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Gut + Science Podcast with Rich Armstrong

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The Gut+Science Podcast, hosted by Nikki Lewallen, features the nation's greatest leaders as they cut to the core of people-first cultures and ask CEOs how they are redefining employee engagement. Gut+Science recently featured The Great Game of Business' President, Rich Armstrong, as he discusses playing the Great Game, employee engagement, "gamifying" business and more.  Check out the full podcast below!

Sneak Peek- What's Included in the Podcast:

  • Definition of open-book management: four components
  • The concept of "gamifying" business
  • Business and the elements of a game
  • Is every financial detail shared in OBM?
  • Does company culture and employee engagement impact profitability?
  • Education- who, how often, and how to educate through this process
  • Common skills and values found in Great Game leaders
  • Cross-departmental alignment
  • MiniGames™
  • Lightning round- learn about Rich Armstrong


Podcast Highlights

Define Open-Book Management

The traditional definition includes financial transparency: providing the financial picture to everyone in the business.  At the Great Game of Business, open-book management includes four things:

1. Financial transparency- is the company winning or losing?
2. Taking time to teach all employees about what those financials mean.
3. Empowering employees and enabling them to use this knowledge to impact the business.
4. Providing a Stake in the Outcome to employees- rewarding and recognizing them for their efforts to improve the financial success of the business.


"Gamifying" Business

In teaching the financials to employees, we've found that some employees felt intimidated by this information. Concepts of the Great game of Business are used to simplify the idea of business and show that business has the same elements as a game:

1. Rules
2. Scoreboards
3. Goals and targets
4. Rewards for winning

The Great Game of Business uses these elements to demystify business and make it more attractive and interesting to all employees.


Is Every Financial Detail Shared?

If you want your people to think, act and feel like owners, you must treat them like owners and provide information and education to do so. Your employees will fill in the gaps themselves when lacking information, and often their perception is drastically different than reality.  


Do Company Culture and Employee Engagement Impact Profitability?

Studies indicate that an engaged employee will stick around, and better turnover rates immediately go to the bottom line in terms of training and recruiting.

The biggest impact engagement can make in profitability is increased productivity and innovation from employees- thinking differently about the business and taking the extra step and effort toward improving the success of the organization.


Cross-Departmental Alignment

Financial statements show the collective efforts of the company, so why not use these tools to bring people together and align your employees? Weekly Huddles use these tools to reveal the financial condition of the business with a forward focus. If the company is not hitting plan, what does the company need to do differently? Huddles are an alignment tool that show how each department depends on each other. Additionally, each department can then have their own alignment within scoreboards and short-term improvement challenges or MiniGames™.


The Fourth Component of OBM-  Providing a Stake in the Outcome

Many people jump to the conclusion that Providing a Stake in the Outcome only includes bonus plans and compensation. This is part of it, but can include many other things. What do your employees value? Career advancement, a development opportunity, or new challenges within their job? A Stake in the Outcome encompasses all of those things.



Listen to the full Gut+Science podcast with Rich Armstrong here:

Check out the Full Podcast


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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.