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5 Ways to Win at MiniGames

Jun 21, 2018 by Jeremy McCammack 0 Comments

 

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When you’re planning a MiniGame™, you’re most likely starting with a goal in mind, whether it’s reducing an expense, increasing a sales number or even replacing the toilet paper roll (hey, MiniGames can target any area that needs addressing!).

It’s usually easy to find something you want to improve, but building a MiniGame that will drive those results takes some fun – and some finesse. We may be a two-time All-Star Award winner, but not all our early MiniGames were successful. Even a few years in, we had to step back, review and reinvent our Game play to reset and reinvigorate our results. Here are a few tricks we’ve learned along the way.

Keep it simple. – We’ve learned that when we make MiniGames too complicated, the team isn’t as engaged, because they have to work too hard to understand how to drive results. Simplify the rules.

Keep your eye on the prize – but not the loot. When you make a MiniGame too focused on a big reward, or make the reward so big that it seems unobtainable, the team may excel at the short game but not the long. Make the Game more about the end goal instead of the prizes.

Don’t be afraid to get silly. I’ve played Bruce Lee, Wayne, Andy Gibb and an electric guitar player, to name a few. Getting out of your comfort zone shows the rest of the team just how important the Game is – and it encourages them to stretch themselves too.

Change is your friend. We’re constantly changing, trying to improve our Game play. Don’t be afraid to stop something that isn't working and try something new – even if that means redirecting a MiniGame midstream.

You can’t over-inform. With the busy schedule today’s employees keep, we’ve learned you can’t have too many touchpoints, because they’re bound to miss at least one. Create an integrated strategy to keep employees informed on how the company is doing and how the MiniGame is going. Ours includes email, Huddles, company and department meetings and boot camps – and financial literacy comes into just about every aspect of what we do.

 


 

For more tricks on winning at MiniGames, join Jeremy McCammack at the 26th Annual Gathering of Games, where he will present an educational session on the topic. The Gathering of Games takes place September 5-7, 2018 in Dallas, TX. 

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Jeremy McCammack
Written by Jeremy McCammack

As a V.P. for two-time All-Star Award Winner Jenner Ag, Jeremy McCammack doesn’t just play The Game, he lives it. He spearheads MiniGames, drives cross-department employee engagement and as a key member of the company’s groundbreaking Great Game Steering Committee, helps direct overall Great Game strategy at corporate and departmental levels. Having previously worked for a failing company that isolated employees from strategy, Jeremy’s unique background gives him a special appreciation of open-book management and its benefits. That translates into a special aptitude for Game play and skillful development of MiniGames that speak to both employees and leadership, driving results that benefit all corners and hierarchies of the business.

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.