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Getting Started with the Great Game of Business: It's Simpler Than You Think

Oct 21, 2020 by Steve Baker 0 Comments

When practicing The Great Game of Business® (GGOB), the breakthrough comes when companies shift from focusing on an event (bonus plan, financial literacy program, etc.) to using GGOB as an operating system to run their organization. GGOB is a system. It’s a pattern. It’s a strategy. It’s a way of thinking. If you want to fully leverage the power of Great Game™, you must treat it as a system and persistently work it.

The question is: where do you start?

There’s a missing link between understanding the concept of Great Game and actually implementing it. Many business leaders get stuck over analyzing everything when they should really just create a plan, commit to a number and see how it goes.

If that sounds like you, here are some easy, actionable steps to actually get started with The Great Game of Business: 

  • Sign up for the 7-Day OBM Introduction Series.
    Learn the basics of The Game with this short email series. It’s 100% education, 0% sales pitch.
  • Read the book.
    As mentioned previously, reading the book is essential for gaining an understanding of what OBM is and why it’s important.
  • Visit the birthplace of OBM.
    Head over to Springfield, MO, to visit and tour the birthplace of open-book management at SRC Holdings. You can also attend The Great Game Experience, which will leave you feeling inspired and invigorated to jump into open-book management.
  • Develop an implementation plan.
    Utilize GGOB resources to design a game that’s ideal for your company and situation, as well as put together a financial statement to share with your company.
  • Invest in coaching.
    There is no quicker, more effective way to implement GGOB than with the help of a practitioner — someone who’s lived it. While coaching requires an investment, you’ll get the tools, information and understanding necessary to be successful. Many companies have seen a return-on-investment in as little as one month.
In the end, GGOB isn’t rocket science. It just takes discipline & determination. You have to keep going. The system works great if you work the system. All you have to do is get started, which is simpler than you think.

Topics: The Great Game of Business®

Steve Baker
Written by Steve Baker

Steve Baker is vice president of The Great Game of Business, Inc. Steve coauthored Get in the Game as well as the update of the number one bestseller, The Great Game of Business—20th Anniversary Edition. Known for his engaging and irreverent style, Steve is a top-rated, sought-after speaker and coach on open-book management, strategy and execution, leadership, and employee engagement. His audiences range from Harvard University to the Department of Defense, and he is a regular at Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 Conference. He has served on the Board of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and SRC Holding’s Ownership Culture Initiative. Steve is an award-winning artist and lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his trophy wife, JoAnn, and three above-average children.

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.