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Our 10-Step Approach to GGOB Implementation

In more than 35 years practicing The Great Game of Business® at SRC, as well as three decades helping thousands of companies implement The Game in their own companies, we have determined the fastest, most efficient and most reliable path to Rapid Financial Results and Lasting Cultural Change™ follows a set process.  We honed and developed the 10-Step Approach to GGOB Implementation to guide companies implementing The Great Game of Business in their organizations. 
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7 Best Practices to Take Your Bonus Plan Up a Notch

Jul 10, 2019 by Bill Collier 0 Comments
Did you have a bonus plan in place last year? If so, was it effective? How is this year’s plan working out? If you have a good year and want to share some of the fruits of your labor with your team, great, but to do so without a well-planned and executed bonus plan is a wasted opportunity. So, here’s a list of best bonus and incentive practices to help you get the most bang for your bonus bucks.
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The 3 Things You Need to Design into Your 2019 Bonus Plan

Yup. It’s that time of year. We gather the family, light the fire and watch Christmas Vacation. And it’s hilarious…until you remember that you still haven’t finalized your company’s bonus plan for the New Year. Yikes! You don’t want to end up like Frank Shirley (Clark W. Griswold’s boss), do you? As you design your organization’s bonus plan for the New Year, I want you to keep in mind a few things about designing what we call a Stake in the Outcome. For those who play the Great Game of Business, the Stake in the Outcome is one of the most important parts (and least understood) practices of the entire business operating system. And it goes way beyond the bonus! 
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The Building Blocks of an Effective Bonus Plan

Oct 30, 2018 by Rich Armstrong 4 Comments
If you’ve watched the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you probably remember the failed “Jelly of the Month” bonus program. Picture Clarke W. Griswold daydreaming about the pool he couldn’t afford, based on a bonus he was simply expecting to get. Did the bonus make him work harder? Did it make him feel good about his job? Feel more connected to the goals of the company? No way! The bonus was seen as an entitlement; it was not intended to motivate behavior in any way. Most bonus plans disappoint employees because they’re a mystery, they’re unpredictable and they’re never, ever enough. So what can you do?
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Kiolbassa Uses Core Values to Celebrate First Quarter Bonuses

    Kiolbassa Smoked Meats, 2014 Great Game Rookie of the Year and subsequent All-Star Finalist, celebrated achieving their first quarter employee bonus in a unique way.  Instead of shaking hands and handing out bonus checks, President Michael Kiolbassa decided to send videos to the entire team during "Bonus Week" to show his appreciation for their hard work.  In addition, Mike wanted to emphasize the company’s core values and how he saw those values in action as an instrumental factor to hitting the bonus.
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Catering Company Survives Tough Times by Teaching Employees to Think Like Owners

Tasty Catering began as a fast-food hot dog stand called Tasty Dawg more than 25 years ago. Founded by a trio of entrepreneurial brothers, Tom, Larry and Kevin Walter, the company, which is based in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, now serves up tasty treats at weddings, corporate meetings and conferences, social events, residential parties, special events, holiday parties, outdoor picnics, and more. Beyond its great food, Tasty has also garnered dozens of awards for its outstanding company culture.
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Is your Bonus Program Sabotaging the Health of your Business?

Dec 18, 2014 by Steve Baker, VP 0 Comments
  In an effort to motivate and reward employees, companies often mistakenly develop bonus and reward programs that ultimately sabotage the overall health of their business. While rewarding employees is valuable, you must consider the backlash of a poorly-designed incentive plan. In the end, every bonus program should be built on a solid foundation that ensures the long-term financial security of the business first. Let’s look at three steps you can take to ensure your employee bonus program is not sabotaging the health of your business: 
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Family-Owned Manufacturer Improves Gross Margin with The Great Game of Business

The Kiolbassa Provision Company is a 65-year-old family-owned manufacturer of handcrafted sausage based in San Antonio, Texas. Originally started as more of a pork and beef processor, the company shifted into making sausage fulltime under the guidance of president Michael Kiolbassa, whose grandfather started the company. The company’s sausages will soon be sold in all 50 states and in Mexico. 
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Australian Accounting Firm Increases Productivity & Engagement Using Open-Book Management

O’Connells OBM is a progressive chartered accounting firm based in Brisbane, Australia, that specializes in providing its clients with proactive tax and business advisory services. The OBM in the firm’s name is short for open-book management, which the company first embraced some 15 years ago. 
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What Makes "Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For" so Great?

Each year, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to survey employees at hundreds of corporate America’s top firms to determine which companies will be named as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. The most recent list was released mid-January, 2014 and included Great Game Hall of Fame winner, Hilcorp Energy.
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The Great Game of Government: Playing without Bonuses or Equity

Aug 22, 2013 by Tim Simth 0 Comments
Greene County, MO is the first county government organization to attempt to apply the theories of the Great Game of Business to their organizational culture. Unfortunately, this does not come without some new barriers. Being a government organization, Greene County cannot give out bonuses or gain buy-in through equity. How does Greene County expect to move forward in The Great Game without one of its key components?
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4 Tips for Fine-Tuning Your Bonus Plan

Dec 4, 2010 by Bill Collier 0 Comments
The year-end employee bonus ... it’s an American tradition. But it’s easy for a bonus to turn into an entitlement. While your employees no doubt appreciate the extra money, once it becomes automatic  and expected it may as well be considered part of their regular pay. Here are 4 tips to put your incentive program on the right path, and to turn it into an investment in improved performance.
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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.