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Building a Company Culture Fit for Every Employee

  Each of these companies; Dragon Army, English Tea Shop, Evergreen Cooperatives, Experity, and Goodall Homes are part of a growing community of Great Game™ companies who have reimagined capitalism as a transformational force for good. Each year, the Great Game Community recognizes companies like these who have the courage to do business differently. They are using the power of business to transform their associate's lives and the communities which they serve, for the better. They are part of a movement that's trying to 'Change the Game'.
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Serving Communities While Serving Their Employees

  Each of these social sector organizations; Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Pregnancy Care Center, and Victory Mission + Ministry are part of a growing community of Great Game™ practitioners who have reimagined capitalism as a transformational force for good. Each year, the Great Game Community recognizes organizations like these who have the courage to do business differently. They are using the power of business to transform their associate's lives and the communities which they serve, for the better. They are part of a movement that's trying to 'Change the Game'.
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Creating Value for Your Business When Your Best Assets are People

Aug 17, 2020 by Stephanie Carlin 0 Comments
For owners of closely held, service-based businesses contemplating the total or fractional sales of their companies, attracting and retaining key employees is critical to creating and sustaining value for the long term. A service-based business faces the unique challenge of proving its continuing viability to a potential buyer since its assets are people. A business that can keep its best employees during and following a transaction will be much more likely to keep its customers, thus retaining its value.
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All-Star Companies Putting People First

  Each of these companies; Cherry's Industrial, Cisco-Eagle, Clarke EyeCare Center, and CMS Outdoor Solutions are part of a growing community of Great Game™ companies who have reimagined capitalism as a transformational force for good. Each year, the Great Game Community recognizes companies like these who have the courage to do business differently. They are using the power of business to transform their associate's lives and the communities which they serve, for the better. They are part of a movement that's trying to 'Change the Game'.
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What do Fur Babies, Community Magazines, Fuel-injectors and Labels Have In Common?

Each of these companies; 1st Pet Vet, 417 Magazine, AMBAC, and Argent Tape and Label are part of a growing community of Great Game companies who have reimagined capitalism as a transformational force for good. Each year, the Great Game™ Community recognizes companies like these who have the courage to do business differently. They are using the power of business to transform their associate's lives and the communities which they serve, for the better. They are part of a movement that's trying to 'Change the Game'.
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How The 2020 Great Game Of Business All-Stars Are Changing The Game

Aug 7, 2020 by Darren Dahl 1 Comment
Just one organization out of 29 All-Star Team Companies has had to permanently lay anyone off What a year 2020 has been so far. From the onset of the pandemic and the economic shutdown to social unrest and massive unemployment, so much has happened. It feels more like a decade has gone by since this all started in March. Quite frankly, it’s been exhausting. We all could use some good news, right?
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Top 5 Reasons You Need to be at the Great Game of Business Conference

Jul 30, 2020 by Kristi Stringer 0 Comments
Are you toying with the idea of attending the Great Game of Business® Conference in September?  If you believe all employees can more positively contribute to your business if they are educated and empowered to do so, this might be just the event you are looking for.
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Greatness Comes from Looking Ahead

Jul 28, 2020 by Jack Stack 3 Comments
What a 9-year-old Can Teach Us About Life One Saturday morning, I found myself standing and watching a Little League baseball game. I had a mask on my face and was safely isolated away from anyone else. It was so weird. But I enjoyed being outside in the sun, hearing the familiar sounds of a ball popping into leather and the pings of the bat when hitters made contact. It almost felt like the start of something new.
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How to Get More Good News

Jul 23, 2020 by Thomas Bagwell 0 Comments
Success happens frequently when playing the Great Game of Business®.  Whether it is winning a MiniGame™ or hitting your goals, there are plenty of opportunities to accelerate these results.  To be even more successful, what we say when things go right is important (Gable, Gonzaga & Strachman, 2006). After a success, there are four types of responses:
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Beyond Engagement: How to Make Your Company into an Idea Factory

Jul 21, 2020 by Corey Rosen 0 Comments
  Employee engagement has become a buzzword for business leaders. Everyone wants their business to have it. Yet a 2018 Gallup survey found only one-third of the work force says they feel engaged at work. Corey Rosen from the National Center for Employee Ownership shares his thoughts on how. 
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Does Opening the Books Mean Sharing Everything?

Jul 16, 2020 by Great Game Team 0 Comments
    One of the main concerns business owners have when first introduced to open-book management is related to what information will be shared. They fear that revealing details of the company’s financial picture will create stress and tension within the organization. For example, owners are often concerned about whether employee salary information is to be revealed. They even worry about the competition gaining access to their financials.
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The Critical Number is at the Heart of The Game

Jul 14, 2020 by Rich Armstrong 0 Comments
      Inspired by Rich Armstrong & Steve Baker's book, Get in the Game: How to Create Rapid Financial Results and Lasting Cultural Change. The original Critical Number™ for Jack Stack and the people of SRC was obvious. With a debt to equity ratio of 89:1, they needed to make the bank loan payment. If they didn’t do that, nothing else mattered— their jobs would be gone. Debt was their weakness and they needed to drive it out of their business.   Jack used that one common goal to rally people, get their buy-in and educate them. Not only why it was critical, but how they could influence it. Armed with a common goal people could understand and buy into, Jack could teach debt to equity, along with all the related financial education in their weekly Huddles. And after a year and fifty-two lessons, you can be sure they learned it.
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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.