"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is." - Vince Lombardi
Part of the magic behind The Great Game of Business comes from tapping into the universal human desire to win. Give people a chance to win early and win often, and you'll capture their interest, keep them engaged and drive the success of your business. Whether you are just starting your Great Game journey, or just looking for a boost, inject some fun and focus by launching some departmental MiniGames™ and create the wins your team needs.
So what exactly are MiniGames? They are short-term improvement challenges designed to correct a weakness or pursue an opportunity in the company. They are targeted at day-to-day improvements, which over time, add up to long-term success. Every small win puts you that much closer to the big win.
The overall company focus should be on the "the big Game" — The Critical Number (see our blog on the topic). But the only way you can achieve the goal of the big Game is by acting on the everyday activities and behaviors that influence The Critical Number.
MiniGames are a powerful way to do this for many reasons. In addition to helping affect change, MiniGames reinforce business education, help build teamwork, and create a culture of winning.
- Affect a Change
The primary reason for playing a MiniGame is to strengthen the business by driving results through improved performance. MiniGames help companies boost workgroup, departmental, and corporate performance by focusing on an operational or financial number that represents a weakness or an opportunity. MiniGame teams are challenged to find solutions to current problems and take advantage of current opportunities—whatever it takes to get to the goal!
- Reinforce Business Education
MiniGames are one of the most effective tools used to “build a business of business people”. As a short-term version of The Great Game, they reinforce key components of success—goal setting, mutual responsibility, and performance management—by teaching players to track, measure, and report team activity, by showing them how they can contribute to team success and by rewarding them when they do.
- Build Teamwork
MiniGames provide the players on a team (workgroup, department, company) with a shared, common goal. While individual contribution is valued, individuals must unite as a team in order to reach the goal. MiniGame rewards are based on the success of the team. The shared reward gives each player a vested interest in helping his/her team achieve its goal.
- Create a Culture of Winning
MiniGame play creates a winning environment where winners are recognized and results are rewarded. MiniGames instill the desire to win and, used often, can create a culture of winning.
The end result of MiniGames is an improvement in the way we do business. Great Game companies routinely outperform their competitors and MiniGames are a key ingredient of that success.
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