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The Great Game of Business' Influence on Southwest Airline's Cutting Edge Culture

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At the 26th Annual Gathering of Games, we had the opportunity to host Gregg Stebben from ForbesBooks Radio as he interviewed participants from this year's conference. Check out his interview with our 2018 Keynote Speaker, Ann Rhoades.


 A Sneak Peak: What's Included in the Podcast

  • Ann Rhoades' background with companies including Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, DoubleTree Hotel, and PF Chang's.
  • Ann's experiences that led to her book, Built on Values: Creating an Enviable Culture that Outperforms the Competition.
  • Ann's role in the People Department at Southwest Airlines, and how the Great Game was implemented at the company with the help of Jack Stack.
  • The powerful impact of Great Game practices at Southwest and how they saved 15% in healthcare costs. 
  • Her role as a founding executive at People Ink,  formed in 1999 to create organizational cultures based on values and performance.
  • Bridging the gap for women in leadership.
  • The Great Game of Business and Millennials- a generation speaking up about what employees have wanted all along.


 More about Ann Rhoades:

After 25 years in leadership roles with organizations such as Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, DoubleTree Hotels, and PF Chang’s China Bistros, Ann Rhoades is a leading expert on building values-based organizations. She has proven that when implemented correctly, this kind of corporate culture not only creates a great work environment for employees but also increases all other performance measures.

Based on her decades of experience driving trailblazing corporate cultures, Ann wrote Built on Values: Creating an Enviable Culture that Outperforms the Competition, in which she reveals exactly how leaders can create winning environments that allow their employees and their companies to thrive.



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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.