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Above and Beyond Engaging Workplace Culture: Answers from our All-Stars

  What puts the-best-of-the-best in open-book management above the rest when it comes to an engaging workplace culture? We've asked this year's All-Stars how they have transformed their businesses to create a top-notch culture that promotes engagement and accountability throughout the entire organization. Check out what they said below!
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How a 70-Year-Old Business Keeps Their Culture and Traditions Alive While Growing Their Company

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. In this interview he highlights Kiolbassa Smoked Meats, a Texas company that has passed down traditional techniques three generations to current President, Michael Kiolbassa. Check out his interview below!
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The #1 Piece of Advice for Companies Considering The Great Game

You may be wondering if the Great Game of Business is what your company is looking for. We've asked our All-Stars what their most crucial advice is for companies considering implementing the Great Game of Business. Here is what you need to know from the best of the best in open-book management if you're looking into implementing the Great Game. 
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Answers from our All-Stars: Describe Your GGOB Aha! Moment

Check out what drove the best of the best in open-book management to implement the Great Game as we asked companies from our 2018 All-Star Team, "Describe your Aha! moment. When did you know that the Great Game of Business was what your company needed?"  
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Answers from our All-Stars: What Motivated You to Implement the Great Game of Business?

  Check out what drove the best of the best in open-book management to implement the Great Game as we asked companies from our 2018 All-Star Team, "What motivated you to implement the Great Game of Business?"  
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26th Annual Gathering of Games All-Star Champions

  Every year at The Annual Gathering of Games, we recognize the "best of the best" in  open-book management with the All-Star Awards.  At the 26th Annual Gathering of Games, the GGOB community celebrated the 18th All-Star Team and announced this year's All-Star Champions.  Check out the flipbook to read case studies of each member of our Team, and join us in congratulating our 2018 All-Star Champions!
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How to Tell if Your Huddle Needs Help

Jul 26, 2018 by Bob Bennett 0 Comments
  You may know that Zingerman’s Roadhouse is a full-service restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI, with a reputation for really good American food and great service - and you many also know that we’ve practiced open-book management since opening in 2003.  That’s not to say we’ve always done it perfectly, at any of the Zingerman’s businesses! One thing we’ve learned time and again is that the culture of the huddle is a good pulse on how the business is doing overall, and that’s even more true when you’re talking about the team in the kitchen.
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5 Ways to Win at MiniGames

Jun 21, 2018 by Jeremy McCammack 0 Comments
    When you’re planning a MiniGame™, you’re most likely starting with a goal in mind, whether it’s reducing an expense, increasing a sales number or even replacing the toilet paper roll (hey, MiniGames can target any area that needs addressing!). It’s usually easy to find something you want to improve, but building a MiniGame that will drive those results takes some fun – and some finesse. We may be a two-time All-Star Award winner, but not all our early MiniGames were successful. Even a few years in, we had to step back, review and reinvent our Game play to reset and reinvigorate our results. Here are a few tricks we’ve learned along the way.
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5 Reasons You Need to Attend the Gathering of Games

Jun 16, 2018 by Kristi Stringer 12 Comments
Are you toying with the idea of attending the Gathering of Games 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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How Do All-Stars Sustain The Game?

May 15, 2018 by Donna Petiford 0 Comments
This is the third in our series of blogs on the Annual Gathering of Games, the world's largest conference on open-book management.  This year marks the 26th anniversary of the event, which attracts business leaders from companies of all sizes, in all industries, from all over the world, who recognize that they can transform their businesses by valuing and elevating their greatest resource: their employees.  These articles are written by Great Game employees to highlight some of the highest rated sessions at the 2017 conference.  We hope to give you a flavor of the content-rich sessions that can be found at The Gathering of Games.  Click the link below to hear the entire audio recording from this breakout session.   
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Gathering Highlights | How Having Hope Helps

Apr 4, 2018 by Steve Baker 0 Comments
This is the first in our series of weekly blogs on the Annual Gathering of Games, the world's largest conference on open-book management.  This year marks the 26th anniversary of the event, which attracts business leaders from companies of all sizes, in all industries, from all over the world, who recognize that they can transform their businesses by valuing and elevating their greatest resource: their employees.  These articles are written by Great Game employees to highlight some of the highest rated sessions at the 2017 conference.  We hope to give you a flavor of the content-rich sessions that can be found at The Gathering of Games.  Click the link below to hear the entire audio recording from this breakout session. 
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The 25th Annual Gathering of Games All-Star Winners

Every year at The Annual Gathering of Games we celebrate practitioners of open-book management with the All-Star Awards. This year we celebrated the 17th All-Star Awards, and had a great pool of nominees. It was not easy to decide this year between the nominees by any means! Without further ado, here are 2017’s All-Star Winners:
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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.