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Why is Choosing a Critical Number™ So Important?

Aug 22, 2019 by Steve Baker 0 Comments
At any given time in your business, there is one thing, an operational or financial number that represents a weakness or vulnerability that, if not addressed and corrected, will negatively impact the overall performance and long-term security of the business. This one thing is known as your company’s Critical Number™. Ultimately, the Critical Number defines winning. It rallies people around a common goal and directs a focus to what’s most important to the company’s success.  From this definition, it’s clear to see why identifying a Critical Number is valuable to your business, but the Critical Number is also very important to your employees. If they do not understand and buy-in to the Critical Number, it is likely that this number will continue to go unnoticed. Here are three key ways the right Critical Number will strengthen your business:
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Hitting Big Goals Starts with Small Wins

Apr 19, 2019 by Steve Baker 0 Comments
Once you’ve seen the transformational power of The Great Game of Business, your team will begin to grab onto the gamification aspects; and along with it, the language. Words like Huddles and scoreboards will become part of the vernacular of your organization. To us, MiniGames™ are a powerful way to describe short-term, self-funding incentive plans that will make a huge impact on your organization in 90 days or less. They are designed to affect a change, reinforce business training, build teamwork, and develop a winning attitude—all of which lead to success for both your company and your people. Heck, it’s just the Big Game, but in microcosm. But until they’ve ‘crossed over’, some newcomers might think the name is trivializing business.
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What's My Critical Number and Why Do I Need It?

Mar 7, 2019 by Steve Baker 1 Comment
Right now, there is at least one financial or operational number in your company,  something right at the heart of your business that, if improved in the short term, would have a dramatic effect on your business. But, keep in mind that the real magic isn’t in the number itself; it’s in the process of getting to the number.
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The Management Style Every Millennial Should Know

Feb 5, 2019 by Steve Baker 0 Comments
Amy’s Ice Creams’ workforce is made up primarily of millennials, most of which are seasonal employees. In the short time these younger workers are with Amy's, this Great Game All-Star company maximizes engagement in order to make a lasting impact on employees' futures, as well as the success of the business. Take a look at what Marketing and Communications Director, Aaron Clay, has to say about the company's fun, fast-paced and positive Huddles combined with open-book management, and his four guidelines for enhancing engagement in your team's Huddles.
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Perception v. Reality: Roadblocks to Transparency and Where to Begin

Jan 30, 2019 by Steve Baker 1 Comment
What if you could open your books tomorrow without worry or fear? What would it take? In this blog, Great Game of Business Vice President, Steve Baker, addresses common concerns when opening the books and how employee misunderstandings and assumptions can be far more dangerous than business transparency.   
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The Myth and Magic of the Critical Number

Oct 22, 2018 by Steve Baker 0 Comments
  Imagine a number, that if identified, would represent the single most important thing in your life; the one thing that would change everything. Whoa. That would indeed be awesome. But there’s more to it than that. There’s myth and magic that surrounds the Critical Number™.  It will indeed change your business. And yes, it will change your life.  But it’s not magic. Let’s say that you discovered the ULTIMATE Critical Number. You found a financial measure that will indicate success – and you’re going to focus your entire organization on your ultimate Critical Number and take over the world!
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Are You Too Afraid to Open the Books?

May 25, 2018 by Steve Baker 0 Comments
If you are reading this and haven't already "opened the books" to share company financials with your employees, my guess is it's because you are scared. What are your real concerns about open-book management?   Financial transparency in business is a concept so new, so counter to the way business has always been done, no wonder it scares people.  Just the thought of opening the books is followed by a whole list of what-ifs.
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Gathering Highlights | How Having Hope Helps

Apr 4, 2018 by Steve Baker 0 Comments
This is the first in our series of weekly blogs on the Annual Gathering of Games, the world's largest conference on open-book management.  This year marks the 26th anniversary of the event, which attracts business leaders from companies of all sizes, in all industries, from all over the world, who recognize that they can transform their businesses by valuing and elevating their greatest resource: their employees.  These articles are written by Great Game employees to highlight some of the highest rated sessions at the 2017 conference.  We hope to give you a flavor of the content-rich sessions that can be found at The Gathering of Games.  Click the link below to hear the entire audio recording from this breakout session. 
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Press Play: Great Game® Mentioned in Recent Podcast

Nov 25, 2016 by Steve Baker 0 Comments
We're so pleased to hear about how OBM and The Great Game of Business has inspired yet another company's growth in this podcast by Hubstaff Blog.
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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.