The Great Game of Business Blog

Sign up to receive our blog posts conveniently in your email box

Top 5 Reasons You Need to be at The Great Game of Business Conference

Jul 30, 2020 by Kristi Stringer 0 Comments

Conference Header

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.

The annual Great Game of Business Conference is the world's largest event on open-book management and transparency in the workplace.  Every year for the last 28 years, progressive business leaders have come together from around the world to learn and share best practices via scheduled and impromptu discussions on business themes that include:

  • broadening the concept of leadership
  • delegating responsibility for the business
  • encouraging employees to think and act like owners
  • promoting continuous learning at every level of the organization
  • igniting employees’ competitive juices
  • driving innovation, building value and improving financial results

Business from around the world will gather for this VIRTUAL conference, which features 70 speakers and 50 educational sessions. 

This year's theme - Capitalism Reimagined, focuses on ways The Great Game of Business can put you in the middle of a growing movement of forward-thinking companies who represent capitalism at its best, transforming individuals and communities. This is a gathering of companies committed to saving the American Dream by closing the gap between the haves and the have-nots.

Participants of the conference regularly report innumerable benefits for their organizations, both immediately and long-term.  We've compiled a list of the top five reasons we think you'll want to be there:


__ One

You can finally decide if open-book management is right for you. 

If you are one of the many organizations that is considering open-book management and The Great Game of Business, but you aren't quite ready to make the leap, this is the perfect place to weigh your options.  See for yourself and objectively learn the pros and cons of open-book management, how it might work for your organization, and what kind of results you can expect to see.  You will have the opportunity to talk with practitioners and coaches that speak from personal experience and provide valuable insights.  After three days immersed in the Great Game™ community, we can practically guarantee you will leave with a clear answer if this is right for your organization. 
BONUS: Join us for a FREE pre-conference workshop August 20th entitled // 20 Reasons NOT to Open Your Books to Employees //.  This 90-minute CEO-to-CEO discussion will be facilitated by Loren Feldman of 21 Hats and features 3 certified OBM skeptics and 3 Great Game All-Stars discussing the pro's and con's of open-book management and The Great Game of Business.
 __ Two (1)

Leave with TONS of Takeaways

This is the conference to attend for useful tips and tools to take back to your own organization and implement for IMMEDIATE improvements in your culture and your bottom line.  By design, our workshop leaders, breakout session speakers and main stage presenters provide templates, how-to lists, resource guides and other impactful handouts to help you pack up the great ideas you get at the Conference.  
Put your new knowledge to work first thing Monday morning, and lean on the tools you gathered to help you do so.
__ Three

Network with Hundreds of Players

The Great Game of Business Conference is a melting pot of Great Game players, representing companies of all sizes, industries, and structures, from all over the world.  They are uniquely and inherently transparent in their approach, and as a result more than willing to share their best practices and lessons learned.  No matter your business gaps or specific challenges, you will connect with others who have tackled the same issues. 
Even though this is a virtual conference, we've scheduled plenty of networking time in the agenda - because the casual conversations are as valuable than the formal courses.  From Ask the Expert lunches, small group roundtables, A.I.-powered peer-to-peer matchmaking, private 1:1 meetings, and our interactive community scavenger hunt, participants will have ample opportunity to connect with players at all levels throughout the conference.  
Save yourself time by avoiding what doesn’t work, and instead improve or personalize what others have done successfully by leveraging their lessons learned.  And don't forget to take full advantage of our A.I.-powered matchmatch by fully completing your bio... through the power of modern technology, you will get suggestions of people you need to know and the opportunity to set up face-to-face meetings with them.
__ Four

Improve Your Bottom Line

 This conference shows you exactly how to make improvements in your business immediately.  hands-on workshops and breakout sessions led by players of The Game, coaches and top management experts bring the concepts of accountability and ownership thinking to life.  Take part in sessions that will help you:
  • identify simple numbers for your management team to focus on
  • crank up your Huddle engagement
  • make your financial literacy training more fun
  • incorporate a dispersed workforce into your Huddles
  • design powerful short-term, mid-term and long-term incentives

... and that's just to name a few of our over 50 educational sessions!

Back by popular demand, we will have our Show Me Your MiniGame Challenge (a Shark Tank-style, rapid-fire, showcase of success practitioner MiniGames) - scheduled pre-conference on August 26th.  The finalists will present their MiniGames to the entire Conference audience on September 9th during a main stage show-down to determine the community's best MiniGame of the last year.  Pay attention to all these winners, because the average 90-day MiniGame pays off to the tune of $25,000!


__ Five

 Learn From the All-Stars

The Annual Conference swarms with top performers in the open-book community ready to share fresh ideas and inspiration as to how you can succeed at high levels too.  Almost half of our educational sessions and a full 100% of our main stage "practitioner talks" feature folks from our All-Star Team.  You'll rub elbows with All-Stars all throughout the conference, as over a third of our attendees are from All-Star companies. 

Plus, in our 2020 All-Star Awards presentations and All-Star case studies, you'll get highlights from "the best of the best" in open-book, including how they've leveraged the Great Game of Business to transform their organization and the results they've achieved by doing so.
These are our top five reasons for attending the 28th Annual Great Game of Business Conference, but it's certainly not an exhaustive list.  We'd love to hear your thoughts!


Registration is now open, so sign up today for guaranteed attendance!

Date: Sept. 9-11, 2020, 10am to 5:15pm CDT each day
Location: Online

Cost: $995 (Individual Seat) //  $2,995 (Company Registration)


Extras included with registration:

  • Pre-Conference Workshops | Held August 18 - September 3
  • Great Game Goosechase | Interactive digital community scavenger hunt starting August 17th
  • A gift package | one for each registrant, mailed to your office
  • 30-day access | watch recorded main stage and breakout sessions after the conference


Other Articles You Might Like:


Topics: All-Star Team, Conference

Kristi Stringer
Written by Kristi Stringer

Kristi is the Marketing and Conference Manager for The Great Game of Business, taking great pride in helping to grow the Great Game community through the annual Gathering of Game conference, as well as the sharing of information and resources through Great Game media outlets. Do you have great ideas for a Gathering session or a website blog? Don't hesitate to reach out - drop me a line at!

More than 376,500 Times the GGOB Blog Has Been a Trusted Source for Information on OBM

Lists by Topic

see all

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.