitioners, to forecasting tips, to biggest mistakes and how to avoid them, our Great Game® coaches tackle these common issues in this segment of "Ask the Coaches."
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Capitalizing on GGOB to Attract Employees & Customers

Apr 26, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
Company culture is one of the most important values individuals look at when searching for a job. That's why Great Game practitioners often spread the word about their open-book and transparent business practices, and as a result not only draw in prospective talent, but attract the right employees with compatible values—those that will thrive in their Great Game culture. GGOB practitioners showcase their unique culture to tell their customers and staff—new and old—the story of what they're all about. Many companies capitalize on their practice of the Great Game of Business® in job postings and their organization's web pages as hiring tool, an asset to retain current employees, and way to communicate their organization's values to clients. 
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What's the Great Game All About Anyway?

Apr 15, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
The Great Game of Business® is not for everyone. It's for business leaders looking for true transformation—those who fantasize about a business life in which others share the burdens often reserved for owners and executive staff. It's for those who view prosperity as a journey, not just an outcome. It's for leaders prepared to learn, teach, and share in The Game. 
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Ask the Coaches: Tackling Roadblocks to Transparency

Apr 4, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
With different levels of employees, do you structure bonus and reward programs equally? Does GGOB implementation differ between professional and support staff? Are staff privy to others' salary information? Our Great Game® coaches answer how to tackle these tricky questions in this segment of "Ask the Coaches."
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Transparency Reaching New Heights in Government

Mar 29, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
If any industry would have difficulty with transparency, one might argue that it would be government entities, but that has not stopped Greene County, Missouri from opening the books. Greene County began playing their version of GGOB— The Great Game of Government— in 2012 by modifying Great Game practices to fit the needs of a government organization. Their efforts and financial results earned them the All-Star Pioneer Award in 2015, which honors an organization that is the first in their field to implement and practice the methodology of The Great Game of Business. After years of progress in opening the books and improving upon Great Game practices, the officials at Greene County challenged themselves to take transparency to the next level. 
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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.